Our senior leadership team
Our senior leadership team is made up of Steve Ford, our Chief Executive, and 8 directors.
Steve Ford, Chief Executive
"I'm now well into my second decade at Parkinson's UK, and more determined than ever to continue our progress towards finding a cure and improving life for everyone affected by Parkinson's.
"I strongly believe that change is best delivered in partnership. I'm always looking for ways to bring everyone in the Parkinson's community together to speed up research, raise standards of care and empower people affected by the condition to take more control of their lives.
"Previously I worked in the NHS, where the personal touch is so important in frontline services. I'm committed to putting people living with Parkinson's at the heart of the charity, injecting the passion and urgency essential to achieving our ambitious goals.
"Outside of work I'm a big sports fan and music lover, with special affection reserved for cricket, football and tennis."
Hanah Burgess, Director of Finance and Performance
"I have over twenty years' experience spanning the financial, commercial and not-for-profit sectors, working for organisations of various sizes, from start-ups to PLCs such as ITV.
"I started my career as a chartered accountant working for PwC and have spent the last 10 years working for health and medical research charities, in both financial and strategic planning roles. Through these roles, and as a trustee of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), I have grown to recognise the huge importance these organisations make to the advancement of medical research and patient benefit in the UK.
"I'm particularly proud to be working for Parkinson's UK, supporting its pioneering and progressive programmes of work. I'm also passionate about international development and children's rights, which has led me to take on the role of trustee at the charity Plan International UK."
Val Buxton, Director of Strategic Intelligence and Excellence
"I'm here to ensure people affected by Parkinson's influence decision-making.
"My career to date has been about improving healthcare and tackling inequalities – and my current role very much builds on that.
"I've previously been primary healthcare editor of Nursing Times, held a range of NHS roles and was government nurse for public health in England."
Katherine Crawford, Director of Support and Local Networks
"I joined Parkinson's UK in 2004 and have 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. I'm now overseeing our direct support services and local networks across the UK.
"I had a varied career prior to joining Parkinson's UK, having practised as a solicitor, owned and run an outdoor events and tourism company, and worked in adult education. I aim to bring the range of skills I've developed over the years to help ensure our local services are the best they can be."
Julie Dodd, Director of Digital Transformation and Communication
"In my role I wear two different hats. The first is about helping us make the most of digital technology to improve the lives of people affected by Parkinson's – from devices that help manage symptoms, to modernising the charity's infrastructure.
"The other is using our external communications to grow understanding of Parkinson's as a condition, and build a movement of support for our cause.
"I discovered my passion for communications and technology in my years as a creative director at the BBC. I built on that experience through working with a wide range of organisations – from other charities like Macmillan Cancer Support and the RSPB, to commercial companies like Tesco and Bupa.
"Our digital transformation work gives me a fantastic opportunity to put into practice the findings of The New Reality, a study I produced about how non-profits can use technology to grow their impact. We've been making great strides since I joined in 2016, and hope to pioneer some real technology-powered breakthroughs."
Paul Jackson-Clark, Director of Fundraising
"I've spent more than 25 years in the UK voluntary sector – and enjoyed every minute of it.
"I've learned a lot about how things work at the very small and very large ends of charity fundraising in that time, though at heart, I very much consider myself a 'jobbing fundraiser'. I love to roll up my sleeves – and get on my bike – whenever possible to do my bit.
"It's incredible that since 2009, when I started at Parkinson's UK, we've seen our annual income grow from £16million, to over £39million. But we can't rest on our laurels, as we work towards a near future when everyone affected by Parkinson's will celebrate a cure."
Colleen Keck, General Counsel
"I was very excited to join Parkinson's UK in November 2017, after spending more than 20 years as a partner in a major international law firm.
"My work is about keeping on top of contractual and governance across the whole organisation. Some current areas of interest are handling the legal aspects of our Virtual Biotech and research programmes, and updating our delegated authority policy and risk register.
"I'm Canadian and I like to get back and spend time among my large family as often as I can. When I'm not working, you'll find me singing in choirs or going for a long walk."
Carolyn Nutkins, Director of Organisational Development
"I feel privileged to lead a committed team of professionals who focus on ensuring that Parkinson's UK is an inspiring and rewarding charity to work and volunteer at. Our remit covers human resources, volunteering, learning and development, internal communications and engagement, and facilities management.
"We take our work seriously, and understand how what we do is important to delivering our strategy for people affected by Parkinson's – and as a team, we also have fun and enjoy what we do!
"Outside of my role at Parkinson's UK I'm a volunteer community first responder for St John Ambulance and the London Ambulance Service. It's a rewarding volunteer role that has broadened my professional and life experience, and has made me appreciate how it feels to be a volunteer – which contributes significantly to how I deliver my role at Parkinson's UK."
Kerrie O'Connor, Strategy Programme Lead
"I have over 25 years' experience designing and delivering complex change across public sector services, large private sector companies and not-for-profit organisations.
"I started my career working at IBM as a software developer. I then spent over 20 years working as a management consultant for PA Consulting, mainly delivering large and complex programmes.
"One of my final roles at PA was working at Scope as their Executive Director of Strategy and Business Change. This role made me really recognise and understand the importance of the work that not-for-profit organisations do, and ultimately led me to leave consulting to work for Parkinson's UK to deliver the new strategy, a role which I am enormously excited about."
Dr Arthur Roach, Director of Research
"I have spent 25 years in research, discovery and development for drug companies and universities, working on projects developing new treatments for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and MS.
"My big preoccupation is with finding the best means to convert the genetic and biochemical discoveries of the past decade into new treatments that will make a difference to people with Parkinson's. I know that this will mean finding the best way to work with university researchers, biotech and pharma companies, and people living with Parkinson's. At Parkinson's UK we have built the teams and programmes to do this, and with the resources provided by our supporters, we are determined to make a difference."