Joanna Atkin (London) Chair of Trustees Expand I became involved with the Society in 1993 as a volunteer when my son was diagnosed with focal dystonia aged 11. Subsequently, he was diagnosed with DYT1 generalised dystonia, as was my daughter when she was aged 21. I welcomed the opportunity to work on behalf of the Society to raise awareness of the condition, becoming a Trustee in 2009 and subsequently becoming Chair of Trustees in 2012. For 16 years, I worked in broadcasting as a press officer for BBC TV and then Channel 4, and I then worked for ten years in the not-for- profit sector, initially for Cancerkin, the breast-cancer charity established at the Royal Free Hospital, in events and next as a fundraising and training consultant with Midas Charity Appeals. I have also taught courses in Latin and classical studies to students aged from 18 to 80 for a number of higher education institutions, including UCL, KCL, Warwick University and Birkbeck.I also act as chair for Schools’ Admission Appeals panels for primary and secondary schools in the London boroughs of Islington and Barnet. I enjoy literature, and have a passion for the theatre and the cinema as well as enjoying travelling with my husband, a retired economist.