The Headway Southampton Mission Statement: To improve the lives and promote the independence of local brain injury survivors.
To provide support and advice to their families, friends and carers. To raise awareness of the life changing effects of brain injury.
Jack is a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer specialising in Serious Injury including Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) at Irwin Mitchell. He joined the board of trustees in June 2017.
He was elected Vice-Chair of Trustees in September 2018, and then as Chair of Trustees in September 2019.
His role with Headway Southampton is to provide leadership to the board of trustees, and a final escalation point for the staff. He works closely with the CEO on strategy development, and ensuring delivery of that strategy.
Liz Bailey has been running her business and people development Consultancy for over 15 years. Prior to this she had a successful 35 year career with Barclays PLC, which included being an Area Retail Director, when she left she was the Head of Diversity for the UK Bank.
Liz was a Non-Executive Director for Solent NHS Trust, for over 9 years and was also an active supporter of disadvantaged local young people at Fairbridge Solent now the Princes Trust.
Some of the organisations Liz has worked with include Nationwide Building Society, NHS, Springboard Consultancy, Hampshire Constabulary, Abellio-Greater Anglia, Crown Foods Ltd, Barclays Plc, Southern Cooperative, Oxford Brookes & Portsmouth Universities, and many others.
Dr Emily Thomas
Neuro Rehabilitation Consultant
Dr. Emily Thomas, is a Consultant in Rehabilitation working for Solent NHS Trust since 2015. This involves subacute inpatient care of people with all types of neurological illness and injury as well as longer term disability management of outpatients. She has a special interest in brain injury and completed a PhD in self-identity changes following traumatic brain injury in 2017 and has been a Headway trustee for the last 2 years. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with the family and being active, coaching junior netball and running and hiking in the New Forest.
Holly currently work at the Wessex Institute at the University of Southampton for the last two years as a Research Awards Manager. She is responsible for managing the financial administration of research programmes awarded by the National Institute of Health Research, funded by the Department of Health and has played a role in enabling and financially supporting research into Covid-19.
Holly started her finance career and worked at the University of Southampton for ten years, becoming a qualified accountant in 2016. Holly financially managed research programmes funded by the European Commission for example FP7 and Marie Curie as well as working within the Medical Research Council unit as a Management Accountant.
Between these two periods of employment, Holly was employed on a one year fixed term contract as a Finance Manager at a medium sized manufacturing company, expanding her financial experience outside of the Higher Education sector.
Speech and Language Therapist
Freya is a Speech and Language Therapist working at Salisbury District Hospital. She has a background in personal care for progressive conditions and has worked on various research projects focusing on people with aphasia and communication impairments post stroke. She is now working on an acute adult stroke and traumatic brain injury unit rehabilitating communication and swallow impairments.