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.

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

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Illustration of Anthony Bonfil by Headway artist
Anthony Bonfil
Chief Executive
Tony started working at Headway East London in June 2002, following a 16 year career in agricultural research in Australia. During the course of his time at Headway East London Tony has undertaken a variety of roles for the organization including: Co-ordinator, Manager, and Director of Services and since 2016 as CEO. Over this time the organisation has grown and expanded considerably the level and depth of support it offers brain injury survivors. Tony joined a team of 5 part-time staff in 2002; supporting in the region of 50 brain injury survivors in its day service. The organisation now employs upwards of 60 staff across a range of services and projects and currently supports upwards of 650 brain injury survivors and approx. 200 family members and carers. Why does Tony love Headway? It is an honour and privilege to lead an organization which so intrinsically values the contribution of all the members of its community. I am continually inspired by the passion, resoluteness, creativity and commitment of the people, who make up the Headway East London community, as they strive to improve and promote services and support for brain injury survivors and their loved ones.
Illustration of Ben Mills by Headway artist
Ben Mills
Development Director
Ben studied psychology at the University of Edinburgh and worked with young people with learning disabilities before joining Headway East London in 2004. He says he feels lucky to have been involved in the organisation's work, especially around its occupational and public engagement projects. He began writing Tell Me The Planets, an account of his time at Headway East London, in 2015. The book will be published by Penguin in May 2018.
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 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
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 is part of the Senior Management Team overseeing Headway’s main services. Why he loves Headway? “Because supporting people with even the smallest things, can make such a huge difference to their lives”
Illustration of Bolatito Idowu by Headway artist
Bolatito Idowu
HR Manager
Bola joined Headway in September 2015, having worked for several charities within their HR Team over for a number of years. She is responsible for all HR processes and procedures throughout Headway including recruitment and selection, employee relations, payroll, developing HR policies and procedures and implementing employment legislations. “I like being part of this very unique and creative organisation, where everyone (members, volunteers and staff) are treated with respect and dignity. Everyone matters!”
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Natalie Clapshaw
Casework Manager
Natalie has worked at Headway Devon for 10 years running day services across the county and providing advocacy for adults with acquired brain injuries. She manages the Headway Casework department which supports people to access entitlements, facilitates support groups and oversees early intervention work in hospitals. Why She loves Headway? “Brain injury continues to interest me after a decade of working in this area, I strive to assist individuals and their families to create a new sense of self following such an injury and advocate on their behalf ”
Illustration of Michelle Carlile by Headway artist
Art Studio Manager
Michelle has been an artist since early childhood and began volunteering for Headway East London in 2001. Her love for people and passion for art led her to embrace the opportunity to join the staff team. Initially running art groups around a small table, it has grown into what is now called “Submit to Love Studios”. Daily up to 15 artists create works that have since been shown in galleries such as the Barbican, Wellcome, Autograph and Southbank. The studio is so much more than the artwork it produces, it’s a place where people discover meaning, purpose and joy through art. Why does she like working at Headway? I am inspired everyday by the courage and creativity of our members and artists.
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Fiona Aravindakshan
Community Support Worker Service Manager
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Kath Lee
Fundraising & Business Development Manager
Kath came to Headway East London in October 2019, to take up the newly created job of Fundraising & Business Development Manager. She has worked in fundraising and charities for a very long time, and is looking forward to contributing to Headway's future successes. Why she loves Headway? I feel at home in the Headway community. Everyone strives to do their best, it is very inspiring to work and have fun alongside so many talented and lovely people.

