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Our Trustees

Our First Trustees

Our launch event on Tuesday 6 October 2015 held at the Middlesbrough Hotel and our First Trustees, Jan Rock, Ann Dale and Dr Maeve O'Sullivan.

Jan Rock - Founder & Chair

Jan worked in local government for 22 years, mainly in physical, social and economic regeneration and large scale public sector funding programmes. Her skills include: Strategic Planning, Public Sector Administration, Problem Solving, Project Management, Business Case Authoring, Fundraising and Bid Writing.

In 2010 our son had a terrible accident and we developed an innovative approach to early stage neuro-rehabilitation therapy that has delivered significant results.

"In founding this charity my passion now is to share our experiences to help improve the provision of services for children and young people who have sustained an acquired brain injury (ABI) and support their families to ensure they are able to access the help and support they are entitled to."

Jan also currently oversees the production of the charity's financial records that are reported to the Board of Trustees at each meeting.

John Davis - Trustee

John Davis is a Solicitor by profession and until recently he was a Partner at a national law firm based in Newcastle.

John has over 30 years’ experience of acting for children and young people with acquired brain injuries (ABI), and other serious life-changing injuries. His role was to fight for the injured individuals and their families to help them to achieve their best possible outcomes; often in the face of enormous challenges.

John has a significant amount of knowledge and experience of tackling:
• poor health and rehabilitation provision • education support;
• social care funding; and • community support funding
As such he fits perfectly with Matrix Neurological’s Mission and he brings very valuable skills-set to the Board.

John has also spent most of his career actively supporting organisations which support and campaign for seriously injured people. Over the last two years he has taken a keen interest in our work and he became a Trustee for us in October 2016. John takes the lead on Data Protection and some HR issues.

He said: “As a member of the MATRIX Neurological Board, I will be doing my very best to make a ‘real’ difference to brain injured children and their families. Being a Trustee also enables me to support the provision of high quality and effective help and support services to the very vulnerable people the charity serves”.

Iona Leigh-Jones - Secretary to the Board of Trustees

Iona is a Police Officer with over 20 years experience. She has spent many years as a detective, involved in safeguarding for Cleveland Police.
Iona is passionate about protecting vulnerable people, working closely with other agencies in the pubic and private sector, to achieve the best outcomes for children and adults in need.

As a keen runner she is involved in a community running group in Middlesbrough. Iona first met Callum Rock after his accident and is proud to have been involved when he ran in a 5 mile road race with the group raising in excess of £1,200 for the Great North Air Ambulance.

Iona has been a School Governor, championing the importance of bespoke education plans for young people with acquired brain injuries.

"I understand the importance of standing up for people, challenging policies where they are not fit for an individual or making sure there is a policy in place to cater for all. I will bring my experience and energy to support the fantastic work that Matrix Neurological is doing for young people and their families."

We invited Iona to be a Trustee because of her diverse skills mix, community knowledge and professional experience, She will take the lead on Child Safeguarding on behalf of the charity.


"Intensive and individualized approaches work. A one-size-fits-all approach doesn't. You have to make it relevant to the child."
Recolo; United Kingdom
"Pediatric neuro-rehabilitation cannot be delivered in isolation. The needs of the child have to be looked at both holistically and within the context of the family unit. Parents need to be empowered to be parents in post-acute pediatric neuro-rehabilitation following brain injury"
The Children's Trust; United Kingdom
"Positive and coordinated neuro-rehab interventions for children and young people is prove to bring health improvements; improve independence; a decline in the need for sheltered living; decreases vulnerability; decreases drop-out rates in schools; decreases youth offending"
Eric Hermans; Netherlands
"Poor parenting styles affects children's behavior; increased their learning disability; and had a negative impact on emotions; anxiety; anger management post brain injury"
Andrea Palacio-Navarro; Spain
"Our 10 year study proves that family-led home-based neuro-rehab interventions deliver the best outcomes for children and young people"
Lucia Braga; Brazil
"When someone has a brain injury, early access to local, specialist rehabilitation is crucial to ensure the maximum recovery and make significant savings to the state in health costs"
Headway; United Kingdom
"When different organisations assess different aspects of a child's neuro-rehabilitation needs, everyone looks at things from a different perspective and highlight needs and conflicting priorities"
Cathy Jonson; Rehab without Walls; United Kingdom.
"Often families don't have the financial capability to access services. We need to rethink how we delivery neuro-rehab services to children and young people"
Vicki Anderson; Australia
"Children and young people have poor social competence post brain injury due to reduced cognition, executive functions, and emotional control. As a result they are twice as likely to have mental health issues in the future"
James Tonks; University of London
"Different 'experts' involved in pediatric neuro-rehabilitation come from different organisational cultures which causes conflict and has a negative effect on the outcomes for the child."
Barbara O'Connell; Ireland

OUR MISSION: to work to remove health inequalities for children & young people affected by acquired brain injury; and provide effective support to their families that makes a real difference.

Council for Disabled Children Lottery Funded