Meet the Team

We are a small team, made up of five staff and five trustees. We have one goal in common - to achieve our mission of bringing hope to families affected by Dravet Syndrome in the UK.

Our dedicated team works very closely together to ensure that we are delivering against our main aims: supporting families, raising awareness and understanding of Dravet Syndrome, funding medical research, and improving the lives of those living with Dravet Syndrome.

Our staff and trustees;

Claire Eldred

Director

I'm responsible for the daily running of the charity and making sure we meet our strategic objectives. It's a privilege to be part of the Dravet Syndrome community - I am inspired every day by our amazing families.

Teresa Finch

Family Support Manager

I am Mum to Amy 24, Ellie 21 and Louie 13. My daughter Amy was born in April 1995, she had her first seizure at just 8 weeks. That was the beginning of our journey.

Linzi Cowley

Family Support & Fundraising Coordinator

I’m the first point of contact that new families make with DSUK, I process all the new family requests to join DSUK. I'm also the person to contact if you need anything to help support your fundraising events.

Katherine Raven

Head of Marketing and Communications

My role has overall responsibility for the development and delivery of the charity’s marketing and communications strategy.

Tania Lewis

Head of Fundraising

My role is to raise money to enable us to help more families with the support they need and fund research to provide a better future for those affected by the condition.

Natalie Perkins

Marketing, Communications & Fundraising Manager

My responsibilities at DSUK are to look after social media, website and other communications, with the aim of keeping everyone updated on the latest developments in Dravet Syndrome.

Galia Wilson

Chair of Trustees

When my son Arlo was only 10 weeks old, he had his first twenty minute long tonic clonic seizure. Then the long and often very scary journey started...

Kelvin Hughes

Trustee

I am Dad to Hayden, Ceri and Iwan and we live in North East Wales with my wife Heather. Iwan has Dravet Syndrome.

Stephanie Smith

Trustee

I’m Steph, and among other things, the most important role in my life is being Mum to twins, Jake and Ella who are twelve. Jake is living with Dravet Syndrome.

Alex Williams

Treasurer and Trustee

As a current CFO and holding previous roles in the life sciences sector, I've seen how challenging life is for families living with Dravet Syndrome. It's a great privilege to give something back to this inspirational community.

Neil Williamson

Safeguarding Trustee

I am a Children's Epilepsy Nurse Specialist with many years of experience working with children and young people with Dravet Syndrome in hospitals, hospices and the community.

John Lloyd

Trustee

I joined the board of Trustees for DSUK in January 2019. Supporting the team in their work, which makes such a massive difference to families living with Dravet Syndrome, is a huge privilege as well as a source of delight.