Senior Management

Cerebra what we do the charity for children with brain conditions.

Senior Management

Each of the Cerebra management team oversees their own department within the charity.

Chris Jones


Chris graduated from the University of Wales in Economics and joined the NHS graduate trainee program shortly after. He progressed quickly to the Head of Finance at Bolton Health Authority and from there has gone from strength-to-strength professionally. At the age of 27, Chris became the youngest NHS CEO ever appointed when he joined the health authority in North Tyneside. After leaving the NHS he became CEO of West Wales Training & Enterprise Council and has been CEO of Cerebra since its inception in 2001. Chris has seen the charity develop and progress not only in the income it gains but the support and help that it provides. He is an avid fisherman and golfer with a current handicap of nine.

David Irish

Head of ITC

David has been with Cerebra from the very beginning. Initially joining as a consultant, it wasn’t long before he took the reins as Head of ITC, responsible for the creation and development of the organisation’s ITC infrastructure. Prior to joining Cerebra, a career in the navy beckoned, before a snorkeling incident off Skegness made him re-evaluate and turn his attention towards computers and the role they play in business. David spent many years abroad, developing passions for languages and fine cuisine. He very much found his calling when he joined Cerebra and is driven by his desire to help vulnerable children and their families. Outside of work, David enjoys spending time with his family, coastal walks and reading up on medieval history.

Ralph Nicholls

Head of Finance & Administration

Ralph joined Cerebra in December 2007 in his current position of Head of Finance. He completed a graduate management training scheme with BT in London and it was during this time that he decided to direct his career towards becoming an accountant. After his time at BT he became a lecturer teaching accounting and business studies before following a career path of being an internal auditor. This allowed him the opportunity to travel across the UK gaining considerable experience not just of accounting but meeting and developing people where he could. He has since held a number of positions from financial controller, hospital accountant, corporate accounting analyst, finance director and even managing director. In his limited free time he has many interests and hobbies, his family and two daughters being number one, then watching sport and staying active by going to the gym and running outdoors.

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