David Martin has announced that following six years at the MS Trust, he plans to retire in early 2024.
During his tenure at the MS Trust, David has overseen the establishment of both the Specialist Nurse and the Advanced MS Champion programmes. Working closely with the NHS, these schemes place Specialist MS Health Professionals in areas of the UK which have the greatest unmet need. The results have directly improved the lives of thousands of people living with MS.
David also expertly steered the MS Trust through the overwhelming early days of the Covid pandemic. During this time demand for trusted information for people living with MS skyrocketed, while at the same time fundraising almost ceased overnight.
In his message to staff David said,
The MS Trust is stronger now than at any time since the pandemic. We have financial stability, a strong leadership team, and a skilful and energetic group of staff who are passionate about helping people with MS.
Given our position of strength, it feels like the time is right for me to hand over the reins to this wonderful organisation and move on to the next stage of my life.
Chair of Trustees, Caitlin Sorrell said of the news,
We are sad that David is moving on, but completely understand his motivations for doing so. He has shown fantastic leadership over his time with us, and the MS Trust is a stronger organisation thanks to his contributions.
The Board of Trustees and the management team, would like to thank David for his hard work and dedication during his time at the Trust, and they remain fully committed to maintaining our organisational values by providing trusted information to people living with MS. We will also continue to fund more essential MS health professionals across the UK. Together we will continue to make sense of MS.