Our Team

The National Brain Appeal team is based just a few steps from The National Hospital.


Theresa Dauncey

Chief Executive


Marcelle Johnson

Head of Fundraising & Communications


Anna MacLeod

Fundraising Manager


Alexis Gebbie

Senior Fundraising Officer
(Challenges & Individuals)


Eva Tait

Major Appeals Manager
(Rare Dementia Support)


Jane Ferguson

Innovation Fund Manager


Cara Lavocah

Digital Media &
Publications Manager


Marie Mangan

Press & PR Consultant


Tina Somorin

Finance Manager


Kim Heron

Governance & Charitable Projects Liaison Officer


Lisa Finch

Office Manager


Shaun Askew

Supporter Care


Julia Lipton

Supporter Care Administrator & Events Coordinator


Sebastian Farias

Fundraising Apprentice


Our Trustees

The Trustees determine the direction and policy of The National Brain Appeal in response to requests from The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

The members are elected by Council (which comprises the directors of the company) to serve a period of three years. Ad hoc committees, which include the trustees, are formed to run periodic special events. The trustees, who meet at least four times a year, have delegated the day-to-day administration of the charity to the Chief Executive, Theresa Dauncey.

Jackie Ashley (Chair)

Jackie Ashley has been a political journalist for more than 40 years working for the BBC, ITN, Channel 4 News, the New Statesman and the Guardian.

In 2015 she became President of Lucy Cavendish College at the University of Cambridge, a post she held for three years.

Jackie works with several charities, including Action on Hearing Loss and the Stroke Association. She is a Trustee of the Carers Trust, and spent a year as a full time carer after her husband suffered a serious stroke six years ago. She is one of the organisers of the annual Jack Ashley Memorial Lecture on disability which is held at Westminster.

Jackie is currently working as a consultant, advising a range of organisations including the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee.  She also sits on several committees at University College Hospital, advising the biomedical research council there, and helping the team developing the use of Artificial Intelligence in health care. Jackie is an experienced media consultant and a successful fundraiser.

Caroline Church (nee Althaus)

Caroline’s family have been involved with The National Hospital since its inception.

Edward Datnow FRCS

Edward is a retired surgeon. Previously vice president of the Epilepsy Society. He is also chairman of the Age Endeavour Fellowship.

Joanna David

Joanna is a well-known actor (and patient at The National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery).

Professor John Duncan

John is the medical Director of the National Society for Epilepsy and Professor of Neurology at the Institute of Neurology of University College London.

Joan Grieve

Joan is a neurosurgeon. She’s a member of Society of British Neurosurgeons, the British Neurovascular Group and an international member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Professor Mike Hanna

Mike is Director of the Institute of Neurology; and a consultant neurologist with longstanding interest in muscle diseases.

Elizabeth Kornat

Elizabeth is a lawyer (and patient at The National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery).

Herchel Maclear-Jordan

Herchel has a scientific background and a career spanning education, commerce and property development. She started fundraising for The National Hospital in 1993, helping to organise many successful social events.

Diarmid Ogilvy (Treasurer)

Diarmid has over 20 years’ investment experience in both the public and private financial markets. He is a founding director of ValuAnalysis, an Investment Advisory boutique.  As an investor and non-executive director, he also leads a number of direct private equity investments. He is a stakeholder governor of UCLH (University College London Hospitals).

Michael Powell

Michael is an Emeritus Consultant Neurosurgeon at The National Hospital and author of The Management of Pituitary Tumours (2004). He came second in The Observer Cook of the Year competition in 1983 and – along with his wife – has taken on a number of treks and overseas challenges in aid of The National Brain Appeal.

Michael Smith

Michael is a retired solicitor and non-executive director of three insurance entities. He is also a trustee of The Foyle Foundation.

Professor Alan Thompson

Alan is a Garfield Weston Professor of Clinical Neurology and Neurorehabilitation; the Dean of Faculty of Brain Sciences at UCL; and Divisional Clinical Lead, CEL LCRN.

Dr Chris Turner

Chris is the Divisional Clinical Director for The National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery and a Consultant Neurologist. His research interests are in Myotonic Dystrophy and Acute Neurological Services.

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Key Facts & Figures
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The National Brain Appeal
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Ormond House
26/27 Boswell Street
London WC1N 3JZ

020 3448 4724


Registered Charity No. 290173. A limited company registered in England. No. 01844281