Our Executive Leadership Team

Our Executive Leadership Team is made up of Caroline Rassell, our Chief Executive, and 7 directors.

Caroline Rassell, Chief Executive

"I feel very lucky to have joined Parkinson's UK. It's clear from everyone I've met and everything I've seen already, that at the heart of the charity is a collective of people with a passion to make a real and lasting difference to people living with Parkinson's, their families and friends.

"Putting people affected by the condition at the heart of my work is something I've always strived to do.

"I have worked for a number of years both in local government and more recently in the NHS where I was the CEO for a health system pushing to provide opportunities for people to live well. Most recently I worked for the charity Versus Arthritis overseeing a strategic review of their services.

"I have, over the last few years completed the couch to 5km programme and become an avid park runner and well being advocate. I also recently returned to piano playing and am proud to say that there was a 40-year gap between passing grade 1 and grade 2!"

Our directors

"I joined Parkinson's UK in May 2020 after a short career break. Before that, I was a corporate partner at a leading international law firm for nearly 30 years.

"In my role as General Counsel, I'm responsible for the leadership and management of the charity's governance, regulatory and legal function. I'm enjoying the opportunity to use my skills and experience to assist the charity in achieving its strategic objectives, including the development of the virtual biotech programme. I have a particular affinity to the charity as some of my family members were affected by Parkinson's. 

"Having arrived at Parkinson's UK during the coronavirus restrictions, I have been impressed by the energy and enthusiasm of my colleagues and how well everyone has adapted to remote working."

"I have spent my last 18 years in the charity sector and I’m still amazed by the passion and work done in this sector.

"I joined Parkinson’s UK in 2017 and took up the role of Director of Finance just before the pandemic started last year. It has been a baptism of fire in recent months but I’ve really enjoyed the challenge.

"In my role I oversee the charity’s finances and support colleagues to ensure we have the resources to fund all the fantastic work carried out by staff, volunteers and supporters."

"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."


"I've spent more than 25 years in the UK voluntary sector, and have 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 £16m, to over £39m. But we can't rest on our laurels, as we work towards a near future when the Parkinson's community can celebrate a cure."

"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've built the teams and programmes to do this, and with the resources provided by our supporters, we are determined to make a difference."

"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 recognise and understand the importance of the work that not-for-profit organisations do.

"Ultimately this led me to leave consulting to work for Parkinson's UK to deliver the new strategy, a role which I am enormously excited about."

This new role will lead our policy, campaigning and communications work. The vacancy has now closed and we will appoint someone shortly.

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.