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04 July 2023

Overcoming MS welcomes three new Trustees to further strengthen charity’s support for MS Community

Appointees bring valuable and diverse range of perspectives, experiences, thinking styles and skills.

Overcoming MS, the world’s leading multiple sclerosis healthy lifestyle charity, announces the appointment of three new trustees to further enhance our ability to make a meaningful difference for those with MS.

The newly appointed trustees are:

  • Pauline Hanson, a practising barrister, brings a wealth of legal experience to the role as well as following the Overcoming MS programme. Pauline passionately believes that the hope Overcoming MS brings must reach every person at the point of diagnosis to help improve their quality of life and support the efficacy of clinical treatments. Learn more about Pauline here.
  • Marnie Middlemiss, Director of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement at the University of Brighton has over 20 years’ experience as a fundraiser. She has worked across the cultural, heritage and higher education sectors, and brings transferable skills that will be invaluable to Overcoming MS as it aims to increase fundraising and income generation. Learn more about Marnie here.
  • Dr Andrew Thomson is a GP and brings both personal and clinical experience to the Trustee role. He is passionate about the management of MS in a holistic manner and spreading the message of Overcoming MS in primary care – enabling patients to take more control of their MS and improve their quality of life via clinical and lifestyle choices. 

                                        Dr Andrew Thomson                Marnie Middlemiss                  Pauline Hanson

Dowshan Humzah, Chair of Overcoming MS, said: “I am excited to welcome Pauline, Marnie and Andrew to Overcoming MS. The charity’s core purpose is to enable everyone with MS to achieve optimal wellness by being able to take control of their health and wellbeing through making informed lifestyle choices alongside their clinical treatments. The new trustees bring a rich variety of perspectives, experiences and thinking styles that will challenge and support us in more effectively delivering our goals for the MS community.”

“I would also like to extend our gratitude, thanks and congratulations to Caroline Clarke who is stepping down as a trustee for Overcoming MS after 6 years and moves from her Group CEO role at the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust to be the Regional Director for London, NHS England – a hugely significant role serving the nation as, our jewel in the crown, the NHS celebrates its 75th anniversary. Caroline has contributed greatly to the development of the charity and she will be hugely missed.”

“Overcoming MS has made an extraordinary difference to thousands of people worldwide since its founding ten years ago and continues to do so as we look to further improve our services to the MS community, to expand our partnerships with other related support organisations, and to better inform and influence the wider MS landscape.”