Claire Eldred appointed Director at Dravet Syndrome UK
Dravet Syndrome UK's Board of Trustees, are pleased to appoint Claire Eldred as the charity's new Director. Dravet Syndrome UK (DSUK) is the only registered charity dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by Dravet Syndrome in the UK, a catastrophic form of epilepsy that occurs in around 1 in 15,000 live births.
Claire's appointment comes at a time of continuing growth for DSUK, which supports over 500 families with the condition, providing vital support, education, and research services, underpinned by a world class medical advisory board.
Claire has been part of the senior leadership team at DSUK since March 2020, having initially joined as Head of Marketing and Communications. She has been Acting Director since July 2022. The Trustees appointed Claire to the Director role based on her record of achievement at the charity, combined with her extensive background and expertise in healthcare communications.
Galia Wilson, Chair of Trustees, said: "We are so pleased to announce Claire as our Director. She has made a significant contribution since joining DSUK three years ago, working closely with the Board and staff team to take forward our five-year strategy and deliver against our charitable objectives. With advances in genetic research, we are seeing many changes in the medical and scientific environment. At the same time, the charity is growing fast and our families face many urgent needs. Claire brings the experience, dedication and passion needed to help navigate the challenges and opportunities we face, while continuing to deliver our long-term strategy."
Claire said: "I'm continually inspired by the amazing children and adults living with Dravet Syndrome and their families. It's such a huge privilege to be able to work with the Dravet Syndrome UK community. I'm delighted to take up the role of Director at this fantastic charity, making a positive difference for families affected by this devastating condition."