The members of our Board of Trustees are in effect the guardians of the charity, and are responsible to the Charity Commission for ensuring that the charity meets its legal obligations and stated objects.
The current board comprises:
JULIA PRIOR OWEN SPARROW PAUL GRUNDY DIEDERIK BULTERS
Julia Prior - A senior and personal injury claims specialist at solicitors, Enable Law. Julia was elected to the Board of Trustees in March 2016 and took over the role of Chair in May 2019. Julia has worked as a personal injury lawyer since 1990, joining Blake Morgan in 2000, before moving with the Blake Morgan Personal Injury Team to Enable Law in 2020. She qualified as a solicitor in 2004 having attained a Distinction in her Legal Practice Course. Julia's personal experience of dealing with clients who have suffered traumatic brain and/or spinal injuries gives her a good understanding of their particular needs and the devastating effects the injuries have on patients as well as their friends and families. She is recognised in the profession as a 'recommended lawyer'. For more information about Julia's work please click HERE
Owen Sparrow - A senior Consultant Neurosurgeon and a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of England and Edinburgh, Owen has over 25 years' experience and specialises in the field of vascular neurosurgery (brain haemorrhages, aneurysms and vascular malformations), trigeminal neuralgia, and paediatric neurosurgery. He has worked at the Wessex Neurological Centre since 1992, serves on the Council of the Medical Defence Union and was appointed to the board of trustees in January 2009.
Diederik Bulters - A Consultant Neurosurgeon at the Wessex Neurological Centre and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at University of Southampton, Diederik joined the Board of Trustees in June 2016. His specialist areas of interest include vascular neurosurgery and head injury, and he is currently the chief and principal investigator for a large portfolio of randomised trials examining new ways to improve outcomes following intracranial haemorrhage and head injury, utilising new drug interventions and surgical techniques.
Paul Grundy - Paul has been a consultant neurosurgeon in Southampton since 2005 and now has a clinical practice dedicated to the management of patients with brain tumours. He has held a number of senior leadership positions within UHS and is currently Deputy Medical Director, as well as vice-president of the British Neuro-Oncology Society and a council member of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons. He also works with NHS England as neurosurgery lead for the Adult Neurosciences Clinical Reference Group and leads the national service transformation program in neurosurgery. He became a trustee in 2018.