About Us

Unsure about a few things? Find out the who, what, where, why and how here. You can also get to know our team and find out about new job vacancies.


What is Headway East London?

Headway East London is a charity supporting people affected by brain injury. Working across 13 London boroughs we offer specialist support and services for over 200 survivors, family, friends and carers in the local area each week.

Picture painted by members of Headway showing community of disabled adults

There are many different causes of brain injury and its effects are complex and wide ranging. Our services are designed to suit each individual’s circumstances, needs and aspirations.

We provide therapies, advocacy, family support and community support work alongside our day service: a community venue where members can make the most of their abilities and interests. We believe that every one of our members has something to contribute to both Headway East London and the wider community. Our occupational projects include an art studio, writing projects and a professional kitchen where members cook each day for other members, volunteers, staff and visitors.

We also promote awareness and understanding of brain injury by providing information, acting as an educational resource for universities, offering training to professionals and businesses, and running projects engaging our members with the public.

OUR MISSION is to support people affected by brain injury

OUR VISION is building a society where people with brain injury are valued, respected and able to fulfil their potential to lead full, active lives

How are we funded?

As an independent charity, Headway East London is responsible for raising all the money it needs to rent premises, pay staff, run services and develop new initiatives. The total expenditure for this year is expected to be in the region of £1.6 million.


Around 76% of the cost of running Headway services comes from fee income (local authorities / personal budgets and private funding) however not all of our members are eligible to receive statutory support. Other services, for example family support and occupational projects are reliant on charitable donations and fundraising. This is where you can help.

We are also extremely grateful for the support we receive from organisations. We are currently supported by a number of trusts, foundations and partners listed below.

Annual Report

We've just published our Annual Report and Accounts for the period 2015-16. 

Here you'll find a clear breakdown of our income and expenditure: including an update on our achievements during this period.

Trusts and Foundations

BIG Lottery Reaching Communities
Boshier-Hinton Foundation
Charles S French Charitable Trust
CHK Charities Ltd
Childwick Trust
City Bridge Trust
D'Oly Carte Charitable Trust
February Foundation
Guild of Freemen of the City of London
Henry Smith Charity
Hospital Saturday Fund
Investec Social Investment
Joseph Strong Fraser Trust
London Catalyst
Lynn Foundation
Mackintosh Foundation
Marsh Christian Trust
Network Rail Charitable Fund
Paul Bush Foundation
Peter Stebbings Memorial Fund
Prudential (M&G Group)
The Radcliffe Trust
R S Brownless Charitable Trust
Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust
Souter Charitable Trust
Worshipful Company of Barbers
Worshipful Company of Cutlers

Our catchment area

Map detailing Headway East London catchment area

Headway East London’s catchment area includes the following London boroughs: Barking & Dagenham, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Havering, Islington, Newham, Redbridge, The City, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Westminster. If you live outside of these boroughs, please visit the Headway UK website to find your nearest branch or group.

Our team

From our day service co-ordinators to our therapy team, to our fundraisers and our board members - every individual at Headway East London contributes to the success of the organisation.

If you would like to speak with a particular department please contact info@headwayeastlondon.org with details of your enquiry.

Management team

Selection of staff illustrations drawn by members
Illustration of Amanda D'Souza by Headway artist
Amanda D'Souza
Clinical Lead
Amanda is Clinical Lead at Headway East London. She has worked with brain injury survivors and their families for over 15 years, including as a speech & language therapist in NHS. She finds working together with Headway Members really informative and inspirational, and is very happy to be part of the community.
Illustration of Anthony Bonfil by Headway artist
Anthony Bonfil
Chief Executive
Illustration of Ben Graham by Headway artist
Ben Graham
Development Director
Illustration of Dave Milne by Headway artist
Dave Milne
Finance Manager
Dave joined Headway in 2012 working just one day a week, and has seen the organisation (and its finances!) grow. So much so, he was appointed Finance Manager in 2015. Dave has a background in the Telecommunications industry, working as a Management Accountant for a fast growing group. Why he loves Headway? 'There always seems to be a feeling of honesty and integrity around the place and a genuine respect for all concerned.'
Illustration of John Comninos by Headway artist
John Comninos
Chairman of the Board
John's career covered IT, business consultancy and investment banking, in the U.K., France and Germany. He joined Headway as a trustee in 2005, and took on the Chair's role in 2013. His role has been to work with the Senior Management team and the Board to ensure that there is a clear strategy for Headway's future and that the Board's participation is effective. Headway's work is invaluable to the members, and it is a continuing source of pleasure to John to be associated with it.
Illustration of Julia Alexander by Headway artist
Julia Alexander
Community Support Worker Service Manager
Illustration of Laura Owens by Headway artist
Laura Owens
Communications & Development Manager
Laura has a background in PR & marketing, having worked for both digital agencies and in-house organisations. Here, Laura spends her days writing press releases, updating the website, designing print & digital marketing materials and doing everything she can to help spread the great work of the charity. Why she loves Headway? “Our fantastic members. They are the motivation for doing well in your job and make every day different, fun (& exhausting!)”
Illustration of Natasha Lockyer by Headway artist
Natasha Lockyer
Director of Services
Natasha has worked with brain injury survivors and their families for 14 years, as an Occupational Therapist and as a Case Manager. She joined Headway East London in 2012 and has had several different roles. She now works as the Director of Services. Why she loves Headway? “Headway is a special community. Our members, volunteers and staff and are a source of inspiration, motivation and joy every day. I feel incredibly lucky to work at such an amazing place”.
Illustration of Nora Brennan by Headway artist
Nora Brennan
Therapy Manager / Neurophysiotherapist
Nora qualified as a Physiotherapist at the University of Brighton in 2005 and specialised in neurology in 2008. She has worked in a variety of settings including the NHS, private and charitable organisations and has experience of working with individuals with a variety of neurological conditions. She also has particular skills in the management of complex spasticity and complex postural needs. She completed a Master’s Degree in Neurorehabilitation at Brunel University in 2012. Why she loves Headway? "Our members inspire me every day - to embrace any challenge that comes my way (with a smile!)".
Illustration of Sarah Lantsbury by Headway artist
Sarah Lantsbury
Day Services Manager
Sarah has been involved in Headway East London since she was a teenager - as a volunteer, Coordinator, Senior Coordinator and now as Day Services Manager. She loves Headway and is proud to be a part of it.
Illustration of Seán Kinahan by Headway artist
Seán Kinahan
Casework Manager/ Deputy Director of Services
Seán has worked within the charity sector in Ireland and the UK for over 10 years, running mentoring projects, restorative justice projects, and working with young people on probation and families of children with special educational needs. He manages the Headway Casework department which supports people to access entitlements, facilitates support groups and oversees early intervention work in hospitals. Why he loves Headway? “Because supporting people with even the smallest things, can make such a huge difference to their lives”

We asked our talented group of Headway members to help create our new staff portraits - the result is pretty spectacular!

Work for us

We are always on the look out for new talent to join our team, and advertise all of our positions on our website.

For more information on these roles and how to apply please visit our RECRUITMENT PAGE.