I was diagnosed as having epilepsy in my early teens and first became aware of the Association when I was looking for help and advice myself. I subsequently became involved with its work playing an active role in the Branch network for over 20 years and training as an accredited volunteer.
I have been a member of the Council of Management since 1987 and during that period have been Honorary Treasurer and twice Chair of Council. The Association has changed greatly over that period both in size, influence and prestige.
I strongly support the Association's role in pressing for a better deal for people with epilepsy in the fields of education, health and welfare provision from a heartfelt desire to help breakdown some of the barriers that I faced when I was younger. I believe that the most important thing we do is provide a free source of information and advice for people with the condition and those who are newly diagnosed.
I am now semi-retired having been employed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and its predecessors for over 25 years on a range of conservation policy issues, including representing UK interests internationally and within the EU. I am currently also a co-opted member of Narborough Parish Council.
My partner also has epilepsy. We have a son who is currently in secondary school.