Meet the people on our Board of Trustees

Ian Watmore (Chair)

Ian Watmore Chairman

Ian worked from 1980 to 2004 for Accenture, starting as an IT and management consultant, becoming a partner in 1990 and UK Managing Partner/Director from 2000 to 2004.  He worked for seven of the next eight years in the Civil Service, holding three different Permanent Secretary posts under three Prime Ministers, first at the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit in No 10, then at the Department now known as Business, Innovation and Skills, and latterly at the Cabinet Office. He was also the Group Chief Executive at the Football Association from 2009 to 2010. He now supports his wife in her role as a Church of England priest in the Diocese of Chester and is a Church Commissioner himself. He has a portfolio of Board positions at ER 2015 (the organisation behind the Rugby World Cup in England in 2015) and the Information Commissioner’s Office. He has a degree in mathematics and management from Trinity College, Cambridge and has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Westminster.

Jenny Mills (Honorary Treasurer)

Jenny MillsJenny Mills is an experienced manager with board-level experience in both the commercial and  public sector. Over the last 20 years, this work has included the management of large divisions of significant organisations and also input at board-level to performance monitoring and strategy formulation and implementation. Jenny started her career with ICL as a computer programmer, and then moved into sales, marketing and general management with IT services companies. Her career has included director level roles within the IT sector and also for a large housing association where she was Director of Corporate Services. Jenny is Chair of the Board of Merton Priory Homes Housing Association and a member of the Group Board of Circle Anglia Housing Group.

Professor Peter J Goadsby

Professor Peter GoadsbyProfessor Peter Goadsby is Professor of Neurology, King’s College London, and Director, NIHR-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility, King’s College Hospital, London. He is an Honorary Consultant Neurologist at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond St, London, and in the Department of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco. His clinical and research interests are in the understanding of headache disorders and in their diagnosis and treatment.

Dr Fayyaz Ahmed

Dr Fayyaz AhmedDr Fayyaz Ahmed is a Consultant Neurologist and Hon. Senior Lecturer at Hull and Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Hull York Medical School. Dr Ahmed graduated from Dow Medical College Karachi, Pakistan in 1986.  He moved on to the UK after his residency and received his neurology training at St James’s University Hospital, Leeds and Imperial College London.  He did his research on cerebral blood flow in migraine and clinical training in headache at the Princess Margaret Migraine Clinic, Charing Cross Hospital, London.  He was appointed as Consultant Neurologist in Hull in 1996 where he established a dedicated headache clinic. He did his MBA in Public Sector Management from University of Hull in 2010 and is currently the Educational Officer of the British Association for the Study of Headache having served as a Secretary (2005-2008), Vice Chair (2009-2010) and Chair (2011-2013). He is Chair of Headache UK and Director of the European Headache and Migraine Trust International Congress (EHMTIC).

Dr Brendan Davies

Dr Brendan DaviesDr Davies is a Consultant Neurologist at the University of Hospital of North Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent and the clinical lead for the North Midlands Regional Headache clinic. He acted as an Honorary visiting Consultant Neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London Headache Group between 2004-2006. He is the current chairman of the Association of British Neurologists Headache And Pain section and is a member of the current National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) headache clinic guidelines group. He is the current West Midlands Neurology regional advisor for the Royal College of Physicians and is a council member for the British Association for the Study of Headache. Dr Davies has a specialist interest in acute and chronic daily headache disorders and especially migraine and idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH). He is the organiser of the biennial Keele headache teaching course for health professionals at the University of Keele, North Staffordshire.

David Cubitt

David CubittDavid Cubitt is a Partner at Osborne Clarke, an international law firm.  David is based in the City of London and heads up Osborne Clarke’s employment law team.  For more than 20 years, David has specialised in employment law, advising businesses on the impact of rules, regulations and employment law strategies across their workforce.  He is married with two teenage boys and has a passion for music and Charlton Athletic football club.

Sir Denis O’Connor

Sir Denis O'ConnorAfter trying both policing and teaching, he settled into the police serving on and off for over 30 years in London, Kent and Surrey at all ranks from Constable to Chief Constable (Surrey).  Much of his time in senior roles was concerned with reform and development of policing, as Assistant Commissioner he lead the development of the Metropolitan Police to race crime and race relations, following the Inquiry into the death of Stephen Lawrence between 1997-2000.  Whilst Chief Constable he headed up a national trial across 8 police forces that led to the development of Neighbourhood Policing nationally between 2000-2004.  He became a regulator of policing in 2004, serving as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary for England and Wales between  2008-2012 where he reviewed a range of issues including the police response to the G20 protests, Anti Social Behaviour, and cutbacks in budgets.  Currently he is an affiliated lecturer at the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge University and Non Executive Director of the College of Policing.  He is married with 3 grown up children and 2 grandchildren (so far).  He enjoys walking and tending his small wild flower meadow.

Dr Shazia Afridi

Dr Shazia AfridiDr Afridi qualified from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Medical School with an intercalated neuroscience degree. Following her basic medical training in London she completed her PhD at the Institute of Neurology, Queen Square looking at functional imaging in migraine. She then went on to complete her higher training in London and is a Consultant Neurologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust where she runs the headache service in the neurology department. She is also a council member of BASH (British Association for the Study of Headache).

Sir Nicholas Stadlen

Nick Stadlen is a former President of the Cambridge Union. He spent 35 years in the law. As a QC he was voted barrister of the year after his successful defence of the Bank of England in the BCC litigation, in which he made the longest speech in English legal history, and as a High Court judge he sat in the Queens Bench Division where most of the cases he tried involved judicial review of decisions made by public bodies. In 2006/2007 he did a series of in depth podcast interviews for the Guardian with political figures including Simon Peres Gerry Adams, FW DeKlerk, Desmond Tutu and Tony Benn. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at St Antony’s College Oxford where he is working on a book about the defendants and lawyers who took part in the Rivonia Trial at which Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison. He is a trustee of Independent Diplomat UK and the Imogen Cooper Music Trust and a former chairman of Volunteer Reading Help. His wife Frances has suffered from acute migraines for over 30 years and he is impatient both for a cure and, in the meanwhile, for wider understanding and recognition of the misery that many migraine sufferers have to endure.