Oliver McGeachy has lived in and around Guildford for the past 20 years. He started his working life as a journalist on local newspapers in his native Dunbartonshire and went on to develop his career in PR, Marketing and Publishing, mainly in Edinburgh and London, until the mid 1980’s. Oliver has always been active on both the Surrey and national voluntary sector scenes. He was, for a number of years, a Trustee and Vice Chair of Oakleaf Enterprises. He was Vice Chair of the South West Surrey Community Health Council until it was disbanded a few years ago and he served on various health and social services-based working groups and committees in the County over the years, including the West Surrey Health Authority Mental Health Directors Group.
At a national level he has worked on a consultancy basis for a number of Government departments, was a member of the National Users and Carers Group throughout it’s lifetime and was author of a parliamentary paper on the activities of the NUCG.
Oliver is passionate on three particular fronts – service user consultation and involvement promoting the role of the of the voluntary sector within the community, and encouraging more effective joint working and networking between the statutory and voluntary sectors. These are all issues which he will carry forward into Headway Surrey.
Finance & Admin Manager
Maggee has lived and worked in and around Guildford all her life, starting out as a junior secretary for a knitwear company in Farncombe before holding numerous positions at a brewery, a publishing company and an examination board. Maggee was self-employed as a Secretary/PA/Bookkeeper for 10 years whilst raising her two children. Maggee joined Headway Surrey in August 2015.
Chloe started at Headway Surrey as a Support Worker in October 2013 before becoming Services Co-ordinator in August 2016. Previous to this role Chloe worked for several years in special needs settings which involved working with a range of needs, such as, behavioural, medical and learning difficulties. As well as working, Chloe volunteers as a facilitator for a depression support group. Through these roles she learned the value of patience, empathy, individual needs, dignity and communication; qualities which are important to this role.
Chloe is looking forward to the new challenge at Headway Surrey supporting adults with brain injuries and also continuing to enable individuals to increase independence. Studying psychology at university created a great interest and understanding of brain injury and this role will give an opportunity to utilise this and also enable further development. Chloe also ran the London Marathon in 2014 for Headway Surrey!
Sue joined the Headway Surrey Team in November 2009 and her role is to provide support here at Headway House and out in the community. Sue has a number of years experience of working with people with special needs especially the elderly and in social care and has NVQ 2 and 3 in Health and Social Care.
Sue is devoted to her family, two dogs and two cats and spends as much time as possible gardening when she is not at Headway Surrey. Sue is enjoying working with the challenging but very rewarding client group and being part of the team at Headway Surrey.
Rowena joined Headway Surrey in August 2016, as a support worker for members at the centre and out in the community. After working eight years in a school for boys with behavioural problems, (“I had previously worked as a retail manager for 10 years,) there was a lot of observation and spotting triggers of a learned behaviour that may have to change. It was working with these boys that Rowena attained a NVQ3 in Challenging Behaviour, a Diploma in Counselling. Working with autism and EBD gives you a sense of how one can give positive feedback and encouragement when tasks are challenging for people.
Alistair joined the Headway Surrey team in February 2017. His role at Headway is to support clients at Headway House and out in the community. Alistair has worked in brain injury previously as a carer for 3 years, then took a dramatic role change and became a jeweller but since realised he wanted to work within brain injury.
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