As of January 2019, Marc Smith will be taking over the role of CEO from Alice Doyle, who is stepping down this month after five years at the head of the charity.
Marc brings with him a wealth of experience in advertising agency and marketing services leadership, both in the UK and internationally. Marc said of his appointment, “I am honoured to be joining the Brain & Spine Foundation team. I look forward to working with them and all of our stakeholders to ensure the charity is there to support everyone in the UK affected by neurological problems.”
Marc has previous held positions with WPP Group companies including Young & Rubicam, Grey Advertising, G2 and Geometry Branding & Design, in a career that spans over 25 years.
He commented, “I look forward to bringing my commercial sector experiences to bear on the future growth and development of the Brain & Spine Foundation brand and its service offer. It is a very challenging time for all health sector charities, and the smaller ones in particular."
A priority for me is to explore all opportunities to generate and secure long term funding so that the good work that the Brain & Spine Foundation is doing in delivering impactful patient-led solutions can expand and reach a wider community.
Mark Luce, Chair of the Board of Trustees, said, “I am delighted to welcome Marc as our new CEO. He brings significant and relevant experience that will enable us to build on our amazing achievements over the past 26 years. We have ambitious plans to grow the Brain & Spine Foundation over the coming years, raising our profile and enhancing the range of services we offer to a broader community. The trustees and I look forward to working with Marc and his team on this exciting journey.”