Joy Ward - Funding Strategy & Retail Support Manager
I first became involved with Headway following my son’s accident. The information, advice and support given was remarkable, Headway has helped my son to come to terms with his disability and has provided him with strategies that have enabled him to live with the long term effects of brain injury.
In 2005 I was able to take a sabbatical from my career as an HR professional which enabled me to assist Headway by raising awareness and funds. Through the support of my colleagues, friends, family, grant makers and the local community, we raised almost a million pounds towards the development of our new building and service.
On returning to my previous job I found I couldn't settle and knew that I wanted to continue to assist Headway in raising funds to support the service it provides.
You will find lots of information and ideas on fundraising initiatives here on this website however I would love to hear from you if you are considering undertaking a personal challenge to raise funds for us or if you wish to discuss any other aspect of raising funds in order to support the services we provide.
I would really like to showcase fundraising challenges on our website, so if you, your colleagues, friends or family are thinking of doing something new, exhilarating or just plain daft for Headway don’t forget to let me know!
Sue Bowler – Chairperson
My links with Headway Portsmouth & South East Hampshire began through my professional connections. I am a partner at regional law firm Coffin Mew LLP. For a number of years I was Head of the Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Department and I then lead the whole Private Client group of teams within the firm before taking a break for maternity leave.
I specialize in dealing with cases for clients who have suffered serious brain injury as a result of either an accident or medical negligence and this work brought me into contact with Headway. I quickly realized the enormous value that the support of Headway brings to those who have suffered such injuries, their families and carers.
A great deal of my work for my clients involves coordinating and monitoring rehabilitation and care packages, including working with specialist case managers. This work has also involved many of my colleagues who have assisted my clients with matters such as wills, probate, moving house, family break-up, employment disputes and Court of Protection Deputyship. I act as professional Deputy for all of Coffin Mew’s Court of Protection clients.
My professional experience has therefore given me a wide understanding of the issues faced by those who have suffered brain injuries and their families. This has helped me in my role as a Director of Headway, a position which I have held since 2005, apart from a break of 18 months when my daughter was born. My leadership responsibilities in my “day job” have helped with my role as Chair and similarly my work with Headway has added to my professional skills.
Rebecca Brown - Secretary to the Board
I qualified as a Solicitor in September 2010. I chose to specialise in Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence after spending 8 months of my 2 year training contract in this department. As a department we deal with cases where clients have acquired brain injuries as a result of an accident or as a result of clinical negligence. I currently have 6 of these cases and I also assist on several others.
I first found out about Headway and the work it does when I started to work in the Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence team. I have had contact with clients that have been and still are service users of Headway. I believe that Headway provides a very important service to those who have suffered a brain injury and I wanted to get involved in supporting this very worthwhile charity. I got involved through Sue Bowler, who I work with, and I became a director in October 2010.
Whilst I was training to be a solicitor I was a committee member for the Junior Lawyers Division. This provided me with experience of running a small organisation, managing budgets, organising events, working with and fundraising for charities,
Jo Dallas – Trustee
Hello my name is Jo Dallas and I support Brain Injury and have been involved with Headway as a Trustee for the last few years.
After finishing a degree in Sport at Northumbria University I worked abroad as a tennis coach before settling here in Portsmouth and have been involved in tennis ever since!
I am currently a Centre Manager overseeing 3 leisure facilities in Portsmouth: Portsmouth Gymnastics Centre, Portsmouth Tennis Centre and Charter Community Sports Centre.
Since being involved with Headway I was able to obtain funding from the Dan Maskell Tennis Trust, which enable me to set up tennis sessions at the centre for servers using Headway. This has been a huge success and we are changing people's lives through tennis, which is so amazing to see.
I have also enjoyed raising money for the Charity with a sponsored swim and skydive and I look forward to doing more fundraising events in 2017.
It has been an absolute privilege to be able to help in some way and look forward to continuing in my role in 2017.
Michael Wornham – Trustee
Hello my name is Michael Wornham and I support Brain injury.
I am a Trustee for Headway Portsmouth & SE Hants and am also a full time Bus driver in the local area First Group.
Although I have never had a Brain injury as such I did however have a very serious head injury as a teen which could easily have turned into a Brain Injury.
I received a blow to the right side of my head from a rounders bat, fracturing the upper eye socket and unbeknown to any of us at the time I developed a blood clot behind my eye. After a short period my eye turned dark red and was being pushed out of the socket caused by a clot putting pressure on my brain. I was rushed into Hospital for an emergency operation and had a drainage tube fitted to ease the pressure on my brain & eye. I was told that had they not operated when they did I would have died in a very short space of time due to the pressure on my brain. I have some memory loss of that time and have no idea how long I was in hospital so I could have suffered a slight brain injury affecting that part of my memory.
In 2015 my partner started work for Headway Portsmouth & SE Hants, and this is where my journey began. It started with a few posters & fliers but has now grown into being a Trustee for them. I am honoured to be a part of the team and am exceptionally passionate about the charity.
Since joining Headway I have met some amazing people with some equally amazing stories and look forward to meeting so many more with some really exciting times coming up.