Richard Walker is a Consultant at North Tyneside General Hospital, and Honorary Professor of Ageing and International Health at Newcastle University. He is the Clinical Lead for the Northumbria Parkinson’s disease (PD) service. His research interests in PD include epidemiology, psychiatric symptoms, palliative care, respiratory symptoms, exercise and sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). He has been on the PD NICE Guidelines Development Group and is on the PD Quality Standard Advisory Committee for NICE. He has a research interest in other non-communicable diseases in SSA and is Associate International Director for SSA for the Royal College of Physicians, London. He is the Clinical Lead for the Northumbria/Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre health link. He is Chair of the Movement Disorders Society African Task Force.