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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.

Executive Director of Marketing and External Affairs - Dominic Brand

Dominic joined the Stroke Association in April 2015 and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the charity’s external communications. This includes marketing and brand management, PR and communications, digital and content creation, and policy and influencing.
After completing a marketing degree at Lancaster University, Dominic spent his early career developing his marketing expertise in the drinks industry, both in the UK and USA. More recently, he was global marketing director in the luxury goods sector and worked as an independent marketing consultant.
His role at the Stroke Association includes developing integrated marketing, communication, policy, and influencing campaigns to build awareness and understanding of the Stroke Association’s life-changing work. 
Dominic says: ‘It’s an honour to lead such a dedicated and talented team at the Stroke Association. With someone in the UK having a stroke every five minutes, knowing that you can make a real difference to the lives of those affected by stroke is incredibly rewarding.’
He is also a member of the Institute of Directors and UK Marketing Society.

Executive Director of Stroke Support - Bridget Bergin

Bridget has spent over 20 years in a range of management positions across health and social care organisations in both London and Northern Ireland.
As Strategic Commissioner in the Western Board of Northern Ireland she led work on integration of health and social care and commissioning for older people's services and long term condition management.
She was part of a team developing the Northern Ireland Strategy for Health and Social Care and also Director in the Regional Telehealth Programme in Northern Ireland. Bridget was responsible during this time for procurement and implementation of system wide innovation and securing extensive support across health and social care organisations in Northern Ireland.
Bridget subsequently worked for Harrow Council in adult social care, leading on commissioning for older people's services and partnerships. She worked extensively on the North West London Integrated Care Programme, coordinating a number of successful integration projects and initiatives.
Bridget commenced work with the Stroke Association as UK Director of Life after Stroke Services early in 2014. She is currently leading a substantive change in the model of Life After Stroke services across the UK, with a focus on recovery and the development of an outcomes framework. Bridget is working with an excellent staff team to further enhance the quality and extend the range and availability of services.
These developments are being taken forward in co-production with people affected by stroke and with the support of Stroke Association volunteers.

Executive Director of Income Generation - Andrew Cook

Andrew joined us in July 2017 and oversees all our fundraising and commercial activity. As Executive Director of Income Generation, he is at the forefront of our transformation. His leadership of a new five-year income generation strategy will ensure we can help more stroke survivors than ever before. 

Andrew is also chair of the Advisory Board for the International Fundraising Congress and a trustee of Malaria No More UK. 

Previous positions include Head of Private Partnerships and Fundraising at the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, Switzerland (2012 to 2017), a global role where he lead the development of a new international Private Partnerships and Fundraising Division. Earlier he worked at WaterAid (1998 to 2012) as UK Deputy Chief Executive and International Director of Communications & Fundraising. He led the establishment of WaterAid America as its first Executive Director, and supported the establishment of WaterAid Australia, Sweden and Japan. 

Other previous non executive appointments include trustee for homeless charity Depaul UK, steering group member of the International Fundraising Leadership Forum. Previous executive positions also held at British Red Cross, Oxfam and Charities Aid Foundation. 

Executive Director of Finance and Resources - Murray Scott

Murray Scott joined us in June 2017 as our Executive Director of Finance and Resources with responsibility for Finance, Facilities, IT and Procurement.

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in London, Murray moved into industry initially with Unilever. He has over 25 years' experience in senior finance and commercial roles in a wide range of organisations across a number of different sectors. Most recently he was CFO of a £1.6bn sub-division of BT plc and then Corporate Services Director for the Integrated Services division of Babcock plc.

As Executive Director of Finance and Resources Murray is leading our Finance modernisation programme and bringing a more commercial approach to our property management and procurement.

Murray says: “The Stroke Association plays a vital role in helping people affected by stroke and I am really excited by the opportunity to grow the organisation so we can maximise the number of people we can help. The talented and committed staff are a joy to work with.”

Executive Director of People and Organisational Development - Chris Rennison

Chris joined the Stroke Association in January 2000 and has held a number of operational and strategic positions across the charity including in the areas of business development and service management.

In April 2015 Chris joined the executive board as director of people and organisational development. This includes overseeing human resources, health and safety, talent and workforce development and engagement and internal communications. His role at the Stroke Association includes developing and delivering an organisational development and people strategy and leading major organisational improvement programmes.

After completing a short period in the nursing profession, Chris spent his early management career with an international charity in the area of community service management and delivery.

Chris has held non-executive director and vice chairman positions for a large NHS commissioning trust, along with two company directorships involved in childcare and training. In his spare time he is a volunteer Community Responder for the East Midlands Ambulance Service responding to life-threatening 999 calls. 

Chris says, “It is an honour to be working for such a great organisation and having the opportunity during my career in shaping and leading our work with such dedicated colleagues and volunteers.

Executive Director of Research and Information - Hilary Reynolds

Hilary joined the Stroke Association in October 2017 to lead a new directorate responsible for corporate strategy, planning, programme management, research, insight and evaluation.

Hilary comes to the charity sector after 30 years in public service, working for central government here and in New Zealand in the social welfare and health sectors, in policy, change and operational roles. More recently she has also worked for the Care Quality Commission as their Transformation Director and as the Executive Director for Research Councils UK.

She was awarded a CBE in the 2018 New Year Honours for services to policy and research. Throughout her career, she has been a strong advocate for personal development and for embracing diversity, and is an active mentor for people stepping into leadership roles.

As Director for Strategy and Research, Hilary’s role supports every team across the organisation, and with a new corporate strategy scheduled for 2019, there are exciting times ahead.


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 17 Trustees, led by our Chair, Stephen King:

  • Professor Pippa Tyrrell – Vice Chair
  • Peter Troy MBE - Vice Chair (non-medical)
  • Ian Black
  • Sir Charles Cockburn
  • Bob Empson
  • Stuart Fletcher OBE
  • Dr Anne Gordon
  • Dr Martin James
  • Paul Leacy
  • Professor Philip Reilly
  • Professor Tom Robinson
  • Helen Sanders
  • Niraj Shah
  • Mark Smith
  • Eric Tracey
  • Professor Marion Walker MBE 

Work for us

If you're interested in working for the Stroke Association, you can view our list of vacancies or find out more about the benefits of working here.