Parkinson's UK Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees is the governing body of Parkinson's UK and is ultimately responsible for everything we do and how we do it.

The board directs the affairs of the charity, ensuring that we are solvent, well run and deliver charitable outcomes that benefit people with Parkinson's, and their family, friends and carers.

Gary Shaugnessy (Chair)

I was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2015. I became a trustee of Parkinson’s UK in 2018, and then Chair of the Board in October 2019. 

I’m passionate about using my voice and experience to raise awareness of Parkinson’s, and improve life for people living with the condition.
 
My career was in the insurance and financial services industry. I stepped down from my role as CEO of Europe, Middle East and Africa for Zurich Insurance in 2018. I wanted to spend more time with my family, on non-executive roles and my fitness.

Exercise helps me manage my Parkinson’s symptoms. I enjoy combining sport with community engagement to raise funds and awareness for the charity. This has included wing walking, abseiling and running marathons.

If you have any thoughts or ideas on how we can continue to support people with Parkinson’s, I’d love to hear from you. You can reach me via email [email protected] or on Twitter @gshaug7741.

Matthew Durdy

I’ve been a trustee for Parkinson’s UK since 2018, and was delighted to be elected Vice Chair of the Board in 2019. 

I co-founded, and am currently Chief Executive of, the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult, which supports research into possible gene and cell therapies. 

I got my MA from the University of Oxford in pure and applied biology, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. I’m passionate about integrating healthcare economics into healthcare decision making and the design of clinical products. 

As well as my role with Parkinson’s UK, I’m also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. These projects keep me very busy, but in my spare time I like to cycle. 

Andrew Cavey

I became a trustee of Parkinson’s UK in 2018. 
 
I currently work at Novartis, a pharmaceutical company, where I lead the research and development of a new class of treatments for prostate cancer. 

I’m a UK-trained physician, and a member of the Royal College of Physicians, with qualifications in physiological sciences and public health. I’ve always been passionate about improving people’s health.

I live in Switzerland with my wife and 3 sons, who certainly keep us busy. I spend any spare time I have to myself running or cycling, and reading books on international geopolitics.
 

David Allan

I experienced Parkinson’s symptoms for about 6 years before being diagnosed in 2011 while living in Dubai. After spending almost 30 years working in leadership roles in the PR industry in Asia and the Middle East,  I returned to Scotland where I now live with my partner and our golden labrador, Angus.

I started volunteering for Parkinson’s UK in 2013, and became a trustee in January 2019. I serve on the Scotland Development Team and the Younger Parkinson’s Alliance, and chair the Scotland Advisory Group. I also founded and host a monthly Young Parkinson’s Café for people in the Forth Valley area.

I’m passionate about volunteering. When I’m not contributing to the work of Parkinson’s UK, I’m a panel member with Children’s Hearings Scotland and volunteer as a mentor for MBA students at the University of Stirling.

Elaine Evans

I was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2000, when I was 47. I then became a trustee for Wales in 2020. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to share my Parkinson’s journey in a positive way, and love to hear other people’s experiences.

Before retiring in 2015, my career was in local government. After qualifying as a social worker, I progressed to working as a general manager in health and social care. 

Now, I live in Rhos on Sea in North Wales where I’m a member of the Parkinson’s UK Llandudno and District Support Group. I enjoy keeping fit, and whatever the weather I walk daily using Nordic poles.

Jane Burston

Parkinson’s UK has been close to my heart since my dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s aged 40. I’ve raised money for the charity, taking part in marathons and triathlons over the years. I joined the board as an elected trustee in October 2019. 
 
I made some great friends when attending events run by local branches with my dad, meeting people on sponsored walks and doing local fundraising. I’m constantly inspired by the collective efforts of everyone in the Team Parkinson’s community to raise more funds, support people living with Parkinson’s and find a cure.
 
I’m passionate about charity and am experienced in fundraising and charity management. I currently run a philanthropic foundation working to improve air quality for the benefit of people’s health and climate change. And was previously on another charity’s board for 6 years. 

Katrina Green

I was appointed trustee and Finance Trustee in 2020. My dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2017 after experiencing symptoms for over a decade, so that’s where my motivation comes from. 

