6th March 2019

New leadership at The Migraine Trust

New chair and chief executive appointed

The Migraine Trust is delighted to announce that Michelle Walder has been appointed as its new chair, and Gus Baldwin its new chief executive. Michelle takes over from Ian Watmore, who has been chair of the charity for the last ten years, and Gus replaces Wendy Thomas, who became its chief executive in 2006. They take over the leadership of the charity as significant developments in migraine treatment are taking place with the creation of new calcitonin gene-related peptide antibody drugs.

Michelle is a co-founder of TXG, the first coaching brokerage business in the UK. She is also a non-executive director of the Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts and a director of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club.

Speaking about her new role, Michelle said:

“I am very excited to be taking on this role at such an important time and look forward to working with Gus and the rest of the team at The Migraine Trust.

“A huge thank you to Wendy and Ian for all they have done to help those affected by migraine. Through them, the charity has been at the forefront of important developments that have reduced the misery of migraine.”

Gus joins The Migraine Trust from the UK Faculty of Public Health, where he was Director of Policy and Communications, having previously worked for a number of disability and health charities in policy influencing, communications and campaigning roles.

Speaking about his appointment, Gus said:

“Wendy has been such a brilliant chief executive and is going to be a very tough act to follow. I feel incredibly privileged to have been asked to lead this amazing charity during what is such an exciting time in migraine research.

“There are millions of people living day-to-day with migraine who are looking to us to help make their lives better. I hope that over the coming years we’ll be able to support even more people, play an even bigger role in making the case for change, and support new research that leads to a cure for this terrible condition that is ruining far too many lives.”