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Headway trustees

Andrew Green MBE (Chairman)

Andrew is a Senator in the States Assembly in Jersey, where he serves as Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Health and Social Services. He was first elected to the assembly in November 2008.

Andrew was previously a senior manager in the Jersey Health Service responsible for support services with 400 staff with a 12 million pound budget. He was also a lay Magistrate in the Jersey Youth Court. He is a carer for Christopher (his son) who suffered a TBI when aged 9 years. Chris, still requires support to enable him to develop his full potential.

A founder member and chairman of Headway (Jersey), Andrew has led the Group through rapid development from a Branch to a Group providing day care and other services. Under Andrew's leadership a housing association has been formed (the Scott Gibaut Homes Trust) and plans well advanced to provide eight assisted independent living homes.

He was awarded the MBE for services to the community in the Queen's Birthday honours in June 2006.


Evelyn Vincent (Deputy Chair)

Evelyn is a founder member of Headway Basingstoke, which started in 1982. She was instrumental in their opening of the second Headway House in the UK in 1986.

Brain injury has been part of her life for 30 years as her brother suffered a catastrophic brain injury in 1977, when she was 15. He died in 1987, and Evelyn has continued her work for Headway at local, UK and international level.

She has been Chairman of Headway Basingstoke since 1984, and has previously chaired the South East Region. Evelyn served on the Board of Trustees from 1986 - 1988, and from 1997 to date and is currently Deputy Chair of Headway UK. She has served on the Audit Committee, is currently Chair of the Membership Committee. She is also Headway UK representative for BIF, Brain Injury Confederation for Europe. Evelyn has two children, one of whom has special education needs.


Colin Reeves CBE (Honorary Treasurer)

Colin is an economist and qualified accountant. Colin held a number of senior financial positions, starting in local government and then moving into the NHS including National Director of Finance & Performance for the NHS and Director of The Accountancy Foundation Review Board. Since 2003, he has been an independent Healthcare Consultant.

He was co-opted to the Board of Trustees in 2005


Allistair Renton (Company Secretary)

Allistair has been involved with Headway groups in Suffolk and Essex since his youngest son Andrew sustained a brain injury in a mountain climbing accident in 1994. He was a member of Headway Ipswich and East Suffolk since 1995 and held the post of Chair since 1999 when the branch attained group status. In 2014, the group merged with Headway West Suffolk to form Headway Suffolk, with Allistair elected as Chair of the new charity.

He joined the Board of Trustees in 2000.


Julie Bridgewater

Julie sustained a severe head injury when she was hit by a speeding car in 1988. Since then she has become very active with Headway North London and is now a Trustee. She is also active in the London Region. Julie has become very knowledgeable about the effects of brain injury and has given talks at a number of events both in the UK and abroad. In 2004, Julie was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Headway Annual Awards ceremony.

Julie was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2006


June Gilchrist

June has been involved with Headway since 1983 and founded Headway Tayside in 1984. She is delighted to act as Patron for this Group and to continue to work with them. June believes that Voluntary Sector organisations have a valuable and unique role and that Headway makes an important and often crucial contribution to the lives of survivors of brain injury, their families and carers. She is delighted to be able to continue to contribute to the work of Headway and is keen to see it develop further over the next few years.

June is a Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist and has worked within the National Health Service with brain injury survivors and their families, carers and other professional staff since 1979. She has worked both in Neurorehabilitation and an Acute Neuropsychology Service in a large Regional Neuroscience Centre. She continues to work on a regular basis with our local Headway Group.


Jane Hales

Jane Hales is a widow with 3 adult sons. Simon, her eldest, suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2009 while a university student; Jane is his main carer. Simon and Jane were the subject of Channel 4's documentary 'My New Brain' which followed them on their journey through rehabilitation.

A keen runner, cyclist and swimmer she is social secretary of Rutland Running and Triathlon Club and an active participant in races and challenges of varying distance. Jane and her family have raised huge sums for Headway, including running the London Marathon (2013), serving on the organising committee of the Butterfly Ball (2013), walking the Great Wall of China (2011) and a host of other events.

