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Marjorie Wallace CBE

SANE Founder and CEO Marjorie Wallace CBE

Marjorie Wallace CBE is the Chief Executive of SANE, which she founded in 1986 in response to her Forgotten Illness articles in The Times.

She is also an award-winning investigative journalist, author and broadcaster who contributes extensively to television, radio and newspapers.

Marjorie is a respected, credible voice on disability, mental health and charitable issues.

Influencer

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 was made a Fellow of University College, London.

Marjorie was selected in 2006 as one of the key achievers who had made a difference to the health of the nation for an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery and, two years later, was chosen as one of the 60 people central in shaping today’s NHS, alongside Aneurin Bevan and William Beveridge, by the Health Service Journal.

She has given frequent presentations at national and international conferences and in 2002 was awarded the British Neuroscience Association Award for Public Service.

She is 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 to national and local press each year.

Wide recognition of her writing and campaigning included the Communique Healthcare Communications Advocate of the Year Award for public health campaigning in 2014.

Campaigner

Marjorie was given the Outstanding Campaigner Award in the Women of the Year Awards in 2016 for her achievements in establishing the pioneering work of SANE and advocating and raising greater awareness of mental health.

In 2017 she was awarded honorary membership of the World Psychiatric Association in recognition of her work and contribution to psychiatry and mental health.

A year later she was made an Honorary Fellow of the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford.

She is author of the book and screenplay The Silent Twins, a story of elective mute identical twins, June and Jennifer Gibbons.

Her book On Giant’s Shoulders, the story of a family who adopted a thalidomide child, was made into a BBC television film, starring Judi Dench; and writer and presenter of BBC documentaries, including Whose Mind Is It Anyway? and Circles of Madness.

A new film version of The Silent Twins, which marks the English language debut of director Agnieszka Smoczynska (The Lure), starring Letitia Wright (Black Panther) and Tamara Lawrance (The Long Song) as the Gibbons sisters, is due for release soon.

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