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Trustees & Group Leads

Trustees

Chris Brunker – HSWL Chair

I grew up in South West London and have lived here more or less ever since. I am a specialist nurse in the Neuro-Intensive Care Unit at St George’s Hospital. Emergency care is crucial, but for people with brain injury it’s just the start of a long struggle to regain independence and fulfillment in life. HSWL is there for those who need help along the way: being a Trustee helps me understand their challenges and achievements. Away from work I enjoy reading, films and travel.

 

Trevor Sterling – Vice Chair

I joined Headway South West London in 2015, having previously been the Headway West London Chair. I am a Partner and the Major Trauma Lead at Moore Blatch Solicitors in Richmond where I am responsible for developing services to support major trauma patients. I am also an Ambassador for the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal. I became active within Headway following a close friend suffering brain injury. I have always lived in and around South West London and enjoy playing golf as well as managing a Little League football team for 10 year olds in my spare time.

 

Andrew Birkwood – Treasurer

I joined Headway South West London in 2016. I am a business consultant having spent a career working in various investment functions in the financial services industry. My interest in working with Headway stems from sustaining a brain injury in 2009 following a biking accident. I now live in Surrey, having spent many happy years in South West London. I enjoy cycling, going to the gym, reading and travel.

 

Eman Hassan

I joined Headway South West London as a volunteer in October 2015 and recently became a Trustee in July 2016. I am a paralegal in the Major Trauma Service at Moore Blatch Solicitors, proud sponsors of Headway South West London and I have a real passion for helping those in need. I am also involved in fundraising for children with brain injury. I am originally from Preston and moved down to South West London five years ago. In my spare time, I enjoy running, going to the gym and travelling to various parts of the world learning more about different cultures.

 

Grace Serwanga

I have recently joined Headway SW London.  I am a private client Solicitor specialising in Court of Protection work and am a partner in Simpson Millar LLP based in the firm’s Wimbledon Branch.  I have managed the financial affairs of clients with brain injury for many years and appreciate the work done by Headway to provide much needed support.  I have always wanted to contribute to the work done by Headway and the opportunity presented itself when I started working in Wimbledon.  Away from work my main passion is singing and I am actively involved in a Gospel band.

 

Justine Speigelberg

I trained as a Physiotherapist and specialised in working with patients with neurological conditions. Having worked for various large London hospitals for over 20 weeks, I now work independently with patients in their homes. I live in Putney with my husband and three children who keep me busy when I’m not working! I have thoroughly enjoyed my career and I am looking forward to supporting and getting involved with Headway South West London.

 

Alex Lowe

I joined Headway SW London at the end of 2017 and am a specialist registrar in rehabilitation medicine.  Currently I work at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and have previously worked at the Wolfson Centre and the Homerton RNRU.  In the future I aim to specialise as a consultant in neurorehabilitation to help support the recovery of those with a history of brain injury.  In my spare team I enjoy teaching skiing, playing the guitar, and travelling.

 

Ian Waters

I’m new to the team of Trustee’s with HSWL having joined earlier in 2019.  I am a Physiotherapist by background and a Specialist Brain Injury Case Manager; currently working as the Director of Rehabilitation and Case Management for a Case Management company (HCML), which specialises in rehabilitating and supporting people who have suffered a range of catastrophic injuries, including Brain Injury.  I have referred multiple clients into Headway’s services across the country and have witnessed the fantastic support and encouragement they can provide to those who have suffered a Brain Injury, as well as to their families.  I’m really excited to give my time and efforts into supporting HSWL, to give something back to this very worthwhile and much needed charity group.  In my spare time (what little remains) I am an avid runner and mostly do half-marathon distances, I’m a Yogi (for my sanity) and enjoy league badminton as well.

 

Geoffrey Simpson-Scott

I joined Headway South West London in 2019. I am a Partner specialising in Clinical Negligence at Simpson Millar solicitors in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, where my responsibilities include advising patients and their families who suffer from the effects of brain injury. I have lived in the South West London area for most of my life and enjoy football, palaeontology & wine-making.

 

 

Previous Trustees

Matthew Tuff

I joined Headway South West London in 2010 and was a trustee for 8 years. I stepped down as a Trustee in 2018, as I had reached the maximum term. However, I continue to be actively involved with the charity. I am a solicitor at Moore Blatch in Richmond, specialising in serious injury cases, including brain injury cases.  In my spare time, I enjoy cycling, running, reading and travelling to far flung destinations.

 

Susan Hughes

I am an Occupational Therapist working in independent practice with people who have suffered a brain injury and their families.  I volunteered as a group facilitator for Headway West London for a number of years but wanted to get involved with my local group in South West London.  Sue stepped down as a trustee in May 2019.

I will miss regularly seeing all the members and trustees, as have found my time working with HSWL a richly rewarding experience. I will keep in touch during this period when I have stepped down from the committee and hope to see you all at the allotment and a few of the socials over the rest of the year in a voluntary capacity. I look forward to working with HSWL and all its members again in the future.

 

 

Group Leads

Paula Murphy – Balham Group

Paula Murphy is an neuro-occupational therapist who trained and worked in New Zealand as an occupational therapist.  Paula has 15 years experience working in the NHS and private sector in the UK, specialising in neuro rehabilitation.  She current works in private practice in the community, working with and supporting individuals with neurological conditions and has a special interest in brain injury.  Outside of work Paula enjoys travelling, sport and watching rugby.

 

Noelle Blake – Wimbledon Group

I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist.  I qualified in Ireland and worked for six years in Adult Mental Health services in Ireland and the UK.  I developed an interest in acquired brain injury and neurological conditions at an early stage of my career, partly through the rewards of working with people with brain injury but also because of personal family experience.  Between 1990 and 2014 I worked as a Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist in Sutton, Wandsworth and Croydon, primarily working in Community Neurorehabilitation and Assessment services.  I enjoy working with groups and sharing knowledge and rehabilitation skills that help people feel more in control of their lives and optimistic about making positive changes.

In February 2014 I left my role in the NHS to work independently.  Since then I have worked in independent practice as a clinical neuropsychologist.  I also work as a tutor at the University of Surrey.  I live in South London with my husband and energetic Irish Red Setter dog.  I have two grown up daughters.  In my spare time I enjoy yoga, singing, going to the cinema and theatre and  shopping with my daughters.

 

Michelle Davies – Croydon Group

I am a neuro-occupational therapist with over 10 years qualified experience, currently working at St. George’s Hospital in Tooting.  I joined Headway in 2015 facilitating the then newly formed Croydon Group.   I spend most of my spare time at my allotment but also enjoy camping, mountain biking, surfing and snowboarding.

 

Laura Slader – Richmond Group

I started working as a facilitator for Richmond Group in 2015 when the group began.  I look forward to the monthly meetings as it brings together such interesting and inspiring individuals who are living with their brain injuries.  Often people attend with their partners or family members and the group is incredibly supportive.  Everyone is happy to share information, offer advice or just listen, and find comfort from the stories shared.

I am a neurological specialist occupational therapist and work both in private practise, charitable services, and do some contract work with the NHS at St Georges Hospital, Tooting.   I predominantly assess and treat individuals who have sustained head injuries and are returned to their homes from hospital and require rehabilitation in their homes.

I live locally and have 3 children who are all at local schools.  I love being near Richmond Park and Bushy Park and can often be found on my bike enjoying the outside life.   I also love yoga and practise mindfulness to help me manage my busy life.