Daughter to a farmer, married into the profession, hence a family business career. Four children and six grandchildren, five of whom developed epilepsy in their infancy, but sadly I lost my eldest due to a status epilepticus seizure.
In desperation in the late seventies, I contacted the British Epilepsy Association seeking guidance of names of Epilepsy Specialist Consultant in my area. In 1984 I became involved in Epilepsy Action’ s branch network by joining the local branch and ultimately served as its chair until 2013. I have been an accredited volunteer since 1987 and a member and officer of the West Midland Forum since 2005.
I was first elected to the Council of Management in 1989 and last elected in 2011. During which time I have been a member of the Council’s Working Practices Group, Education Committee until dissolved and currently sit on the Finance and Strategic Policy and Corporate Governance Committees. I have been Honorary Treasurer for a period of two terms, Vice Chair of Council and elected Chair in 2013.
My volunteering experiences have focussed on promoting the Association’s Strategic Aims by way of raising epilepsy awareness, campaigning to raise concerns of standards of health care, raising funds, the setting up of new branches and Coffee and Chat groups, supporting other’s need at local level and the work of the Association’s staff when approached, and that of Council.