Trustees

Alex Lowe (Chair)

I joined Headway SW London at the end of 2017 and am currently working as a Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore.  During my specialist training I have worked in a number of neurorehabilitation centres in and around London, including St George’s and Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton.  In my spare time I enjoy teaching skiing and playing the guitar.

 

Justine Spiegelberg

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.

 

Susan Hughes

Sue is an Occupational Therapist working in independent practice with people who have suffered a brain injury and their families.  Sue stepped down as a trustee in May 2019 due to reaching the maximum term as trustee before rejoining in September 2020.   I have missed being a part of HSWL for the last year and a half and look forward to seeing old faces again, meeting new ones, and thinking of new ways and ideas to support our members going forwards.  HSWL is a wonderful charity made up of the fabulous members and volunteers who give of themselves in so many ways.  It’s great to be a part of!

 

Alex De Silva (Treasurer)

I was delighted to be invited to join Headway SW London as Treasurer in early 2021. I’m a qualified accountant and tax advisor, and currently work for a UK satellite operator that sells telecommunications services to governments and businesses in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. I went to school in Wimbledon, and my wife and I have lived a stone’s throw from St George’s Hospital in Tooting since 2011. When not watching sport on TV, my spare time is usually filled with cricket, cycling and travelling.

 

Martin Usher

 

Leah Walsh

I am currently training to be an Educational Psychologist with a background in working with children with special educational needs and disabilities. In my spare time, I enjoy yoga, travelling, and trying new foods. I have volunteered at Headway for the past five years and have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know our members and the rest of the Headway team. I look forward to joining as a Trustee and contributing on a wider level.

 

Paul Ashurst (Secretary)

I am delighted to have joined Headway SW London as Secretary and I look forward to working with the members to further the aims and objectives of the Charity.  As a solicitor dealing with serious and life changing injury claims my work brings me into contact both with individuals who have suffered and must deal with the effects of Traumatic Brain injuries, and those engaged in their care.  Originally from Bolton I have lived in LB Sutton since 1985 and when not working or tending my Koi carp I can often be seen in Nonsuch Park walking the dog or with my granddaughter.

 

Lawrence Hayes

I am a consultant in neurorehabilitation based at St George’s Wolfson Centre.  My day to day work involves the care and rehabilitation of people affected by brain injury in their transition back to community living.  Outside of work I am passionate about sports and especially triathlon, when not racing I can usually be found riding my bike around Richmond Park.

 

Alice Collier

I joined Headway SW London as a Trustee in October 2022, and I am very much looking forward to supporting Headway SW London and their inspiring service users going forward.

I am a Court of Protection Solicitor at Irwin Mitchell and work with clients who have sustained traumatic brain injuries. I am very passionate about rehabilitation and the work that Headway SW London does. In my spare time, I enjoy travelling, the outdoors and catching up with friends and family!

 

Charlotte Rees-Knowlden

I joined Headway SW London in January 2023 and am delighted to have also become a Trustee. I am very much looking forward to supporting and working with Headway SW London moving forward.

I am a solicitor and lead a team which works with clients who have sustained very serious and life changing injuries. We work with many individuals who have sustained traumatic brain injuries as well as the family and friends who care for and support them. During my legal career I have worked extensively with clients who have required long-term rehabilitation.

In my spare time I enjoy foreign travel and when I am not exploring new places, I will likely be found taking my two dogs for long muddy walks or trying to improve my cooking skills.

 

Recent Trustees

Chris Brunker

“I am stepping down as Chair of HSWL after 5 1/2 years in the post. The charity will be in excellent hands with our new Chair Alex Lowe.  I want to thank the trustees, facilitators, and volunteers for all their hard work and support. Most of all, thank you to all of you who come to our groups and activities. Your courage in dealing with the challenges of brain injury and the support you give each other are extraordinary. I don’t plan to leave HSWL altogether, so I hope I see you all soon.” -Chris, Oct 2021

 

Matthew Tuff

“I have spent 10 very enjoyable years as a trustee at Headway South West London and have met some amazing people along the way.  Due to personal circumstances, I have decided to step down, but I am doing so with regret as Headway is an incredible charity” -Matt, Mar 2022

 

Sam Dipper

“I have decided to step down as a trustee owing to professional and family commitments but I plan to continue to be involved with HSWL in an informal capacity” -Sam, Mar 2022

 

Ian Waters

Ian joined in 2019 and is a Physiotherapist by background and a Specialist Brain Injury Case Manager.  He worked 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.  He sadly had to step down as trustee due to moving out of the area but we wish him the best of luck with his new ventures.

Eman Hassan

“I have been supporting HSWL as a Trustee for 6 years now and it has been an absolute pleasure to dedicate my time to support our wonderful service users. I have been humbled by every member of our charity and I am incredibly proud of the support and dedication they all provide to support our wonderful service users who make HSWL what it is. I will still be involved and I am looking forward to our next social event to catch up with everyone!” -Eman, Sept 2022

Geoffrey Simpson-Scott

“It has been my genuine pleasure to be a Trustee and I hope you will accept my very best wishes for the excellent work you will continue to do in the future.” -Geoff, Sept 2022