3rd October 2016

Welcome to our new chief executive

Arlene Wilkie has joined The Migraine Trust

We are delighted to welcome Arlene Wilkie as our new chief executive from today after unanimous selection by our board of trustees.

Arlene joins The Migraine Trust after more than five years as the chief executive of the Neurological Alliance, which is a registered charity and membership organisation working to improve the lives of people affected by neurological conditions in England. Through our membership of the Neurological Alliance, Arlene is already familiar with the work of The Migraine Trust.

Prior to this, Arlene spent 12 years with the Breast Cancer Campaign as their director of research and policy. Arlene is a scientist by background before moving into the charitable sector and therefore brings a dream combination of science, charity, neurological and management experience to support our work.

Arlene has taken up the role from Wendy Thomas who retired in September after ten years as the chief executive of The Migraine Trust.

“A big welcome to new chief executive Arlene Wilkie, who joins us today after a successful time as CEO of the Neurological Alliance. A scientist herself, with extensive experience of the charitable sector, she is the perfect person to take the Trust to the next level of undertaking medical research and providing patient support.” Ian Watmore, chair of The Migraine Trust’s board of trustees
"I recently went to The Migraine Trust’s international headache and migraine conference in Glasgow. I was blown away by the exciting research that was presented, the passion of the researchers, and the warmth and enthusiasm of the Trust’s team. Meeting people with migraine gave me some real insight into the issues that people face. I know that under Wendy’s leadership, The Migraine Trust has done such a fantastic job listening to people, and to fund the research and provide information and support that people want and need. It is an honour to be asked to fill her shoes. I am really looking forward to working for The Migraine Trust and to do even more for people with migraine." Arlene Wilkie
“I have been lucky to have worked with such excellent colleagues and trustees over the years. The commitment that everyone has to improving the lives of those who suffer from migraine is simply unparalleled. Thank you for all your help and trust in me over the years. I wish Arlene good luck and feel assured that I am leaving The Migraine Trust in her very capable hands along with those of the staff and trustees.” Wendy Thomas



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