Parkinson's UK appoints interim chief executive

22 Jan 2021 News

Shān Nicholas

Parkinson's UK

Parkinson’s UK has appointed Shān Nicholas as interim chief executive.

She takes over from Steve Ford, who leaves the charity this month after 15 years in charge.

A spokesperson for Parkinson’s UK said the recruitment for a permanent chief executive was underway, and the charity hoped to make an appointment "in the next few months".

Interim experience

Nicholas has previously served as interim chief executive at a range of charities, including Independent Age, The Children’s Society and the Refugee Council, as well as running her own consultancy for executives and directors.

Shān said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Parkinson’s UK and have the opportunity to contribute to this critical area of work. 

“The quality, innovation and impact of the charity is hugely impressive and I look forward to working with the talented team of staff and volunteers. 

“It is a privilege to take over from Steve and lead Parkinson’s UK through this next period.”

Ford said in November that he would be leaving the charity to find “a new big challenge”.

An 'incredibly exciting' appointment

Gary Shaughnessy, the chair of Parkinson’s UK, said: “We are delighted to welcome Shān to Parkinson’s UK. 

“The wealth and breadth of experience that she brings from across the charity sector is incredibly exciting for us. 

“The combination of the passion, talent and expertise of our leadership team and Shān’s broad experience will, we believe, be really powerful.

“With Shān‘s input, and the knowledge and capability of the people at Parkinson’s UK and our volunteers, the board has every confidence that the team will continue to deliver to the Parkinson’s community and build on the momentum that we have.”

Parkinson’s UK had £47m in income last year, according to the latest filings with the Charity Commission, its highest total ever, but has been forced to furlough some staff during the coronavirus pandemic.

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