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Chief Executive

Chief Executive

Sonya Chowdhury took over as Chief Executive of Action for M.E. in September 2012.

Following Sonya’s appointment, Action for M.E. carried out a full root and branch review of its activities, which precipitated publication of a bold and ambitious agenda for change. This led to increased transparency and clarity for the charity, which contributed to a shift to increased collaboration with stakeholders at every level. Sonya is now working with these, and the Action for M.E. team, to develop our new 2016-19 strategy.

Sonya says:

"Over the next five years, our purpose is to end the ignorance, injustice and neglect experienced by people with M.E. We will do this by meeting need now to improve the lives of people with M.E. while taking action to secure change for the future. People with M.E. are at the heart of everything we do. We asked and we listened, and have identified a number of challenges that continue to exist for people affected by M.E. Everything we do over the next five years will be in service of achieving three goals, which we call our strategic touchstones, to tackle these challenges - IMPROVE the lives of people with M.E., INSPIRE action at all levels, and INVEST in change. 

Prior to joining Action for M.E., Sonya, worked in senior management roles for leading children’s charity Barnardo’s where she was Head of Business Support for two days a week and National Lead for the Family Strategic Partnership for the remaining three. Sonya co-pioneered the ‘Innovating Futures’ programme which used a newly-created business generation model to help advance the practice of voluntary sector leaders.

Sonya can be contacted through her PA Anna.