Meet the Team

Our strategy and direction is led by our Steering Group comprising the following members:

Countess Margaret Mar

Countess Margaret Mar

FOUNDER

Independent Crossbench member of the House of Lords 1975 – 2020 when she retired.
Deputy Speaker/Chairman Lords. From 1995 – 2020 with a short break.
Founder and first chairman, Forward-ME 2008. Retired 2021.
Email:
margaretmar3105@gmail.com

Carol Monaghan MP

Carol Monaghan MP

DEPUTY-CHAIR

Member of Parliament for Glasgow North West, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on ME, have led three parliamentary debates on ME.
Email:
carol.monaghan.mp@parliament.uk

Sonya Chowdhury

Sonya Chowdhury

F-ME/HEAD OF SUPPORT & CARE

Sonya became Chief Executive in 2012. Previously a social worker, Sonya is passionate about reducing inequalities and has worked in a number of charity leadership roles including with Barnardo’s. Sonya’s youngest son was diagnosed with M.E. a year after she became CEO.
Email:
sonya@actionforme.org.uk

Jonathan Davies

Jonathan Davies

F-ME/HEAD OF RESEARCH & APPLICATION

A Chartered Accountant, Jonathan is a self-employed consultant and a member of a family affected by severe ME.
Email:
jonathan@meresearch.org.uk

Dr Nina Muirhead

Dr Nina Muirhead

F-ME/HEAD OF EDUCATION

NHS Doctor, Person with ME, Chair of the Education Working Group for the CFS/ME Research Collaborative, Director of Doctors With ME.
Email: nina.muirhead@btinternet.com

Charles Shepherd

Charles Shepherd

MEDICAL ADVISOR TO THE ME ASSOCIATION

Charles Shepherd is a physician with longstanding personal experience of ME, which followed a chickenpox infection.
He is medical adviser to the ME Association – where he provides medical information to people with ME and to health professionals, supervises their research funding work, chairs the ME Biobank Steering Group and assists the All Party Parliamentary Group on ME at Westminster.
Email: charles.shepherd@meassociation.org.uk