Brain injury charity looking for new chairman

Peter Preston
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A local brain injury charity is on the look-out for a new chairman of trustees.

Current chairman of Headway Aylesbury Vale Peter Preston is leaving in October due to his relocation to the West Country – and the charity is now actively looking for his replacement to join the board now and take over in the autumn.

Headway moved last summer to new purpose-built premises in Fairford Leys where it is establishing itself as a key part of the local community.

Peter said: “I am very proud of all we have achieved and we have made tremendous progress in the last year.

“However, I now live a long way outside of Buckinghamshire it is not possible to carry out the role of chairman from such a distance.

“There are some 1,500 survivors of acquired brain injury in the Aylesbury Vale and our aim has to be to reach out to them and give them the help and support they need. I am confident that, with the foundations that have already been laid down, a new chairman will be able to continue with the progress towards our goal.”

Headway supports people who have suffered an enduring injury through an accident, illness, brain tumour or stroke. The charity is currently looking to expand its services and is looking for a significant increase in resources - in terms of people, equipment and money.

Peter added: “The new chairman will need provide leadership and direction to the board of trustees to enable them to fulfil their responsibilities an also to work in partnership with the service manager. They must be willing and able to give up their time to help ABI survivors. But from my experience, I can tell you it is a hugely rewarding role.”

The charity aims to become a part of the pathway from the time of the incident to living an independent as possible life. Survivors coming to the charity are assessed, and individual plans developed and monitored during their time with Headway. These plans include the learning or relearning of practical skills necessary to operate in the community.

For more, go to www.headway.org.uk/branches/aylesbury-vale.aspx

• To find out more about the chairman’s role, contact Peter Preston: headwayav.chair@gmail.com mob: 07770 408126