New chair for Young Epilepsy
Roy Williams hands over after 13 successful years
Anna Walker CB is the new chair of the Young Epilepsy, the charity announced today.
She takes over from Roy Williams CB, who has been at the helm since 1995 and has used his business acumen to bring about a transformation in the fortunes of the charity.
Mrs Walker is the former Chief Executive of health watchdog the Healthcare Commission (now part of the Care Quality Commission).
Mr Williams has overseen £25million of investment – including funding from donations - in facilities and residential houses for the young people at Young Epilepsy.
Young Epilepsy’s Chief Executive David Ford said:
We are hugely grateful for all that Roy has contributed. Thanks to his leadership, we are not only delivering high quality education and support for the 200 students on campus but also campaigning to improve the lives of the 60,000 children and young people with epilepsy across the UK.
Roy Williams said:
I am extremely proud of all that has been achieved at Young Epilepsy since I joined in 1995. We have seen the charity go from strength to strength and I wish Young Epilepsy every success in future, especially with the Neville Childhood Epilepsy Centre which opens in November and is to become a national and international centre of excellence in paediatric epilepsy.
He also welcomed the appointment of Anna Walker as the new Chair of Young Epilepsy.
Anna will be a huge asset to Young Epilepsy. She brings in depth governance experience from her years in public service as well as expertise in health sector. I am delighted to be handing the baton on to such a committed colleague.
Anna Walker added:
I am excited to be joining Young Epilepsy at such a dynamic point in its development. The centre provides hugely important health and education services for young people with epilepsy and has deeply committed staff. I am looking forward to working with staff and the Board of trustees to ensure a vibrant and secure future for the charity and its services.
As well as her post at the Healthcare Commission, Anna Walker has also undertaken various senior government roles including Deputy Director at the Office of Telecommunications (OFTEL) during the mid-1990s and Director general at the Department for Trade and Industry, responsible for the Government’s energy policy during the late 1990s. She has also had responsibility for land use and rural affairs at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and is currently the Chair of the Office of the Rail Regulator and a member of the board of Consumer Focus.
She joined Young Epilepsy as a Trustee in June 2009.