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.
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.
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 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 joined Headway SW London at the end of 2017 and am currently a doctor working at the London Spinal Cord Injury Centre in Stanmore after working at the Wolfson Neurorehabilitation Centre as part of my specialist registrar training in rehabilitation medicine. For the past seven 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.