Trudie Lobban MBE, FRCP, is Founder and CEO of the Arrhythmia Alliance, the AF Association and STARS (Syncope Trust And Reflex anoxic Seizures). These international non-profit organisations all raise awareness of arrhythmia (heart rhythm disorders), syncope and atrial fibrillation, providing information, support and education. Trudie sits on a number of medical boards, research committees and steering groups in addition to being a council member of committees and advisory boards. She is also an author and co-author of numerous medical papers relating to cardiac arrhythmias and AF.
Trudie established the charity STARS in 1993 at the request of the paediatric neurologist who diagnosed her daughter with reflex anoxic seizures. STARS has developed into an international non-profit organisation, and Trudie is recognised worldwide as an expert patient representative on syncope and unexplained loss of consciousness.
Trudie was instrumental in campaigning for and organising the introduction of new standards in the UK for arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. Her work contributed to the successful launch of an extra chapter in the UK Department of Health’s National Service Framework for Coronary Heart Disease in 2004–05. Trudie went on to establish the Arrhythmia Alliance, a coalition of charities, patient groups and healthcare professionals working together to improve quality of life for all those affected by arrhythmias.