On 3 March 2020, Juliet Bouverie, Chief Executive of the Stroke Association, was awarded the Order of the British Empire Medal (OBE) in the Queen’s 2020 New Year’s Honour’s list, for services to stroke survivors, by Her Majesty The Queen.
Juliet said: “It was an amazing morning. I felt so privileged to represent the Stroke Association and talk to Her Majesty about stroke survivors’ amazing recoveries.”
Juliet knows how devastating the effects of stroke and brain injury can be, having lost her grandmother to a stroke and her late partner John to a brain tumour. This motivates her to improve the quality of life of people affected by brain injuries. Juliet has always been passionate about supporting people with life-threatening conditions and spent her early career working at Macmillan Cancer Support and the British Red Cross.
She added: "I was incredibly shocked and honoured to be recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List. This is an important milestone in recognising stroke as one of the biggest health challenges of our age.
“The Stroke Association wouldn’t be where it is today without the incredible support of our network of staff, volunteers, and the health and social care professionals we work with. It takes a team to rebuild lives after stroke and this award is in recognition of their amazing work, not just mine.
“We have made huge strides in raising awareness of stroke and making stroke the priority that it needs to be. But there is still much more we all need to do to support everyone affected by stroke, working together to improve people’s lives. I am committed to making this happen.”
The award comes in a significant year for the charity, in which stroke was named a national priority in the NHS Long Term Plan for England.