Laura Chapman (Chair)
Laura Chapman retired as Chief Executive of the Freemasons' Grand Charity in 2016, having held that post since 2001. She previously held a number of positions with BT in Marketing and Corporate Planning and established BT's Community Affairs Programme, which she headed for eight years. She has followed the work of the MS Trust for many years, and shares its commitment to people living with MS now by providing high quality information for them, and supporting the MS health professionals who deliver their medical care.
Sarah Joiner (Vice-chair)
Sarah Joiner took early retirement from the Department of Health in 2007. She is actively involved in her local community and several national charities. Diagnosed in 1981, she contributes as an Expert Patient to a number of forums on long-term neurological conditions, with a particular interest in vocational rehabilitation. Sarah credits her 'get up and go' to her wonderful family and the brilliant MS multi-disciplinary team at the National Hospital in London.
Paul Budd is Head of PR and External Relations for Care UK. He has held a number of roles within Royal Mail Group, including External Relations Director from 1999 to 2010. From 2010 to 2011 he was a member of Royal Mail's Group Executive Team.
Declan Chard is a Principal Clinical Research Associate at UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology and Honorary Consultant Neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square. His clinical practice is mainly in MS and his research focuses on the use of magnetic resonance imaging to better understand MS and its treatment.
Dawn Langdon is Professor of Neuropsychology at Royal Holloway, University of London and has accreditation as a clinical, health and neuro-psychologist. Her research interests focus on psychological aspects of MS, including multinational studies of cognition and the effects of medication.
Jenny began her career as a political journalist and has successfully led high-profile national and global campaigns in-house and agency-side. In 2018 she launched a specialist healthcare communications consultancy OVID. She is a former adviser to a government health minister, and has advised a wide range of stakeholders: from global pharmaceutical companies; NHS organisations; healthcare charities; private equity; the independent sector and digital start-ups. Jenny is also a trustee of Carer’s Network, a London-based charity.
David Philpot has relapsing remitting MS and was diagnosed in 1997. A qualified solicitor, he is Director and General Counsel of a company that develops electricity generating stations and previously spent more than 25 years in private practice with large commercial law firms in London and Birmingham. He knows that he owes a huge debt to the unfailing support he receives from close family and the specialist MS team at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.
Christine Singleton is Lead Clinical Physiotherapist at the West Midlands Rehabilitation Centre in Birmingham. She established services to assist neurological patients with mobility and rehabilitation using innovative technology and Christine has a keen interest in clinical research. A visiting lecturer at Birmingham University and Founder member of Therapist in MS (TiMS) she tries to ensure that all patients receive equal access to good quality holistic care.
Caitlin Sorrell works for Walgreens Boots Alliance as Managing Director of Alphega Pharmacy, a European network of independent pharmacies. Since starting her career in Boots, she has worked in a variety of marketing and commercial roles, but now focuses on supporting independent pharmacy as a key point of access to healthcare for patients across Europe. Caitlin draws her motivation from her husband who was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS in 2009.
Edith Rifkind trained as a zoologist and worked as a researcher in the Department of Medicine at Edinburgh University. She was diagnosed with primary progressive MS in 1997.
Laurence and Jackie Llewelyn-Bowen
Laurence and Jackie Llewelyn-Bowen have long been associated with the MS Trust. Whilst Laurence is well known for his flamboyance and flair from his television appearances, fewer people may realise Jackie's influence in their design business. They have donated designs for a range of cards not only in memory of Laurence's mother who had MS, but also for Jackie's mother who was recently diagnosed. Laurence and Jackie bring to the MS Trust a 'can do' approach summed up in their motto 'Don't dream it. Be it'.