MS Society appoints Acting Chief Executive

Published date: 08 Jan 2013 at 3:01PM

The MS Society has appointed Patricia Gordon, the charity’s current Director for Northern Ireland, as its Acting Chief Executive.

Patricia will take up the post on an interim basis while the charity begins the recruitment process for a permanent replacement for Simon Gillespie, whose resignation was announced last month. Simon will leave the MS Society on 15 February to join the British Heart Foundation as Chief Executive.

Experienced leader

Patricia joined the MS Society in January 2008. She was previously Chief Executive of the South and East Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.

For the last year, as well as overseeing the MS Society’s activities in Northern Ireland, Patricia has been acting as Director of MS Society Scotland.

Patricia said:

“I'm delighted to have this opportunity, over the ensuing months, to work with volunteers and staff to continue to improve the lives of people affected by MS."

Chairman Hilary Sears said:

“Patricia has not only run a tight ship in Northern Ireland but has also spent the last year overseeing our activities in Scotland. She has 12 years experience as a chief executive before joining the MS Society and I am confident she will enable the charity to continue the excellent progress made under Simon’s leadership, until we are able to appoint a permanent successor."

Improving the lives of people affected by MS

The change comes as the MS Society begins its 60th anniversary year. We have lots of exciting plans in place for 2013, including an events fundraising campaign, Challenge60, which will be launched in the summer.

We will also be engaging people across the MS community throughout the year to seek their views on what our vision should be for the next 20 years.

Page last updated: 10 Jan 2013
I'm delighted to have this opportunity, over the ensuing months, to work with volunteers and staff to continue to improve the lives of people affected by MS.
Patricia Gordon, Director for Northern Ireland, MS Society

What's new?