Trustees


Becky Haggar

Becky Haggar

Becky co-founded the Hillingdon Brain Tumour Support Group in 2009 as a result of her husband’s diagnosis with a life threatening brain tumour and their family’s struggles to deal with everything that came with it, read more here. HBTG is Becky’s passion, and she strives to ensure the charity provides the optimum service and care for others, minimising the emotional pain. Becky works with the group to continually improve the services to others and to create a hub of life, helping the patients, carers and their families with positive ways to adapt to the new life. Becky is also councillor for Eastcote and East Ruislip.


Mary O’ Connor MBE

Mary O’ Connor MBE

A retired nurse and Hayes resident for 43 years Mary has been actively involved in the local community for many years. She has served as a school governor for 18 years. As well as securing funds for a new youth centre, Mary has helped deliver improvements to local libraries and a community centre as Charville’s councillor for 12 years until 2014. Mary also served as Mayor of Hillingdon in 2011/12 and is Hillingdon Council’s governor on the board of Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Mary received an MBE for services to A&E nursing in 2000.


Maria Penicud

Maria Penicud

I have been working with children and young people all my life, as a playgroup leader, teacher and then executive headteacher. When I met Becky Haggar and learnt that brain tumours and brain injuries are the biggest killers of young people I wanted to be part of the group she and her husband Cyril set up. My first visit to a Hillingdon Brain Tumour Group meeting was such a wonderful surprise. There was such positivity, energy and laughter in the group. I wanted to be involved and make a difference to an amazing group. I love our meetings and see my role as trustee that the group works for the best outcomes for all.


Malcom Underhill

Malcom Underhill

I am a solicitor who specialises in acting for those who have sustained a brain injury. My legal and practical experience in this field of practice has given me a good understanding of brain physiology and the consequences of injury. As part of the desire to increase my depth of knowledge I have completed a course in Brain Injury Studies, run by Headway in partnership with Northampton University. I have become involved with the Hillingdon Brain Tumour and Injury Group as I wish to raise the profile of brain tumour to ensure earlier diagnosis and better outcomes for survivors and their families following treatment.” For more information check out our website http://www.ibbclaims.co.uk/site/services/brain-injury-solicitors/


Mick Geraghty

Mick Geraghty

Middlesex FA Outstanding Achievement Award winner 2017, who organises our chair football session every Wednesday. He also organises football in  hospices and dementia care homes. He is also club coach for Uxbridge Amblers Walking Football club


Abhay Shah

Abhay Shah

I am the proprietor of Caremark (Hillingdon), a local home care provider. I became involved with HBTIG after meeting Becky and Cyril at a local charity event. I found it incredible to hear how unrecognised brain tumours were and how little support there was for patients. Therefore I decided to become involved with HBTIG as it is a very worthwhile cause and the support that HBTIG provides literally changes lives for the better. Plus the meetings are always good fun!


Nayan Patel

Nayan Patel

Nayan Patel is Risk Management specialist with over thirty-five years of experience in International Banking. He has held senior leadership positions in the financial services industry and serves as an advisor to a number of charities and organizations in the public and private sectors.

He also serves as an Advisor to Rotary India Literacy Mission and as a Special Representative for Rotary International and its charity arm The Rotary Foundation. Nayan’s method of outreach on humanitarian efforts globally is through direct engagement with wider civic society.

Born and brought up in Kenya, Nayan completed his higher education in the UK at Trinity College in London and Manchester Business School specialising in International Banking.

A committed social entrepreneur, Nayan has expertise in building strategic links between organizations and brings with him a wealth of leadership experience to the HBTG  Board.


Ally Foley

Ally Foley

I was invited by Mick Geraghty to come along to one of the support meetings and was welcomed into the meeting by a very friendly group and it made me want to help more. I lost a friend to brain tumour and wanted to get more involved in supporting others. I originally come from Hayes and moved near to High Wycombe in 1984. I work full time and it’s difficult to get to the support meetings but still wanted to help in some way. Becky approached me to become the Treasurer, which I accepted. I come from an accounts background and have been a Bookkeeper for many years. I hope that the little I can give the group helps them grow.