Penny Dobson, Chair of the PCF

ERIC was set up in 1988 by Dr Penny Dobson MBE, a trained nurse and social worker, to fill the gap in the support available to children suffering from bedwetting, or nocturnal enuresis

Initially supported by the Children’s Society, Penny was given just three years to make the charity financially independent - a challenge for any charity, but particularly so for one dealing with such an unappealing cause!   

Based in a tiny office at the University of Bristol, Penny inspired and engaged people across the country to develop and grow the charity, which she led until her retirement in 2008. Penny chaired the Paediatric Continence Forum until 2020, a national campaign group engaging with the Government and policy makers to raise awareness of childhood bowel and bladder problems and to improve NHS services in this area of health.