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

Board members

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Glen Hodgson
Chairman of the Board
Glen heads up the healthcare practice for GS1, a not-for-profit global open standards organisation that is working closely with the NHS to improve patient safety by preventing medical errors. He brings over 20 years national and international board level experience covering a variety of operational and commercial roles within the health and care industries. He is also a Governor of a London comprehensive high school for girls. Among other interests Glen is a long-time Fulham Football Club season ticket holder and a failed punk rocker…
Illustration of Norman Keen by Headway artist
Norman Keen
Vice Chair
Norman and his wife Lyn are carers for their son David, who had a severe head injury in 1993. Norman has a PhD in physical chemistry from Southampton University. He took early retirement from his career at British Gas in 1993. He was one of the founders of Headway East London. He was a Trustee of Headway UK from 2001 to 2008. He was a member of the External Reference Group for the National Service Framework for Long-Term Neurological Conditions.
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Marilene Antoni
Board member
Marilene is a lawyer with a particular interest in brain injury. She has successfully represented clients who have suffered traumatic brain injuries following an accident. Marilene is passionate about rehabilitation and enjoys being part of a charity which strives to ensure that survivors and their families can live fulfilled lives. In addition to her role as trustee, she is also a mentor for a brain injury survivor at Headway East London.
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Jez Stockdale
Board member
Jez works as an economist/policy adviser in the Health Spending Team in HM Treasury; a small team that has financial control over the entire NHS and social care budgets, and has a degree in economics from the University of Oxford. Jez is very supportive of the work that Headway does – incurring a head injury as a teenager which left him in ill-health for a number of years.
Illustration of Katharine Hibbert by Headway artist
Katharine Hibbert
Board member
Katharine runs Dot Dot Dot, a social enterprise which allows people who do great voluntary work to live in buildings that would otherwise be empty. Before setting up Dot Dot Dot, Katharine was a journalist, writing for the Sunday Times and the Guardian among others. She is the author of Free: Adventures on the Margins of a Wasteful Society, which was published by Ebury Press in 2010.
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Penny Wrout
Board member
Penny runs LandSky, an enterprise which seeks to engage communities with the arts and media. Her area of expertise is in video and radio production. Penny has made films for many national museums and before that worked as a journalist with the BBC. She joined Headway in 2017 because she was inspired by the range and quality of work the charity undertakes.
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Dan Smith
Board member
Dan is a Project Manager with VolkerFitzpatrick and has worked for them for the last 3 years. He delivers rail infrastructure projects across the UK and previously worked for a range of clients and contractors delivering major development projects in London. Dan has a degree in Construction Management from Nottingham Trent. He lives in Walthamstow, East London.
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Dominic Tkaczyk
Board member (Treasurer)
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Tony Palluotto
Board member
Tony has been a Computer Analyst for an investment bank in the city for more than 30 years, a Professional Life Coach in the area of health and wellbeing, mentor and a keen philanthropist. He has been involved with Headway East London since 2012, first as a volunteer and from 2016-18 as a Peer Support Worker in the Casework Team, using his own experience of brain injury to help give support, advice and advocacy to survivors, families and carers. In addition to his work with Headway East London, Tony was previously on the board for Friends of Attend ABI and was also an active member of Connect UK aphasia group and in the Editorial Group and Chairman of the East London Aphasia Hub.
Illustration of Sarah Griggs by Headway artist
Sarah Griggs
Board member
Sarah is an Associate Solicitor who leads a team within the specialist Neurotrauma team at Irwin Mitchell. She acts for clients who have sustained traumatic brain injuries in road traffic collisions and work place accidents. Sarah is passionate about rehabilitation and ensuring the best possible outcome for her clients. Sarah lives with her family in North London and though she loves the theatres and art galleries of London, she spends most of her spare time in one of the many local parks playing football with her sons.
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Daniel Hilton
Board member
Daniel Hilton is an established senior leader, with a decade of experience in operational based leadership roles. He currently holds the position of Director of Operations for Spitalfields Crypt Trust Prior to SCT he has held leadership roles at The Prince’s Trust and University of the Arts London. Daniel’s professional interests revolve around effective change management, people leadership and personal development. Committed to developing himself and others, Daniel proactively seeks new opportunities to hone existing skills and expertise, but also gain exposure to new challenges and opportunities to learn.

We're lucky to have 11 fantastic board members who volunteer their time to oversee Headway East London's activities and ensure it is run both effectively and ethically as a charitable organisation.