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This is just a quick note to say hello and introduce myself at the end of my first week with Parkinson’s UK.

At the end of January, I take over from Steve Ford, as Interim Chief Executive, until the Board appoints a permanent Chief Executive, at which point I will ensure there is a smooth handover.

I realise this is a challenging time for many – you may have only ever known Steve as Chief Executive. My role is to safely hold the organisation during this interim period, ensure the continuation of the great work we’re doing, together, focus on achieving our strategic plan and priorities and continue to work for the best possible outcomes for people with Parkinson’s.

You may already know something of my background, but I work as an interim chief executive to charities in transition and am a consultant to Boards and senior management teams.

I have worked in the voluntary sector for many years and led a number of charities as interim chief executive, spanning health and social care, children’s services, poverty, social exclusion, migrants and refugees, all of which remain close to my heart. I am passionate about the work of the voluntary sector and only work for those charities whose work aligns with my own values and motivations.

It is a great privilege to take the reins from Steve, and I am grateful to have the opportunity to help take forward the much-needed work of Parkinson’s UK. I’ll be joining the all-volunteer call taking place next week, and I look forward to meeting many of you in the coming months.

Best wishes Shān Nicholas