Dr Harriet Bonney was initially diagnosed with Friedreich’s ataxia in 1991, but the diagnosis has since been revised to an idiopathic cerebellar ataxia. She grew up in Lancashire and moved to Glasgow in 1995 to study Medicine, where she graduated with a BSC(Med Sci) and an MBChB. She worked as a Speciality Doctor in Psychiatry before taking early medical retirement in 2012. She now lives in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire. Harriet has been a Friend of Ataxia UK for over 25 years now, a trustee for the past nine and Chair of the Board since 2012.

Harriet has taken part in a number of awareness-raising events and campaigns for Ataxia UK in the past, including a poster and film campaign with the prestigious photographer Ian Rankin and world-renowned marketing agency TBWA. She also administrates the Ataxia UK page on the Health Unlocked forum.