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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.

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.

Dr Angela Simcox - Trustee

Dr Angela Simcox is a Consultant Paediatric Neuro-Psychologist who joined us in April 2018.

Profile update coming soon.


"Thousands of children and young people living in the UK today without the help and support that can make a huge difference to their lives"
Dalton Leong; Chief Executive of the Children's Trust
"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
"Parent-supported interventions following pediatric ABI bring reductions to the cost to society"
Eric Hermans; Netherlands
"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
"More play increases brain plasticity and makes for better recovery post brain injury"
Professor Bryan Kolb; Canada
"We need to harness the power of brain plasticity for treating children and young people with brain injury. Stressful experiences alter brain development of a child, especially at the key ages of 0-3 and at ages 10-16"
Professor Bryan Kolb; Canada
"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
"Families and professionals spend time focusing on the negative aspects of ABI. Families need to be properly supported as 'resilience' is key to delivering successful outcomes for children and young people."
Roberta De Pompeii; USA
"Brain development is complex and prolonged. Brain plasticity is influenced by a range of factors. Plasticity provides a base for neuro-rehab therapies and treatment"
Professor Bryan Kolb; Canada
"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 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