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Senior Staff:

Chief Executive Robert Breakwell
Head of Physiotherapy Chris Beach
Clinical Lead Judith Allnutt
Clinical Lead Angela Outerbridge
Senior Physiotherapist & Clinical Lead Nikki Meeson
Senior Occupational Therapist Amy Smissen
Technical Instructor & Complementary Therapies Co-ordinator Karen Shaw 
Oxygen Treatment Co-ordinator John Bedford* 
Head of Fundraising Hannah Asquith
Business Manager Aaron Cox
PR Manager Catherine Golds*
HR Lead Julie Dean*
Finance Manager Martin Broughton
PA to Chief Executive/Office Manager Angela Turpin

* Volunteer 


Linda Oatley, Chair of Trustees
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I was diagnosed in 1999 and found the Chilterns MS Centre in 2002. I was delighted and relieved to find that I was not the only person with MS. My back ground is in Sales & Marketing and I am also a JP.

Now, proudly Chair of Trustees, I have a particular interest in fundraising and generating much needed income for the Centre and acting as its Ambassador, meeting sponsors and representing the Centre.

I am delighted to note that since we moved into our new home we have gone from strength to strength and now see and help many many people with MS who benefit from the services we offer.

Tony Winterbottom, Vice Chair of Trustees
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Trained in the city in investment management , I spent many years working for the United Nations on major development projects . I spent 12 years living in the Lake District and tackling economic and development problems in West Cumbria and  for the past 20 years in  London involved in the delivery of major projects , working for the Mayor of London and subsequently my own company. Projects included The London 2012 Olympics, Wembley Stadium, Tate Modern the new Crick  medical research centre and a host of others . I live in Aston Clinton and am proud to be involved with the MS Centre doing what I can to help.”

Pippa Evans, Company Secretary
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I qualified as an accountant in 1995 and spent 23 years working in the Energy Industry.  Half of that time involved a number of finance positions and for the last 10 years of my career with Statoil I held the position of Chief of Staff. I was responsible for the provision of, amongst other areas, Finance, Facility Management, Human Resources and Communications. I now run my own consultancy company, providing support and advice in finance and general business management to small and medium sized companies.

I first became aware of the Chilterns MS Centre when a close friend of mine was diagnosed with MS.  Since then I have seen how the Centre has helped her and I am well aware that the Centre can be a lifeline to its members. It has become a charity that I feel passionate about as a result of seeing first hand the great work that it does. I am very happy to share my broad business experience with the Centre.

Anthony Parks, Treasurer & Chair of Finance & Investment sub-Committee
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I am a chartered Accountant with a career in the profession servicing the commercial and charity sectors. I was involved in the preparation of the Chilterns MS Centre’s 2014 year-end accounts for audit and also the preparation of subsequent monthly management accounts. The new finance team is now established at the Centre but I want to continue to support this local charity. I feel I have accounting and commercial skills which will be of benefit to the Centre.

Anna Ashwell, Chair of Clinical Governance sub-Committee
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I am a dentist by background and after nearly 20 years of clinical dentistry I decided to undertake specialist training and my day job is as a Consultant in Dental Public Health. My work involves advising the NHS and local authorities on dental services. During my 25 year career in the NHS I have been given the opportunity to develop my skills and experience in many areas. As a public servant I feel that my taxpayer funded training and development should not only benefit the work of the NHS but should also benefit the wider community.

In March 2015 I was given a tour of the MS Centre and I was so impressed with the centre and the work that it does that I was keen to become more involved. This led to me applying for and being appointed as a trustee in the summer of 2015. I have a keen interest in the clinical aspects of the centre and I am the trustee lead on the clinical governance committee.

Julie Dean, Chair of Human Resources sub-Committee
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I spent 25 years in the motor insurance industry working up from a Claims Administrator to a Claims Manager for a global Accident Management Company. I was responsible for the introduction of the integrated scanning and indexing system. This was a major change at the time and required detailed policies and procedures together with people management. I managed the Claims, scanning and complaints department whilst being part of a team responsible for attaining the IS0 9000 accreditation (quality standards). I took voluntary redundancy and in 2008 and 6 months later I started in The Guinness Partnership (a housing association charity). I was an administrator for the Internal Audit Department responsible for the administration across the whole of audit in our four locations across the UK. This involved organising papers for the Audit and Risk Committee, and organising quarterly audit committees for each region.. I also managed personal records for all staff in all areas. 

I left in 2010 due to the progression of my MS. I started coming to Chiltern MS Centre in 1999. I first became a trustee in 2001 to 2002 but found working and managing a family and being a trustee was to much.. I became a trustee again in 2011 after being asked by members to consider it.

