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 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 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.
Out of work, Rachel spends most of her time with her young daughter and two dogs and practising the art of shopping! [/fusion_text]
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]
Steph originally trained and worked as an accountant, having previously had a successful career implementing database systems for large companies.
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 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.
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 brings with him a background of supporting children and young people living with neurodevelopmental disorders and neurodegenerative conditions, as well as children and young people living with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Gerard has also worked with a number of different organisations over the years specialising in traumatic and non-traumatic 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.
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).
Outside work Gayle is a busy mum who enjoys baking, reading and going out for dinner so someone else can do the dishes!
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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 has not been decided. 🙂
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’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
In her spare time, Lisa enjoys music and exploring Scotland with her partner and 4 year old cockapoo, Bruno.
Outside of work Jennifer enjoys spending time with friends, playing guitar and staying active.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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
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.
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 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 .