Our Board and Trustees
Dr Rosie Jones - Chairman
Rosie gained a PhD at Birmingham University Medical School as a Neuromuscular Physiologist and has had extensive active engagement in laboratory and clinical MS research and teaching. She has held posts at the University of Birmingham, University College London and at Bristol University and in the NHS in Bristol.
Between 2000 and 2009 she also headed up the Bristol Clinical Research Support Unit, a DH funded post supporting research activities in all Bristol’s hospital and community NHS Trusts.
Over the years her MS Research team has initiated successful bids for several million pounds in research funding from the EU, EPSRC, NIHR and a variety of charitable funds. She took over the role of Chairman for the charity in 2011 and hopes to grow its funding potential and research portfolio to encompass new areas of MS Research, Treatment & Education.
Mr Ben Clacy – Trustee and Company Secretary
Ben is currently Director of Operations and Development for the Foundation Trust Network. This organisation supports Foundation Trust NHS Hospitals and provides various supporting resources and events for NHS Trusts. Ben is responsible for the FTN’s commercial partnerships, infrastructure, membership and the annual conference and exhibition.
Ben’s first exposure to MS was as a student at the University of Bristol. More recently Ben’s mother was diagnosed with MS and this has fuelled his desire to be a Trustee of the Charity.
Bob Gore – Trustee
Bob is a qualified actuary and has worked in variety of roles across financial reporting, operations and pricing for several large companies in the life insurance industry. His current role is as a consultant actuary with Grant Thornton, having previously worked for KPMG.
Bob’s late mother was diagnosed with MS while he was growing up, so he is aware of some of the difficulties of living with the condition. This has made him keen to use his skills as a Trustee of the Charity to help further its work.
Mr Brian Pagington – Trustee
After many years of enduring symptoms Brian was finally diagnosed with MS in 1997 at which point life changed dramatically for him and his whole family. Brian had been an HGV driver and was forced to leave his employment, however, Brian has not let MS hold him back nor does he complain instead he has whole heartedly put his energy into helping MS Research where and when he can.
Brian has been a friend of MS Research Training and Education for many years, a trusted and highly valued volunteer and Trustee for us too!
Mrs Ollie Pagington – Trustee
Ollie was born and raised in Bristol and has enjoyed various jobs in the local area. Ollie is now retired but continues to help Brian manage his MS and volunteer for MS Research as well as spending time with their grand children, baking and reading.
Both Ollie and Brian volunteer their time selflessly to help us raise funds for research as well as raise awareness into the daily repercussions of living with MS. Whether it be sitting for hours in supermarket foyers handing out information or dancing a highland fling on Burns Night their contribution to “seeing the back of MS” has been priceless.
Mr Ross Pearson – Trustee
Ross spent 7 years working for the RAC within the Sales, Service & Corporate Partnerships divisions in roles spanning Operational Management, Business Change and Relationship Development for both Direct and Indirect membership. Following the acquisition of RAC by Aviva, Ross moved into Aviva Strategic Partnerships managing the bancassurance relationship for a major high street bank. During this time Ross led successful bids, implemented new distribution channels and delivered numerous significant change programs.
In early 2012 Ross was recruited into the turnaround team at Reader’s Digest, initially to manage the Financial Services business and latterly the wider Partnerships business. During this time the business was restructured into a publishing and partnerships organisation, with the magazine having the UK’s third largest monthly circulation. Following this Ross spent 2 years at Plan B Funding, a technology and marketing consultancy serving the Banking and Wealth Management sectors, where he led the Client Services business.
Ross was recruited into the Origination team at Augusta Ventures in July 2015
Dr John Robb – Trustee
John has a BA and MSc in Geography and a PhD in nineteenth century residential segregation in Glasgow.
A one-year Geography lectureship at the then University of Wales led to John taking successive jobs as Research Officer with World University Service (UK) in Islington, and then lectureships in FE and HE colleges in west London. John and Laurence married in 1981. John was appointed Subject Leader in Geography at Bath CHE in January 1990, and has served as Assistant Dean of Faculty/School through the various reorganizations. He took early retirement from Bath Spa aged 60 in August 2013. John is principle carer for his spouse, and has acquired much experience of the day to day practicalities of care, including assistive technologies, and the changing context of support at national and local levels.
John’s hobbies are extensions of his academic interests, with vacations often spent in field walking, heritage visiting and photography.
Mrs Laurence Robb – Trustee
Laurence is an ex – teacher who came to England from France, married and never returned to her native country. She retired from teaching in 1995 but carried on working as a volunteer for MS with the MS Research Unit of Bristol University from home as well as volunteering to participate in research projects on Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES). She could not retire from MS.
She has tirelessly campaigned with local disabled groups on issues like access and services and successfully campaigned to support the Bristol MS Unit and to help to introduce and fund a post of Neurology Specialist Physiotherapist in Bath. This was the start of the Community Neuro and Stroke Service (now part of Sirona Care and Health). She manages her personal care budget and MS mobility issues daily. She frequently contributes to the MS Research social media sites, paints and enjoys visiting landscaped gardens.
Mrs Abi Wiltshire – Fundraising and Development
Abi Wiltshire is our Fund Development Manager whose responsibilities lie in developing new fundraising strategies and supporting the many wonderful volunteers who raise money and give their time to MS Research Treatment & Education.
Abi has a background in Marketing and many years of Community Fundraising experience.