Staff

The Child Brain Injury Trust has offices in Oxfordshire, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and Child and Family Support Co-ordinators across the UK. Scroll down the page to find out more about our members of staff.

Our Valuable Team Members

Lisa Turan
Lisa TuranChief Executive Officer
Lisa has been CEO of the charity since 2003 and is still enjoying the challenge of seeing the charity prosper and grow. She is committed to the aims of the charity and wants to see all families affected by childhood brain injury succeed and have fulfilling futures.

Lisa is a passionate campaigner for improved local services and works hard to see changes in the way children and young people are supported in their communities. Lisa continues to make a valuable contribution to the charity and with her team, ensures that the Child Brain Injury Trust’s strategic direction is achieved.

Outside of work Lisa is kept active by her cocker spaniel, Bella and two grown up children that keep her grounded. She loves to cook, going to a good musical and enjoys leisurely swimming (most evenings).

Theresa Pass
Theresa PassDirector of Services & Innovation
Theresa joined the charity four years ago after working in Organisational Development roles in public, private and voluntary sector organisations.

Theresa provides direction and support to the Child and Family Support Team and works closely with commissioning bodies to identify opportunities for the Child Brain Injury Trust to work in partnership. She is committed to identifying opportunities to improve the support and services that are available to children and families who have been affected by childhood acquired brain injury.

Rachel Parsons
Rachel ParsonsHead of Fundraising
Rachel manages our team of Fundraisers across the country and is a certified member of the Institute of Fundraising. Rachel joined us in 2007 and manages key partnerships, develops new projects and provides support to other team members.

Out of work, Rachel spends most of her time with her young daughter and two dogs and practising the art of shopping! [/fusion_text]

Louise Wilkinson
Louise WilkinsonHead of Learning & Information
Louise has worked with us since 2008, and brought with her over 20 years’ experience in the delivery of Learning Interventions. In the last 6 years Louise has personally delivered ABI training to over 6,000 professionals across many sectors, including Education, Healthcare and more recently Youth Offending, and is often asked to speak at Conferences and Learning Events.

Over the last five years Louise has been instrumental in highlighting the issues of childhood acquired brain injury (ABI) and the links with offending behaviours. She is founder member of the Criminal Justice and Acquired Brain Injury Interest Group (CJABIIG), and won the Stephen MacAleese Award for Inspiration by an Individual in the field of ABI, for her work in this area. Louise is looking forward to taking the Child Brain Injury Trust into the technological future with the development of new e-learning initiatives to enable greater access to learning and the understanding of childhood ABI. [/fusion_text]

Stephanie Bremner
Stephanie BremnerHead of Finance & Administration
Steph started with us in January 2011 as our Finance Officer and has since joined our Senior Management Team as our Finance Manager. Although still part-time, all her efforts are engaged in supporting the organisation in the provision of essential financial management information for Lisa and the team. In the current economic climate, Steph has a strong focus on cash flow. She works closely with the fundraising team on new funding opportunities in order to sustain our current level of service and in the hope of extending into new areas.

Steph originally trained and worked as an accountant, having previously had a successful career implementing database systems for large companies.

Beth Strachan
Beth StrachanLead Regional Child & Family Support Coordinator (East Scotland)
Beth started working for the Child Brain Injury Trust in Scotland in February 2008 as the Child & Family Support Co-ordinator for the East of Scotland and has recently taken up a Lead role within the organisation which means that as well as offering emotional and practical support to families and professionals in the region, she is now also able to offer support and guidance to her colleagues across the North of the UK.

Beth’s background is in the field of Psychology and before joining the charity worked with families who were affected by Domestic Abuse. Beth also spent a year working as a nurse with adults with an acquired brain injury which is where she first discovered her interest and passion for working with people affected by acquired brain injury. Beth lives in Edinburgh with her dog and is a keen baker in her spare time. [/fusion_text]

Caroline Molloy
Caroline MolloyRegional Child & Family Support Coordinator
Caroline joined the Child Brain Injury Trust in March 2007 and is the Regional Child and Family Support Coordinator for the Central Southern area. Caroline has drop in sessions in Oxford and Birmingham Children’s hospitals and offers emotional and practical support to families across the region.

