My amazing mother, Margaret, became seriously ill with Herpes Simplex Encephalitis in 1998 at the age of 49.

 Encephalitis was not identified for some considerable time after Margaret became ill, and whilst she ‘survived’ (just about), the quality of her life was awful - she had no concept of who she was, where she was or why she was.

My father cared for her 24 hours a day, although she didn’t recognize him or any other member of the family. She died in 2003.

The support of The Encephalitis Society was critical to my family in terms of understanding an illness of which we had previously not heard and supporting the whole family through some very dark days. The Encephalitis Society has been very dear to our hearts ever since and being a Trustee on the Board is a great privilege for me. I am passionate about supporting the Encephalitis Society.

I am a HR Executive, currently working on strategic HR initiatives at Pace University, New York. Prior to moving to the US in August 2013, I was Chief Operating Officer at Aston University, responsible for the welfare of staff and students. Prior to moving to Higher Education in 2009, my career was spent primarily in the Financial Services sector. I studied languages at Salford University and am currently studying for a Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership.

I am the proud mother of three young children and two Jack Russell terriers and am devoted to my husband and family.  I enjoy hill walking, running, skiing, reading and all things Italian.

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