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Chair | Overcoming MS

This is an opportunity to lead the board of Overcoming MS and support this growing and ambitious charity as they embark on a new strategy.

  • Location: England
  • Salary: Unremunerated

About

Overcoming MS (OMS) is the world’s leading multiple sclerosis (MS) healthy lifestyle charity. We share the evidence behind the OMS program focussing on the everyday practical things that people can do to improve their health outcomes and quality of life. We are unique in our whole person approach and practical evidence-based focus upon self-management of MS, formulated as a holistic program. This incudes following a plant based diet, supplementing with Vitamin D, exercising and using stress management techniques.

We believe that people with MS can lead full and healthy lives after a diagnosis.

Since our inception as a UK charity, inspired by Australian Professor of Medicine, Professor George Jelinek’s programme and book Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis, our founding Chair, Linda Bloom has grown and evolved OMS to inform, support and empower more people with MS and their families to live positive and fulfilling lives.

We have recently appointed a new CEO and have developed a new three-year strategy “Find Realistic Hope and Full Life, Find OMS”, which marks the beginning of a transformation programme to become more visible, accessible, and have a greater impact through information, support, empowerment, and collaboration. We want to have a bigger, wider and more inclusive impact in supporting, inspiring and fostering a culture of hope and positivity. We have the ingredients in place to build on our momentum to engage our community, healthcare professionals and others across the world.

Who we are looking for

As we embark on our new strategy and enter a new phase in our development and growth, we are looking for a new Chair. As our new Chair you will be aligned to our vision, highly empathetic to our cause and motivated to support us to grow, scale and realise our vision of a world where people with MS feel empowered to take control of their health, are making informed lifestyle choices and living a full and healthy life. This will be a challenging but hugely rewarding role, offering the opportunity to take OMS to the next level and be the momentum for change.

We welcome a passionate, ambitious, and entrepreneurial focused leader to join us for this exciting next stage of development. We expect the time commitment to be circa three days a month.

Closing date: Monday 27th September 2021

For further information or to arrange a confidential discussion about this role, please contact our Consultants at Peridot Partners:

Lucy Mavers | lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07947 935068

Jennifer Horan | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070 497

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Welcome Letter

Dear Candidates,

Thank you for your interest in becoming Chair of Overcoming MS (OMS).  We are the world’s leading multiple sclerosis (MS) healthy lifestyle charity.  We provide evidence-based health and lifestyle support to people with MS, so they are empowered to take control of their health and live a full and healthy life.

Our present chair, Linda Bloom, knows first-hand what it’s like to be diagnosed with MS.  Aged 28, she found herself quite suddenly facing an MS diagnosis, bedridden and with no hope for the future.  After chancing upon a book called Overcoming MS, written by an Australian professor of medicine, Professor George Jelinek, she embraced the health and lifestyle program it promoted and over time her health was completely restored.  She has been relapse-free for 18 years.  As a result of this life changing experience, Linda felt compelled to share this information with others diagnosed with MS, and in 2012 established Overcoming MS as a UK registered charity.

Since then, OMS has grown from humble beginnings, with just a few dozen people engaged in the UK, to the global footprint and audience engagement it has today.  Across its many experiential and digital platforms, the charity offers a variety of ways to inform, support and empower people with MS, their families and communities.

Following a recent period of growth and development, including the appointment of our CEO Grazina Berry in 2020, OMS is now in a new chapter in the charity’s evolution. The publication of a new three-year strategy ‘Find Realistic Hope and a Full Life, Find OMS marks the beginning of a wide-ranging transformation programme so that OMS can become even more visible, accessible,  vocal, collaborative and impactful, working towards long term sustainable growth.

With a solid leadership team in place and a newly strengthened Board following the recent appointment of three exceptional new Trustees, the time is right to appoint a new Chair to harness the charity’s current momentum and to deepen its support and engagement across a diverse community of OMSers, healthcare professionals and partners across the globe.

If you feel you have the experience and skills we are seeking and crucially – passion and commitment, then we very much look forward to hearing from you.  Thank you for your consideration.

Linda Bloom                                                                           Grazina Berry

Current Chair                                                                         CEO

Overcoming MS is the world’s leading multiple sclerosis healthy lifestyle charity. Helping people find hope, take control, and better manage their MS is at the heart of what we do.

Over 2.8 million people worldwide live with multiple sclerosis, with many experiencing progressive disability over time. Although there is currently no cure for MS, we believe that people with MS can lead positive and fulfilling lives. This belief is based on substantial scientific evidence of the benefits of holistic self-care, alongside medical therapies when appropriate.

At the heart of OMS is a self-management program for people with MS, devised to support their physical and mental health, based on clear, practical actions.

Our vision is that people with MS feel empowered to take control of their health, are making informed lifestyle choices and living a full and healthy life.

Our strategic goals to achieve our vision are, to:

  1. Inform

We ensure people affected by MS are fully informed about evidence-based ways to help self-manage multiple sclerosis.

  1. Support

We help people living with MS to feel supported through OMS Circles (our growing global volunteer community network). OMS Circles are accessible and responsive to the diverse needs of people affected by MS.

  1. Empower

We advocate for and with people living with MS and demonstrate how self-management and lifestyle choices are a vital part of living a full life. We influence policymakers and campaign to raise awareness of the importance and benefits of MS self-management.

  1. Collaborate

We support and contribute to the growing body of evidence around lifestyle choices and self-management of MS to help influence and create change amongst healthcare professionals and policymakers. We work in partnership with individuals, communities, healthcare professionals and other charities to create genuine and sustainable benefits for people living with MS.

Overcoming MS Values

Our values shape how we work to create positive outcomes for, and with, people affected by MS

 

We are:

Evidence-based

The OMS Program draws upon an extensive body of evidence of the benefits of lifestyle changes on the health outcomes and quality of life for people with MS. Its evidence is broad-based, incorporates over 1,000 research studies from some of the world’s leading medical journals and is supplemented by a long-established HOLISM study. We will continue to build collaborative partnerships with leading scientists to ensure the evidence base continues to evolve.

Empowering

We believe that the realisation that each of us can take control of how we experience illness and disability is both powerful and positive. We provide the tools to enable people with MS to take care of themselves and become active managers of their own health.

Community-focussed

We focus on building a supportive, positive and empowered community of people with MS. We recognise and celebrate the experience and knowledge of people with MS, which we harness in our efforts to influence a broader understanding of the value of MS self-management. We treat people with MS as equal partners in the work that we do.

Inclusive

The symptoms and experience of MS are diverse and unpredictable. While in some people with MS, their disease course will be relatively mild, others may experience a range of symptoms, including pain and spasticity, mobility problems, difficulties with vision, cognitive impairment, bladder and bowel problems. OMS is an inclusive and diverse community, which both welcomes and gives voice to the experience of each individual.

Collaborative

We work within, and seek to influence, an active and well-developed field of research into the treatment of MS, as well as the expanding arena of advocacy for people with MS in relation to healthcare policy, access to resources and the benefits of self-management as a complement to medicinal therapies.  The impact of OMS within these fields of action and debate is increased through collaboration with other charities, healthcare professionals and researchers, and the MS community itself.

Dynamic

As a small charity operating on a global scale, we value focus, efficiency and creativity.

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    Timetable

    Closing date: Monday 27th September 2021

    Longlisting date: Monday 4th October 2021

    First stage Interviews: Friday 8th October 2021

    Shortlisting date: Monday 11th October 2021

    Final stage Interviews: Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st October 2021

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