Our board is made up of trustees and committee members. A strong group of talented individuals that are determined and passionate about delivering services to address the unmet needs and gaps of brain injury survivors and their families across the region via services and personalised support from our base – The Headway Hub which is based at Mowden Park, Northern Echo Arena, Darlington.

The team:

Nicola Hughes

Nicola brings executive leadership skills having managed International Commercial Operations in both start-up and large organisations. She joined the Board after a husband sustained a life changing brain injury and was discharged home without a plan or any ongoing support or information.  Nicola joined the team to help change the status quo in creating local services to fill a growing gap for individuals and families after brain injury.

Jean Martin Savage

Jean is a retired chartered Psychologist with over twenty years of experience designing and delivering rehabilitation programmes for people with an acquired brain injury.  She joined the Board in 2014 and, having recently retired, is dedicating her time and clinical expertise to supporting Headway Darlington & District in their mission to provide services that will address the unmet needs of survivors and their families in order to help them rebuild their lives after the trauma of brain injury.

Amy Crosby

Amy is a registered nurse and lives in Middlesbrough with her husband, two children. Amy’s father sustained a traumatic brain injury in 2015 and she understands how difficult life can be after brain injury for the whole family. Amy has now developed what was a personal interest due to her father’s injury into a fulfilling career and works as a brain injury case manager covering the North of England supporting individuals and family through their rehabilitation.
She works tirelessly to raise funds so that Headway D&D can continue to develop much-needed support services.

Jenny Locke

Jenny is a specialist neuro-occupational therapist and Brain Injury Case Manager with a wealth of experience in brain injury rehabilitation in a wide range of clinical and community settings. Recognizing the unmet needs of brain injury survivors and their families after discharge from hospital, Jenny was instrumental in starting up Headway Darlington in 2013. She dedicates her free time to volunteering for Headway D&D and runs the “Craft & Create service where members can learn and reengage in therapeutic crafting which works on a variety of skills.

Alastair Elliot

Alastair is a personal injury lawyer and joined the Headway D&D Committee in 2017. Having worked with brain-injured clients for many years, he appreciates the needs of survivors and their families and does all he can to support the development of our services to meet those needs.  Alastair lives with his wife and three young children in Whitely Bay. When not at work, he likes nothing more than to be out of doors enjoying all that the British weather has to offer.

Yvonne Thomson 

Yvonne has had many years’ business experience. Now retired from British Telecom Senior Management, she joined the Headway Darlington Committee in 2017 and is responsible for keeping our finances in order. Yvonne has a cousin with a brain injury and spending time with fellow members has helped her understand the impact of brain injury on the survivor, family & friends. A keen walker, she can be found walking the fells in the Lake District with family & friends when time allows.

Elaine Vance

Elaine is a recently retired Nurse Practitioner with years of experience nursing at a senior level and developing NHS services. She runs the weekly games session and supports members within the community to overcome obstacles preventing them from moving forward. Elaine lives in Darlington, with her husband.  Elaine loves walking and cooking is an absolute passion of hers.

Expressions of Interest

Although we have a strong team that is dedicated and focused on our mission to rebuild lives after brain injury, we are always open to expressions of interest from like-minded individuals who feel they can add value and assist us in our ongoing development of services to benefit brain injury survivors and their families.