Our Senior Executive Team

Catherine Woodhead, Interim CEO

Catherine has worked in the charity sector since 2000, with her fundraising experience spanning senior strategic and operational planning roles in a number of large and small charities.

A former member of The Prince’s Charities fundraising advisory group, Catherine joined Muscular Dystrophy UK in August 2016 as Director of Development and was appointed Interim CEO in September 2018.

We know that every day counts, and only by working together can we accelerate treatments for people with muscle wasting conditions. I am proud to lead our team to deliver faster access to treatments, drive change for better care, and support to enable individuals and their families to stay active, independent and connected. Thank you to everyone who supports us as donors, supporters and volunteers who make every day count.

Jenny Howard, Director of Finance

Jenny joined Muscular Dystrophy UK in January 2014, having worked in the charitable sector for 20 years. As Finance Director, she is responsible for leading and advising on finance and IT strategies, ensuring they support our overall objectives.

A fellow of the ACCA, Jenny has a Post Grad Diploma in Public Leadership and Management (Warwick University).

“I have always enjoyed working in the charitable sector, and the sense of really making a difference to people’s lives. Muscular Dystrophy UK has a clear strategic vision, and is made up of committed supporters and staff who are all determined to make it happen. This is an inspirational place to work.”

Nikki Hill, Director of Communications and Marketing

Nikki is an experienced senior communications strategist with a track record of delivering meaningful and unified creative campaigns that build engagement and garner support. Her previous roles include Stroke Association, Age UK, Arthritis Care and Carers UK.

“My role is to raise awareness and understanding of muscular dystrophy so that more people know of us, more people know how we help and in turn they know how they can help us.”

Dr Kate Adcock, Director of Research
and Innovation

Dr Kate Adcock joined us in June 2018 from her role as Head of Neuroscience and Mental Health with the Medical Research Council. She’s also worked in a senior role with the Wellcome Trust. Kate has a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Cambridge, after gaining her first degree at Imperial College London. She then worked as a post-doctoral assistant at the University of Basel and in the Department of Diagnostic Imaging at the University Children’s Hospital in Zurich before joining the Wellcome Trust in 2005.

“I’m excited to be joining Muscular Dystrophy UK and I look forward to working closely with supporters, staff, Trustees, researchers and existing partners. Initially, my key focus will be reviewing the charity’s research strategy and putting in place a three-year plan to accelerate the search for effective treatments. I shall also be seeking opportunities to build new partnerships with funding bodies and other UK and international organisations.”

Rob Burley, Director of Campaigns, Care and Support

Rob Burley has spent 15 years in the charity sector, with a strong focus on health and disability. He has had senior roles at Alzheimer’s Society, and Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID). He started his career at Breakthrough Breast Cancer where he completed the NCVO’s Certificate in Campaigning. He is a trustee of Charityworks, the UK non-profit sector’s graduate programme, and is a Clore Social Leadership Fellow.

“It is a privilege to be joining MDUK as we embark on such an ambitious and exciting new strategy. MDUK’s mix of research, campaigning and direct support mean that we can deliver real improvements for individuals living with muscle wasting conditions today and tackle the barriers they face across society, while ensuring that future generations have access to treatments and cures that our work is helping to discover and develop”.

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