We have five members of staff and are led by an elected board of volunteer trustees, who are endorsed by our member organisations.
Neurological Alliance staff
Georgina Carr, Chief Executive
Georgina joined the Alliance in January 2020. Prior to her role at The Neurological Alliance, Georgina was with the MS Society for over six years, overseeing their work to improve MS treatment, care and support. Georgina was also a member of the European MS Platform Executive Committee and MS International Federation Access to Medicines working group, working closely with neurological organisations across the world to improve care. Georgina has a close connection to MS, and is passionate about raising the bar of neurological treatment, care and support across the country. Prior to working at the UK MS Society, Georgina worked on EU health policy for the consultancy Burson Marsteller.
Sam Mountney, Policy and External Affairs Manager
Sam joined the Neurological Alliance in June 2021. He has a background in neurology related health policy having previously spent three and a half years at Epilepsy Action leading their health policy and campaigning efforts. He also spent a year as co-chair of the Neurological Alliance Policy Group. Prior to working in neurology Sam worked for a Member of Parliament managing a busy Westminster office and completed a Master’s degree at the University of Leeds.
Miranda Lloyd, Communications and External Affairs Officer
Miranda joined The Neurological Alliance in March 2021. Prior to her role at The Neurological Alliance, Miranda was with the charity DEBRA for seven years, primarily working with people with Epidermolysis Bullosa to raise awareness of this genetic skin blistering condition and generate coverage online and in print, and through social media, radio and television. Miranda has a neurological condition and is passionate about making the world a more equal and inclusive place.
Jess Mansel, Coproduction Group Co-ordinator
Jess joined The Neurological Alliance as Coproduction Co-ordinator in February 2022, working with us for one day a week. She’s supporting our neuro community, Alliance staff and member organisations to coproduce the My Neuro survey launch and campaign, making sure the voice of our community is central in the call for improvements to treatment and care.
She’s currently the Senior Engagement Officer for Alliance member MS Society UK, making sure coproduction is used and understood throughout the organisation, where everything they do is shaped and led by the MS community.
Prior to this she spent two years with MS Society Cymru as External Relations Officer, supporting local communities to influence and campaign for improved MS treatment and care across Wales.
Jess lives with a neurological condition and is passionate about mobilising communities with lived experience to create the system level changes that matter to them. She also co-ordinated peer-led patient education with EPP Cymru and NHS Wales, to drive a culture where the expert voice is front and centre in decision making.
Caroline Davies, Administrator
Caroline Joined the Alliance in October 2019 after a career in higher education, working for the Open University and Universities of Northampton and Hertfordshire. Caroline has recently completed a Masters in Writing Poetry. She works part-time for the Alliance as the administrator.
Neurological Alliance Board of Trustees 2021–22
David Martin, CEO, MS Trust (Chair)
David Martin became the CEO of the MS Trust in December 2017 where he has prioritised increasing the number of MS nurses so that everyone with Multiple Sclerosis can access good quality specialist care. His work at the leading disability charity Papworth Trust, the Care and Support Alliance and at the BBC focused on improving communications to increase each organisation’s impact and effectiveness by raising the profile, awareness and understanding of key complex issues. David believes there is potential to better use the collective voice of the Alliance so that neurology services have a higher priority in the NHS.
Marc Smith, Chief Executive, Brain and Spine Foundation (Vice Chair)
Marc joined the Neurological Alliance Trustee Board in November 2019 with a particular interest in helping the Alliance drive a collaborative data and improved information agenda that serves all those in the UK affected by a neurological condition. Marc brings over 30 years of commercial experience working in global advertising, marketing and communications agencies. He has been CEO of The Brain & Spine Foundation, the UK’s only pan-neurology information charity, since January 2019. He lives in Buckinghamshire with his wife, a teacher, and have their now-all-grown-up family nearby.
Caroline Morrice, Director, Guillain-Barre and Associated Neuropathies (Treasurer)
Caroline joined the Guillain-Barre Syndrome Support Group in 2007 and worked with the Board of Trustees to develop the charity’s business plan, culminating in the rebranding and conversion to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation in 2014. She is committed to the work of the Neurological Alliance and to being part of a Board that represents all neurological conditions giving a voice to the smaller charity and raising the profile of neurology. Previously she worked in the public sector, covering protocol, business and financial planning and latterly as a government internal auditor.
