UKABIF is a membership organisation. Members elect individuals to represent the charity on the board of management. The Board elects a number of officers.
The Board of Management
Dr Andrew Bateman, Chair
Andrew has, since 2002, led the Oliver Zangwill Centre for Neuropsychological Rehabilitation in Cambridge Community Services NHS Trust. He is also an Affiliated Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge; a member of the East of England Clinical Senate Council and the steering group for the NIHR MIC for Brain Injury.
Andrew is a Chartered Physiotherapist. He completed a PhD at the University of Birmingham in 1997 entitled "A Cognitive Neuropsychological Approach to Assessment of Patients with Brain Injury"
At OZC Andrew takes part in overseeing research, teaching and business management, working with the team to provide assessment and rehabilitation for clients from around the UK.
His current research interests are in the field of outcome measurement and the use of online assessment and learning platforms in neuropsychological rehabilitation. He provides research leadership for CCSNHST and is President of Society for Research in Rehabilitation 2018-20. In having a role in both UKABIF and SRR, one of his objectives is to ensure as close as possible links between the research community and our members.
Amanda Swain, Vice Chair and Policy Lead
Amanda Swain has worked in many sectors as a clinical specialist in ABI for over 24 years; she also holds a Masters in Health Laws and has been advising on legislative interpretation and implementation for over 10 years.
Amanda joined UKABIF in 2006 when she held the post of National ABI Adviser, and she has since 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.
Peter Freeman, Treasurer
Peter Freeman's daughter Nicola crashed her car in May 2010 one month before her 18th birthday, breaking her pelvis, both femurs and sustaining a diffuse axonal TBI. She was taken from the ITU in her local District General Hospital to Surgical ITU at Queen Square, leaving ITU on the day of her 18th Birthday. Thanks to the support of Nicola's nursing and therapy team, her parents fought and got Nicola onto a programme of intensive Neuro-rehabilitation at Northwick Park and the Queen Elizabeth Foundation’s Brain Injury centre. Nicola then studied for 3 years at the National Star College in Cheltenham continuing her recovery. While there she was featured in the BBC Documentary “The Unbreakables – Life and love on disability campus”. Peter is a powerful advocate for post ABI rehabilitation, making the argument from personal experience "I have had the phone call that every parent dreads, where the policeman asks you “how far away from the hospital are you?".
Peter has spoken in public to raise awareness of ABI and raised funds for the National Brain Appeal, Queen Elizabeth Foundation and National Star. "My daughter has received the support and rehabilitation that every ABI sufferer should get, we fought for it because we were not going to settle for anything less. As a result my daughter is moving ever closer to my long term goal for her of becoming a tax-payer. The improvements she has made after a month in ITU, a decompressive craniectomy, and no purposeful movement for nearly six weeks after her accident show what can be achieved. However, it is simply wrong that Nicki's care should be exceptional not the standard". Peter has been interviewed for the show reel, and speaks about the family's perspective, as well as continuing to work with QEF and other charities."
Peter now works full-timecombining a number of roles including as Compliance Officer of a financial services firm, roles as a Non-executive director of three public companies which gives him the flexibility to support Nicola and to continue his support of disability charities in both ABI and beyond. He is also a member of the Upper Tier Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) which hears appeals on Financial Services cases and also the First Tier (General Regulatory) and (Social Entitlement Chambers) The latter hearing appeals on PIP and DLA decisions. Peter has been a member of the fundraising sub-committee of QEF which reports to the Trustees of QEF, a member of the Appeals Council of DebRA. He serves as Treasurer of UKABIF and in any spare time is a keen fan of Wheelchair Rugby, his part of the 2012 legacy.
Dr Keith Jenkins
Keith Jenkins is a Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist at the National Brain Injury Centre (Kemsley), St Andrew’s, Northampton. He provides neuropsychological oversight to a long-stay ward for adults with ABI and to a 35-bed service providing community reintegration for adults with ABI. Keith graduated with First Class Honours in Psychology from Birkbeck College, University of London, in 1988, going on to obtain the British Psychological Society Diploma in Clinical Psychology in 1991, and the Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology from the Institute of Psychiatry in 1993. He also managed to fit in 5 years working as a civil servant at the DHSS from 1982-1987. Since qualifying clinically, he has been involved in developing neuropsychological rehabilitation services within the NHS at Lewisham and Sevenoaks, and has also worked for The Priory Group within their brain injury rehabilitation services. His PhD from King’s College London was completed in 2009, and in 2011 he won the Laing and Buisson Independent Specialist Care Award for Brain Injury Rehabilitation as a result of his work developing a social group for people with acquired brain injury living in Northamptonshire. Keith’s focus on acquired brain injury led to his involvement with Headway. He was the Chairman of Headway South-East London/North West Kent from 1998 to 2003 and Chairman of Headway London Region from October 2001 to April 2003. He is currently the Chair of Headway East Northants and of the Northamptonshire Acquired Brain Injury Forum. He is part of the group developing the BrainNav online services directory, and is now working with others to develop a Northamptonshire dating/introductions service for people with acquired brain injury.
