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Epilepsy Society's senior team

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Epilepsy Society's senior team

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Clare Pelham: Chief Executive

Clare Pelham was appointed Chief Executive of Epilepsy Society in November 2016.

Clare was previously Chief Executive of Leonard Cheshire Disability for five years. Before joining the charity which supports disabled people in the UK and around the world, she was the first Chief Executive of the Judicial Appointments Commission and held senior civil service positions at the Cabinet Office, Home Office and Department for Constitutional Affairs.

She has also worked in the private sector at IBM and was a member of the executive committee of Coca Cola GB and Ireland where, as Director of Active Lifestyles, she was responsible for the company’s partnerships with the voluntary sector.

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Professor Ley Sander: Medical Director

Professor Ley Sander was appointed Medical Director of Epilepsy Society in February 2012.

Ley is a professor of neurology and clinical epilepsy and honorary consultant neurologist with a specialist interest in epilepsy at Epilepsy Society and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. He heads the World Health Organisation Collaborative Centre for Research and Training in Neurosciences in London and is also the scientific director of SEIN, the Epilepsy Institutes of the Netherlands Foundation.

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Jonny Anders-Cannon: Director of Care Services

Jonny joined Epilepsy Society in March 2019.

Jonny has over 25 years’ experience in health and social care supporting adults with learning disabilities, epilepsy and complex support needs. Jonny has been fortunate to have worked in a range of senior roles having begun his career as a Support Worker. He has extensive experience of service development, improving quality of service delivery and change management. Passionate about person centred approaches, Jonny is committed to partnership working with people supported, colleagues, families and community teams to create better lives together.

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Gordon Craig: Interim Fundraising Director

Gordon Craig was appointed Interim Fundraising Director of Epilepsy Society in April 2020.

Gordon has over twenty years experience of fundraising in the Charity Sector most recently in interim Director of Fundraising roles with Prostate Cancer Research Centre, St Clare Hospice and Starlight Children’s Foundation. Previously he was the Director of Fundraising & Marketing at The Royal Star & Garter Homes. He has also worked for Macmillan Cancer Support and WWF-UK.

Gordon is a member of the Institute of Fundraising and a Clore Social Fellow having undertaken a leadership development programme which seeks to develop a cadre of leaders to provide robust and effective leadership for their organisations and the sector.

Kevin Bourner - Director of Estates

Kevin Bourner: Director of Land and Estates

Kevin was appointed Director of Land and Estates in March 2021.

Kevin is a chartered planning and development surveyor with over 20 years' experience of delivering residential and mixed-use development, and leading and managing complex estates and property portfolios.  Until 2019, Kevin led the South West region of Homes England, the Government's housing agency, working with local authorities, developers, investors, and landowners to unlock new housing.

More recently he has been responsible for leading the national infrastructure grants transactions team at Homes England managing a budget of £2 billion.  

Simon Hawkins - Chief Financial Officer

Simon Hawkins - Chief Financial Officer

Simon has spent the last 16 years working in the charity sector having spent time in both the Higher Education and Retail sectors having qualified as a certified accountant in 1994.

He has worked for the National Trust where he was responsible for reporting and managing the finances for its commercial operations in the role of Finance Analysis Manager before moving to the animal welfare charity, Blue Cross in 2011 where as Head of Finance he introduced business partnering which enabled finance to become better represented and more visible and at the heart of all that the charity did.

He took his first Director of Finance role at the start of 2015 working with Bowel Cancer UK.  In the last 6 years, the charity has seen its income grow and has moved into Research.  His responsibilities included Finance, HR, IT, Facilities, Data Protection and Governance and was heavily involved in the process to merge the charity with Beating Bowel Cancer at the start of 2018.
 

Our people

Read biographies for members of our board of trustees, president and vice president, and our senior management team including our CEO Clare Pelham (pictured above).