Hear from our people
Watch our short video to find out what motivates our people and what it’s like in our charity.
Lydia's story - Stroke Coordinator
"My role is really varied and I love having the flexibility to go out and find opportunities to further raise the awareness of the Stroke Association and the many support services that we offer, as well as the risk factors of stroke and what people can do to reduce their risk."
Lucy's story - Helpline Information Officer
The nature of the Helpline means that we don’t usually know what happens with our callers. I find myself wondering about some callers at random times, hoping that they’re OK. I can’t call them for a catch-up, or pop round for a cuppa, but I do know that I have given them my time and my care when they needed it.
Our leadership team
Meet the team leading the Stroke Association, and discover the wealth of experience they bring to our organisation. Our leadership team is made up of the following people:
Chief Executive - Juliet Bouverie
Juliet has been chief executive of the Stroke Association since June 2016.
Prior to joining us, Juliet worked at Macmillan Cancer Support for 16 years in roles including head of planning and policy, director of corporate development and executive director of services and influencing.
In this last role, she led a staff team of over 800 people, managed a budget of £150m and oversaw a programme of award-winning innovations and service design across the UK. She also secured important government commitments to improve patient experience and post-treatment support through the 2015 Cancer Strategy for England.
Prior to Macmillan, Juliet worked at the British Red Cross in strategy and service evaluation, the Community Development Foundation in fundraising and a political consultancy. She was a trustee of the Long-Term Conditions Alliance and chaired the Cancer Patient Experience Board for University College London Hospital (UCLH) from 2011 to 2014.
Juliet has a degree in modern languages from Oxford and a postgraduate diploma in management.
You can follow Juliet on Twitter.
Executive Director, Locality Impact - Alexis Kolodziej
Alexis joined our charity back in 2015, and became our Executive Director for Locality Impact in 2020.
Her role is to lead the charity’s engagement with local health and care systems across the UK. She leads on the implementation and quality assurance of our stroke support services and our engagement with communities and stroke support groups.
Previously, she held the post of Deputy Director – Policy and Influencing. Her team’s work led to improvements in stroke policy across the UK, and specifically to the creation of the National Stroke Programme in England making stroke a clinical priority.
Originally from Washington D.C., Alexis moved to London in 2005, working as a researcher and policy analyst in Parliament, before joining the health charity sector focusing on patient advocacy, policy development and service improvement.
Alexis says, “We are working to put stroke on the map in every part of the country. We want everyone touched by stroke to know that we are here to help.”
Executive Director, Customer Experience - Andrew Cook
Andrew joined our charity in July 2017, and has been our Executive Director for Customer Experience since 2020. This directorate comprises teams responsible for income generation, external communications, brand, research, policy, campaigns, and customer care.
Andrew has previously served as Head of Private Partnerships and Fundraising at the International Committee of the Red Cross. Before this, he worked at WaterAid for fourteen years, including as UK Deputy Chief Executive and International Director of Communications and Fundraising. He also supported establishing WaterAid America as its first Executive Director, and supported establishing WaterAid Australia, Sweden and Japan.
Andrew is also a trustee of Malaria No More UK.
Andrew says: “Every stroke survivor deserves the support they need to live the best life possible. We’ll work together as the leading stroke charity to make this a reality across all communities in the UK.”
Executive Director, Strategy, Insight and Tech - Dominic Brand
Dominic joined our charity in 2014, and became our Strategy, Insight and Technology Executive Director in 2020. Dominic’s team set the overall strategic direction of the charity through the use of both external and the Stroke Association’s own knowledge, data and insight to determine and deliver against what really matters to stroke survivors.
Before joining us, he worked in the commercial sector predominantly in marketing roles using his expertise in customer understanding and product management across the UK and in International markets. He has nearly 20 years of experience serving on boards of different organisations, focusing on strategy development and digital and data-driven marketing.
Dominic says: ‘The more we can understand about stroke and its impact the more effective we can be in enabling our charity to prevent stroke and support the 1.3 million stroke survivors across the UK’.
Executive Director, Finance - Christopher Fyfe
Chris joined our charity back in September 2019, and became our Executive Director for Finance in 2020.
Chris oversees all aspects of our charity’s financial management and business support.
After completing his Chartered Public Finance Accountant qualification, Chris has had a long career of financial management within development, humanitarian and environmental organisations across Africa and Europe. He was the Group Finance Director of an International Homelessness Charity and the International Finance Director of a major environmental NGO.
Chris recently completed an MSc in Development Management including research on the impact of education programmes on poor, disabled and marginalised girls in rural Kenya.
Chris says: “We want to drive better outcomes in stroke prevention, treatment and lifelong support for everyone affected by stroke. Each pound we spend is to increase benefit to stroke survivors.”
Executive Director, People - Chris Rennison
Chris joined our charity back in January 1999, and became our People Executive Director in 2020 after holding a number of operational and strategic roles across the charity.
