The Stroke Association has appointed a new Director to lead the charity in Wales.
Carol Bott, a fluent Welsh speaker, who is originally from Ammanford in Carmarthenshire, took up the role of Director in early December. Her previous roles include Director of the Board of Community Health Councils Wales, NSPCC Wales, Healthwatch and the NHS in England.
Carol brings with her a wealth of personal experience of stroke. She took a career break from 2016-2018 to care for an elderly relative after they had a debilitating stroke. In her academic career, Carol has also extensively studied the effects of stroke on patients and local communities in Wales.
Carol said, “It’s a privilege to take on the role of Director for the Stroke Association in Wales.
“My personal and academic experience of stroke means I am passionate about transforming services for stroke survivors and their families in Wales.
“I’m honoured to have the opportunity to work with colleagues across Wales who support stroke survivors, to ensure the best possible recovery and quality of life after stroke.”
Juliet Bouverie, Chief Executive of the Stroke Association said, “Carol joins us at an exciting time for charity; in the next few months we will launch our new vision for the charity in Wales and across the UK, which will ensure that stroke is a priority for healthcare providers, and that people who have a stroke receive the help and support they need to live their best life.”
In her spare time, Carol is a soloist, enjoys public speaking, travel and looking after her grandchildren.
For further information about the work of the Stroke Association in Wales visit www.stroke.org.uk
A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. There are more than 100,000 strokes in the UK each year; that is around one stroke every five minutes. There are over 1.2 million people in the UK living with the effects of stroke.