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Staff Team

Welcome to our Team!

Sonja Freebody - Joint Chief Executive Officer

As from 1st January 2023, the Chief Executive Role will become a job-share.  Sonja Freebody will reduce her hours to part-time and Maggee Fulleylove will be promoted and will work full-time.  Their new job-title will be Joint Chief Executive Officers.

Sonja Freebody lives in the Guildford area and has lived in Surrey her whole life. In 2017 she joined Headway Surrey and halted the funding deficit that was blighting the charity due to social care cuts.

Sonja has been in the not-for-profit sector for over 20 years. Fourteen of these years were spent expanding and running the Surrey wide charity, (RASASC) Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre.

Sonja has gained additional experience working for charities such as: The Whiteley Homes Trust, Transform Housing & Support, GASP Motor Project, Samson Centre for Multiple Sclerosis, Wey Kayak Club and the River Thames Boat Project.

She is recognised as a Full Member of the Institute of Fundraising. She is a member of the Surrey Charities Chief Executive Group (SCCEG), Surrey Charities Forum, Surrey Long Term Neurological Conditions Group and on the Steering Committee of Surrey Acquired Brain Injury Network (SABIN). She is an active volunteer in the local community, a sports coach, holder of a Guildford Mayor's Award for Service to the Community and a 2019 Leaders Award Finalist in the Surrey and Hampshire Biz Awards, a Mental Health First Aider and Dementia Friend.


Maggee Fulleylove - Joint Chief Executive Officer

As from 1st January 2023, the Chief Executive Role will become a job-share. Sonja Freebody will reduce her hours to part-time and Maggee Fulleylove will be promoted and will work full-time.  Their new job-title will be Joint Chief Executive Officers.

Maggee joined Headway Surrey in 2015, as Finance and Admin Manager, she has lived and worked in and around Guildford all her life. Her early experiences were gained working for a knitwear company, a brewery, a publishing company and an examination board, a self-employed Secretary/PA/Bookkeeper.

She holds the Certificate for Brain Injury Awareness, Behaviour and Cognition and has experience of being an Emergency First Responder. She has advanced training in Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), first aid and mental first aid training. 

Maggee holds the AAT Certificate in Accounting and works closely with the Treasurer and Finance Committee, keeping our monies in check. 

Maggee won the Lord Lieutenancy of Surrey Award in 2021, in recognition of exceptional services and dedication in supporting specialist services to survivors of brain injury and their families. January 2023 sees Maggee being promoted to Joint Chief Executive Officer.


Claire Moore - Office Manager

Claire joined Headway Surrey in January 2023 as the new Office Manager. She lives in Surrey, where she raised her children. 

She has spent the last 20 years working in the education sector, most recently as a year manager for a large high school. She has supported year groups of 330 students along with their families successfully through to sixth form. 

Her role has included identifying concerns for the students, ranging from home concerns, emotional/ well-being concerns to SEN needs and ensuring relevant referrals for external support from different professionals were implemented. She has skills and experience in different fields including children’s care, learning and child Development.

Claire has first-hand knowledge of supporting, training and guiding staff working with or for her, and has excelled in implementing strategies to support positive change within the work environment.

Claire is currently studying the Cognitive Rehabilitation Course with Kit Malia and Brain Tree Training.


Jo Jones Baxter - Rehabilitation Coordinator

Jo started at Headway Surrey as a volunteer in February 2018, becoming a paid member of staff in April 2018.  She lives in Surrey.

She specialises in planning and providing group and 1:1 Brain Injury Education sessions which combine information, strategies and activities to address cognitive impairment. 

She has pioneered our visits into HMP Send as part of our community outreach, where we are currently supporting a prisoner with brain injury.

Jo holds the nationally recognised Certificate in Brain Injury Studies from Northampton University and Headway UK.  She has a degree in Education, specialising in Special Educational Needs (SEN); she was a SEN Coordinator during her primary teaching career.  Then whilst raising her family, Jo worked as Learning Support in primary schools and was a Governor for 7 years while living in Woking.


Rowena Tyler - Rehabilitation Coordinator

Rowena lives in the Cranleigh area and joined Headway Surrey in August 2016, as a Support Worker, supporting clients both in the Centre and also out in the community.  Rowena is the Lead for art within Headway Surrey.

