Essentially, I want to turn my grief into good. I want to support MND Scotland’s brilliant work to help cure this terrible disease and transform care.
Gordon Aikman is one of my best friends. He was diagnosed with MND at the age of 29. I’ll never forget when he told me he had MND. The news was devastating.
From that moment, along with a group of our closest friends, we started Gordon’s Fightback and raised money for MND Scotland.
I’ve been lucky enough to turn my passion for campaigning and social change into a job for the last decade or so.
I’ve helped lead efforts to raise £500,000 for MND Scotland, double MND nurse numbers and recently helped secure a commitment from the Scottish Government to stop deaths from breast cancer by 2050 – a UK first.
All of that takes a bit of a brass neck (in a good way!) as well as a determination to bring people together, challenge the status quo and see things through.
I want us to be the generation to cure MND and transform care.
We’ve come far as a charity. Our annual income has doubled in five years and our influence has never been so high. That doesn’t happen by accident. It happens because of the determination of our amazing supporters and staff.
As Chair, I see my role as building on that progress and bringing people together so that one day we can live in a world free of MND.
I’m from Edinburgh and am the Policy & Campaigns Manager for Scotland at Breast Cancer Now. My favourite pastimes and hobbies include; current affairs; music; playing guitar; theatre; comedy; cinema. I’m married with an 11 month old son who is already campaigning for a pet!
Lawrence Cowan | MND Scotland Chair of the Board