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Our Trustees

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Dr Crawford Thomas (Chair of Trustees), Deirdre Healy, Beth Fisher, Nick Ankers and Ian Skaife

Introduction to Trustees

Dr Crawford Thomas

I have worked in all sectors of health delivery, he has undertaken consultancy and supervision for staff in the NHS and Independent sector neuro-rehabilitation units and offer a medico-legal service (assessment, treatment and consultancy). In addition he has designed three whole neuro-rehabilitation services (Independent and NHS sector).

My main areas of expertise apart from full neuropsychological assessments and subsequent Court reports are in the treatment of cognitive, emotional and behavioural disorders following an acquired brain injury. My regular treatment of both adults and children is enhanced by over 30 years of experience in Psychology (including academic and clinical training), and as a Consultant in Clinical Neuropsychology for almost 20 years. The clinical intervention(s) depends on the nature of the problem presented. Much depends on the multi-layered complex problems that people experience after a brain injury. However, I have been trained in (and trained others in) cognitive behavioural, narrative, psychodynamic (individual and group), family systemic (Milan, constructionist and solution-focused), mindfulness, and motivational interviewing techniques.

I am passionate about acquired brain injury, its prevention, treatment and wider public profile. I have been a long-standing advocate for those and their families who have suffered from a brain injury. I am currently writing a book on one aspect of this passion.

Beth Fisher

I am the NHS Service Manager of Cheshire and Wirral Acquired Brain Injury Service and a Speech and Language Therapist.

As a founder member of HIP I support the vital role the charity has in supporting brain injury survivors and their carer's. We aim to achieve our mission statement that "no brain injury survivor in Cheshire should feel alone". HIP provides opportunities to socialise , share a laugh as well as some of the difficulties and learn some new skills. I strive to ensure HIP is a place where members will find acceptance and understanding. My other key trustee roles are to provide line management to the HIP Operational manager, responsibility for safeguarding and have oversight of policy development.

Nick Ankers

I am a member of HIP and have been a trustee for HIP since March 2014. My personal background is that I am a retired police officer, having served with Cheshire Police for 28 years. I undertook a range of operational policing roles, both within uniform and crime investigation areas. I also undertook specialist strategic roles and have experience of; project and programme management in relation to enterprise wide IT system implementation, Performance Management and Best Value programmes, strategic development of service improvement delivery, performance measurement and information / intelligence management. I acquired my brain injury ( while on duty) in a car crash in June 2009 and the resulting impact of the brain injury resulted in the end of my career. Since then I have taken on a number of voluntary roles including being a governor with a NHS Trust and I am a governor at the local primary school.

My objective as a HIP trustee is to support the charity in continuing to grow and develop an excellent level of support to all of our members, their carers and families.

Ian Skaife

I have had a varied career which has included Teaching Chemistry and Mathematics at a Comprehensive School, Accountancy, Payroll and Management for a retail pharmacy group, Director of Retail Operations & IT and a Business Consultant.

After my brain injury in 2012 I went back to work part time to help facilitate the sale of the company to a larger group. I was made redundant and took the opportunity to set up my own Business Consultancy which I still have and do a small amount of part time work with small businesses doing systems implementation, policies, administration and training.

In the voluntary sector I have been a Circuit Steward of a Methodist Circuit of 1500 members, 15 ministers and lay workers, 34 churches for 18 years and was treasurer and property steward for 15 at the same time. I am currently a Synod member and trustee of the Methodist Church.

Deirdre Healy

I am a brain injury specialist in the Serious Injury team in the Irwin Mitchell Manchester Office, assisting clients and their families who have suffered severe brain injuries. I ensure that my clients have access to the best possible treatment and rehabilitation following their injuries, and to obtain damages to secure their future. I have specialised in complex injury cases for 20 years and has recovered more than £100 million on behalf of her clients.

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