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 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.
Dr Kate Adcock, Director of Research
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.”
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.”
Alec Raven, Director of Development
Alec first joined us in 2002 when we were called Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, heading up corporate partnerships. Since then he has gained considerable fundraising experience at Breast Cancer Care where he has been since 2007 successfully leading major fundraising campaigns at national and local levels.
“I am really excited to be returning to Muscular Dystrophy UK – and am enthused by its current strategy and work agenda. I want to lead a team that is clear on how its fundraising can help achieve change, and tells people about the impact the charity has on people’s lives.”