MARY BAKER MBE - PATRON
Mary is serving her seventh term in office as President of the European Parkinson's Disease Association (EPDA), a position she was elected to in 1992 when the EPDA was first formed.
Mary retired as Chief Executive of the Parkinson's Disease Society of the United Kingdom in 2001 having worked for 18 years, advocating the needs of people living with Parkinson's and their families and developing methods of good practice.
She is also President of the European Federation of Neurological Associations, Vice President of the European Brain Council, Consultant to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Chair of the Working Group on Parkinson's Disease formed by the WHO in May 1997. In addition, Director at Large for the World Stroke Association, former patient editor of the British Medical Journal (BMJ) (now Chair of the BMJ Patient Advisory Group), member of the ABPI Code of Practice, and a member of the Management Board of the European Medicines Agency (EMEA).
Mary has been fortunate to receive numerous awards in recognition of her work in the field of Neurology, and PD in particular, including the European Woman of Achievement Award 2000, the Human Communication International Award 2001 and an Honorary Doctorate in 2003 from the University of Surrey in recognition of her work within the world of Parkinson's disease and recipient of 'Advocate for Patients in Europe' from Barcelona University.