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

Dr Anita Rose is a Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist who is well regarded in the field of Brain Injury and Chronic Neurological Conditions having gained extensive experience working in the field of Neuropsychology. As well as her involvement in the clinical field and in research, she has been published widely in peer-reviewed journals and several books.Anita is a Patron, Trustee and Clinical Advisor to many neurological organisations across the world and is passionately committed to the development of services of excellence for those affected by brain injury and other neurological conditions.

Dr Anita Rose

Clinical Director
& Neuropsychologist

Lydia, our Head of Operations, joined Cognivate after serving as the COO at a health and wellbeing start-up. She brings her expertise to foster our growth and drive operational excellence in our daily procedures. Lydia finds joy in assisting others and plays a central role in steering our business in the right direction.

Lydia Storr-Meddings

Head of Operations

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

Lead Neuro Physiotherapist

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


Lead Neuro Occupational Therapist

Iris Musel

Rehabilitation Assistant

Ronda Boswell

Occupational Therapist

Liz Acland

Lead Neuropsychologist

Tyra Thompson

Administrative Assistant

Our associates

Our experienced team of associates that work with Cognivate

Annette Schwartz

Associate Neuropsychologist

Annette Farrant

Associate Neuropsychologist

Alex Wengraff-Hewitt

Associate Neurophysiotherapist

Alexandra Richards

Associate Neuropsychologist

Cherilyn Lewis

Associate Neuropsychologist

Claire Bennett

Associate Occupational Therapist

Claire Hanson

Associate Neuropsychologist

Katherine Gibbon

Associate Speech & Language Therapist

Katie Harp

Associate Speech & Language Therapist

Kate Balzer

Associate Speech & Language Therapist

Natalie Clarke

Associate Neurophysiotherapist

Lewis Haywood

Associate Occupational Therapist

Emma Osei-Mensah

Associate Speech & Language Therapist

Mary Summers

Associate Neuropsychologist

Richard Jefferson

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

Case Manager, EOS Rehabilitation Ltd.

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