We are an extremely friendly team of caring and professional people and we want to help you live well with your brain injury using our Cognitive Rehabilitation skills. We also wish to support those closest to you as well.
Chief Executive Officer
Sonja Freebody lives in the Guildford area and has lived in Surrey her whole life. In 2017 she joined Headway Surrey and has 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 The Whiteley Homes Trust, Transform Housing & Support, GASP Motor Project, Samson Centre for Multiple Sclerosis, Wey Kayak Club, River Thames Boat Project and advising others. She is recognised as a Full Member of the Institute of Fundraising. She is a member of the Surrey Charities Chief Executive Group (SCCEG), 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.
Finance & Admin Manager
Maggee joined Headway Surrey in 2015, 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. Maggee was then self-employed as a Secretary/PA/Bookkeeper for 10 years whilst raising her two children. She is part of the Senior Management Team and is an extremely well organised and professional member of staff, deputising for the CEO. She brings experience of being an emergency First Responder, and she is currently a First Aider and a Mental Health First Aider, plus she has undertaken extra extensive suicidal care training, gaining several certificates, to help us support our clients. She holds the Kit Malia Certificate for Brain Injury Awareness, Behaviour and Cognition and AAT Certificate in Accounting.
Rachel joined Headway Surrey in November 2019, she has previously worked for another local charity and lives in the local area. She has a background in accountancy and fundraising, having worked at The Therapy Gardens in Normandy, plus experience of school PTA and other fundraising. She is vary aware of communication difficulties as a family member uses hearing aids and lip reading.
Chloe lives in Surrey and joined us in 2013 as a Support Worker. In 2017 she went to Australia for a year to gain additional experience working at the Commonwealth Games. In 2018 she returned to the UK and rejoined Headway Surrey as a Services Coordinator. She holds the nationally recognised Certificate in Brain Injury Studies from Northampton University/Headway UK and a degree in Psychology. Chloe is part of the Senior Management Team and is pivotal in providing the best practice for our clients. Chloe is also trained in Mental Health First Aid.
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. Previously an experienced retail manager, with excellent front line service skills, she decided to work for a boys 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 Certificate in Brain Injury Studies from Northampton University/Headway UK, an NVQ3 in Challenging Behaviour and a Diploma in Counselling.
Rehabilitation Coordinator (Part-time, Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri)
Jo started at Headway Surrey as a volunteer in February 2018 and then became a member of staff in April 2018. She lives in the Guildford area. Her role at Headway Surrey is to plan and deliver cognitive rehabilitation sessions in the Centre and satellite programmes, and also to support clients out in the community. Jo holds the nationally recognised Certificate in Brain Injury Studies from Northampton University/Headway UK and has a degree in Education, specialising in Special Educational Needs (SEN); she was a SEN Coordinator during her primary teaching career. While raising her family, Jo worked as Learning Support in primary schools and was a governor for 7 years while living in Woking.
Kathryn (Kat) Howard
Kathryn, known as Kat, joined Headway Surrey in December 2020, her passion in life and career is brain injury. 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.
Gillian (Gill) Edwards
ABI Link Worker (Part-time)
Gill lives in the Godalming area 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, patients and families. She will also be using her skills of hosting and presenting events to medical practitioners to encourage new networking and awareness of Headway Surrey's services. When she is not working, Gill can be found walking her Polish Lowland Sheepdog in the countryside.
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