Meet the Team


 In line with recommended best practice all our trustees, staff and volunteers undergo either an EDBS (with a barred list check) or a DBS Check depending on their role.  They also complete a range of CPD training to update their professional skills and ensure they have the appropriate levels of Safeguarding Training.


Jan Rock   

CEO & Case Manager

Jan has lived-experience of acquired brain injury in children, young people and adults.  She has a degree in Public Service Management, Certificate In Lean Organisation Management and is an experienced Prince2 Practitioner.  Jan also has several CPD leadership qualifications and often speaks at professionally focused Brain Injury Conferences.    Her Continuous Professional Development training includes: Paediatric Acquired Brain Injury; Special Education Needs and Disability; Paediatric neuro-rehabilitation; Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy; and Understanding children with SEBCMH issues.  Jan manages the charity day-to-day, oversees a range of complex cases, and she delivers acquired brain injury awareness training to a range of professionals, sectors and organisations.   In her private life she loves spending time with her family and getting out and about in the countryside. 


     Janet Gamesby

Specialist SEN Coach

Janet has 17 years’ experience of working in secondary education within the SEND team supporting young people with a range of complex disabilities. She is a qualified  Higher-Level Teaching Assistant and holds qualifications in Dyslexia and Safeguarding to Level 3.  Janet is also very aware of the negative impact an acquired brain injury – as a hidden disability – can have on a child’s ongoing development and educational outcomes.  After hearing Callum’s story, Janet initially contacted us about doing some volunteering work.    During this time, she felt inspired by the work we do for brain injured children and young people and saw working here as a unique opportunity to use her skills and experience to support this neglected cohort to achieve their long-term recovery goals.  When the ABI Support Worker post was advertised, she applied and is now excited to be part of this innovative team.  Janet has since completed a course in  Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy that she applies to her day-to-day SEN work.     In her private life, Janet’s family are very important to her and she enjoys spending time with them.  She also likes to go walking and swimming in her leisure time.


Elyssia Harrison

Specialist SEN Coach

Elyssia is a qualified Teacher in Primary Education and gained a First in her Teaching Degree, in which she chose to specialise in Science.  She has many years experience in supporting children and young people with special education needs, multiple and severe learning difficulties and physical disabilities.   Elyssia has also done a lot of successful work around improving behaviour and is experienced in completing ‘assessment for learning’ techniques and strategies.  Her work around differentiated questioning and Peer Assessments has been highly praised.   Elyssia is also very experienced in using PECS and Makaton sign language and is passionate about ensuring children are inspired engaged and understood.   She also recognises the importance of nurturing moral, social and spiritual beliefs and that children should feel safe, uplifted and encouraged whatever their background and beliefs.    Elyssia has completed a range of professional CPD courses, including Safeguarding Children with SEND and Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy, and is committed to continually developing her own knowledge of brain injury and its complex effects on children and young people.  In her private life, she loves spending time with her young family.


ABI Support Worker – coming soon


Classroom Assistant/Teaching Support Worker – coming soon




Helen Tyreman

Family Support Assistant/Befriender

Helen has a range of administrative qualifications and over 27 years of administration and secretarial experience.  She is also an experienced carer so brings her own lived experience to her role.  She is very excited to be joining the team and working to support other local carers and their wellbeing.  Helen enjoys time with her family and also the calming benefits of crafting.



Christine Sherred

Administrator/Resource Worker

Christine provides administrative support to the SEN team and manages our Resource Library.  She has lived-experience of acquired brain injury both in children and adults and understands the devastating impact of a lack of recovery support available to children and young people post acquired brain injury.



Our office volunteers all live locally and provide a range of essential support functions.                               


* New Volunteer Profile coming soon.












"With support parents cope better so the child has a better recovery"
Andrea Palacio-Navarro; Spain
"Participation in teen sports and normal activities leads to improved quality of life for children and young people post brain injury and helps to maximise outcomes"
Claire Willis; Australia
"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
"Healthy teens are better at identifying strategies to deal with barriers. KIDS WITH ABI'S CAN'T!"
Shari Wade; USA
"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
I was very impressed with the results you have had with the young people you have worked with.
"Too often children and young people with ABI are discharged from hospital without specialist brain support that they and their families need to overcome lifelong challenges"
Andrew Ross; former Chief Executive of the Children's Trust
"NHS clinicians struggle with what intervention to prioritise in paediatric neuro-rehabilitation due to limited clinical time and the complexity of needs. Children, clinicians, parents and schools all have different neuro-rehabilitation priorities"
Recolo; United Kingdom
"Families need to be properly supported as 'resilience' is key to delivering successful outcomes for children and young people."
Roberta De Pompeii; USA
"Taking brain injured children home causes high stress for families. Disjointed services exacerbate family stress levels."
Deborah Andrews; New Zealand

OUR MISSION: To work to remove 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 Community Funded Charity Excellence Lottery Funded Youth Foundation BBC CiN