Trustee Election Candidates

Introducing the candidates for the SIA Trustee Election

Here is an opportunity to find out more about the members who have put themselves forward as prospective trustees for SIA.

Please Note
All full members will receive their ballot paper by post or e-mail on or shortly after  1 December. There are three places available for 9 candidates and the ballot closes on 4 January 2021.

If you’re a full member of SIA and haven’t received a ballot paper please email Helen Maxwell or call 01908 604191.


Claire Martin

Healthcare Communications Director Claire has 15 years’ experience in health organisations across the public and private sector. She was diagnosed with CES after an undiagnosed spinal cord tumour haemorrhaged during childbirth. Nine months later, she raised £6,300 for SIA at the Superhero Triathlon. Watch Claire’s video…

Damian Al Meerabi

We don’t have a video of Damian, but he has provided this written profile:

I am interested in this position because I was completely paralysed, and I know how people feel when they have no power in their bodies. Doctors, nurses, and other people helped me, and I feel that I must and want to help others, I want to help others as they helped me.

Before my accident I was working as a Manager and have good communication skills in that I know how speak to people and behave well.

I would ensure that people are aware of the new opportunities that SIA provides and I would support people and show how SIA supports others and how important people with spinal cord injuries are to the Association.

I would bring good communication skills, innovative ideas, motivation, challenges, and problem-solving skills to the role, as well as a commitment to improving things which need to be improved and computer skills.

I am competent, a fast learner and have a positive attitude and self-discipline.

Edward Bridger-Stille

Professional auctioneer and classic car specialist Edward hasn’t let his injury (T4 complete) hold him back. Raising more than £10,000 in the 2019 London Marathon and currently learning to fly, he’s keen to bring his experience of SCI, including generalised and specialist care during his rehabilitation, to SIA as a Board member. Watch Edward’s video…

Faisal Hussain

Faisal was injured in 1989 and credits the NHS with saving his life but SIA with helping him rebuild it. With 30 years’ experience across all sectors, he has already served a two-year term with SIA’s Board and has been instrumental in significant changes to the charity’s governance to ensure the SCI community’s most pressing needs are met, supporting services to be agile and responsive during the pandemic and helping to diversify income streams. Watch Faisal’s video…



Mark Henderson

Mark sustained a complete SCI at T11 – alongside a serious head injury and hearing impairment – in 2018 and has been an SIA Trustee since 2019. His 25-year career as a barrister has seen him act on behalf of survivors and bereaved people in high profile cases like the Grenfell Tower tragedy, win the Legal Aid Barrister of the Year award and become the longest-serving elected member of one Law Practitioners’ Board. Watch Mark’s video…

Martin Hibbert

Injured in the 2017 Manchester Arena bomb attack, Martin is passionate about helping SIA to grow and reach more people who could benefit from the services that have helped him rebuild his life. With an 18-year career in private wealth management, Martin is now MD of a Sports Management Agency, a Football Agent and a powerful guest speaker and fundraiser for SIA – part of our successful October Club pitch and planning a £1million fundraiser in 2021. Watch Martin’s video..

Peter Carr

Paralysed for 15 years following an accident, Peter has taken many opportunities to effect change and improve inclusivity in society as a member of several disability organisations. With a career in construction and property, latterly at Director level, he has worked with many high-profile clients on large projects. Watch Peter’s video…

Ron Dunning

SIA’s Honorary Treasurer since April 2020, Ron has advised the Trustees and Executive through the challenging pandemic period to date. With a career in banking spanning almost three decades, a second career in the voluntary sector at senior management level, previous Trustee experience for local and national charities and first-hand experience of spinal cord injury since an accident in 2016, Ron brings a wide range of business and financial skills. Watch Ron’s video…

Sarah Yeo

Paralysed since she was 18 months old, Sarah is passionate about involving beneficiaries, and other key stakeholders who support them, in service planning. She was previously a staff representative and Board member for the National Autistic Society. Watch Sarah’s video…