Sarah Clifford

Director of Communications and the Foundation
Sarah has 26 years’ experience in not-for-profit and government communications for various organisations including the Home Office and The National Trust. After five years as Communications Director at the Independent Police Complaints Commission, she headed up communications at national charity Young Epilepsy, joining The Disabilities Trust in 2011.

Jenny Newport

Foundation Project Development Manager
Jenny manages the implementation and oversees the delivery of the Foundation’s projects and outcomes. She also provides service development for the Trust’s Forensic and associated brain injury services. Prior to joining The Foundation Jenny ran her own business providing project, marketing and account management support to organisations, and worked as a program specialist for a medical communications agency following a long career in the financial services sector.

Claire Coffey

Foundation Associate
Claire supports all aspects of the Foundation's work including project delivery and outcomes and the relationships with funders. She is also involved in supporting new projects in the Forensic In-Reach Brain Injury Service. Claire has been with the Trust for over two years and prior to joining the Foundation was an administrator of many years' experience with a background as a financial planning advisor. For more information about the Foundation and its projects please contact claire.coffey@thedtgroup.org

Joss Gaynor

Specialist Project Manager
Joss manages our Veteran project supporting ex-service men and women with a brain injury in London and Brighton. Joss brings a wealth of experience within the substance use field in both front line treatment settings and within policy and project management functions. She has led on the development and implementation of national good practice projects influencing both local and national structures to improve the support available for vulnerable groups. Joss is currently on maternity leave.

Elizabeth Wilce

Specialist Project Manager, Social Exclusion
Liz has been with the Trust for 18 years working in our Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust and community-based services and more recently with our Social Exclusion team. Liz is currently managing a Linkworker service within an adult male prison and heading up the new pilot project in adult female prison HMP Drake Hall.

Dr Mike Oddy

Mike leads the Foundation's research projects in brain injury and provides brain injury consultancy for service development and support initiatives. He is a world renowned expert in brain injury rehabilitation with 40 years clinical experience. Until December 2013 he was Director of Clinical Services at The Disabilities Trust. He is a former Chair of the BPS Division of Neuropsychology and was an Honorary Professor of Psychology at The University of Swansea.

Dr Sara da Silva Ramos

Research Fellow
Sara provides her expertise in research design and practice to the Foundation. She has been instrumental in preparing the Foundation's brain injury research for publication in peer reviewed journals. Sara is a Chartered Psychologist who started her career in Portugal before moving to England where she completed a Masters in Cognitive Neuropsychology and a PhD investigating the relationship between language and cognition.

Dr. Rachael McNulty

Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Rachael is a consultant Clinical Psychologist with the Disabilities Trust and Clinical supervisor for The Disabilities Trust Foundation Brain Injury Linkworkers. She is also a clinical neuropsychologist with the NHS at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust where she works with a community neurology team assessing and treating patients with diagnosed neurological conditions including epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, MND, brain injury and mitochondrial disease.

Project Teams

Veteran Linkworker Service Based in centres in London and Brighton, the Linkworker works directly with help-seeking veterans identified with a brain injury. Through the development of a personalised assessment of need, the Linkworker work with them to address the problems they are facing in relation to their brain injury - sleep, memory, anger and maladaptive thinking patterns. The Linkworker is also working to build a robust network of veteran and related care services organisations to support the development and success of the new service, as well as improve the recognition and support offered to Veterans with mild to moderate brain injury in the community.

Prison Linkworker Service Following on from the success of the Linkworker pilot projects in HMP Leeds and HMYOI Wetherby and Hindley, we are now running a further Linkworker project in an adult male prison. We have now launched the service at HMP Drake Hall, working with female prisoners for the first time. New evidence has shown a possible link between brain injury and violence amongst female prisoners and this highlights the need for further research.