Caroline also supports a variety of professionals working with families, raising awareness of childhood acquired brain injury and the Child Brain Injury Trust.

Outside of work Caroline enjoys socialising with her friends, reading and volunteer work.

Lucy Perkins
Lucy PerkinsLead Child & Family Support Coordinator (North East)
Prior to joining the Child Brain Injury Trust Lucy completed her degree in Psychology at the University of Surrey. As part of her degree she completed a placement year where she worked as an Undergraduate Assistant Psychologist with adults with an acquired brain injury.

Lucy enjoys keeping fit, so when she is not working you can often find her in the gym, outside biking or running! She also enjoys nature, so often visits nature reserves or country parks.

Jacqueline Blair
Jacqueline BlairRegional Child & Family Support Coordinator (Northern Ireland)
Jacqueline is one of two Child and Family Support Co-ordinators working within Northern Ireland. She provides support to children with ABI and their families, in addition to facilitating awareness sessions with associated professionals.

She has recently graduated with a BSW (Hons) in Social Work, in addition to having a BSc (Hons) in Social Psychology. Her past experience has included working as an assistant psychologist with adult acquired brain injury, in addition to support work with autism, dementia, Learning Disability and psychiatry. She has further experience of working on placement as a student social worker in community adult mental health and children’s residential.

When at home Jacqueline’s interests include art, especially sketching nature and wildlife, going to the cinema for a good horror or comedy and listening to music. She enjoys circus arts such as aerial silks to keep fit and most importantly enjoys spending time with her Golden Retriever Kurt.

Gerard Anderson
Gerard AndersonRegional Child & Family Support Coordinator (London)
Gerard started working for the Child Brain Injury Trust in August 2015 as one of two Child and Family Support Coordinators for Northern Ireland before relocating to London in March 2017 to help develop services across the region.

Gerard brings with him a background of supporting disengaged youth and children with disabilities who live with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Gerard has also worked with a number of different organisations over the years specialising in brain injury, physical disability and sensory disability.

Gerard currently holds a BSc from the University of Ulster, Belfast, and an MSc in Child Psychology with Queen’s University, Belfast. Gerard has a keen interest in child protection and supporting children to develop to their full potential by using a person centred approach.
In his spare time, Gerard enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with his family and friends.

Gordon Waller
Gordon WallerHelpline Coordinator
Gordon joined the Child Brain Injury Trust in January 2012 and is particularly delighted to have joined the Trust in its 21st birthday year. He has many years of experience in customer care, gained mainly in the banking, financial services and, more recently, telecommunications industries and has held a variety of positions at all levels.

Gordon is passionate about helping people and providing excellent levels of customer service. He therefore enjoys working in the voluntary sector and is constantly looking at ways to develop the Helpline for the benefit of all those families and professionals affected by acquired brain injury in children and young people.

A family man with three grown up children and four grandchildren, Gordon enjoys the outdoors in his spare time, especially walking and cycling. He is also an active member of his local 41 Club (the Association of Ex-Round Tablers’ Clubs).

Gayle Baird
Gayle BairdStakeholder Communications Coordinator N. Ireland
Gayle joined the charity in April 2013 as Regional Events and PR officer for Northern Ireland. Gayle is responsible for raising the charity’s profile locally, organising events and supporting fundraising activities. This is a brand new role and Gayle brings over 10 years experience in corporate marketing, most recently working in brand management.

Outside work Gayle is a busy mum who enjoys baking, reading and going out for dinner so someone else can do the dishes!

Lauren Kerr
Lauren KerrContracts & Communication Officer
Lauren joined the Child Brain Injury Trust in May 2014 having previously worked within the private sector as a Solicitor, and the voluntary sector as an Advice and Information professional.

Lauren is the Contracts and Communication Officer for Northern Ireland and responsible for the maintenance and development of the organisation’s contractual relationships within Northern Ireland, monitoring and evaluating the service we provide, as well as assisting with the preparation of events held for families affected by Childhood Brain injury.

Outside work Lauren is a Mum to two young sons and enjoys playing football in the garden, reading and cooking.

Fiona Mackay Perkins
Fiona Mackay PerkinsMarketing & Development Coordinator
Fiona joined the Child Brain Injury Trust in November 2016 as a part time Marketing and Development Coordinator to launch two new key services into London and Greater London and is looking forward to supporting the charity reach new families affected by childhood brain injury.

