Our senior leadership team
Our senior leadership team is made up of Steve Ford, our chief executive, and 7 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:
- We've seen our income increase by 60% in 5 years.
- Our local groups now support 30,000 people and we have a UK-wide network of Parkinson's local advisers.
- Our award-winning rebrand in 2010 saw the change to Parkinson's UK and a new sense of being a movement of people affected by Parkinson's.
Steve believes strongly that change is best delivered in partnership. He is chair of the Neurological Alliance, an umbrella body of 70 charities representing 8 million people living with a neurological condition.
Putting people living with Parkinson's at the heart of the charity has created passion, urgency and determination. Steve believes that this is the basis on which the charity needs to drive forward to achieve our ambitious goals.
VAL BUXTON, DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC INTELLIGENCE AND EXCELLENCE
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.
JULIE DODD, DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION
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.
PAUL JACKSON-CLARK, DIRECTOR OF FUNDRAISING
Director of Fundraising since 2009, Paul has overseen our annual income grow from £16million to £32million.
He's spent more than 20 years in the voluntary sector, cutting his fundraising teeth at a hospice in Liverpool before joining Marie Curie.
Paul is a trustee of the Cavell Nurses' Trust.
CAROLYN NUTKINS, DIRECTOR OF ORGANISATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
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.
RICHARD PENNEY, DIRECTOR OF FINANCE, IT AND PERFORMANCE AND DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE
Richard leads on developing our financial strategy, supporting our ongoing growth and the delivery of our ambitious plans.
Our Deputy Chief Executive, he's been Director of Finance at Barnardo's and the Marine and Fisheries Agency and Financial Controller at Capita during a period of significant growth, among many other finance roles.
DR ARTHUR ROACH, DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH
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.