Skip to main content
Overcoming MS brand background

About us

Overcoming MS informs, supports, and empowers people with MS to lead a full life with evidence-based self-managed lifestyle choices.

Board of trustees

About Overcoming MS

Overcoming MS is here for everyone affected by multiple sclerosis.

We are the world’s leading MS healthy lifestyle charity, helping people with MS to live well by making informed lifestyle choices, and bringing hope to those diagnosed, their families, friends and communities.

Our vision is a world in which living a full and healthy life with MS is possible for everyone.

At the heart of Overcoming MS is a self-management program for people with MS, devised to support their physical and mental health, based on clear, practical actions. The 7 pillars – created by Professor George Jelinek using the research into the impacts of lifestyle on MS – are diet, vitamin D/sunlight, physical activity, stress management, medication, family health and changing your life for life.

Personal background

Professor George Jelinek, Program Founder

“My mother died of MS in 1981. Towards the end of her life, she was totally incapacitated, unable to feed or care for herself. I was diagnosed with MS in 1999. I was determined that this was not going to be my fate.

Fortunately, my career as a Professor in Emergency Medicine and background as Editor-in-Chief of a major medical journal gave me the tools to sort through the medical literature on MS, giving appropriate weight to the various pieces of evidence I found. What I found startled me.”

The Overcoming MS Team


Our vision is a world in which every person with MS is empowered to take control of their health, is making informed lifestyle choices and is living a full and healthy life. Find out more about the Overcoming MS staff team working hard to achieve this vision.

Meet the team


Meet our team of expert event facilitators who assist with Overcoming MS retreats, one-day events and online offerings. Our facilitator team includes medical doctors, nutritionists, meditation practitioners and fitness experts. 

Meet the team

Trustee Board

Our Trustees volunteer their time and skills to set and review our overall direction. The Trustees govern the Overcoming MS charity and make sure we’re delivering on all our objectives, so that every person with MS can lead a full and healthy life.

Meet the team

Board Composition and Inclusion - Get involved

The board is currently seeking new members if you would like to join us and help make a difference to people with MS. Read a statement from our Chair of Board, Dowshan Humzah, about board composition and inclusion and what is being looked for in the new board members.

We are a Disability Confident employer

Disability Confident provides employers with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to attract, recruit, retain and develop disabled people in the workplace.

Whatever the size of your business, tools, guidance and advice will help you to recruit and retain from the widest possible pool of talent and help you keep valuable skills and experience.

Media Center

Contact us for comment on healthy lifestyle and its impact on MS, as well as spokespeople and case studies. Click here to find out more..


Overcoming MS Policies

You can download our most recent Safeguarding, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Complaints policies below.

If you’d like to access another Overcoming MS policy, for example, Information Governance or Whistleblowing, please get in touch via our contact form.