David Rose – Chair of Trustees
David Rose is Emeritus Professor at the University of East London (UEL). For many years he worked at Goldsmiths College London where he was Head of the Psychology Department for a total of seven years. During that time he was also a member of the Civil Service Board of Psychologists Panel. In 1994 he moved to UEL where he was at various stages the Dean of the School of Psychology, Assistant Vice-Chancellor and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Exchange). His research interests are in mechanisms of recovery of function following brain damage and how this knowledge can be incorporated within rehabilitation programmes. He has published extensively in this area. Since retiring from UEL in 2010 David has developed a portfolio of activities. In addition to being the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Cerebra he is a Trustee of Place2Be which provides counselling services for children within schools. He is a member of the Research Advisory Panel of ARCOS (Association for the Rehabilitation of Communication and Oral Skills), the Research Advisory Committee of the British Red Cross and is a Special Advisor to the Humanitarian Futures Programme at King’s College London. Currently he is the Coordinator of UNSWIS (Universities in Support of Wounded, Injured and Sick Service Personnel), a network of universities which assist wounded personnel to make the transition to civilian careers by providing short work experience placements.
Michael is recognised as one of the leading lawyers in the country acting for children with disabilities. He is one of our longest serving trustees and has special responsibility for governance. Michael is proud of the progress Cerebra has made over the years and says; ” Cerebra shares my desire to do the best for the children and young people Cerebra support. Cerebra continues to be a charity providing both information and innovation. As a trustee it is my responsibility to ensure that the charity keeps moving forward in this way.”
A qualified Management Accountant (CIMA), David has recently joined an IT company in Bath as a Finance Business Partner following 15 years working for Lloyds Banking Group in a variety of Finance roles. Outside of work, most of his time is spent with his young family, and occasionally a game of golf! David has previously been an active supporter of a Bristol charity ‘PROPS’, which raises money to provide opportunities for young people with learning difficulties and special needs, the key focus centred on inclusion. He is very proud to be a Trustee for Cerebra, believing the charity has a unique proposition and is successful delivering its aims and objectives through the valuable connection between colleagues, supporters and families.
Roland Gooding OBE
Roland Gooding has been involved in special education for 40 years. He has been a headteacher of two special schools and remains the Principal of Valence School, Westerham in Kent which caters for children and young people who have physical disabilities and complex medical needs. He has a range of experience working with local authorities and of representing schools on various statutory and non-statutory bodies. His primary interest is in the progress and development of children and young people who have special educational needs and in particular of promoting and enabling their independence. He works closely with families and has supported many to secure the right educational provision for their children. He works proactively with colleagues from health and social care and is keen to promote shared responsibility across agencies for children and young people who have Education Health and Care Plans. In 2014 he played a key role in establishing a Co-operative Trust for 16 special schools in Kent to provide mutual support, collaboration and educational innovation. In the same year he was awarded an OBE for services to education. In July 2017 he was ordained as a permanent Deacon in the Catholic Church. He is married to Esther and has two grown-up children.
Jan is a Chartered Accountant and Fellow of the Securities Institute. He works in corporate finance at KPMG and focuses on capital raising and mergers and acquisitions. He has previously been Non-Executive at the Land Registry and also leads KPMG’s housing sector where he has led a number of collaborations with the charity Shelter on housing policy.
He has seen the benefits of Cerebra first hand as a parent of premature twins and is delighted to be supporting such an important charity in bridging between the real experiences and needs of children and parents with clinical knowledge to deliver new insight and solutions.
Imogen is a paediatrician who has specialised for nearly thirty years in the intensive care of newborn babies. Some of these were premature, others had a variety of problems arising before, during or after birth. Until she retired in 2013 she was Clinical Director of the Newborn service at Birmingham Women’s Hospital, one of the busiest in the country. This experience of meeting parents at a time of stress and worry, of following the course of their babies’ illnesses and the effects of these on families, and trying to help where sometimes there is no medical answer to the problems, has given Imogen a unique insight into the consequences of infantile disability for families and professionals alike. Additionally, in the NICU and in the follow up service, she has seen how people- children and adults – cope and come through in amazing and admirable ways and how they can be greatly helped sometimes by being given quite simple facts, information or interventions. She is thrilled to be involved with Cerebra, which she joined in June 2014, because she believes we are such an imaginative charity whose activities help children and families in such diverse but effective and evidence backed ways. It is her opinion that these research and practical supports complement the services the NHS can provide, enabling children with neurodisability to thrive in the fullest way possible.
Dr Rim Al-Samsam
As an experienced consultant in Paediatric Critical Care, Dr Rim has worked at a senior level in the public sector in Wales delivering services to children and young people since 2001. She has been heavily involved in developing the service locally and regionally to become the lead centre of excellence in Wales. Due to the nature of her training she has experienced working across different healthcare systems: the Middle East, the USA, Scotland and Wales. This has given her insight into how differing systems can achieve similar outcomes, across a range of strengths and shortfalls. She has been committed to her personal development since the early stages of her career. Rim’s work has brought her face to face with complex ethical and legal dilemmas that prompted her to complete an LL.M. in Legal Aspects of Medical Practice at Cardiff Law School in 2008. She gained a sound knowledge of the legal rules applicable to the practice and administration of healthcare in the UK and enriched my understanding of the landscape of children and young persons’ rights and obligations as set by the various national and international legislations. As she matured in her role and gained significant experience outside the clinical setting, she became increasingly aware of how she could contribute to the strategic and wider aspects of health care management. Therefore she joined Cerebra as a Trustee earlier this year. She feels privileged to have joined such a charity which she believes has the unique aim to improve the lives of children with brain related conditions through research, education and by directly supporting children and their carers.
Sonia is an experienced grant maker having worked with the Big Lottery Fund and currently manages grant programmes at the Ministry of Defence.
Her interests include developing effective tools to measure impact, charity governance and how charities use data and information.
Sonia is a former Paralympic athlete and has lived experience of disability. She has two young children.
Sian became a trustee in March 2018, having also been an Ambassador for many years.