A member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and Chartered Management Institute, Fiona brings over 15 years senior leadership experience within education, care and charity sectors and is looking forward to supporting the Child Brain Injury Trust. In addition, Fiona, has over 12 years’ experience as a Non-Executive Director within the NHS leading on marketing and communications.

A qualified Riding for the Disabled Instructor, Fiona was privileged to teach a class of children with Acquired Brain Injury so knows first-hand how much help families need when supporting a child with a brain injury, to ensure they can reach their potential.

Kelly Bevan
Kelly BevanLead Child & Family Support Coordinator (Wales & South West)
Kelly joined the charity in March 2015 after having previously worked in the voluntary sector for 3 years. She is a trained social worker and has experience in setting up projects that support families out in the community and is thoroughly enjoying the challenge associated with the work that we do. Kelly is also a foster carer for children who have additional needs and in her spare time, when she has any, she likes to travel and experience different cultures. She works from home in Newport and covers the whole of Wales.
Maria Wilson
Maria WilsonRegional Child & Family Support Coordinator (North West)
Maria joined the team in December 2015 as the Child and Family Support Co-ordinator for the North West and North Wales. She provides emotional and practical support to families and works alongside many professionals and other agencies involved with children and young people with acquired brain injuries.

Prior to being in post, Maria was employed in the voluntary sector for 8 years working with parent carers of children with a wide range of additional needs. This involved running support groups and arranging Parent Forums. Maria comes from varied legal background which she feels has been a great benefit to her working with families of children with additional needs.

In her spare time Maria enjoys live music, travelling, crafts and spending time with family and friends.

Amber Fisher
Amber FisherLead Fundraiser & Trusts & Foundations Fundraising Manager
Amber started working at the charity in 2013. Amber is the Lead Fundraiser and manages our Regional Fundraising Officers. She raises funds from and maintains good relationships with grant-giving organisations which helps the charity to launch new projects and continue its existing, vital work.

Amber has over ten years’ experience in fundraising and has worked in different fundraising disciplines from major donor fundraising to event management including gala dinners. She has worked with a variety of causes. She is a certified member of the Institute of Fundraising (MInst F (Cert)) and has qualifications in psychology and business studies.

In her spare time she enjoys DJing, keeping healthy, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

Amelia Larard
Amelia LarardFundraising & Marketing Coordinator
Amelia Joined the Child Brain Injury Trust in September 2016 as the Fundraising and Marketing Co-ordinator. In her current role Amelia looks after the Social Media networks and other marketing activities. She also supports the fundraising team and individuals with their fundraising activities.

Amelia graduated in 2014 with a degree in Criminology and Sociology, then went straight out to Zambia to help set up a women’s empowerment charity that will help vulnerable women in Zambia! In her previous role she worked for a marketing agency whilst doing volunteering for various different charities.

In her spare time Amelia attends football matches to support her team Wolverhampton Wanderers. She is also very keen on fitness, attending the gym on a regular basis and climbing mountains in Slovenia in recent years.

Stephanie Matthews
Stephanie MatthewsFinance Administrator
Prior to joining the charity Stephanie worked as a bookkeeper and office manager for a Farmer/Accountant. She gained a lot of experience and achieved her AAT accounts qualifications. She is based at the Head Office and supports Stephanie Bremner in the Finance Team, responsible for the issuing of customer invoices and the processing of purchases and expenses by all departments across the charity. She ensures the bank account balances and monthly reports are run on time.

Outside of work she enjoys gardening and going for long walks with her rescue Labrador Charlie! She has a motor home called Polly and loves to visit new places around England, planning a road trip to France next year.

Val Price
Val PriceAdministration Assistant
Valerie joined the Child Brain Injury Trust in 2010 as a volunteer, one day a week providing vital administration support. In 2013, Valerie became a fully-fledged employee with us one day a week or whenever we have any big events on. Valerie provides support services for all of the team at Head Office and our team of remote workers throughout the UK, ensuring that they have all the information and literature they need to support an array of events from Family Days to Learning events.

The other days of the week and at weekends, Valerie’s time is spent with her six grandchildren, walking with friends, and enjoying days out and about at National Trust locations.

