Our Board of Trustees guides the direction and management of
Liz Wolstenholme CBE (Chair)
Liz Wolstenholme was first elected to the Board of
Trustees in 2005 and is now in her second term of office. She
became hon. secretary in September 2006, vice chair in 2007 and
chair in 2011.
Liz's professional experience spanned social services and health
at local, regional and national level including 6 years in the
Department of Health leading on policy for older people and
disability (including neurological conditions).
She spent 5 years after leaving full-time work as non-executive
chair of a Primary Care Trust. She was awarded a CBE in 1999.
Liz was diagnosed with Parkinson's in
Paul Boothman (Vice Chair)
Paul Boothman was appointed to the Board of Trustees
in September 2008. He became vice chair in October 2009.
Paul has enjoyed a successful business career, running a highly
successful branded food business. Since leaving full time
employment, Paul has acted as a 'business angel', helping develop
and market a local food company.
He is an active member of our Huntingdonshire Branch and has been its
treasurer. He now fundraises for the branch and also volunteers for
various other clubs, societies and groups in his local area.
Paul's father-in-law had Parkinson's.
Colin Cheesman (Hon. Secretary)
Colin Cheesman was elected to the Board of Trustees
in 2006 and became hon. secretary in 2007.
Colin is a solicitor, and spent his working life in local
government. For 5 years prior to his retirement in 2002, he was
chief executive of Cheshire County Council, having previously
worked in Nottinghamshire and Portsmouth.
Colin was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2001. He has been the
secretary of our Chester Branch
Ralph Tingle (Hon. Treasurer)
Ralph Tingle was appointed to the
Board of Trustees in 2007.
Ralph is a qualified accountant and has worked within the NHS
for over 20 years, initially with the Shropshire Health Authority,
then with the main acute hospital in Norwich, before taking up the
post of executive director of finance at the former Southern
Derbyshire Community Trust in 1994.
He then continued to work in Derbyshire, becoming finance
director to successor organisations following the reorganisations
that have taken place in the NHS, until he retired in Spring
Ralph comes to us with a wealth of experience in the health
Alun Morgan (Trustee from Wales)
Alun Morgan was appointed as Trustee from Wales
in September 2008 and re-elected in 2012.
Alun was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1999 at the age of
49, and has been actively involved with Parkinson's UK since
becoming a member in 2001. He is a former chair of our Younger
Parkinson's Network and secretary of our Bridgend Branch.
Alun was an active member of his trade union during his career
in teaching, and has been treasurer, secretary and chair for
He has a wide variety of interests: photographing monkey puzzle
trees, reading books on mathematics and popular science, building
and maintaining websites, doing historical research and speaking to
any audience about the day-to-day problems of living with
Parkinson's. He does Pilates to keep his body in shape.
Teresa Watson (Trustee from Scotland)
Watson was appointed as the Trustee for Scotland in 2012.
Teresa is a retired teacher and held various secondary school
teaching posts in and around Aberdeen from 1983 until 2011.
She was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2009 at the age of 47 and
joined Parkinson's UK shortly afterwards.
Teresa writes articles to raise awareness of Parkinson's and was
appointed to the editorial board of The
Parkinson magazine in 2010.
Teresa lives in Aberdeen with her husband. They have 4 sons,
aged 20, 18, 16 and 15.
Terrence Kavanagh was appointed to the
Board of Trustees in 2009.
He has a successful business background, spending most of his
working life in the London Stock Exchange.
Terrence has had Parkinson's for 22 years and has received
honorary life membership of Parkinson's UK.
Most of the time his symptoms are well managed, which has
enabled him to raise £55,000 for us by running 18 marathons since
Nadra Ahmed OBE DL
Nadra Ahmed was appointed to the Board of
Trustees following the 2010 AGM.
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
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
Mark Goodridge was appointed to the Board of Trustees at the
Melinda Letts OBE
Melinda Letts was co-opted to the Board of Trustees
in 2007 and elected to the Board in 2008. She became Chair of the
Board at the 2009 AGM. She has since stepped down from this
role for personal reasons but remains involved as a
Melinda is a strategic consultant and executive coach working
with voluntary, public and private sector clients.
She was chief executive of the National Asthma Campaign (now
Asthma UK) from 1992 to 1998, chaired the Long-term Conditions
Alliance from 1998 to 2004, and was commissioner with CHI and its
successor body, the Healthcare Commission, from 1999 to 2004.
A member of the NHS Modernisation Board from 2000 to
2003, Melinda was a signatory to the Core Principles of the
NHS Plan in 2000 and a founding director of Ask about Medicines
from 2003 to 2009. Melinda chairs the Department of Health's NSPF
Learning Events and is a patron of the Men's Health Forum.
She was appointed OBE in 2003 for her services to the NHS
Modernisation Board. Melinda is married with 2 teenage
children. Her husband was given a diagnosis of Parkinson's in
Dr Doug MacMahon
Dr Doug MacMahon was appointed to the Board of
Trustees in March 2011.
Doug held the post of Consultant General Physician with special
responsibility for the elderly at Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS
Trust. After retiring briefly, he is now resuming clinical work in
the Midlands (University Hospitals of Coventry and
With particular interests in Parkinson's, dementia, community
care and rehabilitation, Doug has written over 100 publications and
25 book chapters. These are predominantly on the management of
Parkinson's and on health care policy for older people.
Doug has also been involved in researching Parkinson's drugs,
and presenting at national and international meetings. He is on
various steering groups, committees and editorial boards, and was
previously chair of the British Geriatrics Society Policy
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