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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:

"As we move into setting out our new promises to people affected by M.E., we remain very ambitious about what this might look like. We are determined to deliver against them, as we have done over the past three years with our current promises, as set out in our Statement of strategic intent 2013–2016. People with M.E. deserve better and we are doing everything we can to make sure that they get the support and services they need and deserve."

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.