I believe the CMSC trustee board is in the best shape it has ever been and I'm proud to be a part of it as HR Committee Lead and hope that my working experience can be of benefit. 

John Bedford
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As an engineer by profession I worked for an international engineering company for over 30 years, culminating in running their North American operation as President.

My wife was diagnosed with MS twenty years ago and since we returned to the UK in 2002 she has been member of the Centre. Being impressed by the warmth and friendliness of the people using the Centre facilities together with the staff, I volunteered to help operate the oxygen chamber. Since 2013 I have been the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) Coordinator as well as a Trustee. 

Ian Summerfield, Chair, Carers’ sub-Committee
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I own an engineering business in Leighton Buzzard. I became involved with the centre through my wife who was diagnosed with MS over 30 years ago.  She has attended the Centre for 8 years during which time I have been impressed with the quality of the treatment she had received and the holistic approach the Centre promotes.

When the Centre moved to the new building I joined the board, hoping to help the Centre that has helped my wife to manage her condition as best she can.

Sarah Jones
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I am a psychologist/organisational development specialist and trained primary school teacher.  

I have run my own consultancy business with a very diverse range of clients, worked in large organisations and currently I operate as an independent coach and therapist.  I have been ‘medically retired’ from a fantastic organisation (a Bank) where I had a role I loved that included extensive global travel across the US, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, which involved lots of personal development and intellectual stretch. 

I have experience in organisational strategy, change management, coaching and team working. I have benefited so much from the CMSC (and continue to do so), that I would like to use my experience to support the CMSC in what ever ways I can.  We have a great location, totally dedicated staff and volunteers, a lively and supportive membership and I want to do all and anything I can to support and grow that. 

Catherine Golds,  Chair of Fundraising & Income Generation sub-Committee
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Before I was medically retired in 2012 as a result of my worsening MS my career spanned 20 years. My last role was managing an international business for the commercial arm of the charity the Electrical Safety Council. 

I believe the skills I bring to the Board of Trustees include change management, diversification and growth, decision making and people skills. I would like to describe myself as friendly, focussed and forward thinking and I have a track record in delivering increased profit, reducing costs and developing and implementing strategy. 

I am passionate about the Centre, the work we do; the services we deliver and the physical, emotional and social support that that we provide to our members.

Darayus Motivala, Chair of Facilities & Support Services sub-Committee
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After graduating from University, I worked in the IT industry for many years. In 2002 I made a career change to move into the hospitality industry; owning a themed restaurant and a cafe in a gym. Customer service was the key to our success which won us local awards.
I have been involved in various other fundraising initiatives and charities, particularly the
World Zoroastrian Organisation (WZO) a faith based charity. I have been involved in organising charity events and seminars, overseeing constitutional changes, setting up regional branches overseas, communicating with others, locally and overseas, and providing assistance in the preparation of fiscal and legal reports.


MS is a condition close to my heart as my wife was diagnosed many years ago. I am delighted to be supporting the Chilterns MS Centre and contributing by giving them my time and expertise. 

Stephen James
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The first half of my career was as a biological research scientist for companies in Cheshire and Hertfordshire, which also took me to interesting places across the USA and Europe. Following a few years as a civil servant in Whitehall, including a fascinating period in the Cabinet Office, I joined an agricultural research organisation and stayed for over twenty years. I was their Director of Operations and Company Secretary where I was active in covering a wide range of functions from external relations to finance, estate management to IT, contracts to human resources, whilst overseeing considerable periods of change in relationships with government, functional independence, structure and governance.

At the same time I included the post of Secretary for a Trust dating back to 1843; being CEO of a small charity working in the developing world, with lots of travel, and Trustee covering a grouping of 3 large, highly successful secondary schools. Partially retired, I am a consultant for charitable organisations going through major change.

My wife has had MS for a few decades and is a long standing client at the Centre, where I am really pleased to be a Trustee.

Simon Turner
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Recently retired after 32 years with the Metropolitan police, at the rank of Superintendent. Served mostly across North London, both borough based, and latterly as a Firearms commander. Specialist public order officer, involved in most major incidents in London over the past 20 years. In retirement I work both at Wembley stadium and freelance at other events , such as Glastonbery and the recent Rugby World Cup. I have also provided commentary to major events on both Sky & Russian TV !!. Two grown  up children, the oldest of whom has special needs. I hope I bring a depth of management experience, particularly command and control and communication expertise to the trustee group, plus a carers experience from a different viewpoint.