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Ian Garrow OBE

Thu 13 Jul 2017

It is with great sadness that Headway announces that Ian Garrow OBE, Chief Executive of the charity from 1991-1999, has passed away.

Ian joined the charity as its Chief Executive following a distinguished military career, during which he rose to the rank of Colonel.

While renowned for his professionalism and meticulous attention to detail, Ian was also known to have a finely tuned – and occasionally wicked – sense of humour.

Ian’s contribution to the charity cannot be understated. He joined the organisation at a time of intense financial pressure, with the charity facing the very real threat of closure.

Ian worked tirelessly with passion and determination to secure the charity’s future. His drive and commitment laid the foundations for the support services provided by the charity today to thousands of brain injury survivors, families, carers, and professionals each week.

One of Ian’s most notable contributions to the charity was work to secure the support of Diana, Princess of Wales, who accepted the role of Royal Patron in 1991. This support significantly raised the profile of Headway and enabled the charity to attract new financial support.

Ian will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him, especially daughters Jackie and Heather, their husbands Steve and Rolf, grandchildren Michelle and Mark, and great grandchildren Alexander, Noah and Johanna.


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