CHRIS BRUNKER – 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.
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.
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.
I am an Occupational Therapist currently working in independent practice with people who have suffered a brain injury and their families. I really enjoy this work and often find the work Headway do for my clients really valuable. 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. I am originally from South Africa but have lived in Wimbledon for 13 years. I love spending time with friends and going for long walks and always like to be planning my next holiday!!!
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.
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.
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.
I joined Headway South West London as a trustee in 2011, having been very impressed by the excellent work that they do in the local community. I am HSWL’s Company Secretary. I am a personal injury solicitor at Hudgells Solicitors, proud sponsors of Headway South West London’s Balham day group. I have lived in South West London all my life and in my spare time I enjoy playing football, running, salsa and travelling to weird and wonderful places (including North Korea and Chernobyl).
I recently joined Headway SW London at the end of 2017 and am currently a doctor working at the Wolfson Neurorehabilitation Centre as part of my specialist registrar training in rehabilitation medicine. For the past six years I have worked as a doctor in London and before this worked in brain injury rehabilitation both during and prior to my medical studies. In the future I aim to specialise as a consultant in neurorehabilitation to help in the recovery of those with a history of brain injury. In my spare team I enjoy teaching skiing, playing the guitar, and travelling around the world.