Our Trustees

Our Board of Trustees is the governing body of Parkinson's UK and is ultimately responsible for everything we do and how we do it.

The Board directs the affairs of the charity, ensuring that we are solvent, well run, and deliver charitable outcomes for the benefit of people affected by Parkinson's.

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Mark Goodridge (Chair)

Mark Goodridge was appointed to the Parkinson's UK Board of Trustees in September 2009. He became Vice Chair in November 2013 and Chair in December 2015.

Mark enjoyed a successful business career in the steel and petrochemical industries and is a former partner at Ernst and Young. Mark has run his own company for over 30 years, advising firms on improving their organisational effectiveness.

He has worked extensively with the boards and executive teams of not for profit, government and public organisations. Mark's work with charities has included Barrow Cadbury Trust, RSPB, Children in Need, The Carbon Trust, Energy Saving Trust and various housing trusts.

Mark also chairs the Board of Governors of a secondary school and advises the Woolf Institute in Cambridge for the study of relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims.

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Mary Whyham MBE (VICE CHAIR)

Mary Whyham MBE was elected as a Trustee in September 2015, and became Vice Chair in December 2015. She is also the Chair of our Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Branch.

Mary is a former board member in the NHS and has been a Trustee of The National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders, and the Society for Companion Animal Studies.

Mary's husband was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2001. Mary's caring responsibilities have increased over the years, and she understands the importance of finding a cure for Parkinson's and the support needed for everyone affected by the condition.

Mary spent her working life in the public sector with nearly 34 years for the Probation Service in Lancashire, retiring in 2003. In 2001, she was appointed MBE for services to probation in Lancashire and the local community.

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Nadra Ahmed OBE DL

Nadra Ahmed was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2010.

Nadra has been involved in the social care field for over 30 years. Until 2005 she was the registered manager of two private care homes for older people.

Nadra's background is in training and education. She continues to champion the role of education in the delivery of a quality service through her not for profit company Kent Care Training Associates.

Nadra holds a number of positions within voluntary organisations, both nationally and locally, delivering services to vulnerable people in the community. She has been Chair of the National Care Association since 2001 and was the Vice Chair of Skills for Care for 11 years.

She's a regular contributor to journals and national and international conferences and is frequently called upon by the media to represent the views of social care providers.

In 2006 Nadra was awarded the OBE for her services to social care.

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Margaret Chamberlain

Margaret Chamberlain was elected to the Board of Trustees in September 2013.

Margaret is a solicitor and a senior partner in a City law firm, with experience of dealing with government, large companies and regulators.

She is passionate about making sure that the voices of people affected by Parkinson's are heard by government, the medical profession and in research.

Margaret has supported Parkinson's UK for many years. Her mother had Parkinson's and she also has a close friend with early onset Parkinson's.

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Freda Lewis was co-opted to the Board of Trustees in November 2015.

A trained nurse, midwife and health visitor, Freda is a former director of The Fostering Network for Wales and policy manager within the Welsh government. She has extensive experience of the health and social care sectors and the implications of devolution, including legislative differences.

Freda has an MSc in interprofessional studies, researching how professionals work together effectively, and completed a dissertation on effective team work in primary care in 2000.

Freda has supported relatives diagnosed with Parkinson's and is keen to give her knowledge and experience to support people affected by the condition.

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Anne MacColl was co-opted as a Trustee in 2016.

Anne has had a successful career as an international executive with 10 years at executive leadership level and 12 years' experience living and working overseas.

She continues to work with a range of boards and executive teams in not for profit, public and commercial organisations.

She has held a variety of diverse positions in national and international commercial, public and academic organisations, including Chief Executive of Scottish Development International, Soluziona international consultants, and with the University of Stirling.

Anne's husband was diagnosed with Parkinson's at the age of 50 in 2014. Since then she has worked to support Parkinson's UK and its aims, through the Parkinson's UK Scotland team and through fundraising efforts, running several half marathons on behalf of the charity.

She currently holds non-executive positions with the Social Enterprise Academy, CEFAS and the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation and also runs her own freelance consultancy business.

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Richard Raine

Richard was appointed to the Board of Trustees in September 2014.

Richard has been finance director of a number of companies, both private and stock exchange listed, covering a range of business sectors.

During the past few years he has worked on a consultancy and interim basis with many SMEs, largely in the private equity arena. He has significant experience in financial restructuring and corporate transactions.

He holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, is a graduate of Durham University and a chartered accountant.

Previously he has been a Trustee and Treasurer of Trinity Hospice for nine years, and is a former director of the Fundraising Standards Board.

Richard lives in West London with his wife and two children.

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Tim Tamblyn

Tim Tamblyn was originally appointed as the interim Trustee from England in September 2014 but was later elected to this role in September 2015.

Tim is a chartered accountant and is a retired partner of the international accounting and consultancy organisation KPMG.

He is an experienced non-executive director and trustee, and has held non-executive positions in the voluntary sector in social housing, education and the NHS.

Tim cares passionately about the vulnerable people in our society and is a trustee and member of two national charities that support those with learning disabilities.

Tim was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2012.

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Paul Warner

Paul Warner was elected to the Board of Trustees in October 2017.

