Bridget works with leading specialists around the world to educate medical professionals and tackle the common misunderstandings, not only about patients with functional disorders, but also about diagnostic error and the coding crisis. She has a diverse and unique approach to this field, which she has gained through advocacy work with patients.
Bridget became interested in functional illness after she experienced a world of medical uncertainty. When her medically unexplained puzzle morphed into a medically explained picture and she finally received proper treatment, Bridget transitioned into the medical world, actively engaging as a patient advocate.
Bridget spends most of her time helping patients and doctors understand Functional Neurological Disorder. She has had the opportunity to attend and give remarks at various FND training seminars including one in Birmingham, England. While in the UK, Bridget met with leading researchers in the FND field from Scotland and England, holding patient support meetings throughout the UK. She has submitted commentary to the pertinent work groups connected with DSM and ICD coding changes, and a response in the British Medical Journal advocating for those with medically unexplained symptoms.
Bridget is a wife and mother of three. She feels passionately about spreading awareness, and bridging the gap between what is known and what is believed about Functional Neurological Disorder.
Dawn is a highly effective communicator within with the ability to instill trust and influence at all levels to facilitate change. She is an experienced project manager fully accredited with a Six Sigma Green Belt and is a PRINCE 2 Practitioner. She is committed to the core values of managing projects by using strong organizational, coaching and mentoring skills to meet challenging deadlines and targets to meet the business strategy. Dawn also manages the volunteers for FND Hope, identifying tasks needing support and finding volunteers with suitable skills. Ms. Golder led the organization of FND Hope’s International Awareness week in April 2016. Ms. Golder also manages fundraising events to help raise awareness and much-needed funding for patient support and research.
Calum Auld is a self-proclaimed family man from Scotland. Calum brings to the board a range of skills and expertise to help us move forward to achieve UK charitable status. He is highly respected in the world of cyber security and fraud, boasts excellent negotiating skills and represents the unique perspective of family members and care givers. Calum Auld is a highly respected in the world of Cyber Security and Fraud where he works diligently to stay ahead of the “bad guys”. His experience and reasoning skills will enhance our FND Hope UK team.