Meet our team

The people behind cognivate

who we are

Co-founded by Jane, Eve and Martha, our highly experienced team brings together neuropsychology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and speech and language therapy.

Jane is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and Professor of Psychology, having previously worked at the Institute of Psychiatry (KCL), Goldsmiths, and the University of Surrey. Her research has included establishing and evaluating the RNRU Outreach Team (on which cognivate is based), demonstrating the benefits of interdisciplinary community rehabilitation for people at any stage after brain injury.

Professor Jane Powell

CEO and Acting Clinical Director
& Neuropsychologist

Alison is an experienced Neuro Occupational Therapist who has also been a Lecturer at London South Bank University. She has worked in diverse neurorehabilitation services specialising in supporting stroke early discharge, wheelchair provision, and augmentative and alternative communication at the Royal Hospital for Neurodisability. Her specific expertise includes cognitive, upper limb and vocational rehabilitation.

Alison Hipkiss

Neuro Occupational 

Kate is a Neuro Speech and Language Therapist [SLT] whose extensive experience has included 12 years as Principal SLT with Guys & St Thomas’ Community Services and working with the Wolfson Cognitive Assessment service; she has also worked in independent practice. Her specialisms include management of cognitive communication and swallowing impairments after head injury.

Kate Balzer

Neuro Speech and
Language Therapist

Kathy is a Neurophysiotherapist whose expertise in working with adults after acquired brain injury (ABI) is based on experience gained from roles based in several large Teaching NHS Trusts. This included nine years at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, from which she moved to lead a Community Neuro Team in Surrey. Her specialist areas include upper limb rehabilitation and optimising physical activity and exercise.

Kathy McDougall

Neuro Physiotherapist

Eve, our COO, was formerly Head of Growth at a government technology startup (Apolitical) where she built and led the growth and marketing team. She has a BA in Politics, Psychology and Sociology from the University of Cambridge, and a PGCE from UCL. She previously worked as a teacher in East London as part of the Teach First Leadership Development Programme.

Eve Powell

Chief Operations Officer

Our associates

Our experienced team of associates that work with Cognivate

Annette Schwartz

Associate Neuropsychologist

Annette Farrant

Associate Neuropsychologist

Claire Hanson

Associate Neuropsychologist

Claire Bennett

Associate Occupational Therapist

Katherine Gibbon

Associate Speech & Language Therapist

Katie Harp

Associate Speech & Language Therapist

Liz Acland

Associate Neuropsychologist

Martha Turner

Associate Neuropsychologist

Ronda Boswell

Associate Occupational Therapist

Our Advisory board

Cognivate are supported by a board of eminent external advisors with expertise in neurology, neuropsychiatry, therapies, medicolegal issues, and technology. We draw on them in shaping our provision and also in accessing their expertise in relation to individual clients, as needed.

Dr Andrew Bateman

Professor in Rehabilitation, University of Essex

Dr Simon Fleminger

Consultant Neuropsychiatrist

Dr Richard Greenwood

Consultant Neurologist

Ben Needham-Holmes

Rehabilitation Co-ordinator, Ashtons Legal

Malcolm Henke

Partner and Head of Large and Complex Claims., Horwich Farrelly

Jacqueline McIntosh

Speech and Language Therapist, Specialist in Neurorehabilitation & Neuroscience

Ellis Parry

CEO, Neumind

Ruth Powell

Partner, Hugh James

Jill Kings

Consultant Neurological Occupational Therapist

Ian Pleace

Experienced Finance Director, Formerly at Goldsmiths University