Chris oversees our people practices, people experience and people development. And has held a number of operational and strategic positions across the charity.
After a short period in the nursing profession, Chris spent his early management career with an international charity focused on community service management and delivery. Chris has held non-executive director and vice-chairman positions for a large NHS commissioning trust, held trustee board roles for a number of charities and two company directorships involved in childcare and training. Chris volunteers as a Community Responder for the East Midlands Ambulance Service responding to life-threatening 999 calls.
Chris says, “We unleash potential in people affected by stroke, ourselves and others. It is only by harnessing the value and diversity that everyone brings, that will help us deliver our goals.”
Board of Trustees
Our Board of Trustees contribute to our strategic direction and play a key role in monitoring implementation of our corporate strategy, agreeing variations in strategic emphasis and solutions to issues and obstacles.
There are currently 15 Trustees, led by our Chair, Stephen King:
Chair of Trustees from August 2017
Stephen is a long-serving trustee of the charity Sightsavers International and is deputy chair of NHS West Essex. Prior to retiring in 2013, he spent 23 years as an executive director of RNIB. He follows in the footsteps of Sir David Varney, who stepped down in December 2016, after four years as the charity’s Chair.
Stephen said: “It is a privilege to be part of the Stroke Association, which has already achieved so much for stroke survivors, their families and carers. Stroke has affected members of my family and I know how devastating the condition can be. The charity’s work to fund pioneering research, campaign for better stroke care, and push for greater awareness of stroke has never been more crucial. I hope I can help the Stroke Association find new ways to prevent stroke, and support even more stroke survivors throughout their recovery.”
Trustee from April 2014
Tom is Head of the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences and Professor of Stroke Medicine at the University of Leicester. He was appointed an NIHR Senior Investigator in 2016.
His research interests include clinical trials, particularly of blood pressure management and reperfusion therapies in hyperacute stroke. In addition, he undertakes research on physiological perturbations of cerebral autoregulation and cerebrovascular haemodynamics following acute stroke. His research has been funded by the UK National Institute of Health, the British Heart Foundation, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Health Foundation and the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, as well as The Stroke Association. He is National Specialty Lead for Stroke for the National Institute for Health Clinical Research Network, and President of the British Association of Stroke Physicians. He has previously served on the Stroke Association Research Awards Committee and was a former chair of the UK Stroke Forum.
Peter Troy MBE
Trustee from March 2014
Peter worked for the British Government’s international development department for 36 years, including overseas postings as 1st Secretary Development in Ghana and Bangladesh and, in the UK, as Head of Humanitarian Programmes, managing the UK’s humanitarian response to numerous natural disasters and conflict situations for over a decade. He has participated in various international meetings covering humanitarian action and `Education for All’. Awarded the MBE, in 2007, for humanitarian work.
Community work includes serving as an elected Member of Southwark Council from 1982-85 and terms as School Governor in Lewisham and Southwark. In October 2009, he suffered a brain haemorrhage, recovering to return to work in 2010. In 2011, he left the Civil Service. He is now retired and has been doing voluntary work in support of the Anti-Trafficking campaign and also helping with an English language training project.
Dr Martin James
Trustee from July 2014
Martin James is a Consultant Stroke Physician at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Exeter, and Associate Professor at the University of Exeter Medical School. He trained in Southampton, and he completed his research in hypertension in the elderly with Professor John Potter and the late Professor John Swales in Leicester.
He has led the Stroke Service at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Exeter since 1997. The service was awarded NHS Beacon status in 2000 and Exeter was one of the first UK centres to introduce emergency thrombolysis for acute stroke in 2003.
Martin is an Associate Director of the Stroke Programme at the Royal College of Physicians of London with responsibility for the national Peer Review Scheme for Stroke Services, and a member of the Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party responsible for the Stroke National Audit Programme and the RCP National Clinical Guideline for Stroke 2012. He is a Past-President of the British Association of Stroke Physicians.
Dr David Buckle
Trustee from September 2018
David worked as a GP in Woodley Berkshire for 30 years. In 1995, he was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners. He later became senior partner and was a GP trainer for many years. In 2000, he joined the local Primary Care Trust Board and that decision started a long career of clinical leadership and then medical management.
Having been a Medical Director for an NHS Primary Care Trust and then a Commissioning Support Unit, David was appointed Medical Director to Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group in spring 2015. In early 2018, David chose to retire from his clinical and executive roles to concentrate on his non-executive and trustee interests.
David was appointed a non-executive for Berkshire Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust in 2015 and he remains on the mental health and community trust board. In September 2018, he became an associate non-executive director for East and North NHS Hertfordshire Hospital Trust.
David has been a member of the Society for the Assistance of Medical Families for nearly 30 years and early this year he was voted president of the charity.
David believes that his clinical understanding of how stroke affects people and his knowledge of primary care and the wider NHS will help strengthen and develop the Stroke Association for the benefit of those in need.
