Our People

Natasha Metcalf – Co-Founder and Chair

Natasha portrait

Natasha’s health started declining around the age of 16. She was misdiagnosed multiple times and initially experienced periods of relapsing and remitting illness, which interrupted her life and education frequently. After graduating, things took a turn for the worse in 2008. Overall, it took 12 years and a trip to America to discover that she had been battling Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections. She co-founded Lyme Disease UK in 2013.

John Eoin Healy MSc PhD – Scientific Advisor 

Eoin Healy

Eoin Healy is a zoologist and microbiologist who began to research ticks (Ixodes ricinus) even before Lyme disease was identified. His early work focused on the genetics of European tick populations and he has conducted extensive fieldwork in Ireland, UK, France and Scandinavia. More recently, he turned his attention to analysis of the microdistribution and ecology of ticks. His research work has been published in peer-reviewed journals. Since retirement from University College Cork, Eoin has been providing support for State bodies regarding tick control and for the general public in order to increase awareness of Lyme disease, ticks and the risk of tick bites.  Eoin’s hobbies include wood-carving, writing children’s fiction and watching Munster playing rugby.

Julia Knight – Trustee, Volunteer Press and Community Outreach Manager

Portrait image of Julia Knight

Julia Knight is a retired Paediatric nurse and Specialist Nurse Practitioner in Children’s Community Nursing. Julia became ill in 1999 and was misdiagnosed with ME for some years. After finding the correct cause of her illness, Julia joined the LDUK team as the charity’s volunteer Press and Community Outreach Manager.  Julia has delivered awareness talks to many organisations, has written articles about Lyme disease for medical and nursing journals and has been involved in raising the profile of Lyme disease via the media doing TV, radio and online interviews. Julia became a trustee of LDUK in 2022.

We also have a team of Lyme Disease UK Patient Ambassadors.