MND Association chief executive to step down

Sally Light has been in the role for the past 10 years

Sally Light
Sally Light

Sally Light, chief executive of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, is to step down at the end of the year. 

The charity said Light, who has been in the role since December 2012, had overseen significant growth while in the role.

It said Light led the charity through challenges including the Covid-19 pandemic but also worked to make the most of opportunities such as the Ice Bucket Challenge, which raised £7m for the charity in the summer of 2014.

She said: “By December, I will have been at the MND Association for 10 years and it now feels time for me to step back and hand over the charity to someone who can take it into its next stage.”

A spokesperson for the charity said that after leaving, Light hoped to “create a mosaic of different roles, which may include both paid work and volunteering”.

She also has a long-held ambition to be a non-executive director in the NHS, the spokesperson said. 

Richard Coleman, chair of the charity, said: “I know that I can speak on behalf of the trustees in saying that we all feel very fortunate in having Sally as chief executive. 

“In everything she has done since she joined the association 10 years ago, she has shown total dedication to every aspect of our work in support of people living with and affected by MND. 

“Under her leadership the association has grown its revenue significantly, strengthened its advocacy on behalf of the MND community, and increased its investment in research which will enable us to attain our vision of a world free from MND.”

The charity said Light would support the recruitment of her successor. 

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