Previously she was an experienced retail manager, with excellent front line service skills.  She gained exceptional experience working for a boys school that specialised in challenging behavioural problems and autism.  She has particular skills in observing and spotting triggers of a learned behaviour that need to be changed.

Rowena holds the Nationally recognised Certificate in Brain Injury Studies from Northampton University and Headway UK, plus an NVQ3 in Challenging Behaviour and a Diploma in Counselling. 


Dave Storer - Rehab Assistant

(Part-time)

Dave joined Headway Surrey at the beginning of October 2021 and he lives in Guildford. He has always had an interest in neuroscience and psychology.

Dave is a recent graduate from the Guildford School of Acting and brings a different dimension to our Rehabilitation Team, helping our clients build their confidence and resilience. 

He has great communication and people skills, with experience in acting, interactive entertainment, hospitality, service and leisure industries. His outreach work has included working with children, as a sports coach and he is a drum tutor and session drummer.

Dave is currently studying a specialist course for Staff and Support Workers in Awareness, Behaviour and Cognitions with Kit Malia and Brain Tree Training.

Dave works Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday part-time.


Julie Weeden - Rehab Assistant

(Part-time)

In 2018 Julie joined Headway Surrey as Admin Support in a temporary role, she now re-joins us as a Rehab Assistant. Julie lives in Guildford, and as a long-term carer for her husband who had an acquired brain injury, she brings relevant skills and understanding to her role. She loves supporting people with ABI and helping them to achieve their goals.

Julie brings with her a vast experience, working within the Public Sector, liaising with health care professionals, working within critical care and the Adult Social Care Team for Surrey County Council.

In 2014 Julie’s mother was diagnosed with Dementia, which is not a brain injury, however, she became her main carer, learning more about the complexities and understanding required to support someone, which can also be used to help our brain injured clients. 

She is a passionate animal lover and volunteers for Battersea Dogs Home, loves watching ice hockey, dog walking, and baking cakes to bring into Headway.


Gill Edwards - ABI Link Worker (East Surrey & London)

(Part-time)

Gill lives in the Godalming area of Surrey and started working with Headway Surrey at the beginning of 2021, during the pandemic. 

She has a degree in marketing and 20 years of PR and marketing experience within the medical profession, including neuro and spinal rehabilitation at Unsted Park Rehabilitation Centre, as well as working within disability and elderly care.

She will be using her experience and talents as an ABI Link Worker to develop, strengthen and maintain relationships with key health and social care professionals, hospitals, GPs, Social Prescribers, patients and families.

She give talks and presentations to health and social care workers and other groups that are interested in the work that we do.  These can be on Zoom or in person.  


Lucy Gregory - ABI Link Worker (West Surrey)

(Part-time)

Lucy joined the Rehabilitation Team in October 2022, working as a Rehab Assistant, from January 2023 she took on the role of ABI Link Worker for West Surrey.

She has a strong interest in acquired brain injury rehabilitation and will be supporting clients to achieve their rehabilitation goals and improve their cognitive abilities. Lucy is also a freelance soft tissue therapist, restoring pain free movement and improving nervous system function through manual therapy, using her background of health and fitness as a qualified Personal Trainer, coaching individuals and groups to get stronger, build confidence and importantly to celebrate small wins.

In addition, she is a Psychology and Criminology graduate, with work experience across offender rehabilitation, the corporate sector and non-profits. Lucy also has family experience of ABI.



Kat Howard - Counselling Manager

(Part-time)

Kathryn, known as Kat, joined Headway Surrey in December 2020. Her passion at home and at work is brain injury.  Kathryn started her career in brain injury in March 2001, she started as a brain injury case manager in August 2010 and qualified as a counsellor in 2019, so with two decades of experience within the care industry, brain injury rehabilitation and support, she has a good working knowledge of those affected by brain injury.

Kat’s counselling approach uses a humanistic, integrative and relational model, focusing on self development, growth, responsibility and self-empowerment. She has specialist training in loss, trauma, suicide awareness and bereavement and has been a volunteer for 3 years at St Wilfred’s Hospice, Sussex.

Kat offers a safe space to enable change, with a non-judgemental approach, where each person can explore and discuss their issues.

Kat works part-time remotely. 

How you can Help Us

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