Meet the Team

As the charity is in its infancy, it was important to have trustees who could bring different experiences to the table and help support the charity. Read below our trustees story on what HOPE London means to them and their motivations for becoming a trustee.

Dr Nadine Gurr - Chair

I became a Trustee, and now Chair, because I wanted to help HOPE London with their work supporting children and their families affected by epilepsy. My small part in the big picture.   I have now taken the role of Chair.

HOPE London means families can meet in a supportive environment. They can learn more about epilepsy, and gain access to information and advice on coping and dealing with it. HOPE London means empowering families with the knowledge that enables them to have as much control as possible over an unpredictable and frightening condition.

Dr Sophie Bennett - Vice Chair

I am a clinical psychologist at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health where I work on a national study looking at treatments for emotional and behavoural difficulties in children who have epilepsy.  I have a particular interest in making sure that families of children with emotional and behavoural difficulties are able to access the right kinds of support at the right time.

I was introduced to HOPE by families who told me about the amazing work they do and look forward to supporting the charity as a trustee.

Alex Gwilt Cox - Social Media Trustee

I have worked with young people with epilespy for the last ten years in a variety of different roles, including as a support worker in a residential home and as a behavour mentor in a FE college.

I am currently working full time with Young Epilepsy as a Transition Support Worker for London, where I offer emotion support and mentoring to young people and their families.  I help with employment, education and social issues, however my main goal is to help people to live positvely with epilepsy.

I am excited to be joining the HOPE team and supporting them in the work that they do with children and families.

Julie Murray - Trustee

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I joined HOPE as a volunteer back in 2012 when the charity was still very new.  I worked with our Chairman's wife and we were pregnant with our first babies at the same time.  I was sad to hear the news that their son had been born with Dravet's and when Scott set up HOPE I wanted to get involved and help them.  It has been a wonderful journey and the children that attend our monthly sessions are an inspiration.

I have recently become a trustee and organise events for the families to attend such as trips to London Zoo, Interactive Story Workshops and Christmas parties.

Neil Williamson

Hi, I am Neil and I was previously Chair of HOPE. Now I am going to be supporting the organisation as NurseSpecialist Advisor.

I have been a Children’s Nurse for twenty years now and I have worked in Paediatric Neurology and Palliative Care for most of that twenty years. I have been an Epilepsy Nurse for the last seven years. I am also the Nurse Advisor to Dravet Syndrome UK epilepsy charity. 

I have a strong belief that when families get the right information and support, that life gets better, and when families and young people are enabled and empowered, rather than left in the dark, good things can happen. 

I am really excited to be able to continue to support HOPE using my experience.

Patrick du Cassé - Treasurer

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Patrick du Cassé is HOPE’s Treasurer. Patrick is an Accountant and Partner. He is FCCA qualified and enjoys accounting for charitable organisations.