Ralph Gregory, Consultant Neurologist, Association British Neurologists
Ralph became a Consultant Neurologist in 1992 and works for the Dorset Neurology Service. The Neurology Centre is based at Poole Hospital and also covers Dorchester and Bournemouth Hospitals. Prior to moving to Dorset in 2009 he was based in Reading and was also the Neurologist for the Functional Neurosurgery Programme in the Regional Neuroscience Centre in Oxford. He therefore has experience of service delivery in the DGH, neurology centre and regional unit. He is a general neurologist with a sub-specialty interest in Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. He is also the Clinical Director for Specialty Medicine at Poole. His first links with the Neurological Alliance were with the West Berkshire Branch in the 1990’s. This was when he first realised the important role that the Alliance could play in increasing public and Government awareness of all neurological diseases. In 2011 he was elected Honorary Secretary to the Association of British Neurologists and in 2015 became Chair of the ABN Services and Standards Committee. During this time the working relationship between the ABN and the Alliance has become stronger, which further benefit for people with neurological disorders. When his term of office came to an end in 2018, he offered his services to the Alliance and was co-opted to the Board of Trustees. He is married to a Dermatologist and has four sons who are no longer on his payroll.
Kripen Dhrona, British Polio Fellowship
Kripen Dhrona joined the British Polio Fellowship (BPF) in 2014 after many years working in marketing in the events and hospitality industry. Starting in a communications role, he quickly worked his way through the ranks and is currently the Director of Operations at the charity. He also sits on the Expert Panel as the office and team representative and on the Indoor Games Organising Committee (The headline event for BPF Members). Through his work he often sees the challenges the Neuro community face in getting the help they desperately need and is dedicated to see this improve. He is a regular attendee at NNAG meetings, and he sits on the Board of Help Cards (a not for profit with 32 charity shareholders) and a Trustee for his son’s local scouts group. Kripen also used to sit on the board of the Association of Conference and Events. He hopes his work in all these areas will be beneficial to his work with the Neurological Alliance. He is a firm believer in communities working together to achieve better results for all and the work of the Neurological Alliance is an excellent example of collaboration.
David Garmon-Jones, Chairman, Decideum
David Garmon-Jones spent 35 years in pharmaceuticals; mostly with Merck KGaA (1983–2015) and more latterly with Medday (2017–2018). For 10 years – as Country Manager – David worked with three different products for MS, operating for half that time in the UK & Ireland and the rest in Australia & New Zealand. Additionally, David spent two years as NED at Bucks NHS Trust and was a trustee at Bowel Cancer UK. Currently, David is doing a part-time interim assignment for Sobi in Cambridge as well as working as a part-time consultant for Decideum and the Neurology Academy. David is married with two grown-up children and lives in Marlow, South Bucks.
Angie Pullen, Epilepsy Services Manager, Epilepsy Action
Angie joined the Neurological Alliance Board of Trustees in November 2019. Angie’s role at Epilepsy Action involves working to improve services for people with epilepsy and managing a helpline, a web based information service, a research portfolio and projects to improve NHS services. Angie has Masters degrees in Public Health and Organisation Development a degree in Social Science and qualifications in personnel management, training and project management. Angie is a corporate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnnel and Development MCIPD. Angie was Deputy Chair of Leeds West Clinical Commissioning Group and lay member for patient and public involvement, a patient and public voice representative on NHS England’s Neurosciences Clinical Reference Group and the Place-based Commissioning Programme Board. Previously Angie managed service improvement projects for the National CAMHS Support Service, the Yorkshire and Humber Improvement Partnership, and was Head of Staff Development for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
Cath Stanley, Chief Executive, Huntingdon’s Disease Association
Cath is the Chief Executive of the Huntington’s Disease Association. She is passionate about raising the profile of Huntington’s disease and improving the quality of care and support that people affected by Huntington’s disease receive. In particular the development of multidisciplinary clinics throughout England and Wales to ensure families are supported by professionals with a knowledge and understanding of the disease.
