Meet the Team

Meet our Amazing Team

Alex Gibson

Founder & Chairman

MND Warrior and founder, Alex had the vision of ensuring those diagnosed with the disease can create lifelong memories for them and their families.

Alex continues to inspire not just those living with MND, but also all our supporters, with the incredible challenges he sets himself. His motivational speeches in schools, clubs, and corporates – have everyone walking out of the talk two inches taller and full of self-belief!

Andrew Cappaert

Chief Executive

Andrew has a passion for helping others and a natural talent when it comes to events and fundraising. You can guarantee that you will see (or hear) him at every event you attend!

A passionate believer in all that Alex is striving to achieve through the charity, he continues to push the charity to new levels and make it something Alex, the trustees and all our beneficiaries and supporters can be proud of.

Andy Long


Ex-England rugby union player Andy is not a back-seat Patron. So far, he has joined Alex on the Double-Marathon walk and was also part of the World Record Pedalo team, travelling 125 miles down the River Thames. 

A constant source of great advice and huge passion for our charity. We couldn’t wish for a better Patron.

Paul Everitt


Taking full responsibility for the mess and carnage of the Mud Run, Paul takes a lead role in ensuring our events are well organised but most importantly, that they are great fun for all those taking part and supporting our cause!

James West


Instrumental to all past and future challenges, James has put in some serious mileage for the cause and learnt the hard way as to how best support those completing any memorable challenge.

Jane Watson


Jane joined the trustees in April 2020 and is a valuable member of the team. Whenever the numbers need to be crunched we can be sure Jane will be there to keep the books straight, and also provide fantastic support during the challenges.

John Featherstone

Design & Publicity

John has freely volunteered his incredible graphic design skills and imagination to the charity from day one! An integral part of the team, he has also run a half-marathon; climbed a mountain; and abseiled off the Orbit all in aid of the charity. Although he will say his biggest challenge is always coming up with amazing artwork on a “we need it yesterday” deadline!

Jo Macklin

Head of Communications

Jo joined the team having been inspired by Alex’s story and our vision to create lifelong memories for people and loved ones living with MND. She ensures we are shouting from the rooftops to make this happen for as many people as possible and has been responsible for some incredible nationwide media coverage. With 20 years’ experience Jo has become an invaluable cog in our machine.

Jason Gibson

Head of Business

Alex’s elder brother Jason plays a key role within the charity by sourcing valuable sponsorship for events, whilst at the same time being our leading light in the city raising awareness of our charity and motor neurone disease.
With his constant new ideas and support, he’s a great person to have in our team, so if you are interested in your company becoming a valued partner, Jason’s the man to speak to.
We are here to ensure every person throughout the UK diagnosed with MND is given the opportunity to create amazing memories with their family and friends which will last forever.
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Challenging MND is a registered charity in England and Wales (1182607)