What is GOF?

We are the Global Osteoporosis Foundation and our goal is to raise awareness of the causes of diminished bone health and to demonstrate that osteoporosis is a very common but entirely preventable and reversible disease. In the few seconds it has taken you to start reading this page, someone somewhere in the world has had a broken bone that has been caused by osteoporosis.

Every three seconds as you continue to read, another person will suffer an osteoporosis fracture causing pain, incapacity, and potentially life limiting illness and injury.

Professor Sir Graeme Catto - President

Sir Graeme was President and later Chair, of the General Medical Council until April 2009.

Professor Catto has been interested in bone health for many years. During that period of time understanding about bone health has transformed. Professor Catto advocates better care for osteoporosis and metabolic bone diseases. He is Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the Universities of London and Aberdeen.

Professor Catto is also Co-Founder of London Osteoporosis Clinic and President of the Global Osteoporosis Foundation.

Miss Anthea Turner - Lead Media Advisor

Media, Author, Health Advocate

Miss Anthea Turner, an advisor to the Global Osteoporosis Foundation (GOF), has had a stellar 35-year career in the media. She's known for hosting shows like GMTV, Blue Peter, The National Lottery, and more. In her 60s, she continues to be active, promoting her book "How To Age Well: The Secrets" and writing a popular 'life hacks' column for My Weekly Magazine.

Anthea's recent appearances on shows like Celebrity SAS and E4's 'Real Life Dirty Dancing' have highlighted her resilience and determination, proving that age is no barrier to her vibrant spirit. Her involvement with GOF reflects her commitment to health and well-being.

Dr Taher Mahmud - Trustee

Taher is Co-Founder and Director of London Osteoporosis Clinic and a Trustee of the Global Osteoporosis Foundation.

He trained at King’s College Hospital, St Thomas’ Hospital and Guy’s Hospital. Dr Mahmud was an Honorary Consultant at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath and he was Lead for Osteoporosis and Consultant Rheumatologist at Tunbridge Wells Hospital.

Dr Mahmud’s interests include holistic osteoporosis treatments, raising awareness about bone health and prevention of osteoporosis fractures. Dr Mahmud’s MD and MSc research studied the mechanisms of drug side effects.

John May - Trustee

As well as being a Trustee of the Global Osteoporosis Foundation, John is a founder of City & Westminster Corporate Finance LLP and is its Managing Partner.

He is a Chartered Accountant by trade with vast experience in both private and public sector markets. He has been a director of many such companies.

John is also Chairman of the Genesis Initiative Limited, a lobbying group for SME’s to the UK Parliament. It has over 1million members within its 117 trade associations.

Vinny Hayes - Trustee

Foundingof Maverick Partners

As well as being a Trustee of the Global Osteoporosis Foundation, Vinny was a founder and Chief Commercial Officer at Somo, the world's leading independent digital agency.

An experienced business leader and angel investor with a strong history of delivering technology solutions for global brands across multiple industries and territories.

Mrs Christina Bell - Advisor

Christina is a Executive Director at AON

With over 30 years of senior management expertise in the insurance sector, Christina serves as a dedicated trustee and advisor for the Global Osteoporosis Foundation. Her leadership in managing captive insurance and strategic insurance programmes is instrumental to the foundation.

Christina's depth of knowledge in underwriting and claims functions is invaluable in driving the Foundation’s initiatives to combat osteoporosis and enhance bone health on an international stage.

Mr Gary Rhodes - Advisory Board

Advisory Board Lead at the London Osteoporosis Clinic, CEO of ScreenmyBones

Mr Gary Rhodes brings over a decade of expertise to his role as the Advisory Board Lead at the London Osteoporosis Clinic, where his dedication to health advocacy is unparalleled. His journey in the health sector was ignited by a deeply personal mission to improve his grandmother’s quality of life, leading him to explore cutting-edge treatments and preventative strategies in bone health.

His exploration led to the discovery of the innovative bioDensity system, a turning point in his approach to osteoporosis management.

At the Global Osteoporosis Foundation, we are honoured to have Mr Rhodes at the helm of our advisory board, guiding our efforts to champion proactive health care. His vision and experience are invaluable assets in our mission to empower individuals and businesses to prioritise bone health.

Miss Anne-Marie Grey - Advisor / (Fractional CEO)

USA's CEO and Executive Director for UNHCR

In this role, Anne-Marie supports the UN Refugee Agency and its partners in assisting refugees and displaced individuals in over 125 countries.

With over 30 years of experience, Anne-Marie has held leadership positions in organizations like UNHCR, Save the Children, UNICEF, and Share our Strength. She also contributed to cultural institutions in Australia before returning to the United States.

Anne-Marie's extensive international experience includes living in Norway, Burkina Faso, Australia, and the United Kingdom. She is the author of two books and a frequent speaker on international development, partnerships, resource mobilization, and leadership topics.

Mrs. Charlene Golding - Inaugural GOF-Prize Advisory Chair

Senior Role in Sovereign Sovereign Property Asset Management

Mrs Charlene Golding brings a wealth of experience to her role as the First GOF-Prize Advisory Chair. Her journey in hospitality management saw her opening five-star hotel resorts during her impressive 20-year tenure with Kerzner International.

Beyond her corporate prowess, Charlene is an enterprising entrepreneur, collaborating with numerous luxury organizations worldwide. Her global reach extends far and wide, making her a prominent figure in the Arab World. Charlene is celebrated for her unwavering determination and is highly esteemed in the Middle East for her genuine compassion and steadfast integrity.

What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is the weakening of bone strength. As we age, this growing fragility of bones means the likelihood of fractures occurring is increased. Osteoporosis can occur at any age although it is most common in older people - the cliché of the grandmother stooped and shrinking as she gets older is one based entirely on the effects of osteoporosis, but this image is not inevitable. The bad news is the condition is very common; the good news is it's entirely preventable.

What is our aim?

We want to empower individuals worldwide to manage and prevent osteoporosis. There are a handful of simple, practical and low cost solutions to ensure that you and your loved ones can lead healthy and active lives. Think of it like a pension plan, the earlier we begin putting a little bit of money away each month, the better and healthier the picture will be upon our retirement. The first step on this path is the test we are currently developing, which will help to draw a picture of your bone health and then honestly advise on the way forward. We want to see a world for our children and grandchildren where that cliched picture of the stooped shrinking grandmother is an image cast into history. Help us make that dream a reality.