Hi i’m Mhairi McManus and I look after social media and community fundraising at Funding Neuro. I studied travel and tourism due to my love of travel and was manager of a travel shop at a young age. I also studied dance at stage school for many years and was lucky enough to dance and model professionally all over the world. I now own a dance school.
I love helping others and being involved in the community. My fun side and commitment is great for fundraising and social media. I love being part of the team. My hobbies are dancing, music and travel.
I’m Sinead Howard, I’ve been working as part of the Funding Neuro team for over 4 years. I support our fundraisers, corporate supporters and help plan and run our fundraising events. I am always inspired when I hear what people are doing to raise money and help us get closer to starting up trials. When I’m not working I love walking my dog on the beach.
Funding Neuro welcomes our new summer intern Sasha who joined the team on 5th July. Sasha is about to start her final year studying Pharmacy at University of Strathclyde and is particularly interested in neurology and making real differences to people’s lives. She will be working with our Administrative/Fundraising Team for the next 10 weeks “I am very excited to be part of Funding Neuro and what opportunities and experiences it will bring me!”
David initially joined Funding Neuro as a Trustee in 2016 and took over as CEO in 2021. David is a Chartered Accountant who spent most of his career in Corporate Banking in the UK and Europe where he led many corporate social responsibility projects. Having been a trustee before taking up this post he sees the role as an evolution of what has gone before with same focus on patients, getting treatments into use and hopefully making fundraising fun for all those who so generously give up their time.
David is married with 3 grown up children and enjoys music, cycling and film.
Bryn is the founder of Funding Neuro. He established the charity in order to fund research that will accelerate the cures for neurological medicine. Bryn brings his passion, energy and expertise to the charity and is determined to ensure it achieves its aims. From Northern Ireland, Bryn is a European Patent Attorney and a Chartered Mechanical Engineer. Bryn qualified as a Patent Attorney at Marks and Clerk, and spent 10 years at the company before setting up his own Patent Attorney firm, Creation IP. Since its inception, Creation IP has grown to four patent attorneys and has recently seen an expansion into the North American markets.
Matt has been actively involved in the development of Funding Neuro and charitable activities from the start and before, where it all started as the Wobbly Williams campaign. He’s embraced the journey with immense enthusiasm and is looking forward to the challenges and successes ahead.
Matt is a Director and Co-Founder of The Social Marketing Gateway, a leading UK behaviour change consultancy. Prior to this he spent over 20 years working in senior marketing roles within a range of private and public sector organisations including central government. He is a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Marketing and The Institute of Direct marketing and a Marketing Society Business Leader. Matt is also a member of the Charlton Athletic Community Trust Health Improvement Advisory Board.
Dr Ali joined the Board of Funding Neuro at the end of 2016 and is helping to take forward the exciting plans for the charity. Dr Ali is currently in the process of establishing medical and scientific sub-comittees. He is the Head of Middle East and Asia-Pacific Regions for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), he is also a Consultant in Family Medicine and has more than 15 years of clinical experience. Prior to joining IHI, he spent five years at the Abu Dhabi Health Services Co. (SEHA) in Abu Dhabi (UAE), initially as the Director of Clinical Affairs and Quality, Ambulatory Healthcare Services, and then as the Group Quality and Physician Services Director. Previously, Dr. Ali served as a Clinical Director of Primary Care in Lanarkshire, Scotland, and was a GP Principal and partner at Strathaven Health Centre in Lanarkshire. He was also National Clinical Lead for the Royal College of General Practitioners Scotland’s flagship program, Living Better, and served as Co-Chair/Primary Care Lead for the Respiratory Managed Clinical Network in NHS Lanarkshire. Dr. Ali is a graduate of the University of Glasgow and Imperial College, London, and he holds an MBA (with distinction) from the University of Strathclyde. Dr. Ali is a member of distinguished medical societies, including the Royal College of General Practitioners (UK). He is a member of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (UK) and an alumnus of the INSEAD Middle East Health Leadership Programme.