Trustee from September 2018
Katherine Gillespie is currently studying on a part-time Masters Programme in International Development at Edinburgh University.
Katherine has over 15 years’ management experience in the investment banking and commercial training sectors. During this time, she was involved in establishing, and subsequently managed, the Operations team for a new bank based in Dublin, bringing experience of start-ups and setting up internal businesses.
She has extensive experience in service delivery; risk management; building and improving processes and controls for new and existing businesses lines; coordinating groups of people across different functions; and restructuring and developing teams. Katherine had a stroke in 2013.
Trustee from September 2018
Prior to setting up his own business Expense Reduction Analysts (ERA) in 2017 helping organisations to improve cash flows through effective procurement and supplier management, Harvinder Rattan’s career spanned over 25 years in Financial Services, the last 10 years at HSBC.
He is an energetic business leader and trusted partner, leading finance teams in London and India. He is a change leader with excellent people skills combined with strong commercial acumen and a consistent ability to identify and deliver process and system efficiencies. As Head of Regulatory Reporting for Europe and working at HSBCs Global Finance Shared Service Centre in India, he led large teams to centralize capital and operational risk reporting for multiple regions and businesses.
He created and maintained high-performing function that consistently delivered best-in-class operational performance with capacity to design and execute complex, controlled processes. He also recruited, developed and motivated teams and ensured team skills evolve to match business needs. Harvinder led engagements across functions and geographies in complex global organizations to align organizational structures and systems.
Harvinder is a qualified accountant with excellent technical and financial analysis skills, and uses his experience to rapidly identify challenges and priorities in business support functions. He has driven delivery of change improvements in control, accuracy, efficiency and levels of service through design and implementation of solutions tailored to evolving needs.
Trustee from September 2018
Ed is the Chief Digital and Information Officer for the London Boroughs of Camden, Haringey and Islington (450 staff and an operating budget of circa £45m). Member of the Digital Steering Board for the North Central London Strategic Transformation Programme.
Previous roles include:
- Group Chief Information Officer, Tri-Borough.
- CIO, Lambeth.
- BA programme management role – online travel booking.
- Background in consulting on systems analysis and development in finance and Gove/public sectors.
This experience has covered both IT infrastructure/architecture/systems AND digital transformation and creative approaches e.g. Digital and ICT enable opportunities for sharing information and awareness-raising – both crucial in developing a better understanding of how to prevent and deal with strokes. He is involved in lots of NHS projects and sits on the digital board for health in North London, dealing with care and wellbeing in a community setting and insight into local authority, health care and commissioning.
He sponsored a year-long ‘proof of concept’ project to consider how we can use data, and to understand the implications of data sharing, working across local government, public health and the NHS.
Trustee from June 2019.
Ian is a chartered accountant with extensive experience in public accounting and auditing, and board and audit committee work in the private, public health and charity sectors.
He is a trustee and chair of the audit committee at Erskine Hospital and a trustee of the Endrick Trust. He has recently been vice-chair and a member of the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board, and a non-executive director and chair of the audit committee at Ricardo plc and a member of the audit committee at the Student loans company. He was previously a non-executive director and chair of the audit committee at Clyde Process Solutions plc.
He was a senior audit partner of Ernst and Young with senior client service roles with a wide variety of listed companies, large private companies and universities. He has had various EY management roles and was a member of the UK governing council. He has been convener of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland’s audit and assurance committee, summer conference committee and a member of the accounting standards committee.
His personal interests include skiing, sailing, tennis, French language and opera.
Ceri has 25 years’ experience working in the third sector and with healthcare systems across the UK; in consultant, executive and non-executive roles. She is currently a management consultant supporting third sector organisations in strategic and transformational projects.
Ceri, who is based in Cardiff, will also take on the role of Chair of the Stroke Association’s Wales Advisory Committee, working closely with the charity’s senior leadership team in Wales.
Ceri said, “It’s a privilege to take on this role with the Stroke Association at what is a pivotal time for stroke in Wales; with the imminent end of the Government’s Stroke Delivery Plan and the upcoming appointment of a new Wales Clinical Lead on Stroke.
The COVID pandemic has had a huge impact on stroke survivors’ recoveries and wellbeing, and I look forward to supporting the charity as it holds the Government and health systems to account as we recover from COVID and beyond.”
Liz is a chartered accountant and self-employed internal audit and risk consultant. She started out in external audit with KPMG but after qualification has spent most of her career in public sector internal audit and risk management, primarily with Sheffield City Council, Barnsley MBC, the further education sector and the Audit Commission. Since becoming self-employed in 2013, Liz has provided audit and assurance services to the Care Quality Commission and the States of Jersey's internal audit team. She also works on a part-time basis for 360 Assurance, an organisation providing internal audit assurance services to the NHS.
Liz is a Governor and Chair of the Audit Committee at Northern College in Barnsley and has been an independent non-executive member of the Audit and Standards Committee of Sheffield City Council.