Our Executive Leadership Team

Our Executive Leadership Team is made up of Shān Nicholas, our Interim Chief Executive, and 8 directors.

Shān Nicholas, Interim Chief Executive

"I’m delighted to be joining Parkinson’s UK. The quality, innovation and impact of the charity is hugely impressive. I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with such a talented team of staff and volunteers to improve life for people with Parkinson’s.

"I’m an experienced interim CEO in the voluntary sector, and have worked with a range of charities such as Independent Age, The Children’s Society and The Refugee Council. 

"I’ve also worked as a consultant and mentor for executives and directors through my own company, Lasting Transformations Ltd.

“Outside of work I like to try and keep fit. I have long lazy dinners with friends and family, love music, theatre, and art, and adore being entertained by my 2 year old grandson."

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Our directors

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“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.”

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“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."

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"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."

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"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."

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"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."

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"I’ve been with the charity since 2016 and became Director of Transformation in 2019. My work is all about helping us find ways to continually improve and innovate, in order to do even more for people with Parkinson’s and their friends and family.

“My background is in audience research, design and technology and I’ve previously worked with big organisations like the BBC and Bupa, as well as other charities.

“I have a close relative with Parkinson’s so it’s a cause close to my heart. My father runs one of our local groups so Parkinson’s is a regular topic of conversation at family gatherings!”

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"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."

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.