Our leadership team

Our senior leadership team have ultimate responsibility for driving our strategy. And more importantly, achieving it. From how we invest and manage our money to lobbying for policy change for spinally injured people, meet the people charged with leading us to success.

Nik Hartley OBE

chief executive

Until he joined SIA in 2019, Nik had worked his whole life in the humanitarian field across Africa, the Caribbean, South America and South Asia. International development is Nik’s passion. He helped to build an award-winning global model enabling young people to lead humanitarian efforts in their own nations. That even led to 2,000 young Sierra Leoneans gaining expert frontline roles to tackle the Ebola Crisis in 2014-16. Nik lives a breezy 35-minute bike ride from our HQ in Milton Keynes. When not attending to his two children, you’ll often see him watch the topsy-turvy fortunes of his beloved Stoke City FC. On the last count Nik has lived in, worked in or visited 74 countries.

Svetla Stallwood

head of finance and operations

Svetla started in 2018 and leads a team to look after our workforce and manage every aspect of our resources. She’s an ACCA-qualified accountant and a charity finance specialist. Her motivations are about leading change so that people can ultimately work better in organisations. When not making our office run like clockwork and overseeing IT, legal and governance, Svetla spends quality time with her husband, three children and resident cat. A keen traveller, she loves being in nature and outdoors – and has a thirst to learn about other cultures while exploring the world.

Anna Saunders

director of business development

Anna oversees our fundraising activities and drives excellent relationships with our partners. 

She has over 20 years’ fundraising experience in the voluntary sector, having worked for a range of health, youth, education and disability charities. Originally from a commercial background, Anna’s volunteering in Africa changed her priorities and she subsequently joined the charity sector. A qualified dog agility instructor, in her spare time Anna competes in dog agility competitions. Her great-grandfather won the Irish Grand National in 1905 on a horse called Red Lad.

Kathryn Hill

interim director of programmes

Kathryn joined us in March 2021 having spent her career working in the NHS and the charity sector, mainly in mental health and most recently at Carers Trust. Social justice and helping people fulfil their potential is what gets her up in the morning – along with her husband and two cats, Nina and Simone. Her leisure time is spent reading and she’s mad on musical theatre. Most intriguingly perhaps, she’s currently writing a novel. Watch this space.

Dan Burden

head of advocacy and campaigns

Dan became spinal cord injured at T6 after an accident in Egypt. He returned to work two years later, as an access and partnerships officer in local government. He now leads our advocacy and campaigns team, which is responsible for all of our campaigning work. Most recently he led the team to put SIA at the forefront of the Stop The Pressure campaign to highlight the risks of pressure sores for SCI patients. Dan’s currently on parental leave until November 2021.