Juliet Bouverie CEO Stroke Association
Juliet Bouverie, CEO of Stroke Association

Juliet Bouverie, Chief Executive of the Stroke Association, has been awarded the Order of the British Empire Medal (OBE) in the Queen’s 2020 New Year’s Honours List for services to stroke survivors.

With an estimated 1.2 million stroke survivors living in the UK, the Stroke Association is a UK-wide charity providing specialist support, leading critical research and campaigning for the very best care and support for those affected.

Discussing being bestowed the royal award, Juliet said: “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.”

Having spent her early career working at Macmillan Cancer Support before joining the Stroke Association as CEO in June 2016, Juliet has always been passionate about supporting people with life-threatening conditions.

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She also knows personally the devastating effects of stroke and brain injury, having lost her grandmother to a stroke and her late-partner John to a brain tumour, which has motivated her to improve the quality of life for people affected by brain injuries.

“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,” she continued.

“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.”

According to the national charity, Juliet’s award capped off what it described as a significant year for the charity in which stroke was, for the first time, named a national priority in the NHS England’s Long Term Plan.

Additionally, in October 2019, the Stroke Association revealed findings from research into the fears faced by stroke survivors that impact recovery, including fear of another stroke, worries about leaving the house alone, anxiety over losing one’s independence and apprehension to share concerns with others.

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