Who we are

We’re lucky to have an extremely knowledgeable team who are passionate about supporting people with brain injury.

Baroness Cumberlege

Patron

After a period in Local Government, Baroness Cumberlege was appointed to Chair of the Brighton Health Authority and subsequently the South West Thames Regional Health Authority where she made radical changes to mental health services. She was ennobled in 1990 and in 1992 was appointed a Junior Health Minister. For five years she covered all health matters in the House of Lords and chaired a review of community nursing which initiated nurses being able to prescribe and become registered prescribers. She was commissioned by two Governments to produce national reports entitled ‘Neighbourhood Nursing – a Focus for Care’ and ‘Changing Childbirth’.

Baroness Cumberlege is a governor of Lancing College and is patron of the National Childbirth Trust, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, a Vice President of the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Midwives. In 2020 she led a major NHS review of maternity services and the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Review for the Government.

Jennie Musgrove

Chief Executive

Jennie trained as an NHS manager. Her own passion is to create partnerships and easy access, seamless support linking statutory and voluntary providers. She has developed innovative, integrated care services and ground-breaking new-build homes and centres offering community support for personal health, wellbeing and respite. Jennie was previously CEO at Carers Support West Sussex.

She would like to bring together everyone involved with Headway in a county-wide membership charity offering easy access support. Also to give members and carers a stronger voice and to lobby for far greater understanding of brain injury across Sussex.

John Ashby

Financial Accountant - Client Services

John is an experienced financial professional with a background in business including within a facilities management and a health care provider organisation. He has worked in Financial Controller and Manager positions and is committed to providing high quality financial management information and advice. He joined us in July 2021 as a move to work within the voluntary sector. At Headway he oversees production of financial and management accounts and supporting the Board Finance Committee.

John is enjoying managing Headways client services invoicing and his involvement in directly liaising with the staff team and with clients, carers and professional partners. He aims to continue to improve our processes and the personal service we can offer.

Clinical and Therapies Adviser

Current vacancy

Andy Crosby

Community Service Manager

Andy joined the Headway team in September 2019. He has worked as an Operational Manager for many years within Health and Social Care and more recently for Age UK. His focus is on developing new and existing services that are meaningful, inclusive and welcoming to the wider Headway community.

Andy’s aim is to ensure we provide person-centred delivery, listening to the voice and lived experience of people accessing our services, and using their views to shape the support on offer. Working in partnership with key organisations, groups and through ongoing development of the Headway team of staff and volunteers Andy hopes to continue to improve the quality of service Headway strives for.

Sam Shephard

Service Lead, Hospitals & Groups

Sam was first involved with Headway as a service-user and has since moved on to work for the charity. Sam brings us invaluable personal insight and perspective particularly in the experience of people after discharge.

He is now running the Brighton Support Group and our Headway Sussex Futures Group and expanding our online groups via Zoom and our face to face groups to reach an increasing number of participants.

 

Sam is a Trustee at the UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum and is keen to promote greater understanding of brain injury.

 

He is completing his MSc in Health Promotion at the University of Brighton and has focused his dissertation study on return to work after brain injury.

Helen Canning

Bognor Regis and Worthing Group Facilitator

Arlette Foster

Group Facilitator & Independent Partner Counsellor

Arlette has been a Counsellor for over 30 years. She has also been a Carer for her brain injured son for 27 years and has acquired extensive knowledge of brain anatomy and brain function. She understands the cognitive, psychological, emotional and behavioural challenges that people may face following brain injury.

Arlette draws on her own life experiences to enable her to help others to re-build their lives and overcome the struggles and obstacles along the difficult journey to recovery. She adopts a person-centred approach to walk alongside her clients, guiding them towards acceptance and enabling them to develop coping strategies and find their own way forward.

Debbie Green

Living Well Programme Lead & Wellbeing Support Worker

Tracey Jerrey

Living Well Programme Lead & Wellbeing Support Worker

Paul Beecham

Wellbeing Support Worker

Sally Boyd

Wellbeing Support Worker

Joanna Denman

Wellbeing Support Worker

Julian Faux

Wellbeing Support Worker

Helen Knowles

Wellbeing Support Worker

Ana Kvalheim

Wellbeing Support Worker

Hugh Mackenzie

Wellbeing Support Worker

Sally Ruane

Wellbeing Support Worker

Claire Whittles

Wellbeing Support Worker

Michaela Alton

Independent partner Counsellor

Michaela has been a counsellor for 8 years. Having volunteered for Headway over 6 years she has strong understanding of the impact of a brain injury gained through interaction with clients and family members. She specialises in biography work, bereavement and topics related to brain injury.

Michaela comments that in the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity. People can change their destiny. Everyone given the right conditions and circumstances has an innate tendency towards positive growth. The role of Counselling and Psychotherapy in moments of difficulty is to provide support to discover opportunities and create new narratives for life.

 She practices in East Grinstead, Forest Row and Newick and can offer phone, online and face to face counselling.

 

Gill Richards

Independent Ppartner Counsellor

Gill is an experienced BACP accredited counsellor and group facilitator and has worked with Headway since 2011.  She has personal and professional understanding of managing the challenges of acquired brain injury and works with both clients and family carers. Her voluntary work with Headway achieved a national Headway award in 2019.

Gill works holistically and creatively, incorporating various trainings such as Biographical Counselling, Anthroposophic Psychotherapy (holistic understanding) and EMDR (Eye Movement Therapy).  Her work includes counselling people who have experienced trauma; life-changing events; loss; anxiety; depression; long-term chronic illness; and anybody who feels ‘stuck’ and is looking for a new direction.

