Director of Marketing and Business Development
Lynsey has many years of experience developing services for individuals with complex needs both in the private and third sector. Lynsey joined the sector as a support worker and has held a number of operational and strategic roles during her career, developing a sound understanding of the operational challenges of care and rehabilitation. As Director of Marketing and Business Development she also leads the Foundation, The Disabilities Trust’s innovation and influencing arm.
Head of Foundation
Joss brings a wealth of experience within the substance misuse 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.
Consultant Clinical Psychologist
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 Coordinator
Harriet is a psychology graduate, who joined the Trust in 2017 as a Research Assistant working on the BMIPB (BIRT Memory and Information Processing Battery). Harriet began working for the Foundation (initially part-time) in May 2018 and became the Foundation Support Coordinator in January 2019. Harriet has experience working with people with complex physical and neuro-psychological conditions and brings this knowledge to the team, along with her research 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.