Board of trustees

Our board currently has 11 trustees including a chair, vice-chair and assistant treasurer. Many trustees either have MS, or someone close to them does. All trustees are volunteers and do not receive payment.

Meet our trustees

What do trustees do?

Trustees help decide on our strategy and monitor the performance of the MS Society. They also:

  • agree the business plan and performance targets on an annual basis
  • approve each year’s budget
  • monitor compliance with regulatory and statutory requirements
  • oversee a framework of delegation and systems controls. 

All our trustees are recruited for their skills or experience, in order to help the MS Society run effectively. The MS Society is a multi-million pound not-for- profit organisation, so it needs people with a wide range of skills and experience of business, MS and other areas to succeed.

Trustees are expected to share the mission and values of the Society and agree to commit time and energy to the work of the Board. 

Board meetings

The Board meets four times a year. There are also meetings of expert committees (Audit, Risk and Finance; Governance; and People), on which some Board members sit.

Any member of the MS Society can attend a board meeting if they book in advance - contact us at for details.

The full membership of commitees and our National Councils can be found here.

Electing trustees

Members of the MS Society elect trustees at our annual AGM. They are appointed for a term of three years and generally cannot serve for more than two consecutive terms. Trustees elect a Chair for a five-year term of office.

Trustee candidates will be proposed for election at this year's AGM on 23 September.

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