The Team

Service Manager:- Ali


Ali joined Headway in February 2012.  Ali has a degree in Sociology, a Certificate and Diploma in Management Studies and is part way through her Masters Degree in Business Administration.  Before joining the Headway team Ali spent 20 years working for local and national charities specialising in the provision of essential support services.  Ali can often be found on her computer filling in fundraising applications, updating the Headway business plan, reviewing policies and procedures or looking at the budget.  She loves any excuse to come and join in downstairs!

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 – Vikki

For the last 10 years Vikki was a Deputy Manager with Voyage Care Services, working with adults with Acquired Brain injuries. She has been working in the Health and social care sector for the past 20 years, and is passionate about supporting people achieve their goals, maximising their independence and enabling people to live a fulfilled life.

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.

Support Worker:- Andy

Andy has been at Headway since 1999. His background is in Social Care specialising in epilepsy. During his time at Headway he achieved a degree in Health and Social Welfare, studying in his spare time. Andy has many talents including music, film and art. He has a particular skill with those who have communication difficulties and whose injuries are severe.

Support Worker:- Leanne

Leanne joined the team in 2018 and has a level 2 & 3 in health and social care. Leanne most recently achieved her dementia link worker qualification and specializes in dementia care. Leanne is enjoying her time at Headway, particularly helping survivors achieve their goals.

Support Worker:- Julie

Julie joined the Headway team in December 2017. Previously she has worked with adults in the learning disability sector for a number of years. Julie has a NVQ level 3 in health & social care and a level 2 in mental health awareness. Julie loves to learn how best to support our survivors in their recovery.

Support Worker:- Ava

Ava has completed a Psychology Undergraduate and a Masters in Health Psychology.

Whilst studying, Ava volunteered at Headway Cardiff which developed her interest in the effects of Brain injuries and the individuals effected. From here she became a Behavioural health care assistant at Southmead hospital, on an acute stroke ward, to greater improve her clinical care giving. Ava enjoys drawing, reading, watching documentaries and exercising to relax. Ava genuinely cares and wants to get to know an individual in order to provide tailored support that will best help them succeed in their goals. She considers herself friendly and easy to talk to with a good sense of humour, and is therefore always willing to have a chat with our survivors.

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: – Chris

Chris has been tutoring at Headway Gloucestershire since 2015. Chris has a back ground in engineering in which he trained young apprentices. Chris has also worked in adult education teaching woodwork to those with learning difficulties. Chris enjoys supporting survivors to be creative.

Administrator:- Sam

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!

Our Volunteers:-

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.