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Our senior leadership team

Our senior leadership team is made up of Steve Ford, our chief executive, and 7 directors.

Steve Ford, Chief Executive

@SteveGFord

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.

Steve believes strongly that change is best delivered in partnership. He's bringing together everyone in the Parkinson's community to speed up research, raise standards of care and empower people affected by the condition to take more control of their lives.

Putting people living with Parkinson's at the heart of the charity has created passion and urgency. Steve believes that is the key to achieving our ambitious goals.

Our directors

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

@JulieDodd

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

@PJacksonClark

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

@Nutkinsc

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.

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.

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.

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