• Voluntary
  • Oxford, UK
  • Contract

The Organisation

Overcoming MS is the world’s leading multiple sclerosis healthy lifestyle charity. They are unique in their whole person approach and practical evidence-based focus upon self-management of MS, formulated as a holistic program. 

The Overcoming MS Program addresses those lifestyle factors that are shown to influence MS progression the most, such as diet, sedentary living, stress and a lack of vitamin D. Overcoming MS provide extensive tailored information and support to help those living with multiple sclerosis to make practical changes in their day-to-day lives. 

Tens of thousands of people across the world are following the Overcoming MS Program and now living well with MS. 

The Role

The pandemic and the subsequent downturn in the global economy has led to major challenges across healthcare systems with increasing clinical caseloads and many people newly diagnosed and living with MS feeling isolated and powerless. 

As a Trustee, you will play a key role in leading the charity through the next phase of our development, identifying our contribution to address many of these challenges.

Your role will be to oversee the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity, developing the organisation’s vision and aims in accordance with the governing document and legal and regulatory requirements. As a Trustee, and ambassador for Overcoming MS, you will live our values – evidence based, empowering, community focussed, inclusive, collaborative and dynamic.

We are at an exciting stage in our development and in the delivery of our ambitious strategy, with our plans for 2024-26 recently agreed, and are currently looking to bring specialist health and research professionals onto our Board.

This could be a clinical specialista Researcher, Scientist or Neurologist for example, a Nurse, or perhaps a General Practitioner with either a professional or personal interest in MS.

Lived experience of MS is highly advantageous, but not essential for these very specific roles. 

Person specification

  • Health/research experience, as above
  • Keen interest in and ability to connect with the Overcoming MS vision, mission and values
  • Passion for the transformative effect of a healthy lifestyle in disease management and prevention, patient-centred care and patient activation, to enable them to be active managers of their health
  • Ability to drive organisational change and navigate growth effectively
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically, exercise solid, independent judgement, and work effectively as a Board member
  • Willingness to participate actively in Board discussion, and numerate to the extent required to understand the charity’s financial records and accounts
  • Commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life (selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership)
  • A strong personal commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Ideally, a strong track record of achievement with experience of working at board-level, and an understanding of the principles of governance;

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this role, please reply to this advert and a member of the TPP Recruitment team will be in touch with details of next steps. Alternatively, contact Matt Adams, Lisa Ross or Emma Patmore via to arrange a confidential discussion.

We are conducting a rolling recruitment process for these Trustee roles. Once your application has been received by the TPP Recruitment team, you can expect to be contacted for a further discussion with TPP after which your application will be submitted to Overcoming MS for review. There is flexibility around the interview process thereafter, and we will work with you to establish next steps that suit your availability and that of the interview panel.

If you have the solid skills and experience in one of these areas, and are keen to help build on Overcoming MS success please get in touch today to find out more: call/email Matt, Lisa or Emma 0207 198 6060 /

You can find out more about this pivotal organisation and how to apply here: OMS dedicated microsite



Emma Patmore Senior Research Consultant

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