Andrew Harding is a Partner at Hugh James Solicitors and heads up their Personal Injury team. He has been involved with Headway Cardiff since 1995 and is the Welsh Representative on the Headway UK Board of Trustees. Andrew was a member of the Rehabilitation Working Party who contributed to the 2006 Neuroscience Review.
Pete Mayle has been pivotal to the development of Headway Cardiff since his son sustained a serious brain injury in 1992. Pete has first hand experience of the difficulties encountered by carers and also volunteers in the Independence & Wellbeing Centre every Friday. He has been Treasurer since 1997.
Alison Culverwell, is a personal injury solicitor, who specialises in brain injury cases. Ali has been a Trustee since 1999 and her considerable experience in the field give her insight into both the effect of brain injury on the individual, but also on the family.
Rosie Wysome has volunteered at the Day Centre since 1999 and became a Trustee in June 2000.
Jeff worked in IT for many years at University’s in Newport & Pontypridd, and is able to support the Board with expertise in this area. Jeff himself sustained a serious brain injury when he fell off a skateboard as a 17 year old. Although Jeff has made a remarkable recovery, he has first hand knowledge of the long-lasting effects of brain injury and is able to represent our service users.
Linda started volunteering at the Independence and Wellbeing centre in 2019 having held a long term interest in brain injury and people since studying Psychology at University. She joined the Board of Trustees in 2020.
Vicky Richards is the Clinical Nurse Team Leader of the Community Brain Injury Team based at Rookwood Hospital. She is also a specialist Case Manager and qualified Counsellor, having worked with ABI survivors for over 20 years. Vicky became a Trustee in early 2014.
Pat joined our Board of Trustees in 2016 after being introduced to Headway Cardiff through our weekly group in Chapter Arts Centre. A former advisor for the Royal College of Nursing, Pat was an active member of a team who set up the RCN Disability Forum, which was very proactive in keeping diversity a top priority. After suffering a brain injury in November 2012, Pat is all too aware of the challenges and long term changes which can affect people living with a brain injury, and she was nominated by our service users to join the Trustees.
Sarah is an Occupational Therapist with over 30 years’ experience, mainly working with clients with ABI. This was both in hospital settings and the Community Brain Injury team. She is also a Specialist Case Manager. She joined the Board of Trustees in March 2020.
Sally PalmerTrustee & Secretary
Sally is our Secretary on the board of trustees. She joined the board in 2000 . Sally is also one of our longest – standing volunteers in the Independence and Wellbeing Centre, as she has been volunteering for over 25 years. This means Sally has vast experience of working with individuals with brain injury, and a wealth of knowledge about our services.
Cari Sowden- TaylorTrustee
Cari recently joined the board of trustees in March 2022. Cari is a partner at Hugh James, and works in the neurolaw team. Cari is a fluent welsh speaker.
Nicola joined the board as our new Treasurer in May 2022. Nicola works for Hugh James Cardiff as an Accounts Coordinator. Prior to that most of her working career has been within the Financial Services Sector. When Nicola’s not working or studying she enjoys plenty of outdoor hobbies such as horse-riding, walking, and cycling.