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Our Team

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 Research 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.

Karen Steel, Communications and Marketing Officer

Karen is our Communications and Marketing Officer. She has responsibility for a range of communications services including: managing the BBS website, creating-zines, maintaining and developing our social media presence; and assisting with the charity newsletter.

Karen has a BA in Marketing from the University of Stirling and a Post Graduate qualification in Counselling from the University of Edinburgh. Prior to joining the Brittle Bone Society, she worked in marketing for a variety of arts organisations and theatres across Scotland.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her friends & family and going on lovely walks with her beloved pooch George.

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.