Julie joined Headway Gloucestershire on 23 October 2023. She has over 30 years Leadership experience in the charity, public and private sectors. This includes a position of CEO with a Charity and Social Enterprise working with young people not in employment and training (NEETS).
Julie’s background also includes change leadership, human resources and all-round support for businesses to help increase turnover, profit and productivity. She has worked on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion matters within every sector and always puts the individual at the centre of the organisation.
Her ethos is very much about Communication, Collaboration and Courage. Julie is responsible for ensuring that Headway Gloucestershire operates effectively and delivers the right services, to the right people at the right time.
Enablement Manager:- Lewis
Lew started working at Headway in August 2013 and has 20 years experience in caring for vulnerable people and 8 years working specifically with acquired brain injuries. Lew has a degree in music and looks after all our amazing volunteers.
Deputy Enablement Manager:- Lisa
Lisa started working at Headway in January 2020 and has a background in teaching. Lisa most recently worked in a pastoral role within a primary school where she offered emotional support and worked to improve the children’s resilience and self-esteem. Lisa enjoys getting to know our survivors and supporting them to achieve their goals
Community Links Adviser:- Estelle
Estelle joined Headway in February 2015. She has a degree in English and throughout her career in both statutory services and the third sector she has specialised in supporting vulnerable adults and children. She enjoys helping people problem solve and achieve their personal goals, as well as things like walking her dog, cooking and making quilts.
Community Links Caseworker:- Cath
About Cath coming soon!
Community Links Caseworker:- Christine
About Christine coming soon!
Support Worker:- Sharon
Sharon joined the Headway Gloucestershire team in July 2021. She has previously worked at the Dean Neurological Centre as a tracheostomy and ventilator specialist and brings a wealth of experience to the team. Sharon is eager to further her knowledge of brain injury outcomes and is excited to get to know everybody at Headway Gloucestershire.
Support Worker:- Mike
Mike has been with us since August 2022 after moving to Cheltenham from Bristol. He previously worked as an Outreach Worker at Headway Bristol, supporting ABI survivors in the community. Mike enjoys working with survivors and seeing them achieve their goals. In his spare time Mike has completed a couple of 10k runs to raise money for Bristol children’s Hospital and enjoys walking in the Cotswolds and Forest of Dean.
Support Worker:- Paige
About Paige coming soon!
Art Project Lead:- Nolda
Nolda has been part of the team since the beginning of the Millenium. Nolda is originally from Holland where she trained as a social worker and completed her Social Work Diploma in 1980. Since coming to Gloucestershire she has worked for Social Services, Artshape and the NHS Together Trust. Nolda’s strengths are in social inclusion and diversity. She encourages communication, confidence and building self esteem.
Pottery Tutor:- Kath
Kath has been running pottery sessions at Headway Gloucestershire since 2002. She has a Degree in Ceramics and a Further Adult Education Teaching Certificate. Kath has 20 years of teaching experience and has taught in various areas of adult education including mental health, learning disability and adult evening classes at Gloucestershire College. She has also taught in School Arts weeks and for School Re- integration. When not working at Headway Kath makes her own ceramics through galleries and craft events throughout the country. Kath enjoys sharing the creative and relaxing benefits of working with clay.
Woodwork & Gardening Tutor:- Mark
About Mark coming soon!
Sam has a level 2 in Business Administration and came to Headway in June 2010 through the Future Jobs Fund. She proved herself so useful that she was kept on as a paid staff member. Sam is able to pitch in at any time with support work including teaching computer skills – she is always willing to try anything!
Headway Gloucestershire is fortunate to work with a fabulous team of volunteers who bring unique skills and experiences as well as their dedication, energy and commitment. Without them we couldn’t offer survivors as much as we do today.