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Meet the Staff

Jane Weston

Chief Executive Officer

I joined Headway Swindon in March 2014 with my first challenge being to find us new premises and organise the move of 67 clients, 12 employees, many volunteers and lots of furniture and equipment. We are now happily settled in our lovely new home in Dorcan, where we have been able to welcome an additional 22 clients and organise a greater variety of activities. My focus now is on ensuring we can continue to grow and develop the service to meet the needs of our clients, carers and the local community.

Louise Hawkins

Operations Manager

I started my career as a nurse when I was 18 and have stayed in health and social care ever since, including 10 years with Headway groups.

Sonia de Blaquiere BSc (Hons)

Service Development Manager

I have been at Headway since 2007. I have a Certificate in Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy and a level 3 award in Leadership and Management. I have many years of experience with brain injury and working with health care professionals. My responsibilities include developing the service in line with our business plan, being the first point of contact for new clients, Volunteers, placements and information to support carers and families. Engaging with the community to promote education and prevention of brain injuries.

Maria Marvell

Rehabilitation Support Worker

I come from a care background and joined Headway in February 2014. I like to spend time looking at work that suits the interests of my individual clients, so that they are more motivated to join in. I am currently developing education courses on brain injury to help our clients.

Irene Foreman

Rehabilitation Support Worker

I joined Headway as a volunteer in September 2013 having previously been employed in a residential setting, working with people with other neurological conditions. I love to organise a singing afternoon for the clients, getting out all of our musical instruments and encouraging everyone to take part.

Sandy Mutch

Rehabilitation Support Worker

I became part of the Headway Support Team in July 2015. With a background in Early Years Education I like to help people to improve and reach their full potential. I have a particular interest in arts and crafts and am working on some ideas to bring some new art projects into Headway.

Sarah Tuck

Rehabilitation Support Worker

I joined Headway in September 2015 after having undertaken a variety of roles assisting both adults and children. I enjoy meeting new people and finding out about them so I can help them to succeed. I particularly enjoy the one to one work with clients with complex problems who need that little extra support and understanding.

Lindsay

Lindsay Grayson

Rehabilitation Support Worker

I joined Headway in March 2016 after taking a career break to raise a family. I was immediately struck by the supportive atmosphere and welcome that I received and work hard to ensure that anyone new to Headway feels the same. Having 3 dogs of my own I was particularly excited when Headway Swindon decided to get a therapy dog and will be using the dog to help clients to overcome communication and other issues.

Mandy Mills

Rehabilitation Support Worker

I joined Headway Swindon in August 2018. I like to make a difference in people’s lives and put a smile on their face. I came from the care sector background, working with people with dementia and Alzheimer’s for over 15 years. I feel very privileged to be a part of this amazing organisation and working with the clients of Headway who are truly amazing.

Louise Hall

Rehabilitation Support Worker

I joined Headway in November 2018. After working in the care sector and looking after people that had suffered from strokes, I wanted to continue learning about how people can recover. I love how friendly and welcoming all the clients are towards each other, it’s a fantastic place to work.

Megan Grayson

Rehabilitation Support Worker

I recently joined Headway in September of 2021 and I am thrilled to be a part of a team I have always loved. I have volunteered many times for Headway by taking part in fundraising events and by joining in with daily work and activities in the past. I have never worked with such an amazing team of people that are happy to help whenever they can, and who always make Headway such a lovely place to be.

Shannon Skeffington

Rehabilitation Support Worker

I joined Headway in September 2021 after previously completing a student placement. I am excited to be part of such a friendly and supportive team and I look forward to working with all clients to help them achieve their goals.

Rabea Lone

Rehabilitation Support Worker

I joined Headway in August 2021 after completing my undergraduate degree in psychology. I have previous experience in volunteering for Headway and I liked it so much that I decided to come back as a support worker! I love my job and I enjoy meeting a variety of different clients and helping them to identify and work towards their goals. No day is the same here and it is a very rewarding place to work, the staff are lovely and the atmosphere is always buzzing.

Sarah Bedlington

Administration & Finance Officer

I joined Headway at the beginning of July 2019 and quickly felt very much a part of the family. After spending most of my career in the corporate world, I decided I needed a change and wanted to do something that was emotionally rewarding and have definitely found that here. Plus there’s always plenty of cake!

Nick Ballard

Rehabilitation Team Administrator

I have just recently joined Headway (2021). After previous work in the charity sector, I joined Headway for a fresh start and a new challenge. I was instantly struck by the calm and friendly atmosphere and am looking forward to helping the operation in any way I can.

Chase

Brainy Dog

I joined the Headway Swindon team in October 2016 as a therapy dog to help the clients. After a brain injury people can lose their friends and become very lonely and isolated, so my job is to be a friend to everyone and to give lots of love and cuddles.

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