Nick Winser CBE Chair of Trustees

New Chair of Trustees announced - Nick Winser

We’ve appointed Nick Winser CBE as our Chair of Trustees. He will replace the existing chair, Hilary Sears, in January 2017 when her five year tenure comes to an end.

Nick joined the Board of Trustees for the charity in 2015 and earlier this year became vice-chair. He applied for his new voluntary role through an open recruitment process, which saw a great deal of interest for the position.

Nick is an engineer by profession and has dedicated his career to the energy sector. He worked for the National Grid for many years; he was promoted to their Board in 2003 and became the UK and European Chief Executive in 2011. In 2015 Nick was appointed as Chairman of Energy Systems Catapult, a government led initiative, where he currently still works.

In 1999, Nick’s wife Denise was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS).

MS has been a prominent and important factor in my life

Nick said: “I’m delighted to have been appointed the next Chair of the MS Society. MS has been a prominent and important factor in my life since my wife was diagnosed with the condition 17 years ago.

“As part of my new role I want to ensure the MS Society continues its vital funding of MS research to help find more effective ways to treat and manage MS. But it’s also important that many with MS have help now to deal with the daily effects of the condition. Access to the right information about treatments and services can make a huge difference and raising awareness of the condition will help us challenge social preconceptions about disability.

“There are more than 100,000 people with MS in the UK and many more affected by the condition. There is so much we can achieve together and I’m very much looking forward to taking up my new role.”

Hilary Sears, the current Chair, said: “The MS Society is 18 months into an ambitious five year strategy, focused on achieving transformational changes to improve the lives of people affected by MS. In particular we’re committed to investing more in MS research to accelerate the development of new effective treatments.

Extremely good hands

“I’m delighted for Nick and confident that under his leadership the MS Society will be in extremely good hands long into the future. I look forward to working with Nick over the coming months as he prepares to take on this important role in the New Year.”