Gail Sowden is a Consultant Physiotherapist, the Connect Health National Lead for Pain and a Research Fellow at Keele University. She is involved in world leading musculoskeletal research and supports the implementation of key research findings into policy and practice. She leads and contributes to the development of national policy and practice and is a National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Fellow Alumni. She is the Chair of the British Pain Societies (BPS) Pain Management Programme Special Interest Group and sat on the BPS Academic Scientific Committee. She has been a member of a number of other committees and working groups (e.g., national standards, competencies, clinical guidelines), publishes in peer reviewed journals, delivers post graduate courses internationally and has presented at a number of international and national conferences.