Director of Transformation and 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.
Head of Foundation
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Foundation Support Officer
Harriet is a psychology graduate, who joined the Trust in 2017 as a Research Assistant. Harriet continues to assist in the review of the BMIPB (BIRT Memory and Information Processing Battery) part time and started as Foundation Support Officer in May 2018. Harriet has experience working with people with complex physical and neuro-psychological conditions and brings to the team her research and administrative skills.
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.