Co-Chair, Bridget Mildon, is Founder of FND Hope. FND Hope is the first non-profit organization specifically for those diagnosed with Functional Neurological Disorder and related illnesses. A proponent of FND patient rights, Bridget is an active voice for FND patients. Her diverse experience and knowledge have cultivated into a unique perspective for those facing medical uncertainty and battling the challenges of living with Functional Neurological Disorder.
Robert Wilson Thomas
Co-Chair, Robert, is a proud Welshman, something he rarely lets people forget. He has been a practicing barrister-at-law since 1977, before which he read for a degree in chemical engineering. His legal practice started in intellectual property (on which he is the co-author of a number of reference books) then developed into licensing technology, mostly in a hi-tech environment, complex international commercial contracts, international law, telecommunications and data protection.
He developed Functional Neurological Disorder, rapid onset, following a major chemical clash and two cardiac arrests, after an operation to remove a tumour on his kidney, in late 2016.
Robert is no stranger to long-term and life-changing illness. He is not ashamed to admit that he has been bipolar, probably since his mid-teens, although he was formally diagnosed only in 1989. He also has lived with Type 1 diabetes since 1996. Both these conditions are well controlled. He survived major surgery for neck and throat cancer in 2006 and was pronounced cancer free in mid-2018.
Kyle is the co-founder of T1D Exchange. T1D Exchange is a non-profit organization dedicated to advance research in chronic diseases, facilitate greater industry collaboration, build a common registry-based data exchange platform and bring together a community that allows better understanding of patient interactions. Kyle’s dynamic and professional business skills mixed with his diverse experience in fast-paced clinical research will no doubt be an asset to FND Hope. Kyle is detail-oriented with excellent communication, problem-solving, strategic planning, critical thinking, analytical, and leadership skills. Kyle’s expertise will be a great asset to not only FND Hope but to all those we serve worldwide.
Lauren is a senior-level marketing and business development professional, multi-faceted, innovative, and creative marketing strategist extremely accomplished in the development of high-impact campaigns that deliver dramatic gains in revenue, visibility, and market share. Lauren has an exceptional ability to crystallize strategic objectives. Her diverse capabilities include: Broadcast Media, On-line, Print, Direct Mail, Social marketing, Promotion, Search, Event Sponsorships and Public Relationships.
Caroline Broglie is a marketing professional with over 20 years experience in both FMCG and the healthcare industry. Originally from France, she studied international business with marketing at both Troyes Business School, France and Bristol University, UK and has been living in the UK for 21 years, with the last few years spent in Windsor, home of the Queen with her husband and four-legged friend Pepper. Caroline has a real passion for creating meaningful marketing campaigns rooted in insights and with a good dose of creativity. She has a passion for understanding the end-users and what they really care about. She also loves understanding various cultures and one of the highlights of her career was working at Unilever creating powerful and distinctive campaigns for product launches in the Far East, Australia and the US. She spent the last 10 years working at GSK across various areas of the business. She spent the last 5 in their Global Corporate Communication Office, looking after GSK’s Reputation – from understanding the drivers of reputation in the sector to creating impactful reputation plans and campaigns working collaboratively with over 10 of the most important global markets for GSK.
Welcome, Melanie Bell to the FND Hope International Board.