Gill works in Brighton but can offer online and phone counselling more widely.

Pete Seymour

Independent Partner Counsellor

Pete holds a BSC with Honours in Person-Centred Counselling. As a Headway volunteer for 3 years he gained understanding of the impact of a  brain injury. He also has personal and professional experience of mental health challenges.

Pete volunteers within the wider charity field supporting people living with or recovering from cancer and family and friends affected. He has also had training and experience counselling clients with addiction issues.

Pete practices in Newhaven and can offer phone, online and face to face counselling in the area.

 

Bobbie Thorogood

Independent Partner Counsellor

A person-centred Counsellor with over 21 years of working experience, Bobbie is a specialist in neurological rehabilitation and brain injury both acquired and traumatic. She Offers focused counselling with a view to clients reaching their full potential and enablement.

Jo Grange

Digital & Marketing Programme Lead

Samantha Dewar-English

Headway Fundraiser - Trust Grants and Corporate

Facilities Manager

Current vacancy

Anastasia Malaveta

Independent Woodwork Leader

Get Involved

We are developing as a membership organisation and invite you to join us. If you’d like to make a difference why not become a member, make a donation, volunteer, sponsor an event or even organise your own! We can’t do what we do without community support. We always need skilled volunteers and welcome anyone keen to fundraise for Headway.

Board of Trustees

Our Trustee Directors are responsible for the safe governance of the charity.

They bring a range of professional skills, experience and understanding to ensure Headway Sussex is providing services which are needed. Trustees work together to ensure the best use of funding and take on an individual area of special interest on behalf of the Board.

Our Trustees all give their time in a voluntary capacity which combines to provide significant in-kind contribution and added value to the work of Headway.

Michael Gaughan

Chair, Board of Trustees

Michael is a Non-Executive Director and Consultant at various insurance businesses. He has extensive business experience gained over the last 40 years.

As the current Chair of Trustees at Headway Michael works closely with the CEO and the Board to make sure the charity is structured to provide the services that our clients need. He oversees the Governance of the Board to make sure the charity is well managed and compliant in providing the best value for all stakeholders.

Henrik Bjorn

Finance Committee

Henrik has been a Trustee for Headway Sussex since 2009. He has a background in the pharmaceutical and banking industries.

Mark O’Hara

Finance Committee

Mark lives in Newick and has been a Trustee since 2013.  He is a chartered accountant with finance director experience in various industries, including IT, construction, media and financial services. He is currently working within the specialist field of disability access.

When not accounting Mark can be found either playing in his band, chasing a small white ball round a golf course or watching Manchester City FC.

Lucy Morewood

Chair, Fundraising & Marketing Committee

Lucy has been a trustee for Headway Sussex since 2014. Her background is in marketing having worked for a number of corporates and smaller organisations across a range of industries including professional services and financial services.

Before moving into the world of marketing Lucy was a rehabilitation assistant in a brain injury unit at the Royal Hospital of Neuro-disability. This gave her insight into the varied nature of brain injury and the impact this can have on individuals, their families and friends. Her time working with people after brain injury was the driver for putting to use her professional skills to support the charity.

Lucy now works for a rehabilitation and case management service provider.

Ian Foster

Client and Carer Engagement

Ian has personal experience and understanding of the issues faced by people living with a brain injury and their families and carers. He is keen to hear from clients and carers and to directly feedback views to the wider Board of Trustees.

His wide professional background is in environmental and public health education and promotion. He is an expert trainer having designed and run courses and programmes to improve health services and health practice in the UK and overseas. He remains a Trustee of a Children’s Health and Development charity in Kenya.

Ian’s work across health and social care includes project development in mental health, homelessness, HIV and Aids and community out of hours services. He has been a committed and long term volunteer and advocate for development of Headway services and supports the Eastbourne Living Well Support Group. He is involved in community life in Uckfield, particularly in music and has performed in musical comedy productions for over 45 years.

Ian leads on Client and Carer engagement for the Board and is pleased to hear from anyone wishing to hear from anyone – 07442 915430 or email ian.foster@headwaysussex.org.uk

John Norris

Consultant Neurosurgeon

John has been a Trustee of Headway Sussex since 2015. He is a Consultant Neurosurgeon at Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Michele Fleming

Retired NHS Therapist

Michele is a retired Occupational Therapist who has specialised in the community rehabilitation of adults with physical disabilities, enabling them to achieve optimum independence within their home, workplace and social environment.

Having joined Headway East Sussex as CEO in 2012 she recognised the vital role the charity plays in supporting individuals and families living with brain injury.

Following her retirement in 2018 Michele wanted to remain involved so joined the Board of Trustees to provide clinical advice and help support fundraising.

Jonathan Clement

Chair, Standards & Compliance Committee

Jonathan is a Partner at CL Medilaw and has for many years specialised in all legal aspects of helping those affected by traumatic brain injury. He has worked with and supported Headway Sussex for a significant period of time, particularly in accessing much needed client rehabilitation and support. This ultimately led to Jonathan becoming a Trustee Director. His aim is to provide Headway with even more support, professional links and offer practical help and advice as the charity grows the essential services it delivers.

Andrew Kean

Chair, Finance Committee

Andrew has long-standing background in serving voluntary and community service organisations as a Trustee and Treasurer both in West Sussex and those working at national level. This has provided wide experience of charity governance and financial management, particularly in the areas of mental health and crisis support. Andrew lives in Worthing and joined as a Trustee in November 2020 from his role as Treasurer at Headway West Sussex.

As a Chartered Accountant his professional career has spanned financial management and consultancy including with international development and commercial business.