Monday, 20 May 2024
Monday, 20 May 2024

MND Association announces the appointment of two new directors

THE Motor Neurone Disease Association has welcomed two new directors to the Executive Leadership Team. Jo Coker joins the Association as the new Director of Income Generation and Richard Evans takes up the post of Director of Engagement.

Having spent nearly two decades in fundraising and marketing roles at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Jo brings a wealth of experience to the Association. Jo’s most recent position as Director of Fundraising and Commercial at the RSPB saw her responsible for an annual income of over £100 million, overseeing individual giving, legacies, high value, membership, commercial and income operations teams.

As Director of Income Generation, Jo will provide the strategic leadership, development and delivery of the Association’s fundraising programmes to support our strategy and ensure we deliver excellent fundraising opportunities and a supporter experience that will build long-lasting relationships with our community, donors and partners.

Jo said:

“I’m excited, proud and honoured to be joining the MND Association at such a pivotal time, as the charity continues to grow and reach out to more people. I have admired the work of the Association from afar for some time now, and I look forward to increasing our fundraising potential to enable us to meet the needs of the MND community.”

Richard has worked across all areas of Engagement – Communications, Media, Public Affairs – for 20 years at a range of well-known charities, including Diabetes UK, The Kings Fund and Blood Cancer UK.  He is also a trustee for the Point of Care Foundation, a charity working to make healthcare more human.

The Director of Engagement role will see Richard lead a multi-functional team that embraces policy, campaigns, patient involvement, marketing, brand, VIP/Ambassadors and communications.

Richard said:

“The MND Association plays a vital role in acting as the voice for the MND community, and one of the things that has hugely impressed me so far is the charity’s commitment to putting people affected by MND at the heart of everything we do. There is clearly a huge opportunity over the next few years to make a real positive difference to people affected by MND, and it is a privilege to get the chance to be part of the team that delivers on that opportunity.”

Tanya Curry, Chief Executive of the MND Association said:

“I’m delighted that with the appointment of Jo and Richard, we have a complete and strong Executive Leadership Team ready to work together to drive forward our ambitious plans to deliver for the MND community. The two roles are so connected and as such, it will be a fantastic opportunity for Jo and Richard to work together and bring new ideas and fresh perspectives to our Engagement and Income Generation functions to help us further our support for people with MND.”

MND is a fatal, rapidly progressing disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. It can affect a person’s ability to walk, talk, eat and ultimately to breathe. A third of people die within a year of diagnosis and half within two years. There is currently no effective treatment and no cure.


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