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

Selection of staff illustrations drawn by members
Anna McEwen
Anna McEwen
Chief Executive
Anna has worked in the social care field in the UK for over 20 years in roles across both the voluntary and statutory sectors. Her experience includes working on pilots to introduce personal budgets for people who need care and support, and introducing community-based initiatives to keep people connected to the people and places that are important to them. She has managed services for people in the community, and worked as a commissioner in adult social care. Anna also has direct experience of working with Headway East London's client group, having started her career as a personal assistant to a man with an acquired brain injury. Most recently Anna was Executive Director of Support & Development at Shared Lives Plus.
Illustration of Thomas A by Headway artist
Thomas A
Kitchen Projects Lead
Thomas started working in the day service at Headway in 2010 after doing a range of jobs through his 20s, from a stint at a local paper to sessional work for a food coop. After a couple of stretches working in cafes in his teens and early 20s, he swore he’d never work in a kitchen again. But the lure of the Headway kitchen soon proved too much for him: he took on the kitchen project in 2015, and hasn’t looked back since. Thomas lives with his young family on a boat moored alongside the Headway garden, and he loves being part of Headway’s extended family.
Illustration of Tasneem by Headway artist
Tasneem A
Day Service Manager (Maternity Cover)
I started volunteering at Headway as a student in 2008 and immediately felt like I was part of the family. I then went off to work as a Therapy Assistant in a rehab centre, then in the community working with people with Neurological conditions, but couldn't keep away and returned to work as a Co-ordinator at Headway. I'm always learning from members and that's one of the things I love.
Fiona Aravindakshan
Community Support Worker Service Manager
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 Michelle C by Headway artist
Michelle C
Art Studio Manager / Creative Lead
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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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 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!”
Illustration of Sarah Lantsbury by Headway artist
Sarah Lantsbury
Director of Operations (Maternity Leave)
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.
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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.
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
Director of Development
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!)”

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

Board members

Marilene Antoni
Marilene Antoni
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.
Pardeep Dhoofer
Pardeep Dhoofer
Pardeep has led the Reporting & Financial Planning team at Queen Mary University of London for over 5 years. He has worked in Finance for the last 25 years, including over 10 years in a leadership role, with working ranging from reporting and analysis of performance to longer-term strategic financial planning. He previously spent 7 years at the British Heart Foundation and is passionate about the charity sector, especially those with a focus on health and wellbeing and providing opportunities to people. Having gained an Accountancy & Finance degree from the University of Greenwich, he later qualified in 2009 with CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) where he is now a member of the South London branch committee. He prides himself on strong leadership and team development and has enjoyed taking the lead on several improvement projects with a focus on continuous improvement and challenging existing processes and methodologies.
Sarah Griggs
Sarah Griggs
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.
Daniel Hilton
Daniel Hilton
Daniel 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.
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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 is a carer for his son David who had a severe brain injury in 1993. He was one of the founders of Headway East London, and was its voluntary fundraiser in the early days. Following a PhD in physical chemistry in 1962 (!), he had a career in British Gas Research & Technology, and was Manager Academic Relations when he took early retirement in 1993. He was a Trustee of Headway UK from 2001 to 2008, and the main carer representative on the External Reference Group for the National Service Framework for Long Term Neurological Conditions, which reported in 2005. He is an Executive Committee member of the Acquired Brain Injury Forum for London (ABIL), having previously been its Chair.
Leila Lodwick
Leila Lodwick
Leila is a finance professional who has worked and volunteered for a range of organisations including a children’s arts charity in Cambodia and various NGOs in Switzerland. She has spent a significant proportion of her career at Deloitte where she was an Associate Director and she currently works for a FTSE 100 company based in Gloucestershire. Leila has a degree in music from Cambridge University and is a strong believer in the therapeutic value of the arts. She also has a particular interest in brain injury having suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2019 and understands the importance of having a reliable and caring support network. She is inspired by the breadth of work that Headway East London does in the community.
Bisila Noha
Bisila Noha
Bisila is a Spanish London-based ceramic artist who co-directs Lon-art Creative, an arts organisation that offers a platform for everyone to create, collaborate and reflect upon social issues through the arts (with a particular focus on women). With a background in Translation and International Relations, Bisila also has vast experience in Project Management having worked for large corporations such as Apple.
Tony Palluotto
Tony Palluotto
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.
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Dan Smith
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.

We're lucky to have 10 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.