The Brittle Bone Society is the sole organisation set up to address the needs of people born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI). The charity supports people in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
It was the first registered charity in the world
set up to support individuals with OI. We were founded in Dundee in 1968 by a local lady, Margaret Grant MBE, whom herself has OI.
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.
Megan Crookston, Communications Officer
Megan is the Communications Officer and takes care of all communications for the BBS website, social media, email marketing and events. Megan has recently been working with the team on the launch of the new BBS website and brand refresh as well as working on campaigns such as the #OICANMayCampaign.
Megan has a degree in business and has six years experience working in the digital marketing and communications industry specialising in digital communication, copywriting, content creation and social media management. Before joining the BBS in 2019 Megan had previously worked in the Fashion Retail industry working with independent boutiques and eCommerce businesses.
Richard Toner, Administration Officer
Richard is the Administration Officer and takes care of all administrative tasks such as event planning and administration, wheelchair grant applications, sending thank you letters and general office admin.
Richard has studied Travel and Tourism from NC level 4 worked his way to HND at college. Once Richard graduate from college he then successfully got a job working as a business associate in the admin department in a call centre for 8 months. In Richard’s spare time he enjoys going the gym, listening to music, travelling, blogging, playing the ukulele and guitar, watching films and tv and going on walks along the beach and through the woodland in his electric wheelchair.