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Meet the Team

At Spinal Research we currently have a team of ten - covering research, fundraising, finance, and everything in between. Scroll down to found out more about who we are and what we do.

Harvey Sihota

Chief Executive Officer

Harvey, who lives with a spinal cord injury himself, joined to lead the charity in 2020 with the goal to deliver effective treatments and technologies to those with SCI.

He brings with him a wealth of experience from the Finance & Technology sector as well as a track record of building a sustainable not-for-profit organisation in the SCI rehabilitation sector.

Harvey enjoys reading, travelling and learning about neuroscience. As well as following sports, he also continues to look after his body and nervous system through activity-based training.

Timea Konya MSc

Head of Research and Executive Assistant

Timea joined the charity in 2006 as a Grants Administrator. Since 2014 she is managing our research portfolio, including projects, studentships, scientific meetings, conferences and our Advisory Boards.

Her passions involve volleyball, coaching, refereeing and playing at National Level, and more recently mountain biking and long forest walks.

To contact Timea email or call 020 7653 8937

Andy Russell

Marketing and Communications Manager

Andy joined the team in February 2021, heading up the Marketing and Communications team. Andy suffered a spinal cord injury in 1996, and is passionate about helping our supporters understand more about the scientific research, as well as how to support the charity through fundraising.

Away from work Andy enjoys travelling, trying to perfect his French, spending lazy days at the cricket and following the fortunes of West Ham United.

To contact Andy email

Michael Leighton

Communications and Content Officer

Michael joined in 2020 and is responsible for creating media content for campaigns. Having an educational background in neuroscience as well as lived experience with a spinal cord injury, he is determined to learn more about cutting-edge research and the best ways to communicate this through media.

In his free time, Michael is either butchering the acoustic guitar, drawing or animating.

To contact Michael, email

Ellen Moye

Communications and Content Officer

Ellen joined the charity in 2021 and is responsible for our social media and website content. With a background in both neuroscience and science communication she is passionate about getting everyone as excited about spinal research as she is!

Outside of work, Ellen is never far from a cocktail or plate of pasta. On Sundays she likes to top up her medical knowledge with episode after episode of Grey’s Anatomy.

To contact Ellen about digital content, email

Shauna Creamer

Community Fundraising Manager

Shauna joined in June 2021 and looks after both Community and Events. She has worked in the charity sector for 7 years and loves attending the variety of events our community create and host.

Outside of work she spends a lot of time walking with her dog Evie, going out to lunch with friends and travelling to new places.

To contact Shauna about community and events, email

Hannah Darnton

Fundraising Assistant

Hannah joined Spinal Research in March 2021 and works closely with Shauna in the Community Fundraising team. With a background in Anthropology, she is excited to help our incredible fundraisers who go above and beyond to raise money for Spinal Research.

In her spare time, Hannah can be found knitting jumpers, watching Married at First Sight Australia and planning her future travels.

To contact Hannah about community fundraising, email