Marjorie Wallace CBE is the chief executive of SANE, which she founded in 1986 in response to her Forgotten Illness campaign in The Times. She is also an award-winning investigative journalist, author and broadcaster who has contributed extensively to television, radio and newspapers. She is author of the book and screenplay The Silent Twins, a story of elective mute identical twins; the book On Giant’s Shoulders, the story of a family who adopted a thalidomide child; and writer and presenter of BBC documentaries including Whose Mind Is It Anyway? and Circles of Madness.
Marjorie’s book 'The Silent Twins' was made into a film, and voted best docudrama in the USA in 1988. It has now been used as the basis for the play 'Speechless' by Shared Experience, and will go on a UK wide tour later this year.
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Marjorie has been a respected, credible voice on disability, mental health and charitable issues for many years and is widely regarded as having been one of the strongest influences on government policy on community care. In 1997 she was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. In 2001 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science by City University, London in recognition of her achievements in mental health, and in 2004 she was made a Fellow of University College, London. In 2008 she was included among sixty people judged by Health Service Journal to have been central in shaping today’s NHS.
Marjorie has given frequent presentations at national and international conferences and in 2002 she was awarded the British Neuroscience Association Award for Public Service. She is often the first port of call for journalists seeking expert comment on mental health stories and a broad range of other subjects, giving an average of 200 interviews on TV, radio and national and local press each year.