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epilepsy society's senior team

Clare Pelham: Chief Executive 

Clare Pelham was appointed Chief Executive of Epilepsy Society in November 2016. 

Clare Pelham

Clare was previously Chief Executive of Leonard Cheshire Disability for five years. Before joining the charity which supports disabled people in the UK and around the world, she was the first Chief Executive of the Judicial Appointments Commission and held senior civil service positions at the Cabinet Office, Home Office and Department for Constitutional Affairs.

She has also worked in the private sector at IBM and was a member of the executive committee of Coca Cola GB and Ireland where, as Director of Active Lifestyles, she was responsible for the company’s partnerships with the voluntary sector.

Professor Ley Sander: Medical Director

Professor Ley Sander was appointed Medical Director of Epilepsy Society in February 2012. 


Ley is a professor of neurology and clinical epilepsy and honorary consultant neurologist with a specialist interest in epilepsy at Epilepsy Society and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. He heads the World Health Organisation Collaborative Centre for Research and Training in Neurosciences in London and is also the scientific director of SEIN, the Epilepsy Institutes of the Netherlands Foundation.

Jonny Anders-Cannon: Director of Care Services

Jonny joined Epilepsy Society in March 2019. 

Jonny Anders-Cannon

Jonny has over 25 years’ experience in health and social care supporting adults with learning disabilities, epilepsy and complex support needs. Jonny has been fortunate to have worked in a range of senior roles having begun his career as a Support Worker. He has extensive experience of service development, improving quality of service delivery and change management. Passionate about person centred approaches, Jonny is committed to partnership working with people supported, colleagues, families and community teams to create better lives together.

Paul Rennard: Chief Financial Officer

Paul joined Epilepsy Society as our Finance Director in 2018 and has responsibility for Finance, Estates Management, IT and other corporate functions.

Paul is a qualified chartered accountant who has substantial experience across a range of sectors having qualified with KPMG and spent the early part of his career in the commercial sector.  Over the last 25 years, he has focussed on the charitable and housing associations and, most recently was the Group Finance Director for The Guinness Partnership.  Prior to that his roles included Finance Director for Soha Housing in Oxfordshire and Head of Finance and Operations at BBC Children in Need.

Gordon Craig: Interim Fundraising Director

Gordon Craig was appointed Interim Fundraising Director of Epilepsy Society in April 2020.

Gordon has over twenty years experience of fundraising in the Charity Sector most recently in interim Director of Fundraising roles with Prostate Cancer Research Centre, St Clare Hospice and Starlight Children’s Foundation. Previously he was the Director of Fundraising & Marketing at The Royal Star & Garter Homes. He has also worked for Macmillan Cancer Support and WWF-UK.

Gordon is a member of the Institute of Fundraising and a Clore Social Fellow having undertaken a leadership development programme which seeks to develop a cadre of leaders to provide robust and effective leadership for their organisations and the sector.

Martin Summersgill: Director of Land and Estates

Martin joined Epilepsy Society in September 2019 and has responsibility for running the existing estate and new developments such as the Local Plan to expand the site.

Martin started out as a practising architect and, for the past 20 years or so, has represented companies and institutes in the design of their built development. In recent years, his work has focused on the early stages of larger scale and complex built development projects in the earliest stages of realisation.

Martin has worked in the commercial sector in the past, but most recently for Imperial College London, UCL and the John Innes Centre. He aims to help the Epilepsy Society to build a sustainable long-term future by achieving best of use of its land and buildings. 

Rachel Perowne: Director of Medical and People Services Development

Rachel joined the Epilepsy Society in January 2017 as Interim Head of HR and she has subsequently taken on responsibility for the development of Medical Services, working alongside Ley Sander.

Over the course of her career Rachel has worked across public, private and, for the last 12 years, the not for profit sector, where she intends to stay. Before joining Epilepsy Society she worked, for 9 years, at Turning Point, a large health and social care organisation, mainly as Director of People but with a stint leading Drug and Alcohol services in the North of England. Her other roles have all been within HR working for Ofsted, JobCentre Plus and Barclays. Her areas of particular expertise are change and organisational development.

Outside of work Rachel is a Trustee of two not for profits – one involved with child protection and the other encouraging health and wellbeing.