Graham Faulkner joined Epilepsy Society 13 years ago. He guided the charity from its focus as a specialist residential care centre to a national provider of epilepsy services and a centre for research.
Epilepsy Society runs medical and assessment services with the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London. It also now offers a range of information and support services.
Announcing his retirement Graham Faulkner said: “I would like to think that Epilepsy Society is now an organisation fit for the 21st century. We’ve invested in a re-building programme which has given us a new research centre – equipped to keep us at the forefront of research – as well as some new, modern, purpose-built care homes.
“Thanks to our regional services, information services, website and social media we’re reaching out and connecting with more people than ever before to fulfil our vision of a full life for everyone affected by epilepsy.”
Graham Faulkner commented: “Changes to the health and welfare system are proving challenging to people with epilepsy. Even in this day and age people really don’t understand epilepsy – the complexity and unpredictability of the condition.
“And in the long term the strides we are making with our research offer the best hope of finding a cure and eventually preventing epilepsy altogether.”
Philip Lee, chief executive of Epilepsy Action said, ‘Everyone at Epilepsy Action would like to offer their best wishes to Graham as he steps down as chief executive of Epilepsy Society. He has led the Society through a period of profound change and has ensured that its reputation for world class medical research remains better than ever’.
Graham Faulkner will retire at the end of September 2013 but will maintain his interest in supporting people with epilepsy as a trustee of Daisy Garland epilepsy charity and the Roald Dahl Marvellous Children’s Charity.