Chief ExecutiveI joined the MS Society as Chief Executive at the beginning of 2019. My background is in the health sector and I’ve worked in senior leadership positions within the NHS for the past 15 years. Most recently I was CEO at King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
During my career in the NHS, I've seen the impact that neurological conditions like MS can have. I'm keen to contribute my energies to making sure everyone affected by MS gets the best deal possible, through research, support, fundraising and campaigning across the UK.
Executive Director of Finance, Strategy and Impact
I’m excited to be able to use my professional skills to help people living with MS.
I have over 20 years’ experience in various non-profit organisations including the NHS, local and central government and various charities.
My areas of responsibility include Finance, ICT, Data, Facilities Management, Strategy and Impact, basically supporting and enabling everyone within the MS Society to achieve such a worthwhile aim.
Director of External Affairs
I lead our policy, public affairs, campaigns, media relations and VIP supporter teams.
Having seen the impact of MS on a close friend, I’m determined to increase public and political engagement with the issues that matter most to people living with MS.
I believe in the power of stories to change minds and lives. I start every day determined to learn, to influence those who can help, and to make a difference.
Director, MS Society Northern Ireland
I joined the MS Society in 2018 following 8 years with RNIB Northern Ireland. Previously, as an official at the Department of Health, I was involved in policy development for MS services and I have direct experience of the impact of MS on family members and friends.
I'm working with policy makers to improve the quality and availability of treatment, care and support services for people with MS across Northern Ireland. As Northern Ireland Director, I also have a very keen interest in the development of our network of local groups and the support they offer to people living with MS in their communities.
Executive Director of Services and Support
I have a close family member with MS. Seeing the impact of MS first hand has made me incredibly passionate about the work of the MS Society.
I’m responsible for all our services and support across the UK, including local groups, our MS Helpline, information resources and grants. I’m honoured to be responsible for ensuring we continue to meet the changing needs of people affected by MS, and provide high-quality and impactful services.
Director, MS Society Cymru
I work alongside people with MS to ensure they have the treatment, support and care they need.
I was deeply shocked by the poor access to treatment and support that many people living with MS have in Wales compared to other parts of the UK. My vibrant team is striving to make sure that meeting the needs of people living with MS is firmly on everyone’s agenda.
Dr Susan Kohlhaas
Director of Research
I’m privileged to lead our groundbreaking research programme.
I have a PhD in cancer biology and cell signalling from the University of Leicester and postdoctoral experience in immunology from the Babraham Institute in Cambridge.
My current role involves leading the development and implementation of our research strategy to ensure our research programme has the greatest impact it can for people living with MS.
Executive Director of People
I'm thrilled to be working with great people at the MS Society in support of such a good cause.
My career has focused on providing quality support services aligned to the delivery of organisational goals. My key experiences have been in leading and delivering cultural change, leadership development and performance improvement.
It didn’t take a moment for me to get excited about this position. I cannot think of a better way to put my experience to good use.
Director, MS Society Scotland
I'm delighted to be working with our team at MS Society Scotland to achieve the best possible outcomes for people with MS.
My passion and commitment is to the third sector and social justice.
Most recently I was Chief Executive of Dundee Voluntary Action, a third sector infrastructure organisation. My role was to provide leadership and strategic direction, working with voluntary groups, volunteers, funders, community planning partners and other stakeholders.
Dr Emma Whitcombe
Executive Director of Fundraising
I’m proud to lead MS Society fundraising, working with our staff team and inspirational supporters.
I joined the MS Society in 2014, and since then we’ve achieved a great deal, including launching a transformational fundraising campaign with the aim of increasing funds so we can double our investment in MS research.
My focus is on ensuring that our supporters have the very best experience of working with us in partnership. I believe that, with the right investment, together we can stop MS.