The Council of Management met on 3 October and during a busy meeting it made the following decisions.
- To appoint a Council member as a champion for research to ensure that the Council does not lose sight of the importance of epilepsy research. This appointment is due to be made in December.
- The approval of a new comprehensive policy and process of risk management for the charity.
- The award of a research grant of £42,711 to Dr Jon Dickson (University of Sheffield) for the ESPENTE study to report on the effectiveness of epilepsy nurses. It is hoped that the outcomes of this research will provide further evidence for Epilepsy Action to use in its campaigning work for more nurses.
- The approval of a new format for Epilepsy Action Awards to come into effect in 2018.
On 4 October the Council held its annual training day. This is an important event for Council members to refresh their skills and knowledge in key areas of trusteeship and to learn more about significant issues and activities that affect the charity.
The main focus of the day was on risk management with exercises in strategic risk assessment and management. Other topics covered included:
- Strategy and planning processes.
- How the development of social media affects Epilepsy Action’s current and future business and communications.
- Preparing for the new General Data Protection Regulations.
- Using technology to enhance trusteeship.
The next meeting of the Council of Management will be on 5 December 2017.