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."

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Our directors

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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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"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."

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"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."

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

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.