Natasha Page
Natasha PageOffice Coordinator
Natasha joined the Child Brain Injury Trust in June 2016 as the Office Coordinator. Natasha will probably be at the other end of the line when you call. She is very organised and keeps everyone tidy!

In her spare time she likes to spend quality time with her partner, daughter and partner’s son going to theme parks, walking and swimming. She likes to wine and dine with friends and has recently gained an interest in gardening. Natasha also has a list of 101 things to do, recently she has completed her 3rd (and final) 10k Wolf Run and passed her full Motorbike Licence, next thing on the list is to complete the London Marathon!

Nikki Winslow
Nikki WinslowRegional Child & Family Support Coordinator (South West)
Nikki joined the Child Brain Injury Trust in May 2016. Since training as an Early Years Teacher, Nikki has supported children to access education whom have had a range of social, physical, emotional and behavioral difficulties. Spending the last four years employed in hospital education, Nikki has been working closely alongside the neuro-rehabilitation team within the Bristol Children’s Hospital. Outside of work Nikki enjoys camping, sports and being creative. You will find her near the sea as often as possible.
Sharon Machin
Sharon MachinRegional Child & Family Support Coordinator (Midlands)
Sharon joined the team in November 2016 as the Regional Child and family support co-ordinator for the midlands. She provides emotional and practical support to families working alongside many professionals and other agencies involved with children and young people with acquired brain injuries. Sharon works with professionals at Birmingham children’s hospital.

Prior to joining the charity, Sharon has held roles in Early Years Education, deputising an early years setting. She has a passion for supporting the care, education and development of children with particular interests in Special Educational Needs and Child protection.

On a personal note, Sharon has four children that keep her very busy, enjoys reading travelling and learning and socialising with family and friends.

Natalie Robinson
Natalie RobinsonRegional Child & Family Support Coordinator (Northern Ireland)
Natalie started working for the Child Brain Injury Trust in Northern Ireland in April 2017 as the Child & Family Support Coordinator.
Natalie’s background is in the field of children’s disability and family & child mental health. For over 5 years Natalie has worked with families who are experiencing poor mental health and have one or more children with mild to severe disabilities. She has worked in the education, community and voluntary sector in Northern Ireland focusing on work with those most vulnerable in the community. In her spare time she volunteers at a local food bank and enjoys spending time with her family
Lisa Williams
Lisa WilliamsRegional Child and Family Support Co-ordinator (Aberdeen and North-East Scotland)
Lisa is the Child and Family support co-ordinator for Aberdeen and North-East of Scotland. Prior to joining the charity, Lisa worked in the early years sector in Ireland and supported children with additional needs. While completing her degree in Dublin City University, Lisa volunteered within a student-driven organisation and held the post of social project’s manager, developing and organising social projects for primary and secondary school students within deprived areas of Dublin.

In her spare time, Lisa enjoys music and exploring Scotland with her partner and 4 year old cockapoo, Bruno.

Jennifer Kane
Jennifer KaneRegional Child and Family Support Coordinator (Glasgow & The West of Scotland)
Before joining the Child Brain Injury Trust in February 2017 as the Child and Family Support Co-ordinator for Glasgow and The West of Scotland, Jennifer worked as an Autism Advisor with Scottish Autism. Prior to this, she studied Psychology at The University of Glasgow and graduated in 2015. Throughout her time at University, Jennifer volunteered for the Scottish Association of Mental Health.
Outside of work Jennifer enjoys spending time with friends, playing guitar and staying active.
Lynne Thompson
Lynne ThompsonRegional Child & Family Support Coordinator (South Coast)
Lynne Thompson joined the Charity in July 2016 as the Child and Family Support coordinator for the South Coast. Lynne has a degree in Applied Science and is a qualified personal and business coach. She has worked in the Charity sector since 2007 both as a Founder and Trustee. She has a particular interest in psychometric and personality profiling and is an accredited UK DISC Trainer.

Lynne lived and worked in New Zealand for 7 years in the Southern Hemispheres largest school complex, supporting Pacific Island children from diverse and challenging backgrounds.

Outside work Lynne is Mum to 3 grown up children and Nana to 1 gorgeous grandson. She loves reading, always learning and walking her dog in the lovely Hampshire countryside.

