As a specialised clinic we have acquired a substantial body of knowledge over the years; knowledge that is constantly evolving. Some of this comes from being a research centre, but most of it comes from the patients we see. Not only do the results of our research feed directly into our clinical care; the information from our patients also feeds directly into our research.

All our medical staff are fully qualified doctors with a specialist interest in migraine and headache, and are registered with the UK’s General Medical Council. Therefore your headaches will never be dismissed as trivial. Our doctors provide expertise on various specialist areas including: neurology, women’s health and ophthalmology. You will be assigned to one specialist who you will usually see at each of your visits. If, for any reason, you would prefer to see a different doctor at a future visit, please let us know.

The Team:


Chief Executive

Heather Sim, is the Chief Executive of the National Migraine Centre. She holds a Masters degree in Business Administration, is a Prince II practitioner (project management), a trained facilitator and mediator. Heather also holds clinical qualifications and is on the NMC register as a Nurse, Health Visitor and Lecturer Practitioner. She serves a local community mediation service as a volunteer.

Our clinical service is run by seven sessional doctors and together they bring a wide variety of expertise to the Centre. All the doctors are fully qualified and registered with the General Medical Council.

To run the Centre we have two office administrators, a communications and operations manager and several volunteers to whom we are very grateful for all their generous help.

Communications and Operations Manager – Charlotte Burr

Reception Administrator – Swati Raina

Headache Specialists:

Dr Jud Pearson




Dr Nazeli Manukyan



Prof Paul Booton

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Dr Katy Munro



Dr Bal Athwal


Dr Jessica Briscoe


Board Members:

Mr Howard Morris (Chair)

Ms Heather Sim (Non-voting member)

Mr James Kininmonth (Vice Chair)

Mr Andrew Easter

Mr Mark Perrow

Mr David Davenport-Firth

Ms Sarah Standing

Ms Ruth Robertson

Charity patron:

Francis Rossi, OBE – co-founding lead singer and guitarist in Status Quo. As a migraine sufferer, Francis has lent his support of National Migraine Centre.

‘As a migraine sufferer of 60years I know how debilitating the condition is and how difficult it can be to seek specialist treatment. I urge anyone suffering in silence to come forward and seek help from National Migraine Centre’

Annual Accounts:

National Migraine Centre’s most recent annual accounts can be found here.