Before joining the British Heart Foundation, Simon Gillespie was Chief Executive of the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society since 2006. At the MS Society, he oversaw the introduction of the Society's new strategy based on an extensive consultation with people affected by MS, new approaches to research and support for people with MS, and new governance arrangements.
He previously worked as Head of Operations at the Healthcare Commission, where he was responsible for the inspection of NHS and independent healthcare facilities in England. From 2000 to 2004, he was Director of Operations at the Charity Commission, modernising the regulation and support of the 180,000 registered charities across England and Wales.
His earlier career was with the Royal Navy, including command of HMS Sheffield and advising Government Ministers.
Simon has extensive experience of charity and non-profit governance, and as a non-executive director/trustee. He is currently a trustee of the Institute for Security and Resilience Studies at University College London, and a member of the General Medical Council's Fitness to Practice panels.
Simon holds masters’ degrees in: Philosophy and Political Science (MA); Business Administration (MBA); and International Relations (MPhil).