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Board of Management

Board of Management

Details about UKABIF's Board of Management are given below. Dr Michael Dilley and Gerard Martin, QC were confirmed as new board members in December 2019.

Amanda Swain
Vice Chair and Policy lead
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Paul Brown
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Dr Andrew Bateman, Chair

Dr Andrew Bateman is currently Director of Research at the University of Essex. His interests include outcome measurement, executive functioning, assistive technology, social media in rehabilitation, dyspraxia and Rasch Analysis. From 2002 - 2019 Andrew led the Oliver Zangwill Centre for Neuropsychological Rehabilitation in Cambridge Community Services NHS Trust. He is also an Affiliated Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge; a member of the East of England Clinical Senate Council and the steering group for the NIHR MIC for Brain Injury.

Andrew is a Chartered Physiotherapist. He completed a PhD at the University of Birmingham in 1997 entitled "A Cognitive Neuropsychological Approach to Assessment of Patients with Brain Injury"

Andrew is also President of the Society for Research in Rehabilitation. In having a role in both UKABIF and SRR, one of his objectives is to ensure as close as possible links between the research community and our members.

He keeps a lively social media presence on twitter @drAndrewBateman


Amanda Swain, Vice Chair

Amanda is Director of NAABIC Services and works with providers and standards agencies to develop ABI and Neurorehabilitation services of quality with a focus on person centred, individually goal oriented rehabilitation and care.

Amanda likes to keep up to date clinically and continues to practice part time as a Clinical Specialist; she has been practicing at Consultant AHP level for 20 years. Amanda is a Master of Health Laws and undertook the Institute of Public Health Foundation course in intelligence for commissioning at Cambridge University PHI; this combination has seen her work with the legislative interpretation of service compliance and delivery in England and informs UKABIF’s responses to the NHSE Consultations.

Amanda’s interests have led her to contribute to the formation of National Standards in New Zealand, and the valuation of outcomes measures. In the UK she has written national training courses for care in the community specialising on the skills in managing behaviours that disable. She has held senior positions in Health and Social sectors in the statutory, private and voluntary sectors of the UK and New Zealand and joined UKABIF in 2004 when she was National ABI Adviser; she became a Trustee in 2006. She has also been a Trustee of the Neurological Alliance and continues to link UKABIF and the NA through the National Policy Group.

Since 2012 Amanda has been a regular attendee at the Westminster Health Forum, a member of the Specialised Health Care Alliance and National Voices, a stakeholder and reviewer for NHSE clinical and commissioning guidelines, and attends department advisory meetings at Whitehall.


Peter Freeman, Treasurer

Peter Freeman's daughter Nicola crashed her car in May 2010 one month before her 18th birthday, breaking her pelvis, both femurs and sustaining a diffuse axonal TBI. She was taken from the ITU in her local District General Hospital to Surgical ITU at Queen Square, leaving ITU on the day of her 18th Birthday. Thanks to the support of Nicola's nursing and therapy team, her parents fought and got Nicola onto a programme of intensive Neuro-rehabilitation at Northwick Park and the Queen Elizabeth Foundation’s Brain Injury centre. Nicola then studied for 3 years at the National Star College in Cheltenham continuing her recovery. While there she was featured in the BBC Documentary "The Unbreakables – Life and love on disability campus". Peter is a powerful advocate for post ABI rehabilitation, making the argument from personal experience "I have had the phone call that every parent dreads, where the policeman asks you "how far away from the hospital are you?".

Peter has spoken in public to raise awareness of ABI and raised funds for the National Brain Appeal, Queen Elizabeth Foundation and National Star. "My daughter has received the support and rehabilitation that every ABI sufferer should get, we fought for it because we were not going to settle for anything less. As a result my daughter is moving ever closer to my long term goal for her of becoming a tax-payer. The improvements she has made after a month in ITU, a decompressive craniectomy, and no purposeful movement for nearly six weeks after her accident show what can be achieved. However, it is simply wrong that Nicki's care should be exceptional not the standard". Peter has been interviewed for the show reel, and speaks about the family's perspective, as well as continuing to work with QEF and other charities."

