Introducing Angela Geer to Epilepsy Research UK
We are pleased to welcome Angela Geer as interim Chief Executive of Epilepsy Research UK following the departure of Mike Rich at the end of 2017. We thank Mike for his time with the charity and wish him well with his future plans.
Angela is a former Chief Executive of Epilepsy Society and brings with her a wealth of experience in leadership roles in the health, social care and education sectors. We look forward to working with her over the coming months.
As Angela gets her feet under the table, we thought we would take the opportunity to ask a few questions about what interested her in the role and what she is looking to achieve:
“I have a long standing affinity both professionally and personally with epilepsy. I’ve seen the challenges of living with epilepsy first hand at Young Epilepsy and more recently as CEO at the Epilepsy Society. Pivotal to understanding the causes and most appropriate treatments for epilepsy is research. For me, the attraction to the post at ERUK was inevitable. As for what I want to achieve, with a role that is ‘time limited’, my objectives need to be clear and very focussed. I will work with the existing team to maintain the momentum of the charity’s work, providing support and direction, paving the way for the appointment of a permanent CEO”
Having spent a few weeks getting to know the charity, we then asked Angela “If you could change one thing about the charity, what would it be?”
“To make ERUK bolder. And by this I mean bigger in terms of its profile, reputation, income and impact, so that more research can be undertaken to benefit those in the UK and beyond with epilepsy related health and care challenges.”
Angela has clearly thrived where others may have faltered, so what advice would she give to others? “Never let anyone or anything intimidate you. It’s easier said than done, but it builds resilience and fortitude, something I’ve needed in some of my most daunting of challenges”
The interview concludes with something that none of us knew about Angela: “I’m absolutely devoted to animals; all creatures great and small. And have been awarded a lifetime honorary membership of the Trinidad & Tobago Society for the Protection of Animals. Perhaps I could have been a vet in another life?!”