(Pictured above: CPT's Helen Matthews, Patron Lord-Lt Robert Voss CBE, Trustee Chair Charlie Ralph and CEO William Cook)

The Cure Parkinson’s Trust is thrilled to announce The Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Robert Voss CBE, as a new Patron. Robert was appointed by Her Majesty The Queen to succeed The Countess of Verulam who stepped down on 31 July 2017, and he plays an active role within the county as The Queen’s personal representative.

Robert Voss is the son of refugees who fled Nazi Germany in 1939, and has lived in Rickmansworth and its surrounding areas for more than 30 years. Robert has recently retired after a long and distinguished career in the metal industry, having also chaired the European Federation in Brussels for 16 years. His role as Lord-Lieutenant is varied; he has been involved with Hertfordshire Young Enterprise as a venture partner investing in a number of young companies and is the Patron of the Young Person of the Year charity. Robert is a Governor of the University of Hertfordshire and has been a member of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation Survivors’ Testimony Committee. He has an involvement with a number of different youth and charitable organisations both local and national. Other duties include arranging and receiving all Royal visitors to the county, presenting awards on behalf of The Queen, representing the Royal Family at civic events and maintaining close links with the military and emergency services, as well as the magistracy and St. Johns. He was awarded a CBE in 2014 for ‘services to British Industry and voluntary work in the UK.’

Robert has a close link to Parkinson’s, having witnessed the degenerative condition first-hand. He said:

 “I am delighted to be able to support Cure Parkinson’s Trust as a Patron. I witnessed my own mother as well as a good friend suffering from this terrible disease and I look forward to helping in whatever way possible to find a cure and defeat Parkinson’s.”

Will Cook, CEO of CPT said:

“We are honoured and delighted that Robert has agreed to become a Patron of the charity. CPT has one bold aim:  to find a cure for Parkinson’s. The involvement of the Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire will certainly highlight our cause, and we already know that Robert is energetic and pro-active in supporting our search for a cure. We look forward to working with him.”

CPT would also like to announce the appointment of two other new Patrons: Jenny Dicken and Shelagh Nichols, following their recent retirement as Trustees of the charity. Both Jenny and Shelagh have been involved with CPT from the outset; Jenny’s late husband Mike Dicken and Shelagh’s late husband Richard Nichols both lived with Parkinson’s and co-founded CPT along with Tom Isaacs and David Jones in 2005.

We would like to extend the sincerest of thanks to Jenny and Shelagh for their hard work, unwavering support and contributions to the charity over the years which have included, alongside their duties as Trustees, facilitating significant fundraising and organising the annual, much-loved Bluebell Picnic. We look forward to continuing to work with them in their new roles as Patrons!


From left: Jenny, CPT Trustee Peter Berners-Price and Shelagh