Chief ExecutiveI joined the MS Society as Chief Executive at the beginning of 2019. My background is in the health sector and I’ve worked in senior leadership positions within the NHS for the past 15 years. Most recently I was CEO at King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
During my career in the NHS, I've seen the impact that neurological conditions like MS can have. I'm keen to contribute my energies to making sure everyone affected by MS gets the best deal possible, through research, support, fundraising and campaigning across the UK.
Executive Director of Corporate Services
I’m excited to be able to use my professional skills to help people living with MS.
I have over 20 years’ experience in various non-profit organisations including the NHS, local and central government and various charities.
My areas of responsibility include Finance, HR, EDI, ICT, Data, Facilities Management, Strategy and Impact, basically supporting and enabling everyone within the MS Society to achieve such a worthwhile aim.
Director, MS Society Northern Ireland
I joined the MS Society in 2018 following 8 years with RNIB Northern Ireland. Previously, as an official at the Department of Health, I was involved in policy development for MS services and I have direct experience of the impact of MS on family members and friends.
I'm working with policy makers to improve the quality and availability of treatment, care and support services for people with MS across Northern Ireland. As Northern Ireland Director, I also have a very keen interest in the development of our network of local groups and the support they offer to people living with MS in their communities.
Executive Director of Digital and Services
I have a close family member with MS. Seeing the impact of MS first hand has made me incredibly passionate about the work we do.
I’m responsible for all of our digital channels, as well as our support to people affected by MS across the UK. This includes local groups, our MS Helpline, information resources and grants. I’m honoured to be responsible for ensuring we continue to meet the changing needs of people affected by MS through a range of high quality services.
Director, MS Society Cymru
I work alongside people with MS to ensure they have the treatment, support and care they need.
I was deeply shocked by the poor access to treatment and support that many people living with MS have in Wales compared to other parts of the UK. My vibrant team is striving to make sure that meeting the needs of people living with MS is firmly on everyone’s agenda.
Dr Susan Kohlhaas
Executive Director of Research and External Affairs
I’m privileged to lead our groundbreaking research programme.
I have a PhD in cancer biology and cell signalling from the University of Leicester and postdoctoral experience in immunology from the Babraham Institute in Cambridge.
My current role involves leading the development and implementation of our research strategy to ensure our research programme has the greatest impact it can for people living with MS.
Director, MS Society Scotland
I'm delighted to be working with our team at MS Society Scotland to achieve the best possible outcomes for people with MS.
My passion and commitment is to the third sector and social justice.
Most recently I was Chief Executive of Dundee Voluntary Action, a third sector infrastructure organisation. My role was to provide leadership and strategic direction, working with voluntary groups, volunteers, funders, community planning partners and other stakeholders.
Dr Emma Whitcombe
Executive Director of Engagement and Income Generation
I’m proud to lead MS Society marketing, fundraising and trading, working with our staff team and inspirational supporters.
I've been a professional fundraiser for almost 20 years, working in leadership roles in charities including Save the Children, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and most recently, The National Autistic Society.
My focus is making sure our supporters have the very best experience of working with us in partnership. I'm passionate about bringing together volunteer leadership and fundraising to partner in transformational change: I believe that together, we can stop MS.