Everyone on our board of trustees have either been affected by MS directly or have someone close to them who has. The trustees very kindly volunteer their time, knowledge and experience in order to ensure that MS Research continues to achieve its aims.
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.
Ben is currently Managing Director of RGCP Enterprises and Conference at the Royal College of GPs. His role leads the two wholly owned trading companies that deliver practice support services, conferences, events, on line learning and publishing to GPs and primary care. Prior to joining the College he was at NHS providers, the membership organisation ans trade association for the NHS acute, ambulance, community and mental health services, as their Director of Development and Operations.
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.
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.
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!
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 grandchildren, 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.
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.
Liz is responsible for working closely with Charitable Trusts and Foundations to secure funding that can help support our many projects and activities, all of which aim to give people with an MS diagnosis the best outcomes possible.
Liz has an extensive background in Journalism and Marketing and has worked across the globe for various publications and private sector organisations. She crossed over to the small charitable sector seven years ago and has helped small charities locally and nationally secure funding and develop and implement marketing and communication strategies. She joined MS Research Treatment & Education in January 2019.
James Cox is our Community Fundraiser who is responsible for generating income for MS Research while developing relationships with individuals and organisations in the community.
James completed an MSc at The University of Bristol in 2018 and has a background in hospitality.