Meet our team here at the Brittle Bone Society, led by CEO Patricia Osborne since 2009. To read about the Trustees who govern the charity, click here.
Patricia Osborne, Chief Executive
Patricia Osborne is the Chief Executive of the Brittle Bone Society and has been working with the charity since 2009. Patricia has developed expertise working previously in the media, politics, and sport. Her career included 14 years working for a leading publisher in Scotland, 4 years serving as an Elected Member and as Chairperson for a sports National Governing Body. During her time with the Brittle Bone Society, Patricia has worked on two successful strategic plans. Patricia’s focus has been on establishing the best support possible for the OI community, the formation and set up of the charity’s Medical Advisory Board and Scientific Committee, and achieving membership to the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC). The next key aim for the charity going forward is to ensure a workable, fair adult OI health care service is set up and established in the NHS.
Coreen Kelday, Support Development Officer
Coreen is our Support Development Officer and has been working for the charity since August 2011. Her main area of responsibility is to provide a UK-wide support and information service to anyone affected by OI, their families, carers and associated professionals and to signpost to specialist services or bodies where appropriate. Coreen has built up strong relationships with NHS healthcare professionals and is a member of the Paediatric Osteogenesis Imperfecta National Team (POINT). She continues to work closely with POINT to develop new factsheets and resources and is also the first point of contact for any wheelchair applications. Coreen is also kept busy with organising our ever increasing list of events.
Coreen has a BA in Business Administration and prior to coming to the BBS had worked in private healthcare for 10 years. In her spare time, she is a keen musician and plays both flute and piano.
Nichola Stark, Fundraising Officer
Nichola is our Fundraising Officer. She manages existing sources of income and identifies and secures new forms of funding to support the work of the Brittle Bone Society. She also looks after all of our fantastic fundraisers who take part in and organise events for us.
Nichola has a BA in Marketing with Retail Management and has a wealth of experience in delivering digital campaigns across many media platforms. Her spare time is spent ‘being mum’ to her 3 young children and reminiscing about when she did have ‘spare time’.
Rosie Hanlon, Administration and Finance Officer
Rosie is the Administration and Finance Officer and looks after all the day to day administration work including looking after our fundraisers and donors. Rosie also deals with any membership and supporter renewals and all merchandise orders. She also assists with the administration and registrations for all charity events.
Lizzie Walton, Marketing & Communications Officer
Lizzie is our Marketing & Communications Officer and is the newest member of staff: She has been working for the Brittle Bone Society since May 2018. She is chiefly responsible for managing how the Charity presents itself to the world, managing social media, coordinating press, and designing both literature and promotional materials.
Lizzie received a BA with honours from the University of Leeds, studying Graphic & Communication Design. She also completed a Masters degree at the University of St Andrews in 2017, where she researched how photography can be used to communicate political messages.