In my day job I work in corporate finance for an insurance company and I’m a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder. Outside of work and Parkinson’s UK, I love to travel and play an active role in my community in North London.

My experience in finance means I’m passionate about making the most of every penny Parkinson’s UK receives. I want us to find a cure and in the meantime make life better for people with Parkinson’s, and their family, friends and carers. 

Kyle Alexander

I was appointed Northern Ireland Trustee in 2018 after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2016. Thanks to medication, exercise and a ‘can do’ mindset, I’ve been able to manage my symptoms well. I’m a member of the Parkinson’s UK Lisburn Branch and appreciate their support hugely.

I’m a member of the People Committee because I want to make sure volunteers and staff feel valued for all the fantastic work they do. And I’m committed to prioritising the needs of people with Parkinson’s.

I have a career in urban regeneration and am particularly passionate about social inclusion. After overseeing the transformation of Belfast's waterfront, I was honoured to receive an OBE for services to regeneration in Northern Ireland. 

As well as being an elder in my local church, I like to spend my spare time gardening, golfing and having fun with my 2 grandchildren.

Margaret Chamberlain

I’ve been a trustee since 2013 when I stood for election following direct experience of caring, and sometimes battling, for my mother who had Parkinson's.

I’m passionate about the incredible local support available to people with Parkinson’s. I’m still in touch with the Parkinson’s UK Kettering Branch, who provided vital support to my mother.

As Chair of the People Committee, it’s my aim to make sure staff and volunteers feel valued and enabled to do their best for people with Parkinson’s. I was delighted to be involved in our Volunteer Awards in 2020, recognising the inspiring work of our dedicated volunteers.

I’ve been able to put my professional skills to use, including 4 years as Governance Trustee and as a member of the Audit and Risk Committee for Parkinson’s UK. In my spare time I enjoy exploring the Dales, close to my home in the Peak District. 

Paresh Thakrar

I joined the board as a trustee in 2018, having lost a grandparent to Parkinson’s many years ago. 

I currently work as the Bursar of Winchester College, an independent school in Hampshire. Before this I worked mostly in financial services in various executive roles, and as a senior diplomat serving the government as a specialist in global security issues.

Outside of the office I’m kept busy with my 3 young sons. We enjoy sport, music and cooking together.

Paul Warner

I was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2017, 4 years after I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. My aim as a board member is to improve the services and support for other people with Parkinson’s, particularly after my own experience of diagnosis and treatment.

I’m a chartered accountant and was Finance Director of an SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) subsidiary of an international group.

I’m now retired and live in Bedford with my wife Jane. I’m a dedicated member of the Parkinson’s UK Bedford Support Group and have been their treasurer for the last 6 years. Jane and I have organised weekly Nordic walking and exercise sessions for people with Parkinson’s in the area. Outside of my work with Parkinson’s UK, I enjoy time with my 3 children and grandchild.

Peter Miller

I’ve been involved with Parkinson’s UK since my wife, Laurel, was diagnosed in 2014. I was elected as a trustee in October 2019. I’m passionate about raising awareness of the condition, accelerating research and improving life for people with Parkinson’s. 

In 2018, together with Laurel and a friend, I co-founded Fighting Fit. It’s a weekend residential programme for active and working-age people with Parkinson’s. Our aim is to help participants and their partners live well with the condition.

I’m also a member of the Parkinson’s UK Amersham and High Wycombe Branch, who do fantastic work supporting people with Parkinson’s, their families and friends. 

As well as supporting Parkinson’s UK, I also chair BFSS (The British & Foreign School Society) which makes grants to help disadvantaged young people.

Tim Tamblyn

I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2012 and joined the Board of Trustees in 2014. I chair the Audit and Risk Committee, am a member of the Investment Committee, and have temporary safeguarding responsibilities. 

I’m dedicated to transparency, and strive to make sure the board is accountable to its members, people with Parkinson’s and their families and friends,

Outside of my work with Parkinson’s UK I’m a retired chartered accountant. I consider myself a ‘Cornishman in exile’, having moved to Devon where I can be found on my allotment with my wonderful wife and enthusiastic dog.