Stop MS Appeal Board
I am personally dedicated to this important cause and excited about the possibilities that lie ahead. Our aim is to raise £100 million for medical research to transform the wellbeing, outlook and quality of life for everyone affected by MS. With your help we can make medical history. Together we can stop MS. Sir Vernon Ellis
Stop MS Board members
Private Equity Chairman and Investor
Mark, has held several senior positions in global institutions, including Global Head of Cash Management at Barclays Bank, Chief Executive of Prudential UK and Europe, AXA UK, AA, MAI and B&C. In 2006, with £500m of private equity backing, Mark founded Paternoster, which quickly became the market leader in Pension Bulk Annuities. The business was acquired by Goldman Sachs in 2010. Mark chairs PensionBee, Digitalis, RAC Financial Services, Acquis Insurance, Utility Bidder, and Leakbot.
Until 2019, Mark was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the NSPCC.
Kate Hely-Hutchinson is a UK Private Banker at Citi Private Bank. Kate previously ran her own company, the DD Bag Company, manufacturing bespoke bags and seating.
Kate used to work in corporate finance at Nomura International covering major UK businesses and banks, structuring bond finance and equity-related transactions and Tokyo stock exchange listings. Kate's husband Nick has progressive MS. She was Chair of the Steering Group that developed the vision for our Stop MS Appeal Board.
Sir David Bell
Non-Executive Director, The Economist
Knighted for his longstanding services to industry, the arts and charity, Sir David is a non-executive director of The Economist, former director of Pearson plc and former Chair and Chief Executive of the Financial Times.
Sir David’s involvement in public life and service spans many years, and he is currently the President of Coram. He is Chair of the Cambridge University Press and Roehampton University, of the charities Transformation Trust, Rare Recruitment and Bath Mozartfest.
Iain held the position of Group Chief Executive of Centrica plc for around 7 years.
He was previously BP's Chief Executive, Downstream, and was a board member from 2004-2014. He also served as a non-executive director and senior independent director of Rolls-Royce Holdings plc.
Iain is a non-executive director of BT Group plc, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Imperial College Business School, a member of the advisory board of the Centre for European Reform, a member of the European Round Table of Industrialists.
Chief Executive Officer of MediaCom EMEA
Josh Krichefski is CEO of MediaCom EMEA, previously CEO of MediaCom UK. He is responsible for developing and delivering MediaCom EMEA's business goals and future-proofing the business.
Josh was previously MediaCom’s COO for the EMEA region where he worked with the company’s local market teams. Before joining MediaCom Josh was Global Director of Client Development at Havas Digital. He is also a trustee of The Transformation Trust and Futureversity, both of which work with children from deprived backgrounds.
Director, Eykyn Maclean
Nick Maclean is a founder director of Eykyn Maclean, a private art gallery based in New York and London. The gallery specialises in impressionist and 20th century European and American Art.
Nick started his career with Christie’s, working in London as a specialist in 19th century European paintings. He moved to New York to become co-head of Christie’s impressionist and modern art department with Christopher Eykyn, and founded the gallery with him in 2006.
Sir Peter Middleton
Chairman, Burford Capital, Burford Capital Holdings (UK) Ltd, Hume Capital Securities Ltd. Founder and Senior Partner, Hamilton Ventures
Sir Peter Middleton is Chairman of Burford Capital, Burford Capital Holdings (UK) Ltd, and Hume Capital Securities Ltd, and Founder and Senior Partner of Hamilton Ventures. He is also Chancellor of the University of Sheffield and a Trustee of the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Sir Peter was Group Chairman of Barclays Bank from 1999-2004, President of the British Bankers Association from 2004-2006 and a member of the National Institute for Economic Research from 1996-2007.
Chief Executive of Cambridge University Press
Peter studied Mathematics at Merton College, Oxford, going on to join the consulting firm Bain & Company and then investment bank SG Warburg. In 1993 he joined the BBC as Head of Corporate Planning, becoming their Director of Business Development in 2005.