Chris James, Director of External Affairs, MND Association
Chris’ role at the MND Association covers all aspects of the Association’s policy and campaigning work. This includes overseeing the Association’s campaigning work in health care, social care and the benefits system. In addition, he takes the lead on policy work in end of life and palliative care sitting on the End of Life Coalition. He is a member of the Association’s Clinical Advisory Board. Prior to joining the MND Association he worked extensively in the voluntary sector in areas such as haemophilia, mental health and diabetes. He believes very strongly in the role of the voluntary sector to add value to statutory services and in working closely with providers and commissioners to provide high quality services. He have recently been elected as a patient representative on NNAG.
Sarah Rawlings, Executive Director of Research and External affairs MS Society
Sarah is Executive Director of Research & External Affairs at the MS Society. Prior to joining the MS Society, she was Director of Policy Impact at the Policy Institute at King’s College London where she worked across a broad range of public policy areas, helping to ensure that evidence and expertise informs policy and practice. As well as overseeing the communications and engagement activities of the Institute, she led the health and mental health research theme and helped establish the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership. For many years Sarah worked in the cancer charity sector, most recently for the UK’s largest breast cancer charity, where she led large multidisciplinary teams responsible for developing evidence-based policies, public affairs and campaigning, producing award winning information, public health initiatives and service improvements.
Katherine Crawford, Parkinsons UK
Katherine joined Parkinson’s UK in 2004, and has worked in a variety of roles including support work with people living with Parkinson’s, to involvement in campaigning and influencing for service improvement for people affected. Prior to her work with Parkinson’s UK, Katherine was a qualified solicitor. Katherine sits on Parkinson’s UK’s executive team, leading on delivery of Parkinson’s UK’s information and support services, local networks of volunteer lead activities and the UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network, the charity’s platform to drive up standards of health care for people affected through workforce development, collaborating and sharing clinical expertise and best practice and through a powerful Audit tool, which combines clinical self audit with a patient audit. Passionate about ensuring that people affected receive the right care and support, in all settings – Katherine is committed to using the combined resources of the neurological community to improve services across the country.
Alan Bowers, Sue Ryder
Alan is Chief Operating Officer at Sue Ryder with operational responsibility for Sue Ryder’s neurological care centres as well as their end of life care and bereavement services. Sue Ryder provides residential care for people with complex neurological needs and has recently expanded into offering rehabilitation. This is Alan’s second time at Sue Ryder having previously served as Director of Finance from 2016-19.
He is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of PQE and has worked in senior roles in the healthcare sector for the past 14 years. His charity experience includes serving as a trustee at Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.
Amanda Swain, Vice Chair and Policy & Commissioning Liaison, UKABIF
Amanda has worked in many sectors as a clinical specialist in ABI and Neurology for over 25 years; she has led development of neurological rehabilitation services in four counties of England and in five countries. She has worked as a national lead or contributor to standards and audit of rehabilitation provision for the top authorities in England and New Zealand. Amanda holds a Masters in Health Laws and has been advising on health and social care legislative interpretation and implementation for over 15 years. Amanda also acts as independent advocate for people needing support to obtain the treatment, rehabilitation or social care that they need and are entitled to. Amanda is Vice Chair and Policy & Commissioning Liaison for UKABIF, she re-joins the board of the Neurological Alliance after a year away.
Dr Arani Nitkunan MA (Cantab), MBBS, FRCP (Neurol), PhD
Dr Nitkunan joined the Neurological Alliance Trustee Board in September 2020. She studied at Newnham College, Cambridge and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London graduating in 1999. She was awarded a PhD for stroke research at St George’s Hospital, London in 2007. Dr Nitkunan was appointed as a consultant neurologist in 2013 with general neurology clinics at Croydon University Hospital and a specialist neuro-ophthalmology clinic at St George’s. Her two sub-specialist areas are stroke and neuro-ophthalmology. She was appointed clinical lead for neurology at Croydon in 2015 where she has transformed acute neurology and driven the appointment of five nurse specialists. She is a council member of the Association of British Neurologists from 2018 and was appointed chair of the Southwest London Neurology Network in 2019.