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Epilepsy Action chief exec: 25 years’ service

15 Apr 2013

Phil being congratulated by June Massey, chair of councilPhilip Lee is the chief executive of Epilepsy Action. He was yesterday congratulated by the whole organisation for a quarter of a century of dedicated service. Louise Cousins explains

Philip Lee, chief executive of Epilepsy Action, is celebrating 25 years at the charity. Philip was presented with a commemorative gift by the charity’s Council of Management at a presentation with staff and trustees on 9 April.

Philip first joined Epilepsy Action (then the British Epilepsy Association) in 1988 as the regional appeals officer for southwest England. He became the charity’s chief executive in 1996.

Phillip Lee addressing staff mmembers about his 25 years of servicePhilip served as a trustee of the Joint Epilepsy Council (JEC) between 1997 and 2002 and is currently a trustee of the Neurological Alliance. Between 1999 and 2005 he was the President of the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE). Between 2005 and 2009 he was co-chair of the Global Campaign Against Epilepsy. This was a worldwide partnership of the World Health Organization, the IBE and the International League Against Epilepsy.

June Massey, chair of Epilepsy Action’s Council of Management, said: "As Chief Executive, Phil has been the driving force in the continuing success and growth of Epilepsy Action. In 2010, the charity’s Diamond Jubilee gave us the opportunity to reflect on our many achievements. We may have forgotten that Phil played a significant part in their fruition for 22 of those 60 years!  The Council of Management would also like to recognise the invaluable support that he has given us over the years.”

Philip Lee, chief executive of Epilepsy Action, said: “It’s a privilege to be part of an organisation which helps people in such a positive way. Having spoken to many people affected by the condition over the years, it’s fantastic to be able to make such a valuable contribution to their lives.

“I feel very lucky to have worked with some amazing people – including trustees, members, supporters, fundraisers and employees – over the last quarter of a century.”

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