Alan Bacon – Chair

Alan is a solicitor with BTMK Solicitors Ltd in Southend-on-Sea.
He is the managing director and the head of the company’s personal injury and clinical negligence department.

He has over 30 years’ experience of dealing
with injury claims and has a particular interest in cases involving acquired brain injury.



mike hope

Mike Hope is a trained social worker, but has worked specifically with people with ABI for the last 16 years in various parts of the country. He
is currently a brain injury case manager for Avenues East/Optua UK, plus he
is also client support coordinator for Thompsons Solicitors, 
and leads on external relationships for Recolo. He is a trustee of
UKABIF nationally.




Jo is the Dean of Health at the University of Essex. She is based in the School of Health and Human Sciences which provides pre-registration education for a range of non-medical health professions. Jo is a registered physiotherapist with a particular interest in neurology. She is currently involved in range of research activities including the effect of ageing on walking and the use of Pilates in women with urinary incontinence.



Johanne Turner is a Solicitor with BTMK Solicitors Limited in Southend-on-Sea.  She is a Director working in the company’s personal injury and clinical negligence department.  Johanne has worked for the firm for over 17 years and has experience in dealing with a range of different cases but has a particular interest in brain injury. 



richard foyster

Richard is a solicitor and Partner at Ashtons Legal, Solicitors in East Anglia. He is the head of the firm's personal injury department and has over 20 years' experience of conducting claims for people who have suffered the effect of catastrophic brain injuries which are invariably life changing.



sue merrell

Sue is a specialist traumatic brain injury nurse based at Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust. She has worked in the NHS for over 35 years and in her present role for over 15 years. She has previously worked as a community nurse and was instrumental in setting up the service which has now evolved into Integrated Care Services.



kevin maloney

Kevin is a community support and development co-ordinator with Headway Essex with whom he has worked since 2000. He has over 30 years’ experience of working in health, social services and the voluntary sector. His role is now focussed on supporting people living with the effects of acquired brain injury.



rob warren

Rob has worked within health and social care for the past 20 years, Rob worked for the NHS as a specialist neurological occupational therapist in acute, community and specialist services.

Rob has been a regular guest lecturer for Essex University and now works as Clinical Director and Independent Consultant Occupational Therapist for Plexus Healthcare.



JOanna wright

Joanna is the Chief Executive Officer of Headway Essex. She has worked for over 25 years in the voluntary sector and joined Headway in 1997
as Director of Fundraising before being appointed
to her present role in 2011. Her work with brain
injury is reflected by a prestigious award made
to her for services to
the community.