He has an MBA from Henley Management College and is a graduate of the University of Liverpool.

Paul is a chartered accountant and has worked both in practice and industry, retiring from the position of finance director of an SME subsidiary of an international group.

His experience has been varied, covering both commercial operations as well finance.

He is the Treasurer of his local Parkinson's UK branch as well as being a trustee of a pension scheme.

Paul was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2013 and due to the issues he experienced during diagnosis and treatment he is dedicated to improving the services and support for other people living with Parkinson's.

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David Burn

Professor David Burn took up the position of Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Medical Sciences at Newcastle University on 1st February 2017.

The Faculty delivers impact through excellence in, and close integration of, research, teaching and engagement across seven research institutes and four teaching schools.

David is also Professor of Movement Disorders Neurology and Honorary Consultant Neurologist for Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

After finishing his first degree at Oxford (Physiological Sciences), he returned to his native North East for clinical training and early medical jobs, including in neurology.

After further neurology training and undertaking research in London (at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square and Hammersmith Hospital) he was appointed as a Consultant Neurologist and Senior Lecturer in Newcastle in 1994.

David has an international reputation for research in dementia associated with Parkinson's. He is a NIHR Senior Investigator and Chairs the NIHR Translational Research Collaboration for Dementia.

He served on the Parkinson's UK Research Advisory Panel between 2006 and 2012. As National Clinical Director for the Parkinson's UK Excellence Network between 2014 and 2017, David worked with the Chief Executive and senior charity staff to devise and establish the network, drive innovation, and ensure delivery against key performance indicators.

Beyond this role, David felt highly motivated to retain his connection with Parkinson's UK and to continue to contribute towards delivering the charity's ambitious strategy.

Our Senior Leadership Team

Our senior leadership team is made up of Steve Ford, our chief executive, and seven directors.

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Steve Ford (Chief Executive)

Steve joined Parkinson's UK as chief executive in 2005 after a career as general manager and chief executive in the NHS.

Under his leadership, we've made significant progress towards our vision to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson's.

Steve believes strongly that change is best delivered in partnership. He's bringing together everyone in the Parkinson's community to speed up research, raise standards of care and empower people affected by the condition to take more control of their lives.

Putting people living with Parkinson's at the heart of the charity has created passion and urgency. Steve believes that is the key to achieving our ambitious goals.

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VaL Buxton (Director of Strategy Intelligence and Excellence)

Val is passionate about ensuring people affected by Parkinson's influence decision-making.

Her career has focused on improving healthcare and tackling inequalities.

She was Primary Healthcare Editor of Nursing Times, held management roles in the NHS and was Government Nurse for Public Health.

Latterly, she's worked in voluntary sector roles that included responsibility for health policy and service improvement.

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Katherine Crawford (Director of Support and Local Network)

Katherine was born, brought up and educated in Scotland, graduating from Edinburgh University in 1989 with a law degree.

Since then, Katherine’s had a varied career. She practised as a solicitor for a brief time, before owning and running an outdoor events and tourist based company, then taking up a role in adult education.

Katherine joined Parkinson’s UK in 2004 and has used that blend of skills and experience to support in her work. Katherine’s worked in a range of roles at the charity, from direct support for people living with Parkinson’s to leading and managing the charity’s work in Scotland and now leading on our direct support services and local networks across the UK.

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Julie Dodd (Director of Digital Transformation and Communication

Julie joined Parkinson's UK in 2016, and is responsible for maximising the potential of digital and technology to transform the lives of people affected by Parkinson's.

She also oversees our broader marketing and communications.

Julie has worked on groundbreaking digital products and strategies for organisations including Macmillan Cancer Support, The Scout Association and Bupa.

She also wrote The New Reality, a major study into how non-profit organisations can approach digital transformation.

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Paul Jackson-Clark (Director of Fundraising)

Director of Fundraising since 2009, Paul has overseen our annual income grow from £16million to £32million.

He's spent more than 20 years in the voluntary sector, cutting his fundraising teeth at a hospice in Liverpool before joining Marie Curie.

Paul is a trustee of the Cavell Nurses' Trust.

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Colleen Keck (General Counsel)

Colleen joined Parkinson's UK in November 2017, and is responsible for legal, contractual and governance matters. Prior to that Colleen was a partner in a major international law firm for over 20 years where she was head of commercial intellectual property practice and co-head of the life sciences practice. Colleen is also Deputy Chair of the Copyright Tribunal, a director of a number of companies and a trustee of the charity Live Music Now.

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Carolyn Nutkins (Director of Organisational Development)

Carolyn leads our teams in human resources, learning and development, central volunteering, internal communications and facilities management.

She has 20 years' human resources experience in private and health/charity roles.

This includes Head of HR at the Royal College of GPs and HR and Training Manager at Nuffield Hospitals.

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Dr Arthur Roach (Director of Research)

Responsible for strategically driving better treatments for people with Parkinson's, Arthur has spent 25 years in research, discovery and development for drug companies and universities.

He's been lead biologist on projects developing new treatments for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and MS.

He's also led evaluations of more than 100 drug discovery partnerships as Senior Director at Merck Serono.