Peter now works full-time combining a number of roles including as Compliance Officer of a financial services firm, roles as a Non-executive director of three public companies which gives him the flexibility to support Nicola and to continue his support of disability charities in both ABI and beyond. He is also a member of the Upper Tier Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) which hears appeals on Financial Services cases and also the First Tier (General Regulatory) and (Social Entitlement Chambers) The latter hearing appeals on PIP and DLA decisions. Peter has been a member of the fundraising sub-committee of QEF which reports to the Trustees of QEF, a member of the Appeals Council of DebRA. He serves as Treasurer of UKABIF and in any spare time is a keen fan of Wheelchair Rugby, his part of the 2012 legacy


Paul Brown

Paul is a senior brain injury and serious injury solicitor based in the Newcastle Office of Burnetts Solicitors. He has over 15 years experience of pursuing compensation claims for brain injury survivors and their families following traumatic brain injury. He is a member of Burnetts Solicitors award winning Serious Injuries team, specialising in cases involving catastrophic injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, amputations, and spinal cord injuries.

This has given him an insight into the needs of not only brain injury survivors themselves but also their families and carers. Paul is also Chairman of Headway Wearside, a Headway group and charity affiliated with Headway UK - The Brain Injury Association which provides help, support and social opportunities for brain injury survivors, their families and carers in Sunderland and surrounding areas. In addition to being UKABIF's Secretary for the Executive Committee, he is also the Secretary for the Northern Acquired Brain Injury Forum (NABIF) which is a local ABI forum which covers the North East of England and Cumbria. Part of the role of this organisation is to highlight the needs of brain injury survivors and their families and carers and lobby on their behalf

Mike Hope
Regional Co-ordinator
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Michael J.Grey, PhD

Michael is a Reader in Rehabilitation Neuroscience at the University of East Anglia. He obtained a PhD in Biomedical Science and Engineering from the Centre for Sensory-Motor Interaction, Denmark. He has held research appointments in Denmark, Finland and the United Kingdom and has worked in the field as an educator and researcher for more than 20 years. He is conducting research to investigate how neuroplasticity can be harnessed following acquired brain injury and how it can be used inform evidence-based neurorehabilitation practise. He is also interested in developing better tests for the assessment of sport concussion and mild traumatic brain injury. On occasion, he can be found on twitter: @drmichaeljgrey


Dr Keith Jenkins

Keith Jenkins is a Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist at the National Brain Injury Centre (Kemsley), St Andrew’s, Northampton. He provides neuropsychological oversight to a long-stay ward for adults with ABI and to a 35-bed service providing community reintegration for adults with ABI. Keith graduated with First Class Honours in Psychology from Birkbeck College, University of London, in 1988, going on to obtain the British Psychological Society Diploma in Clinical Psychology in 1991, and the Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology from the Institute of Psychiatry in 1993. He also managed to fit in 5 years working as a civil servant at the DHSS from 1982-1987. Since qualifying clinically, he has been involved in developing neuropsychological rehabilitation services within the NHS at Lewisham and Sevenoaks, and has also worked for The Priory Group within their brain injury rehabilitation services.

His PhD from King’s College London was completed in 2009, and in 2011 he won the Laing and Buisson Independent Specialist Care Award for Brain Injury Rehabilitation as a result of his work developing a social group for people with acquired brain injury living in Northamptonshire. Keith’s focus on acquired brain injury led to his involvement with Headway. He was the Chairman of Headway South-East London/North West Kent from 1998 to 2003 and Chairman of Headway London Region from October 2001 to April 2003. He is currently the Chair of Headway East Northants and of the Northamptonshire Acquired Brain Injury Forum. He is part of the group developing the BrainNav online services directory, and is now working with others to develop a Northamptonshire dating/introductions service for people with acquired brain injury.


Mike Hope

Mike Hope an Independent Case Manager based in Suffolk. He also works as a Client Support Coordinator for Thompsons Solicitors, and as External Relationships Coordinator for Recolo. He has been on the UKABIF Committee since 2006, during which time he has played an active role in encouraging new brain injury forums (ABIFs) to get started, and in helping them coordinate their activities. In his spare (!) time he loves music, movies and riding his mountain bike.


