Brian is a qualified social worker who worked in criminal justice in Northern Ireland for 38 years. He is a former Chief Probation Officer and Director of Probation Board for NI. Further to review of prisons in Northern Ireland, Brian was appointed to the newly created post of Director of Rehabilitation in 2013 with the NI Prison service where he remained until retirement in 2017. He joined the Board in 2018.
Paula Kennedy Garcia
Paula is a senior executive in the global customer management corporation Concentrix. She manages a $150m annual portfolio across the globe and was awarded IOD NI Global Business director of the Year 2018 and the GSA UK Strategic Leader of the Year 2018. She joined the board in 2018 and has a particular interest in championing diversity and inclusion.
Vicky is a director of PR at ASG & Partners. A law graduate and PR professional for almost 20 years, she is an accredited CIPR member, visiting university lecturer and PRide winner. She joined the Board in 2017.
Graeme joined the board in 2017 and is a director in Barclay's bank with responsibility for a portfolio of corporate business clients. He manages financing and investment requirements for some of Northern Ireland's largest companies and has significant experience in corporate governance and risk management. Graeme also chairs the charity's Corporate fundraising committee.
Colette is a chartered accountant and became Treasurer in 2015. She is a director in the NI Audit office and has a particular interest in corporate governance. Colette also served on the board of governors of a local integrated primary school.
Claire has worked in public policy for over 20 years, currently with Belfast City Council. She is a University College Dublin alumna with an MBA from Ulster University. Claire joined the Board in 2019.
Gordon joined the board as Chairman in 2017. He is past Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise NI and has over 20 years experience in international business consultancy. He also sits on the board of a local college of Further and Higher education.
Tara joined the Board in 2019 and has over 20 years experience in the Web and Digital Marketing Industry. Past experience includes working with The Belfast Telegraph and the BBC. Tara also ran her own Agency for 10 years.
Gabby began her career as a student nurse in Belfast City Hospital in 1978. Following completion of her training she specialised in Care of the Elderly. In 1983 following the successful completion of a District Nursing Specialist Practice Course Gabby took up post as District Nursing sister in the North and West Belfast Legacy Trust. During her time as a District Sister, she undertook a BA Honours degree in Business Studies at Ulster University.
Mervyn joined the Brain Injury Matters team in January 2019. Mervyn has 15 years experience of counselling, working with couples, young people, children, individuals and families and thus has a rich background of knowledge to support individuals and families. Mervyn's experience includes working within relationships, bereavement, suicide prevention, self-identity, brain injury, personal development, addictions/substances use, children and young people and supporting families living with ASD (Autism Spectrum) and much more. Mervyn has a HNC in Counselling; Certificate in CBT and Post Graduate Diplomas in Systemic/Family Practice and Child Therapy (Barnardo's).
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Ciara joined the Brain Injury Matters team in November 2019. Ciara has a BA (Hons) Fine Art, (Sheffield Hallam University), P.G.C.E in Visual Arts with subsidiary in Craft, Design Technology, (Leeds University) and an MA (Dist) Art in Public, (University of Ulster).
Over the last 20 years, Ciara has worked as an artist, artist-in residence, arts facilitator, lead artist, arts coordinator and arts manager initiating, developing and managing a wide range of arts projects with people of ages, abilities and disabilities throughout England, Scotland, the Republic of Ireland, Berlin, Australia, Iceland and in her home, Northern Ireland.
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Family First Practitioner
Meg joined the Brain Injury Matters team as Family First Practitioner in August 2017. Meg has had many roles in her professional career covering over 35 years working with children and families including working as a cardiographer, nurse, teacher, lecturer and assessor. Meg works independently as a Play Therapist facilitating Therapeutic and Filial-based play skills alongside parents and carers in a variety of settings with the aim to empower, equip and enable children and families. Meg has delivered an extensive range of training throughout her career including first-aid, ante and post-natal care for parents, ASD awareness, child development, behavioural management, sensory awareness, creative and sensory play for parents and professionals and baby and toddler yoga with parents.
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Catherine graduated from Queen's University Belfast with a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology in 2015. She then achieved a Distinction in her Master's degree in Applied Psychology (Mental Health and Psychological Therapies) and has worked in a range of clinical settings in the statutory and voluntary sector since. Catherine has particular clinical and research interests in various areas including mental health, attachment, trauma and acquired brain injury. Catherine has been a valued member of the Family First Team since September 2017.
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Head of Children & Youth Services
Bridget joined the Brain Injury Matters team in January 2018. Bridget graduated from Queen's University Belfast with a BA Hons in Sociology, Postgraduate Diploma and Masters in Social 2002 and Postgraduate Diploma in Systemic Practice. Bridget is also a qualified mediator. Bridget has has extensive clinical practice as a social worker and systemic practitioner in a range of family and childcare settings across the island of Ireland, both in the statutory and voluntary arena. Bridget brings a wealth of experience in working in the field of child protection, family support, trauma and the application of evidence based practice in working with children, young people and families.
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Youth Services Practitioner
Suzanne graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2016 with a First Class BMedSci in Speech & Language Therapy. Suzanne is a former volunteer with Brain Injury Matters and credits the charity with inspiring her career choice. Suzanne joined the team in September 2018.
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Dr. Jonnie McCrea
Head of Adult Services
Jonnie graduated from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh with a BSc (Hons) and then a PhD in Physiotherapy. He has worked in a range of clinical settings in Scotland and Northern Ireland. He first worked with neurological patients as a student and since 2002 has managed patients with neurological conditions in the inpatient, outpatient and domiciliary setting. For over 5 years he worked in the University of Glasgow as an advanced health research analyst in the field of neurology, assimilating, analysing, disseminating and educating clinicians in an evidence based practice approach to patient care.
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Treasa joined the BIM team in October 2012. She graduated from Ulster University with a BSc Environmental Health (2:1) in July 2002 and a MSc Health Promotion in September 2003. Treasa comes from a successful career in the charity sector and brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge to her role at Brain Injury Matters.
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Corporate Services Manager
Fiona joined the Brain Injury Matters team in April 2008 coming from a successful career in the private sector. Fiona is an integral part of the team responible for managing the day to day operation of the business with a key factor on finance.
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Francis joined Brain Injury Matters in January 2020 while studying at Ulster University where he subsequently graduated in BSc Communication, Advertising and Marketing. Francis has prior marketing experience working in the charity sector and completed a research project at University investigating the usefulness of social media as a tool for charitable organisations.
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Chief Executive Officer
Joe McVey was appointed as CE0 of Brain Injury Matters (NI) in 2019 .Prior to joining BIM (NI) he was the founding partner of Blueprint Development Consultancy working for 20 years in strategic planning, governance and organisational development within the Third and Public sectors. Joe is actively involved in the voluntary and community sector and is currently a Trustee of the Golden Thread Gallery and the V.S.B Foundation. In June 2015, Joe was appointed to serve as a commissioner with the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland and in 2019 as member of the Historic Monuments Council. In 2010 Joe was awarded an OBE for services to the voluntary sector. Joe is an Honours graduate from the Queen's University of Belfast and holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Masters in Business Improvement.
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