Award Winner for Leadership

On a sunny afternoon on 6 March 2020 we attended the Inspiring Women Awards at The Wilton Centre in Redcar.  The Inspiring Women Awards were created by Anna Turley, M.P. and Redcar and Cleveland Council to honour the memory of Mo Mowlam, M.P.

Afternoon tea was enjoyed by almost 100 people and we were entertained by the female singing trio, The Lipsticks.

We were delighted to learn that our Founder and CEO, Jan Rock had been nominated for an award.   She received a ‘Special Award for Leadership’ in recognition of her tireless charitable work for children and young people living with acquired brain injuries and their families and for founding Matrix Neurological five years ago.

Jan said, “It was a wonderful surprise to receive the award and a huge thank you to the Awards Panel for recognising the hard work of the whole team at Matrix.”

Congratulations to all the 2020 winners!


"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
"We would like to see earlier identification and support for children with brain injuries to help them succeed in school."
Dalton Leong; Chief Executive of the Children's Trust
"Different 'experts' involved in paediatric 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
"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
"With support parents cope better so the child has a better recovery"
Andrea Palacio-Navarro; Spain
"Strength-based family intervention after pediatric ABI is essential. Parents need to be equipped with the skills to cope and advocate for the child."
Caron Gan; Canada
"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
"Often families don't have the financial capability to access services. We need to rethink how we deliver neuro-rehab services to children and young people"
Vicki Anderson; Australia
"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
"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

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.

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