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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 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.

Adam Went: director of care services

Adam joined Epilepsy Society in March 2015 having been involved with the society for the previous seven months.


He has worked in the social care sector for almost 25 years and has held senior management positions for corporate healthcare providers during this time. Before joining Epilepsy Society, Adam worked for a turnaround consultancy providing assistance to providers in improving the quality and financial aspects of their services. 

Artur Dzido: director of finance and corporate services

Artur joined Epilepsy Society in 2016 as director of finance and corporate services.

Artur was previously a Head of Finance and IT for a Staffordshire based housing association group. He has been involved with and led a number of business transformations and in additional to finance has experience of running human resources, ICT and business support functions. Artur is responsible for Epilepsy Society's Finance, Legal and Treasury, Information Technology and Estates and Facility Management.

Amanda Ball: interim director of fundraising

Amanda Ball recently joined the Epilepsy Society as interim Director with responsibility for fundraising, marketing, communications and external affairs.

Amanda has many years Director-level experience in fundraising and marketing. Since 2010 she has been working on an interim consultancy basis across a range of both large and small charities, and brings broad voluntary sector experience across a wide range of beneficiary groups.

Her last permanent role was as Group Fundraising & Marketing Director at Age UK where she lead a team of 120 staff raising £50m annually, managing a budget of £15 million investing in direct marketing, foundations, major gifts, corporate, social media and legacy giving. She introduced award-winning initiatives across all the teams in her portfolio, delivering improved results and ROI.

Prior to Age UK Amanda spent 8 years at UK charity Gingerbread, including 3 years as their Chief Executive. Amanda holds an MBA with merit from Westminster University.

Rachel Perowne: Medical and People Services Development Director (Interim)

Rachel joined the Epilepsy Society in January 2017 as Interim Head of HR and she has subsequently taken on the temporary 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.