WHAT DO YOU DO AT THE CHARITY?

I am the Director of Operations, so on a day-to-day basis I ensure that the objectives of the charity are being met, along with any areas of compliance (legal, Statutory, Charity Commission). I also run most of the events at the Society, such as the family weekend, retreats, and the Annual Members Meeting. There is always something to be working on and many exciting new projects in the pipeline. I also get to work directly with our volunteers through our Team Encephalitis scheme.

WHY DO YOU LIKE WORKING HERE?

I love meeting families and seeing the difference our amazing team of dedicated staff and volunteers make. Those days where you are in the thick of some of the less exciting work (such as the accounts!) makes it all worthwhile!

TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF?

My hometown is Malton, so I am Yorkshire born and bred! I studied for my degree in Business at the University of Bath and following that my Masters degree at York University. I have done several runs for the Society and encourage lots of my friends to support us as well. They get to hear how passionate I am about the work we do on a regular basis, so I like to think I inspire them (not just bully them into it!).

WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES THE ENCEPHALITIS SOCIETY MAKE IN YOUR OPINION?

I have often heard families say that they wouldn’t know what they would have done without us – be it the information we provide, our website, the support line, or the events we hold. The fact that there is not much help out there but they know they can turn us means so much.