Here's Our Trustees
Donna Okell (Chair)
Donna lives in Cheshire and has over 35 years’ experience in the financial and retail sectors. Since 2013 she has also been supporting leaders in the voluntary sector. She has been a keen supporter of NMC since she first visited the centre in 2013.
Donna set up and co-facilitates Connect, Lead and Learn, a forum for CEOs of Cheshire Charities. She is the founder of Prosper on Purpose, an organisation which helps organisations clarify their vision, purpose, and values.
In 2021 Donna established Cheshire for Good; a unique community for Cheshire businesses who are committed to making a bigger difference to their people, communities, and the planet. She is part of the growing B Corp (responsible business) movement which encourages businesses to act as a force for good.
When not working she enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking the dogs, cooking gardening, and occasionally cycling!
Ian is a Royal Navy veteran of the first Gulf War but was discharged after being diagnosed with Charcot Marie Tooth disease. He now has over 20 years’ experience working and volunteering in Disability Sport and is full time employed as Head of Disability Cricket for the England and Wales Cricket Board. He has overseen the growth of disability cricket from c3000 participants in 2007 to over 71k in 2019. He has led 18 overseas cricket tours with England’s national disability squads and states that his biggest achievement is never losing a series in Australia!!
Ian has been attending NMC since 2005. He understands first hand the benefits of the centre and its holistic approach to treatment.
Outside of work, Ian lives in North East Wales and is married with 2 children. He enjoys reading (when he gets chance) and attending cricket and football matches with his son. Ian is a season ticket holder at Everton Football Club and a full member of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). Ian is also a Trustee of The Lord’s Taverners. He has recently written a biographical account of his life and experiences which expected to be published towards the end of 2021.
Ian Martin (Vice Chair)
Bill Stothart (Treasurer)
Bill is a Chartered Accountant and experienced Finance Director who joined NMC Trustees on retirement from the University of Chester in 2016.
Bill previously worked for Shell, both in the UK and internationally, and then in further and higher education.
Bill wanted to continue to put his finance and general management experience to good use and to support and develop NMC to deliver on its objectives for people with Neuromuscular disorders and feels he has learned a lot from the experience.
Bill is married and lives near Chester. Bill enjoys spending time with his family, travel, cycling, bird watching, playing tennis and badminton, and watching a wide variety of live sport, theatre, and music.
Millie has been part of the NMC community since 2012 as a physio recipient, volunteer, employee, and now a trustee.
After graduating from Durham University with a Law degree, Millie was responsible for the development of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme at NMC, providing a vital platform for young disabled people to grow in confidence and independence.
Millie now works in corporate responsibility at a law firm in London, developing strategic partnerships with civil society organisations.
Millie is also a disability rights activist and uses her lived experience of Spinal Muscular Atrophy to campaign for the removal of societal barriers for disabled people.
In her spare time, Millie loves travelling, theatre, and spending time with family and friends.
Alistair has worked in Cheshire for over 23 years since returning to the area with his family. Throughout that time, he has worked at Director-level within the local authority in various capacities including corporate roles (as Director of Corporate Policy), partnership work (Director of Partnerships and Performance) and then as the Director for People Commissioning.
Since 2018, Alistair has been the Managing Director for Vivo Care Choices – Cheshire West and Chester’s owned company for delivering care and support services for Learning Disabilities, Older People and Autism.
Alistair is also a strategic adviser with Cheshire West Voluntary Action and an active member of the newly formed Sector Leadership Group across the voluntary sector. He is also involved in the creation the west Cheshire Autism Hub and a proud member of the Learning Disability Partnership Board.
Previously Alistair has helped establish a live and work Credit union in the Borough and the Avenue Services community company in Blacon.
When not in work, he enjoys spending time with his family and his interest include music, cinema, reading and football.
Dr Mark Roberts is a Consultant Neurologist at the Greater Manchester Neurosciences Unit at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, with additional clinical commitments at the Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital, University Hospital of South Manchester and Withington Community Hospitals. He qualified in 1989 with degrees in medicine and physiology.
Following a medical Senior House Officer (SHO) rotation in Manchester, he moved to the National Hospital for Neurology as an SHO on the Gowers Professorial ward. He was a research fellow to Professors Newsom-Davis and Angela Vincent at the Institute of Molecular Medicine in Oxford from 1993 to 1996, and has published widely on neuromuscular disease.
His speciality registrar training was at the Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Liverpool, with electives in Kings College, London and Durban, South Africa.
In 2000 he was appointed as consultant neurologist in Manchester and commenced his private practice that same year. He has extensive experience in general neurology including epilepsy, parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and neuromuscular disorders. He interacts closely with physiotherapists and other Allied Health Professionals and lectures regularly to physiotherapy colleagues on neurological issues and research. He was awarded the FRCP and is an honorary lecturer to the University of Manchester.
Dr Roberts has a large NHS practice and leads the Neuromuscular Group. He is the Research Lead for Adult Metabolic Medicine at Salford. He enjoys teaching medical students, doctors in training, AHPs and GP colleagues. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester.
I have been involved with the NMC since about 1993. From the beginning in my role as a product specialist for beds. I helped to design one for people with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a condition primarily affecting boys, and that design is still in use today.
Kate Fox and Sarah Kelly were the original founders of the Centre and I am so pleased to still be in touch with them and call them friends.
Over the years the Centre has changed dramatically for the good, and I am very pleased to be able to say I had a little part in that.
My company has enjoyed sponsoring the Spirit of Christmas for many years. I was over the moon all those years ago when I was asked to join the Board of Trustees. I bring knowledge of running a company in the health sector. I very much enjoy helping as a volunteer at fundraising events like the Live in the Park Concert at Arley Hall. I feel my knowledge of good communications and other attributes that I can share with the NMC in my role as a Trustee bring me great pleasure. It is good to know I can help.