Emily Colley
Emily ColleyTrainee Community Child & Family Support Coordinator (South West)
Before joining the Child Brain Injury Trust Emily worked in the voluntary sector supporting disabled adults and children as an enabler. She began volunteering with a local charity aged 14 and become employed there at 16. She worked with a wide range of disabilities and has experience working with children with physical, social, emotional and behavioral disabilities. She did this around full time, further and higher education and gained a degree in Law from Bournemouth University in 2015.

In her spare time Emily likes to read, watch live music and bake. She also loves to travel and has recently returned from the trip of a lifetime where she spent 4 months travelling around Central and South America.

Frances Smailes
Frances SmailesTrainee Child & Family Support Coordinator (North East)
Prior to joining the Charity, Frances worked in the education sector supporting children whom have had a range of social, physical, emotional and behavioural difficulties. During her final year of studying towards her BA Hons in Children, Young People and Families, Frances spent some time as a voluntary Assistant Play Specialist in York Teaching Hospital working with recovering children before graduating in 2014.
In her spare time, Frances likes going for long walks with her partner and Cockapoo and camping in the Lake District (weather permitting!). Her New Year’s Resolution is to complete The Great North Run and to organise her own half marathon trek around the coast of Northumberland.

Carmel Gallagher
Carmel GallagherChild and Family Support Co-ordinator (Yorkshire & Humberside)
Carmel started working for the Child Brain Injury Trust in Yorkshire and Humberside in June 2017 as the Child & Family Support Coordinator.
Carmel has nearly 20 yesrs experience of supporting children and families; initailly as a residential social worker and more recently in various training and education settings. She has extensive experience in supporting children with ADHD and ASDs. Interestingly, Carmel is also a qualified swimming coach specialising in disability swimming. In her spare team she enjoys triathlon and endurance trekking events as well as walking the dog and camping with her three children.
Chloe Gentry
Chloe GentryInformation and Learning Coordinator
Chloe joined the Child Brain Injury Trust in June 2016 as the Information and Learning Co-ordinator. Chloe has over ten years’ experience in customer service roles so has a very proactive approach to her work. She has joined the Information and Learning function of The Child Brain Injury Trust supporting the Head of Learning in organising workshops, E-learning sessions and other events/conferences.

Chloe graduated in 2012 with a Film studies, photography and video production degree but continued to work in customer service and error resolution roles. She also travelled to Thailand to teach English to children between the ages of 3 and 12.

Outside of work Chloe enjoys long walks, meeting with her friends and family and loves to travel to new places when she can.

Sharniece Mitchell
Sharniece MitchellCommunity Child & Family Coordinator (North London)
Prior to the Child Brain Injury trust, Sharniece was working in education, as a child support assistant. This involved working with children, and the families of children with a range of Special Educational Needs. Part of Sharniece’s previous work included advocating the integration of children with autism from specialist to mainstream school. Providing academic and home support through workshops, interventions and class room assistance aimed at building academic attainment.
Sharniece has a degree in Psychology, counselling and therapies with a keen interest particularly in cognitive neuro-psychology, in her spare time she enjoys home craft and sewing.
Francesca Barry
Francesca BarryRegional Fundraising Officer (London & South East)
Francesca joined the Child Brain Injury Trust in November 2016 as regional fundraising officer for London and the South. Her job is to raise funds to ensure the continuation of the Child and Family Support Services. Based in North London, she started her career in charity fundraising at Compton Fundraising Consultants, placed at North London Hospice. Before that she studied Philosophy at Leeds University, then spent two incredible years teaching children in Hong Kong. She cannot think of a more worthy cause than supporting children and families affected by brain injury, and is delighted to be part of the team.
Fiona Godley
Fiona GodleyFundraiser Officer (Scotland)
Fiona joined the Child Brain Injury Trust in July 2017 as the Corporate and Community Fundraising Officer in Scotland. Fiona’s job is to build key relationships with local corporations and communities with a view to raising funds, to ensure the continuation of the valuable Child and Family Support Services.

Fiona previously worked for blue chip companies focusing on sales and brings a wealth of experience within this field. She decided to make a big career change and move to the Child Brain Injury Trust and believes the skills she has learnt will greatly benefit her fundraising work. This is a new and exciting opportunity and Fiona is looking forward to the challenge.

