Who are MedicAlert

Some of the people at MedicAlert UK

The MedicAlert Foundation is a global charity that provides assurance and life-saving support to many thousands of members across the world.

Headquartered in California, USA, our international network covers over nine countries. 

MedicAlert UK is based in Buckinghamshire; we're a small, friendly and productive team with our own production unit and membership service team including in-house Registered Nurses.

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Our history & locations

Learn about how it all started back in 1953 in the USA and see where we are overseas.

How does MedicAlert work?

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Who needs MedicAlert?

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Some of the people behind MedicAlert UK

Kirsten Giles | CEO

Kirsten has previously worked in senior roles in IT, management consultancy, asset finance and telecoms industries. This brings a wealth of experience and a valuable perspective across the charity. She believes that supporting our members and their families underpins everything we do at MedicAlert and she has a passion for providing good service.

Helen Newman | Chair Trustee

Helen is an experienced senior manager with a track record of strategic and operational delivery at a national level. Working most recently at Public Health England and the Department of Health engaging partners and stakeholders to deliver shared ambitions and cross-sector initiatives, Helen’s background is in local government. Helen is an associate member of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers (SOLACE).

Tony Gadsby | Trustee

Tony has worked in various positions at JCB, including the Managing Director for JCB Groundcare. He also is Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Tony has worked voluntarily for Macmillan Cancer Support, the Lions Club and is a Non-Executive Director for North Staff Combined NHS Trust.


Anne Gill | Trustee

Anne is a Senior HR Executive with over 20 years experience at Board level and is currently Director of Kinisi Ltd, an HR Consultancy specialising in leadership coaching and organisation development. Prior to setting up her own business, Anne was Executive Director of HR Operations for EMEA and UK HR Director for Avon Cosmetics Ltd, and was chair of the Avon Pension Trustees. Anne has a BA (Hons) from the University of Leicester, is a Fellow of the CIPD and has post-graduate certificates in coaching and counselling. She is in her final year of a Masters Degree at Oxford Brookes University.

Benet Hiscock | Trustee

Benet is the Director of Public Information for the House of Lords. He is responsible for developing and delivering the external communications strategy of the House of Lords, and providing politically impartial advice on communications and media management to the Management Board, Lord Speaker and members on domestic and select committees. He leads the press and media, marketing and outreach, and public enquiry teams, and oversees the delivery of House of Lords' communications objectives through the four shared parliamentary public information services.


Charlotte Willis | Trustee

Charlotte has over 16 years of Technology and Financial Services project management and business operations experience and currently holds the position of Global Business Manager, Technology for Schroder Investment Management Ltd. Charlotte took part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in 2016 and is a keen travel and sporting experience enthusiast. As a MedicAlert trustee she is passionate about delivering high-value services to our membership and both contributes to and supports the charitable vision and objectives of the organisation.

Chris Gee | Trustee

Chris Gee is an independent management consultant having previously worked in organisations ranging from startups to large blue chips such as IBM and Deloitte Consulting. Chris has over 20 years’ experience working on strategy and change in the private, public sector and third sector. He has worked with two of the UK’s largest telecare providers which have a very similar business operating models to MedicAlert. Chris is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a qualified programme and project manager.

Ian Henderson | Trustee

Ian Henderson is an Independent CIO/CTO IT Director with over 25 years of experience at Board and senior management level implementing Change & Transformation Programmes across both the Private and Public sectors. Before starting his own partnership in 1998 he worked in a wide range of industries ranging from metals to direct sales. Ian was a founding member of the Institute of Interim Management. He is a Chartered IT Professional and a member of the BCS IT Directors (Elite) and Mentoring groups. Ian is a qualified Programme & Project Manager and a member of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.


Stephen Galiano | Trustee

Stephen is a chartered clinical psychologist with 25 years experience of working in the corporate wellness market with multinational organisations around the world. He was the global CEO and co-owner of a healthcare company, building subsidiaries and joint venture partnerships in the UK and in 14 other countries around the world. After the business was sold in 2008 he led the merger of several large subsidiaries and was responsible for creating a new brand, expanded market proposition and global leadership team and for leading a new organisation with 800 employees. Since November 2017 Stephen has been on the board of an independent global US healthcare company, responsible for strategy and global relations. Stephen is also a magistrate in Northamptonshire and sits on the board of several local charities.

Caroline Sheridan | Trustee

Caroline has held a number of senior executive positions with BT including CEO, Payphones and Director of Group Corporate Responsibility, where she launched the first UK major no fee online fundraising service to enable charities grow online donations. She brings a wealth of commercial and transformation experience. Caroline is a qualified marketer and also has an MBA. Caroline is a Non Executive director for Aldridge Education.

Our Vision

To give peace of mind to anyone, by providing access to vital personal medical information in an emergency

Our Mission

To help save lives by retaining members’ vital personal and medical information, using our medical expertise to provide these crucial details in an emergency, whilst continuing to raise awareness and highlight the benefits of our service