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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.

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.

Claire Glazebrook: Director of Fundraising and Marketing

Claire joined Epilepsy Society in 2018 as Director of Fundraising, Marketing and External Affairs with responsibility for income generation and raising the profile of the charity through active campaigns, media and external affairs. 

Claire began her career in overseas aid work and has over 20 years’ experience within the voluntary sector which includes working for large scale charities and organisations. Before Epilepsy Society she worked as head of fundraising at Brain Tumour UK and director of development at the heritage site, Bletchley Park.

In her own time, Claire is an active volunteer in the sector with a Trustee role at Lucy Air Ambulance.  She is also an Ambassador for Milton Keynes College and mentors several charities in the sector with fundraising.

Rachel Perowne: Medical and People Services Development Director

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.