When Fiona is not working her passions are golf, skiing, long walks with her lively springer spaniel Poppy, and meeting up with friends and family

Rachel Boughton
Rachel BoughtonRegional Child & Family Support Coordinator
Rachel joined the Child Brain Injury Trust at the start of August 2017 as the Regional Child and Family Support Coordinator for London South. Rachel has several years of experience of teaching in schools for children with a wide range of disabilities and complex needs, including those with acquired brain injury. She has an MA in Special and Inclusive Education from University College London and has completed the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordinators. During her time in schools Rachel has been particularly proactive with supporting the whole family of the child and so is very much looking forward to being in a role where this is the main focus. She has also spent summers in Ghana and Kenya training teachers, parents and carers of children with disabilities and helping them to find any of the support available to them. In Kenya she developed a particular interest in children who had acquired brain injury through cerebral malaria.

Outside of work Rachel supports several children and adults in her church with disabilities and is involved with the youth work. She also enjoys home craft, cycling and exploring the outdoors.

Gemma Megarry
Gemma MegarryRegional Child & Family Support Coordinator
Gemma began working for the Child Brain Injury Trust in Northern Ireland in August 2017 as a Child & Family Support Coordinator.
Her background is in the field of Psychology and mental health relating to both adults and children. She completed her BSc in psychology at Queens University in 2014 and then her MSc in the psychology of childhood adversity in 2015 (also in Queens). Gemma has over 5 years experience working with children and young people in the community of East Belfast through WPCA and other outreach groups. In the recent years she has spent time working with street children in Rwanda and Kenya- prior to CBIT Gemma worked for 2 years for Praxis Care in a challenging behaviour unit for adults with LD and a mental health diagnosis. She is very passionate about people and working along side them to best help alleviate mental stress and to enhance care to the most vulnerable people in our society. In her spare time Gemma loves to do art, go to the cinema or can be found volunteering with the outreach in Willowfield Parish
Harriet Brooks
Harriet BrooksMarketing Manager
Harriet joined the Child Brain Injury Trust in August 2017 as Marketing Manager. Harriet spent 4 years as Marketing Coordinator in a commercially driven role within the technology sector. Harriet actually began her career in a very different field having completed various Equine related qualifications, so enjoyed 5 years in the racing/sport horse industries as Stud Manager.

In her spare time she is kept very busy with an array of different animals including 6 working dogs, 2 horses and 2 ducks. Harriet thoroughly enjoys horse racing and beating on shoot days throughout the shooting season with her husband who is a Gamekeeper.

Samantha Jarvis
Samantha JarvisRegional Child & Family Support Coordinator
Sam joined the Child Brain Injury Trust in August 2017 as the Regional Child and Family Support Coordinator for Greater Manchester.
Sam graduated with a Masters in Social work from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2012. Her past work experience has includes working in adult mental health services and learning disability charities.
Prior to joining the Child Brain Injury Trust Sam managed a play centre for children aged 0-14 years old with learning disabilities and their families. Within this role she facilitated; workshops, training and information events, created support groups for parents and siblings, as well as accessible play sessions for the whole family.

Outside of work Sam enjoys travelling and holidays, meals out with friends and sewing.

Lisa
Lisa Burke
Lisa joined the Child Brain Injury Trust in October 2017 as the Fundraising Officer for the North. Lisa’s role is to build key relationships with Corporates partners and Communities in the North to raise the vital funds needed to ensure the continuation of the valuable work done by the Child Brain Injury Trust in particular the Child and Family Support Services.

Lisa joins us with over 10 years experience in Corporate Business Development and Account Management working in both Corporate Law Firms and Legal Publishing. In 2016 she decided to change the direction of her career and took a maternity cover role at the Prince’s Trust, not only did this opportunity allow Lisa to realise and refine her many transferable skills but it also allowed her to realise her passion for working in the charitable sector and specifically raising funds to support the most vulnerable young people in our society to allow them have a better, happier and more secure future. When the opportunity came up with The Child Brain Injury Trust it seemed like the perfect fit.

Outside of work Lisa enjoys travelling to new places, getting to know different cultures, reading and spending quality time and socialising with friends and family both in the UK and Ireland .

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