Dr Erin Lalor has been CEO of the National Stroke Foundation since 2002.
her role as CEO, Dr Lalor advocates for stroke at a state and federal
level as well as internationally as a Director of the World Stroke
Organisation. She is the current chair of the National Vascular Disease
Prevention Alliance and represents stroke on the Australian Chronic
Disease Prevention Alliance.
Dr Lalor has a unique perspective
and insight into stroke at all stages of recovery having worked as a
speech pathologist in Western Australia. She went on to undertake
research into stroke services and language impairment after stroke.
Lalor completed her PhD in cognitive neuropsychology in 1997. Her
background in research has enabled the organisation to take a leading
role in developing stroke policy.
Before being appointed as CEO in
2002, Dr Lalor was head of the National Stroke Foundation office in
Western Australia where she was a key player in the development of a
stroke strategy for WA and the implementation of a plan for stroke
In the ten years Dr Lalor has been CEO, the organisation
has increased significantly in size, revenue and profile. These
achievements were recognised when Dr Lalor was nominated as a finalist
in the Victorian Telstra Business Woman of the year Award in the
community and government category in 2007.
Dr Lalor drives the
Foundation's dedication to increasing community awareness, improving
access to treatment and services, supporting stroke survivors and
identifying and addressing gaps in stroke research.
Author's website: National Stroke Foundation