Our Team

The branch has generous and supportive patrons, a motivated and supportive president and two excellent vice presidents. Branch officers and the committee are elected at the AGM each April.

A welcome from our chair

Dr Maureen O’Neill


Being approached to become Chair of the West Sussex South Branch was a really delightful surprise. I have since attended a fundraising event and an AGM where I was welcomed really warmly by all of the volunteers and fundraisers. I was trained as a graphic designer subsequently becoming a senior lecturer and course leader at The University of Portsmouth, retiring after 33 years in 2018. I cannot think of a better way to use the skills gained throughout my career and time in my retirement to become involved with what is a very important charity which does so much in terms of support, research and care. I really look forward to working in partnership with all of the others involved, needless to say with so much more experience than I, to promote the Motor Neurone Disease Association in any way that I can.

Branch Patrons

Althea Gifford
Kay Glendinning MBE
Nick Gibb MP

Branch President & Vice Presidents

President: Dr Robert Clifford-Jones
Vice Presidents: Rachel Thomson

Regional Care

Jane Giles
Regional Care Development Advisor (RCDA)
MND Association

Branch Committee

Chair: Dr Maureen O’Neill
Secretary: Nicci O’Neill
Treasurer: Alastair Sharp
Collection Co-ordinator: Kate Taylor
Newsletter: Pippa O’Dwyer
Website: Dean Donaldson
Raffle: Frances Ramsden
Sue Kruegar

Sandra Holden
MND Clinical Nurse Specialist,
Sussex Community NHS Trust

Debbie South
MND Specialist Practitioner,
Community Neuro Rehab Team

Associate Visitors

Area Support

Becky Griffiths
Area Support Coordinator
MND Association

Committee meetings are held on the 4th Monday at 6pm before branch meetings.

The branch organizes and accepts offers of fundraising to provide specialized equipment and to contribute towards holiday grants or transport or other costs which can improve quality of life. Requests for funding are made via Association Visitors (AV).