The Council of Management met on Tuesday 12 May. In the unavoidable absence of the Chair, Mike Harnor, Richard Chapman the vice-Chair of Council chaired the meeting.
Being mindful of the current difficult economic conditions, Council spent a good proportion of its time reflecting on the Association’s current financial position, its financial performance so far in 2009 and its prospects for the future. There was encouraging news that both income and expenditure were in line with the revenue budget forecasts and that the current financial position was sound. As a result, Council did not feel it was necessary to make any changes to its business plan for the year.
Council considered nominations for the Epilepsy Action Award 2009. Details of the winner will be published shortly once the nominees have been notified of the outcome. Council was most impressed by the range and quality of the many nominations and found it a difficult task to select just one winner.
2010 will be the 60th anniversary of the foundation of British Epilepsy Association, its diamond jubilee. Council considered and approved an outline plan of events and activities to mark this special year. More information about the diamond jubilee will be published shortly.
The research committee reported to Council that it had awarded the following grants. A grant of £14,988 to Dr Catherine M. Hill of the University of Southampton for a study of sleep quality and daytime neurobehavioral functioning in childhood epilepsy. A grant of £10,000 to Dr Udo Wieshmann of the Walton Centre in Liverpool for work on the UK anti epileptic drug register.
This was the last Council meeting for David Streets and Professor Ley Sander who are both standing down and not seeking re-election at the Association’s AGM in June. Members paid tribute to both of their colleagues and thanked them warmly for all their efforts during their time on Council – six years for David Streets and three years for Professor Ley Sander.
The next meeting of the Council of Management will be on Tuesday 14 July 2009.
The Council of Management is the governing body of the charity British Epilepsy Association. Any member who might be interested in serving on the Council is invited to contact the Chief Executive at the Association’s head office.