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New appointments in the Volunteering and Community Networks Team

We updated you earlier in the year about some changes to the Volunteering and Community Networks Team. We’re now delighted to let you know about some key appointments.

Emily Perriam

Interim Head of Volunteering and Community Networks

"I’m Emily, the interim Head of Volunteering and Community Networks, and I’m really excited to be covering this role again after filling in for David Light while he took a sabbatical last year. I’ve worked at the MS Society for nearly 11 years now, supporting our groups and local networks in various capacities. The best part of my role by far is having the opportunity to get out and about and meet you, our brilliant volunteers. And seeing first hand the positive impact volunteering has on those living with MS.

There’s a lot going on at the moment. We're introducing our new volunteer management system, Assemble, which will bring together a number of systems and processes currently accessed by our volunteers. Another key focus is Project Mead, which will transform how we support the MS community. I’m looking forward to seeing the benefits these projects will bring, and working with some of you along the way.

It’s a real honour to lead such a brilliant team here, and to represent volunteering across the organisation and beyond. A huge thank you from me on behalf of the MS Society for all you do!"

Annabel Theaker

Interim Policy and Performance Manager

"I’m really excited to have taken up this role and to bring my experience from Parkinson’s UK in supporting local groups with policy and procedure, and developing our community offer.

I’m committed to doing what I can to reduce group workload for volunteers — streamlining what we ask of you so that we can make your volunteering a positive experience. I want to work with my team to enable you to run your groups compliantly while in the best way possible for people with MS.

I’m a serial volunteer myself — running a Girlguide unit in London, organising quarterly newly diagnosed information sessions for my local Parkinson’s UK group and covering reception at the weekends at the local hospice. I'd definitely say that volunteering is my passion!"