Professor Christopher Buckley leads the initiative as the Director of the A-TAP. Prof Buckley obtained his first degree in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford (1985) with subsequent undergraduate training in Medicine at the Royal Free Hospital, London (1990). His postgraduate medical training was in General Medicine and Rheumatology at the Hammersmith Hospital, London (Professors Mark Walport and Dorian Haskard), and John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. He obtained a DPhil (arising from a Wellcome Trust Clinical Training Fellowship) with Professor John Bell and Dr David Simmons at the Institute of Molecular Medicine, Oxford. In 1996, funded by a Wellcome Trust Clinician Scientist Fellowship, he joined the Department of Rheumatology in Birmingham. In 2001, he was awarded an MRC Senior Clinical Fellowship and in 2002 became the Arthritis Research UK Professor of Rheumatology. In 2012, he was appointed Director of the Birmingham NIHR Clinical Research Facility and in May 2017, he was appointed as the Kennedy Professor of Translational Rheumatology between the Universities of Birmingham and Oxford.