Meet our Board of Trustees, who together monitor our strategic objectives and direct the running of MS Trust.
Caitlin Sorrell worked in a variety of marketing and commercial roles in retail pharmacy for 20 years, starting in Boots as a graduate. Until 2017 she worked for Walgreens Boots Alliance as Managing Director of Alphega Pharmacy, a European network of independent pharmacies. She currently works part-time for a charity that supports asylum seekers and refugees, and is studying for a PhD in Health Psychology. Caitlin draws her motivation from her husband whose diagnosis was recently moved from Relapsing Remitting to Secondary Progressive MS.
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 with MS 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.
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.
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.
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.
Rachel started her career at the National Audit Office where she qualified as a chartered accountant before undertaking a variety of roles in the public and charity sectors. She set up her own accountancy practice in 2017, specialising in working with charities, and now works flexibly around the needs of her two bulldogs, Esme and Rocky. Rachel first came across the MS Trust after being diagnosed with clinically isolated syndrome in 2015.
Dr Declan Chard
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.
Katherine is an experienced corporate solicitor. Having trained and qualified at international law firm Linklaters LLP, Katherine spent a number of years working in their London and Moscow offices. Katherine is currently the Director of Legal, Corporate and Reinsurance for Aviva plc where she leads a team focusing on corporate finance matters. Katherine was diagnosed with relapse remitting multiple sclerosis in 2016 and is under the care of the brilliant team at Kings College Hospital, London. Katherine was involved in the Department of Health's PROVE project with parkrun as an outreach ambassador and runs the parkrun group for people affected by MS.
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.
Michael qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG and has held senior financial positions in several companies including Whitbread, Time Warner, Focus Wickes and more recently the Pinnacle Group. Michael is now a pluralist and uses his time to support / advise start up companies. He is Executive Trustee of a large DB pension scheme and Trustee of the Ramblers. Whilst not personally impacted by MS Michael knows friends and work colleagues who are.
Jo has relapsing remitting MS and was diagnosed in 2010. She is currently Bupa's Global Head of Internal Communications. She joined Bupa in 2008 as a Press Officer in the external relations team, and in the last 13 years has worked in various roles across corporate and financial communications, M&A, media relations, crisis communications, sponsorship and marketing, social media and public affairs. Jo's most demanding stakeholders are Henry (5) and Mia (4), who keep her very busy!
Sarah White is the Lead MS Clinical Nurse Specialist at St George's University Hospital in London. She has been an MS nurse since 2003 and manages the MS nursing team as well as having her own caseload of patients. She has been involved in national projects to improve MS services such as the Specialised Adult Neuroscience Transformation programme. Her background prior to working in the MS team was in neuro rehabilitation and district nursing. The MS Trust supports MS nurses in many ways and Sarah is delighted be able to give something back by becoming a Trustee.
Meet our patrons. We are proud to have the support of such passionate people, who are helping us make sure no one has to manage MS alone.
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'.