Jane has been in the hotel and catering trade for over 30 years, running her own hotel on the edge of Rutland Water, managing a team of agency relief staff and latterly as an Events Organiser contracted by local hotels and outside caterers.
Jane and Simon live in Rutland with 2 Lurchers and a very naughty Jack Russell terrier.


Andrew Harding

Andrew is a partner at a solicitors based in South Wales. He provides support and assistance to brain injury survivors, their carers and families on a daily basis and established his firm's specialist multi disciplinary Brain Injury Unit in 1998. He is a Deputy Circuit Judge (Recorder), a member of the Public Guardianship Office (Court of Protection) Receivers Panel and regularly acts as a Receiver.

He joined the Committee of Headway Cardiff approximately 8 years ago and is now the Chairman.

He was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2002 and serves on the Membership Committee.


Abraham Lawrence

The Reverend Abraham Lawrence has held a number of senior management positions in the public and voluntary sectors in the past 15 years. He is a Member of the Working Together in London Management Board (working to improve mental health), a Trustee of Rethink where he sits on the Policy & Campaigns Committee, an Independent Management Consultant and Independent Adviser to the Metropolitan police, a practising Minister and a Magistrate.

He joined the Headway Board of Trustees in 2002.


Brendan McKeever

Brendan first encountered Headway after suffering a brain injury circa 2002. He started voluntarily with Headway Belfast and soon found himself serving on the Board and becoming Chair. His previous job prior to having the injury was Head of TV Licensing for Scotland and Northern Ireland and he was about to take responsibility for the London area when his life changed dramatically.

Since being involved with Headway, Brendan is keen to see its development in Northern Ireland. As Headway Belfast has now secured recurrent funding from the Health Board he feels we are entering a new era for the charity in Northern Ireland. It is hisintention to enhance the charity presence in Northern Ireland and therefore the brain injured families its role is to support.


Sarah Philbrook

Sarah was a personal injury lawyer for 14 years at a Cambridge law firm, specialising in traumatic head injury and brain injury at birth cases. In the latter years of her career, she was an Equity Partner and Head of Litigation, after which she retired from legal practice in order to spend more time with her two young children.

Sarah served as a Trustee of Headway Cambridgeshire from 1993-1994, taking on the role of Vice Chair from 1994-1999 and then Chair from 1999-2004.

In 2011, Sarah volunteered at Uttlesford CAB, to provide legal advice at its main office in Saffron Walden Essex. Sarah was subsequently offered a part time job to run the quality of advice management of the charity, providing free legal advice to those who could not afford a solicitor. Sarah has held the position of Advice Services Manager for the last three years. The role ensures the quality of legal advice given by the volunteer advisers; Audit compliance, volunteer welfare and training.

Sarah was co-opted as a Trustee in September 2014.


Colin Shieff

Colin is a Consultant Neurosurgeon based at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London. He has served as Chair of Headway North London for many years.

Colin is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army and has completed 5 tours of duty in Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan. He was awarded the Queen's Volunteer Reserve Medal in 2011 for his services to injured soldiers.


Andy Tyerman

Andy Tyerman is a leading Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist who has been the Head of Service at the Aylesbury Community Head Injury Service for over 20 years. This highly regarded service provides: brain injury assessment, rehabilitation, specialist family services and vocational rehabilitation.

In total, Andy has over 35 years' experience of working with survivors of brain injury, having previously worked at the Wolfson Rehabilitation Centre in London, and Rayners Hedge in Buckinghamshire.

Andy has an impressive record of NHS service awards, good practice citations and personal awards. He has published numerous research articles, managed research projects and presented papers at national and international conferences. He has served on several brain injury guideline development groups and acted as an advisor to the Department of Health and the Department for Work and Pensions.

Andy has been a long standing friend and supporter of Headway, provided teaching sessions for numerous Headway groups and served on the boards of local Headway groups and Headway UK advisory bodies.

Andy is married with two children and enjoys walking and kayaking in his free time.

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