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