Hilary Mounfield, the recently retired chief executive of the charity Epilepsy Scotland, has been awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to people with epilepsy.
Hilary was chief executive of the organisation for ten years and spent three of those as chair of the Joint Epilepsy Council of the UK and Ireland.
Her early career was in regional planning and teaching followed by
wide-ranging experience of the voluntary sector in various fields
including mental illness. She was also convenor of Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations from 1996-1999.
Ms Mounfield was elected chair of the International Bureau for Epilepsy European Committee in 2001 and also chaired the European White Paper on Epilepsy working group, whilst in Scotland she was nominated as the lead person by the Scottish Executive Health Department in the development of Managed Clinical Networks for epilepsy and is a non-executive director of the National Waiting Times Centre.
Arthur Wood, Epilepsy Scotland's chairman, said:
has been a tireless champion for epilepsy over the last decade. This
award acknowledges her legacy of work with NHS Boards and the Scottish
Parliament. By making sure epilepsy is on the health agenda she has
made a significant difference to the lives of people with epilepsy
across the country. Our Board, staff, members and supporters are
delighted that Hilary will receive an OBE."
have an OBE for services to epilepsy is an unexpected but wonderful way
to end my career. I share this tribute with Epilepsy Scotland because I
did not earn this honour on my own and I will be proud to accept it on
behalf of everyone in Scotland who has epilepsy."