Professor Nick Alderman (Chair), Director of Clinical Services, Partnerships in Care
Professor Alderman is a renowned figure in brain injury rehabilitation having joined BIS from BIRT as Consultant in Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation and previously St Andrews Healthcare as Consultant Neuropsychologist and Speciality Lead at the National Brain Injury Centre, Kemsley Unit.
Dr Caroline Knight (Vice Chair) Consultant Neuropsychologist, Partnerships in Care
Caroline has worked in the field of brain injury rehabilitation for over 20 years. She has a wealth of experience as a Lead Consultant Neuropsychologist and is currently at Burton Park in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. Prior to this she worked at St Andrew’s Healthcare in Northampton so is familiar with many services and facilities in the East Midlands. Caroline has a special interest in supporting people with brain injury who have challenging behaviour.
Jacquie Owen (Secretary) Freelance Practitioner, Neurorehabilitation
Jacquie Owen qualified as a nurse in 1978 and has worked extensively in both the NHS and private health sectors. This included A & E, Intensive Care and High Dependency Units, Trauma, Orthopaedics and Neuro-surgery. She has worked in brain injury rehabilitation in both care home and hospital settings since 2001.
Keith Hawley (Events and Education) Independent Healthcare Advisor
Keith has worked in Healthcare for over 30 years in the Public, Private and Charitable Sector. He started his professional life as a Nurse and has held both clinical and managerial positions, covering secure services, mental health, and learning disability and acquired brain Injury. His overwhelming interest is in the provision of services for people with acquired brain injuries.
Awen Little (Public and Professional Awareness) Strategic Liaison Manager, Partnerships in Care
Awen is a psychology graduate and has worked in management and business development within the pharmaceutical and independent mental health and ABI sectors. She has specialised in mental health and neurology for 20 years. She currently works as a Strategic Liaison Manager for Partnerships in Care.
Heather Stanford (Communications and Engagement) Business Manager, AKA Case Management Ltd
AKA Case Management specialise in providing case management and support services to those with ABI. Heather is relatively new to this sector, but had a long career as a Solicitor undertaking roles in business development and management. She has previously set up and run social media accounts (Twitter Facebook LinkedIn) for herself and for law firms and other organisations, including, currently, the social media and marketing function at AKA.
Lucy Fallon (Committee Member) Service Development Manager, Ariya Neuro Care
Lucy has worked with brain injured individuals for over fifteen years. Within this time she has managed several community based brain injury services as a qualified social care manager. In 2004 she moved to Voyagecare to set up their third brain injury service, and then moved onto Voyage’s Development Team to develop acquired brain injury services nationally. In April 2014 she became Head of ABI Services for Tracscare, before setting up Ariya Neuro Care residential and supported living ABI services in South Yorkshire/ Derbyshire in 2015. She has a MSc. in Brain Injury Rehabilitation and has a passion for continual service improvement within the ABI sector.
Victoria Wallace (Committee Member) Towry Financial Services
With a wealth of financial services experience that goes back over 20 years, including mortgages, debt management, family budgeting, pensions, investment, care funding, investments and cash flow planning, Victoria now works with a number of specialist solicitors and care providers. Her aim is to raise awareness, and ensure the best possible support in all areas for people with acquired brain injuries and all forms of disability acquired from accident or injury. She previously worked for NatWest group and 3 years ago joined Towry as a wealth adviser from their Nottingham office.
David Withers (Committee Member) Associate Solicitor, Irwin Mitchell
David is an Associate Solicitor at Irwin Mitchell LLP, specialising primarily in catastrophic brain injury litigation. He has experience of a wide range of legal issues relating to catastrophic injury litigation including deprivation of liberty orders, judicial review proceedings and deputyship orders. He is passionate about restoring quality of life through rehabilitation after a serious injury by obtaining the necessary support from a wide range of services for the benefit of the injured individual and their wider family
Amanda Swain (Committee Member) Plans 4 Rehab
Amanda Swain has worked in many sectors as a clinical specialist in ABI for over 24 years; she also holds a Masters in Health Law and has been advising on legislative interpretation and implementation for over 10 years.
Amanda is the UKABIF National ABI Adviser, and she has worked as a national lead or contributor to standards and audit of rehabilitation provision for the top authorities in England and New Zealand.
Amanda still carries a neurological clinical case load to keep abreast of best practices but remains a large contributor to the formulation of national projects, papers and legislation.
Linda MIllband (Committee Member) Senior Solicitor, Thompsons Solicitors
Linda is a highly experienced senior serious injury and clinical negligence solicitor based in Thompsons’ Birmingham office. She is also the national practice lead for clinical negligence.
Many of the serious injury cases Linda deals with involve life changing injuries such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, amputations and fatalities.