THIS Trustee’s Week Muscular Dystrophy UK has announced three new Trustee appointments.
The leading charity that supports more than 110,000 people in the UK living with one of over 60 muscle wasting and weakening conditions approved Lord Sharkey, James Lee and Gerry McMenemy at their AGM last month.
The latest members will continue to help the existing Trustees set Muscular Dystrophy UK’s strategic direction, monitor the delivery of the charity’s objectives, uphold the charity’s values to governance and guide, advise and support the charity in achieving its overall vision and purpose.
John Sharkey has spent most of his commercial life in communications businesses. He was joint managing director of Saatchi and Saatchi UK, founded and ran his own advertising agency and was chair of various other communications and recruitment enterprises. He became strategic communications advisor to Nick Clegg in 2007 and was chair of the Liberal Democrat’s General Election campaign in 2010 and of the 2011 Fairer Votes campaign.
A former chair of the Association of Medical Research Charities, which he chaired for seven years, he is now a member of the House of Lords and of its Science and Technology Committee.
James was diagnosed with Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA type 3) as a small child and has both volunteered and worked at Muscular Dystrophy UK. He is currently Head of the Bridge Programme at the City Bridge Trust and a former Chair of the Grants Committee at BBC Children in Need. He also sits on the Disability Advisory Group working with Transport for London and is a member of the London Recovery Board for the Greater London Authority.
Gerry became involved with the charity shortly after his son was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. He and his wife appreciated the support of the charity, so they joined as a member, launched the family fund ‘Muscle in with Somhairle’ and Gerry became a member of the charity’s Scottish Council. He brings his lived experience as a parent and ambassador of a child with a muscle-wasting condition, and his skills as an accomplished communicator and negotiator from his role as a Scottish Police Officer working through a variety of front-line, operational, critical, and specialist policing fields in both management and leadership roles.
Muscular Dystrophy UK’s Chair of Trustees, Professor Michael Hanna said:
“It’s a pleasure to welcome our new trustees, who join us with a wealth and breadth of experience, knowledge and expertise.”
Catherine Woodhead, Chief Executive at Muscular Dystrophy UK said:
“The support that Muscular Dystrophy UK receives from our dedicated Trustees is paramount in helping us to make great advances, which would have been unthinkable just 10 years ago.
“Trustee’s Week is an opportunity to give a warm welcome to Lord Sharkey, James Lee and Gerry McMenemy and thank our existing Trustees for playing a vital part in supporting the muscle-wasting and weakening community. Together we are stronger.”
A special thanks to Marcus Brown, Tanvi Vyas and Michael Armstrong. who’ve recently stepped down from their role as Trustee for the charity.