Our senior leadership team

Our senior leadership team is made up of Steve Ford, our Chief Executive, and 8 directors.

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.

Our directors

Hanah Burgess, Director of Finance and Performance

Hanah has gained extensive commercial and charity experience working in a variety of organisations including PwC, where she qualified as a chartered accountant, Barclays Global Investors and ITV. 

Hanah is the Treasurer for the AMRC and a Trustee of the children's rights and development organisation, Plan International UK.


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.

Katherine Crawford, Director of Support and Local Networks

Katherine joined Parkinson's UK in 2004 and has worked in a variety of roles, from direct support for people living with Parkinson's to leading and managing the charity's work in Scotland. Katherine now leads on our direct support services and local networks across the UK.

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

Katherine has had a varied career prior to joining Parkinson's UK. She practised as a solicitor before owning and running an outdoor events and tourist based company. She has also worked in adult education. 



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.



Director of Fundraising since 2009, Paul has overseen our annual income grow from £16million to over £39million.

He's spent more than 25 years in the voluntary sector. He considers himself very lucky to have worked in every area of fundraising and to have experienced very small and very large charity fundraising. Paul considers himself a 'jobbing fundraiser' at heart and can regularly be seen riding his bike raising funds for Parkinson's UK.

Being the same age as Parkinson's UK, Paul envisages a not too distant future birthday when he and everyone affected by Parkinson's will celebrate a cure. 

Paul is a trustee of the Cavell Nurses' Trust.

Colleen Keck, General Counsel

Colleen joined Parkinson's UK in November 2017. She is responsible for legal, contractual and governance matters.

Prior to joining Parkinson's UK Colleen spent more than 20 years as a partner in a major international law firm, 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. 



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.


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.

Executive pay at Parkinson's UK

As part of our commitment to openness, we are happy to disclose information about senior staff salaries, and how salaries are governed.

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