Meet the Team
Our strategy and direction is led by our Steering Group comprising the following members:
Countess Margaret Mar
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.
Andrew B Morris
Executive coach and mentor, with a career in growing organisations by developing the leadership team, based upon a clear vision, core purpose and personal values.
Carol Monaghan MP
Member of Parliament for Glasgow North West, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on ME, have led three parliamentary debates on ME.
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.
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.
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.
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.