The Child Brain Injury Trust board of Trustees. Scroll down the page to find out more on each of the Trustees.

Robert ThomasChair of Trustees
Rob joined CBIT as a Trustee in 2004. He is a graduate of Reading University and has studied at Iowa State University and the University of Glamorgan where he completed his legal studies.

He is well travelled having spent a year in Canada, the USA and Mexico and his early career as a solicitor having taken him from Swansea to Basingstoke via Reading and finally back to Cardiff where he now lives with his wife and two children.

Rob is a Partner for the Cardiff-based firm, NewLaw Solicitors LLP specialising in brain injury personal injury cases.

Terry BurtTreasurer and Vice Chairperson
Terry Burt is treasurer and a qualified FCMA accountant. Terry has worked for some 30 years in the IT industry and is presently CEO of 2e2, a circa £400m IT infrastructure provider in the UK and continental Europe.

Terry founded 2e2 in 2002 having previously been VP of Services for EMEA of NCR corp. and COO of 4Front a NASDAQ listed US Company.

Polly SymondsonTrustee
Polly Symondson has worked as a fundraising professional for over 10 years both in-house with Macmillan Cancer Support and FARM-Africa, and as a consultant working with a diverse portfolio of not for profit clients. Her specialist areas include individual giving and community fundraising.

Polly is now director of Polly Symondson Recruitment – a consultancy that specialises in placing fundraisers with regionally based organisations.

Aside from the above (and much to the delight of her husband), Polly has developed a passion for cricket – watching, not playing!

Dr Mike PikeTrustee
Dr Mike Pike has been a consultant paediatric neurologist in Oxford since 1991. He trained in BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver and at Great Ormond Street Hospital. He has broad clinical and research interests which include varieties of acquired childhood brain injury, Tourette Syndrome, Neuromyelitis optica, Neurofibromatosis Type 2 and Opsoclonus myoclonus Syndrome.

He has been Chair of Paediatrics and Clinical Genetics at the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals and President of the British Paediatric Neurology Association and is a founding Trustee of the UK Children’s Neurological Research Campaign and a Governor of Northern House School.

He is married to Claire, a retired consultant community paediatrician and allotment enthusiast, and they have two grown-up children who are aspiring journalists. He experiences increasing difficulty playing Real Tennis.

Mark LindenTrustee
Dr Mark Linden is a lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen’s University Belfast. He has worked in the area of brain injury research for nine years and has published his work at both the national and international levels.

Mark is chairperson of the Northern Ireland steering committee for the charity.

Andrew CaudellTrustee
Andrew Caudell joined the Charity as a Trustee in 2012, having previously been involved with various Children’s charities in both fundraising and voluntary capacities.

He has worked in the Medical Device Industry for more than 25 years, principally in Sales & Marketing and latterly at Board and Director level, managing companies in the orthopaedic, spinal and neuro-rehabilitation sectors. His remit has encompassed International responsibility, and thus Andrew has travelled extensively in the course of his work.

He now focuses his attention on assisting Start-up medtech companies launch themselves in EMEA markets, establishing their commercial presence as well as their clinical and sales strategy.

When he is not working or wondering what his 3 daughters are up to he is a keen Triathlete, aiming to complete the Ironman.

Katie ByardTrustee
Katie Byard is a Clinical Psychologist. She is co-founder and Clinical Lead of Recolo, a community child neuropsychology rehabilitation service which provides neuropsychological support to children with brain injury, and their families.

Katie has specialist experience and interest in the effect of childhood brain injury on the family and on family coping and adjustment. She has written published articles on this subject and teaches nationally on paediatric neuropsychology and rehabilitation.

Previously, Katie worked in the Paediatric Neuropsychology Service at Guy’s Hospital assessing and treating children with neurological conditions.

Inez BrownTrustee

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