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Our Board of Trustees

We are currently looking for a new Chair and a couple of new Trustees.  Please look at our volunteering page. 

Dr Rebecca Bowden - Chairman

Dr Rebecca Bowden (aka Beccy) joined Headway Surrey in 2018 as a volunteer and Trustee.  In October 2019 she was appointed as Chairman. 

Beccy is the CEO of Surrey Community Foundation and prior to this was Director of Heathrow Community Trust, a grant-making charity which helps and supports charities and community groups in the boroughs neighbouring Heathrow Airport. She is an Independent Custody Visitor for the Police & Crime Commissioner of Surrey and is an associate member of ICSA, the governance institute. 

Beccy is always to be found volunteering at Drop In Sessions, fundraising events, speaking events and generally rolling up her sleeves. 

Andy Golding ACA - Treasurer

Andy first started supporting Headway Surrey in July 2020 and will be official elected on 8 October 2020 at our AGM. 

He is a qualified accountant specialising in charities for over 10 years, working on sizeable portfolios of both large and small charities. 

Now working at Intersystems within the finance team of this  large corporation and enjoying helping Headway Surrey.

Gen Dearman - Trustee

Gen is the Chief Executive of Challengers, a southeast based charity that supports disabled children and young people. Prior to this, she was the Chief Operating Officer for a national education charity. Gen is also a Trustee of Heathrow Community Trust, a grant making charity, and chairs their Young People Grant Making panel.

In her spare time Gen loves running, reading and spending time with her two Labradors.

Lou Eccles - Trustee

Lou survived a severe stroke in late 2018 and joined Headway Surrey as a client in spring 2019. She has attended the centre weekly ever since then and enjoys the art sessions in particular. She has a wide circle of friends amongst the client group, and she regularly helps others with their own challenges.

By profession she is a long-standing civil servant, currently working in stakeholder engagement in the skills branch of the Department for Education. She has volunteered for various charities including Mind in Woking, where she worked as a Community Wellbeing Caller. She continues to represent and support people who are experiencing mental health problems, drawing on her own experience of two decades suffering severe eating disorders that nearly caused her death and culminated in her stroke.

With her position on the Headway Surrey Board of Trustees she represents fellow brain injury victims including the other clients she socialises with at, and outside of the centre. She is continuing her work with Mind and continues to represent service users at the Bradley Stroke Rehab. Unit in Woking. She is a role model for survivors of brain injury and she uses this experience to attract new clients to Headway in support of our Link work at various hospitals in Surrey and London.

Mandy Ferguson - Trustee

Mandy joined Headway Surrey in October 2019 as a Trustee. With over 30 years commercial and general management experience operating at executive and board level, Mandy has a wealth of experience in both the food and media industry. Her roles have included Managing Director of Ambrosia; Managing Director of Ryvita; Managing Director of Harlequin Mills & Boon and VP – Overseas, Europe for HarperCollins.

She is adept at managing businesses through significant and complex change and transformation programmes, including brand and business revitalization, M & A, integration and rightsizing. She believes passionately in achieving business success through strong example-led leadership and people/team development.

Since January 2018 she has operated as a freelance Business Consultant and Advisor (Binocular Consulting Ltd) and also is the Chair of Hounds For Heroes.

In her spare time Mandy loves live music, theatre, ballet and cinema. She is also a keen traveller and passionate about conservation and animal protection.

William Glover - Trustee

Will is a survivor of a brain injury himself and he has a passion to help Headway Surrey.  Upon his return to Surrey from Hong Kong where he was Director of Academic Quality and Governance for Kaplan Inc and Academic Director China for the Consortium of North American Universities, Will became a Trustee at Headway Surrey in October 2019.  

A former Head of Education and Qualifications at The Royal College of Surgeons, Will is currently Chief Operating Officer of Fosse Bank School in Kent. His support of Headway is closely linked to his personal journey of rehabilitation following his own Acquired Brain Injury.

With almost 30 years of academic and pastoral management experience Will has served on numerous charity Boards, Committees and specialist Panels including his appointment in 2005 by the then Home Secretary as Lay Adviser to Sussex MAPPA overseeing the work of the County Police, Prison and Probation services in offender management.

An accomplished public speaker, journalist and author Will has published locally, nationally and internationally and worked over the years with media organisations including the BBC and The Daily Telegraph. Will is the published author of 6 books that have raised tens of thousands of pounds for child welfare and education charities and currently he has another dozen or so books either partially written or at the editorial stage.  

Sarah Ings - Trustee

Professionally Sarah works in Human Resources, she is currently Head of HR at Reach plc having worked previously at Serco and Babcock.

Sarah joined Headway Surrey in October 2019 as a Trustee. Sarah was formerly a trustee for Surrey Youth Focus and Girlguiding Surrey West and is still actively involved with Girlguiding in the local area. 

Sarah enjoys helping at the Drop In sessions and meeting the clients individually. 

New chair required

We are currently looking for a new chair on a voluntary basis.

To make sure we have a diverse Board we are particularly interested in hearing from persons with lived experience of a brain injury or someone who is a Headway Surrey service user, ethnic diversity, financial diversity, website skills, knowledge of CCG, clinicians (such as a neuropsychologist or neurosurgeon), young people or someone who has never been a Trustee and would like to be mentored. 

Headway Surrey is an equal opportunity employer. Employment is based solely on a person's merit, skills, experience and qualifications directly related to professional competence.  Applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of disability, age, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.  

How you can Help Us

Donate to Headway Surrey

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