Paul Brown, Secretary
Paul is a senior brain injury and serious injury solicitor based in the Newcastle Office of Burnetts Solicitors. He has over 15 years experience of pursuing compensation claims for brain injury survivors and their families following traumatic brain injury. He is a member of Burnetts Solicitors award winning Serious Injuries team, specialising in cases involving catastrophic injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, amputations, and spinal cord injuries. This has given him an insight into the needs of not only brain injury survivors themselves but also their families and carers. Paul is also Chairman of Headway Wearside, a Headway group and charity affiliated with Headway UK - The Brain Injury Association which provides help, support and social opportunities for brain injury survivors, their families and carers in Sunderland and surrounding areas. In addition to being UKABIF's Secretary for the Executive Committee, he is also the Secretary for the Northern Acquired Brain Injury Forum (NABIF) which is a local ABI forum which covers the North East of England and Cumbria. Part of the role of this organisation is to highlight the needs of brain injury survivors and their families and carers and lobby on their behalf.
Mike Hope, Regional Co-ordinator
Mike Hope is employed as a Case Management Coordinator for Optua UK in Suffolk. He also works as a Client Support Coordinator for Thompsons Solicitors, and as External Relationships Coordinator for Recolo. He has been on the UKABIF Committee for 6 years, during which time he has played an active role in encouraging new brain injury forums (ABIFs) to get started, and in helping them coordinate their activities. UKABIF now has approximately 20 (* add appropriate figure*) ABIFs affiliated to it, and these assist UKABIF at a local level and also contribute ideas to UKABIF at a national level (*see web link*). Mike also represents UKABIF on the increasingly influential Criminal Justice and ABI Interest Group (CJABIIG). Additionally Mike is a trustee of West Suffolk Headway (hopefully soon to merge with Ipswich and East Suffolk Headway) and also is part of the West Suffolk CCG Community Engagement Group. In his spare (!) time he loves music, movies and riding his mountain bike.
Bill Braithwaite QC
Bill Braithwaite QC is the UKABIF lawyer innovator of the year 2010, and the Personal Injury Barrister of the Year 2010 and 2012. He specialises in catastrophic brain injury for claimants, however caused. He lectures extensively and writes widely on the subject. He was the consultant editor of Kemp & Kemp from 1995 to 2004, the joint editor of Medical Aspects of Personal Injury Litigation, and is the author of Brain and Spine Injury – The Fight for Justice. He has represented well over 1,000 catastrophic brain or spine injury claimants (more than any other UK lawyer?), and regularly finalises over £50 million of claims a year – £50 million in 2017. He is an accredited mediator, and supports ADR. Bill is happy to discuss the crucially important issue of how to select the right brain injury solicitor for your case on an entirely no obligation basis.
Lisa has been Chief Executive Officer of the Child Brain Injury Trust since 2003 and has been instrumental in developing support services and improving provision for children, young people, their families and professionals affected by childhood acquired brain injury. She is passionate about her work and making a positive difference within the voluntary sector. Lisa also works with smaller charities helping to develop their business strategies and fundraising capacity. In her private life Lisa enjoys spending time with her family and village life in Buckinghamshire. She enjoys baking, swimming and studying for her Msc in Charity management. She has two daughters and two cocker spaniels - Bob and Bella.
Sam had a collision while cycling home in 1996 which resulted in a brain injury. He was later unable to work from 2004 to 2010 due to symptoms resulting from raised intra-cranial pressure, and had infections in 2009 and 2014 due to infected an (cranial) bone flap, and cranioplasty. Sam Shepard is now a hospital liaison worker for Headway East Sussex, providing support and signposting to ABI patients and their carers, so that they know what resources are available in their own communities after statutory services come to an end. Sam runs an award winning weekly group which focuses on longer term adjustment, with a mind to re-engaging with education and work, and is the facilitator of the Brighton Headway Support Group where he has developed a supportive environment for everyone who attends.
Sam is married with a young daughter and won the Headway Achiever of the Year at the Headway Awards 2013
Dr Julian Harriss
Dr Julian Harriss is a consultant in rehabilitation medicine with experience both in the NHS and independent sectors. He brings a uniquely broad perspective to Rehab Medicine holding degrees and global professional experience in analytical chemistry and mechanical engineering.
Musculoskeletal(MSK) rehabilitation is one of his many passions, and Dr Harriss sees this aspect of RM training in the UK as a priority.
As a preeminent consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine in the UK, Dr Harriss retains his academic and clinical posts at King's College London and St Thomas' Hospital. He brings a record of success both in Canada, where he completed his MD and Fellowship. He is global investigator of the SPACE study, and he is undertaking further academic, teaching, and clinical initiatives within and beyond the NHS.
James is Communication and Engagement officer at the John Innes Centre and The Sainsbury’s Laboratory, and a freelance public engagement trainer and consultant. He is an honorary lecturer in science communication at the University of East Anglia. He has been involved in writing, producing and delivering; science shows, workshops and dialogue events for wide ranging audiences since 1995. He has appeared on television and radio numerous times to present scientific ideas and demonstrations, notably on ‘The Investigators’ for Channel 4, which was nominated for a Children’s BAFTA and ‘My Head’ for BBC Radio 4 which won the Royal Society Radio award 2015. He holds the LAMDA gold medal with distinction in public speaking. James’ life changed dramatically in January 2011 when a serious road accident left him with a severe head injury. He was in hospital for nearly 2 months and whilst having made a remarkable recovery still lives with the effects of his injury. James is involved in a number of Patient Public Involvement programmes, acting as lay member on a research committee, as a public reviewer for NIHR and is on the Quality standards committee for Trauma.
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