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.
Sonja Freebody - 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 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 - 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 deputises for the CEO and manages the Services Coordinator who runs the Rehabilitation Team.
She holds the Certificate for Brain Injury Awareness, Behaviour and Cognition and has experience of being an Emergency First Responder. Plus she has undertaken applied 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.
Rachel Higgins - Executive Assistant
Rachel joined Headway Surrey in November 2019. She has a strong analytical mind and accountancy background, having previously worked in pension consultancy, before moving into charity fundraising. She worked as a fundraiser for another local charity, called the Normandy Therapy Gardens and has been active in community fundraising with her childrens' schools.
She has a strong interest in social media and takes the lead on this for Headway Surrey. Rachel manages the Marketing and Social Media Assistant, and advises the charity of any possible communications difficulties, as she has real life experience of a a family member using hearing aids and lip reading.
Rachel supports the CEO with special one-off projects and works closely with other members of the team.
Chloe Bunce - Services Coordinator
Chloe lives in Surrey and joined Headway Surrey in 2013 as a Support Worker, however in 2017 she left and went to Australia for a year to work at the Commonwealth Games with her partner. In 2018 she returned to the UK and applied for the role of Services Coordinator with Headway Surrey.
Chloe is part of the Senior Management Team and coordinates the Rehabilitation Team to provide an exciting range of sessions and services for our clients.
She has a degree in Psychology and has had experience working in Special Education Needs environments and facilitating a young persons mental health support group.
Chloe holds the Charity and Social Enterprise Management Certificate and the nationally recognised Certificate in Brain Injury Studies from Northampton University/Headway UK.
Mental health and well being is an important part of our clients recovery and she is trained in Mental Health First Aid, along with the rest of the Rehabilitation Team.
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.
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.
Amy Harper - Administrator Rehab Team
(Part-time, Mon - Fri, 9am - 1pm)
Amy joined Headway Surrey in July 2021. She has lived in the Epsom area of Surrey her whole life.
In 2013, as a young person, she suffered a brain injury, her personal experience has provided the team with new knowledge to allow us to look at problems that young people may face.
Amy has previous experience of administrative support for the South East Coast Ambulance Service, and in 2021was part of the UK's Mass Covid-19 Vaccination Project. Amy is often the voice you will hear when ringing Headway Surrey.
Amy works part-time for Headway Surrey and part-time running her own small beauty business.
Kathryn (Kat) Howard - Counsellor
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.
Gillian (Gill) Edwards - ABI Link Worker
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.
Ella Smith - Marketing and Social Media Assistant
Ella is from Surrey and joined Headway Surrey in May 2021 as a temporary Marketing and Social Media Intern to help us attract younger people with brain injury and their families to use our services.
During her internship, Ella was such an asset that she has become a part-time member of staff for a few hours a week, whilst she finishes her studies at Exeter University.
Her role is to work with the Executive Assistant to produce suitable social media and marketing content. To make it interesting and to attract new clients and help more people.
Ella's main aim in the future is to make an impact on the world and help people in the best way that she can. She would like to do this by using marketing and social media to allow charities to grow and increase the amazing work that they can do, as well as the impact and success of their fundraising activities.
Dave Storer - Rehabilitation Team
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.
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.