Lisa Turan

Lisa has been Chief Executive Officer of the Child Brain Injury Trust since 2003 and has been instrumental in developing support services and improving provision for children, young people, their families and professionals affected by childhood acquired brain injury. She is passionate about her work and making a positive difference within the voluntary sector. Lisa also works with smaller charities helping to develop their business strategies and fundraising capacity. In her private life Lisa enjoys spending time with her family and village life in Buckinghamshire. She enjoys baking, swimming and studying for her Msc in Charity management. She has two daughters and two cocker spaniels - Bob and Bella.


Sam Shephard

Sam Shephard had a collision while cycling home in 1996 which resulted in a brain injury. He was later unable to work from 2004 to 2011 due to symptoms resulting from raised intra-cranial pressure, and had infections in 2009 and 2014 due to an infected (cranial) bone flap, and later, cranioplasty. Sam is now a hospital liaison worker for Headway East Sussex, providing support and signposting to ABI patients and their carers, so that they're aware of the available resources in their own communities once statutory services end. Sam runs an award winning weekly group which focuses on longer term adjustment, with a mind to refining everyday living strategies, and re-engaging with education and work, as well as facilitating of the Brighton Headway Support Group where he has developed a supportive environment for everyone who attends. He is also studying towards an MSc in Health Promotion at the University of Brighton.

Sam is married with a young daughter and won the Headway Achiever of the Year at the Headway Awards 2013.


Dr Julian Harriss

Dr Julian Harriss is a consultant in rehabilitation medicine with experience both in the NHS and independent sectors. He brings a uniquely broad perspective to Rehab Medicine holding degrees and global professional experience in analytical chemistry and mechanical engineering.

Musculoskeletal(MSK) rehabilitation is one of his many passions, and Dr Harriss sees this aspect of RM training in the UK as a priority.

As a preeminent consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine in the UK, Dr Harriss has held academic and clinical posts at King's College London and St Thomas' Hospital. He brings a record of success both in Canada, where he completed his MD and Fellowship. He is global investigator of the SPACE study, and he is undertaking further academic, teaching, and clinical initiatives within and beyond


James Piercy

James is Communication and Engagement officer at the John Innes Centre and The Sainsbury’s Laboratory, and a freelance public engagement trainer and consultant. He is an honorary lecturer in science communication at the University of East Anglia. He has been involved in writing, producing and delivering; science shows, workshops and dialogue events for wide ranging audiences since 1995. He has appeared on television and radio numerous times to present scientific ideas and demonstrations, notably on ‘The Investigators’ for Channel 4, which was nominated for a Children’s BAFTA and ‘My Head’ for BBC Radio 4 which won the Royal Society Radio award 2015.

He holds the LAMDA gold medal with distinction in public speaking. James’ life changed dramatically in January 2011 when a serious road accident left him with a severe head injury. He was in hospital for nearly 2 months and whilst having made a remarkable recovery still lives with the effects of his injury. James is involved in a number of Patient Public Involvement programmes, acting as lay member on a research committee, as a public reviewer for NIHR and is on the Quality standards committee for Trauma.


Dr Mike Dilley

Dr Mike Dilley has over 14 years’ experience leading clinical teams as a Consultant Neuropsychiatrist, in care pathway development, service redesign and transformation, quality improvement and in delivering high quality, clinical services in collaboration with patients and carers. He is actively involved in research, training and service development specifically in acquired brain injury and neuropsychiatry.

Key projects that he has delivered include the design and successful commissioning of a neuropsychiatry care pathway for ABI (West Kent Neuropsychiatry Service, 2005); service transformation and redesign as the Lead Clinician for two large, acute and national specialised mental health inpatient units and pathway redesign and integration with mental health (Traumatic Brain Injury early rehabilitation pathway, St George’s, 2016) which demonstrated impacts on patient outcomes, flows and care costs in acute neuroscience and trauma services. He has achieved success in these projects through engaging and influencing a diverse group of stakeholders and motivating their adaptation to change and develop.

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Box 2539, Kemp House, 152-160 City Road
London, EC1V 2NX
0345 6080788
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UKABIF is a registered charity number 1128284 and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales Company Number: 6520608. Address of the Company's Registered Office: Box 2539, Kemp House, 152-160 City Road, London, EC1V 2NX