In 2006 Peter joined Ofcom as a board member and partner of Strategy & Market Developments. In 2010, he moved to Cambridge University Press and in 2012 he was appointed as their Chief Executive. Peter is also President of the Publishers Association.
Group Chief Information Officer, Royal London Group
Will Pritchett joined Royal London in January 2020 as Group Chief Information Officer with responsibility for technology, change and digital.
Will has worked in Financial Services technology for over 20 years having joined from KPMG where he was Partner for Technology. He has also been a Senior Executive in Accenture and Royal Sun Alliance and has worked globally transforming technology estates.
Professor Alan Thompson MD
Garfield Weston Professor of Clinical Neurology and Neurorehabilitation at the UCL Institute of Neurology
Professor Alan Thompson is Dean of the Faculty of Brain Sciences at University College London, Garfield Weston Professor of Clinical Neurology and Neurorehabilitation at the UCL Institute of Neurology, a consultant neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, and Chair of the UCL Partners.
Alan is, amongst other positions, chair of the Scientific Committee of the International Progressive MS Alliance, Chairman of the International Medical and Scientific Board of the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF).
Sir David Walker
Former Non-Executive Chairman, Winton Capital Management
Sir David Walker was the Non-Executive Chairman of Winton Capital Management from 2015 to 2019. Prior to that, he was Chairman of Barclays from 2012 to 2015 and Chairman and CEO of Morgan Stanley International.
Sir David began his career at HM Treasury, where he served until 1977. He was Chairman of the Securities & Investment Board and, ex officio, a nominated member of the Council of Lloyd’s. Sir David was a non-executive member of the Court of the Bank of England, a non-executive board member of the former CEGB and subsequently of National Power plc.
Director, Monument Re
Jonathan is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries with over 30 years’ experience in the life insurance industry. He was previously CEO of Windsor Life Assurance Company Limited and, subsequently, Guardian Assurance Company Limited. He is currently a director at Monument Re.
Jonathan has previously held non-Executive Directorships of Paternoster Insurance Company Limited and The Empire Life Insurance Company. He is currently a non-Executive Director with the Viridium Group in Germany. He is also a Director of MIDAC, MADAC and Laguna.
Non-Executive Director, Kier Group plc, Chair of Trustees, MS Society
Before becoming Chair, Nick became a Trustee at the start of 2015 and Vice-Chair in January 2016. His career has been devoted to the energy sector, primarily working for the National Grid. He is a Non-Executive Director of Kier plc and the Deputy President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and also a Trustee of Mid-Warwickshire MenCap.
Nick’s awareness of MS began when his wife, Denise, was diagnosed with the condition in 1999. He has witnessed many of the challenges that come with MS.
Chief Executive, MS Society
Nick joined us in early 2019, at a time of great opportunity for people affected by MS, both in terms of the help we can provide, and our work to stop the progression of MS.
Nick has a wealth of experience in leadership and the health sector, with a strong background in the NHS. His last two roles have been as CEO, most recently at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Before that he was CEO at Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for nine years.
Nick is also a trustee of Christian Aid, joining the charity in 2018.
Dr Susan Kohlhaas
Executive Director of Research and External Affairs, MS Society
Dr Susan Kohlhaas is our Executive Director of Research and External Affairs.
Susan worked as the Head of Strategy and Initiatives at the National Cancer Research Institute where she developed their five year organisational strategy and set up and launched several initiatives. She had previously worked for the MS Society for 7 years holding various senior roles including Head of Biomedical Research.
Susan holds a PhD in cancer biology from the University of Leicester and was previously a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Babraham Institute in Cambridge working in Immunology.
Dr Emma Whitcombe
Executive Director of Engagement and Income Generation, MS Society
Dr Emma Whitcombe is our Executive Director of Engagement and Income Generation. She was previously Director of Senior Relationships at the National Autistic Society, and held senior fundraising roles at Save the Children, Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Emma has developed and led award-winning major gift programmes and appeals, as well as recruiting high profile Development Boards. She holds a PhD in Developmental Psychology and was a Research Fellow at the University of Sussex.