About Us

The Brain Tumour Charity is at the forefront of the fight to defeat brain tumours, making a difference every day to the lives of people with a brain tumour and their families.

When a child or parent is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, the impact on the family is huge and often life has to be put on hold. We support families that are dealing with these life altering daily routines of medicine, hospital visits and the constant worry this generates.

We also focus on the future to make sure less and less people will have their lives irrevocably changed by brain tumours. We so this by raising awareness about brain tumours along with supporting vital scientific research into brain tumours to understand them better and ultimately to defeat them.


When my wife Sarah passed away in June 2017, I was determined to be involved in some way with a Brain Tumour Charity. I was very touched and humbled by the dedication of Doctor Plaha and his team when they treated my wife at the Intensive Care unit at the John Radcliffe.

I had many chats with Doctor Plaha on how I could help and in the winter of last year, we formed our own Charity dedicated to finding a cure for Glioblastoma. In addition to Doctor Plaha, we have been joined by Doctor Richard Stacey who is a colleague of Doctor Plaha at the John Radcliff.

Thank you for visiting our page and do join us in our quest to find a cure for this terrible disease.

Rowan Pestana

Rowen Pestana

  • Executive Director
  • Julius Bear International

Rowen works in the Wealth Management Industry in London and lives in Buckinghamshire with his two sons. His wife, Sarah, tragically passed away in June 2017 after being diagnosed with a Grade 4 brain tumour. Despite working full time, he still finds the time for charitable work and Rowen has made a consistent and tireless efforts to raise awareness and fundraise for a multitude of charities. Now he has taken the reins into his own hands, setting up Brainstorm with Puneet and Richard to contribute to the battle against the devastating disease.

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Puneet Plaha

Honorary Senior Research Fellow and
Consultant NeuroOncology Surgeon

Research interests

My research interests are focused on using minimally invasive endoscopic techniques to resect brain tumours and advanced brain imaging technologies to develop individually-tailored treatment for brain tumours. I set up and have developed the Awake surgery Brain tumour programme in Oxford and use intraoperative stimulation to understand brain function and “supramaximally” resect brain tumours.

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+44 (0)1865 752446
Fax +44 (0)1865 231885

Mr Richard Stacey


Specialities Neurosurgery

Year of first qualification 1989

GMC Number 3312166


Full general neurosurgical practice including spinal and intracranial procedures.

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01865 307442
Fax: 01865 307660


Simon James

  • Chief Executive Officer

Simon is a well-rounded, business leader with 15 years of MD level experience in UK healthcare, having worked as both a successful entrepreneur and for large corporations. Simon has run hospitals and multi-site organisations providing mission critical, regulated hospital support services to the NHS and private providers. A mountaineer and ultra-marathon runner in his spare time. In 2008, Simon sadly lost his mother to brain cancer

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07903 664498