Andrea West is the Chief Executive of the Batten Disease Family Association. She completed her BSc in Psychology and her Masters in Research Psychology before beginning a research career in quality of life aspects of chemoprevention clinical trials for breast and ovarian cancer. She moved on to complete research on professional standards in palliative care in both adult and children hospices across the UK.
Volunteering her time has always been important and so a move to Ottawa, Canada for three years, enabled her to volunteer her skills and experience to undertake an evaluation of an early intervention programme for teens at risk of drug and alcohol abuse. On her return she volunteered with Victim Support and undertook further masters training as a Counselling Psychologist. She has practised in primary care, university counselling services, as a relationship and as a family therapist. Before joining the BDFA in 2010, Andrea was the Director of the Brigitte Trust, a charity which provides end of life emotional support to individuals in their own homes.