Our staff


Jill Faulkner Head Forward Centre

Centre Manager: Jill Faulkner

Jill has been her husband's carer since 1999 when he suffered a TBI. Jill has had several years of experience as a volunteer at the Head Forward Centre and took over the role of Centre Manager in September 2015.

Martin Casassus Head Forward Centre

Programe Director: Martin Casassus

Martin is studying a PhD in Psychology at University of Manchester. He has worked at different levels with brain injury survivors in clinical settings, community centres and support services. He became involved at the Head Forward Centre in 2014 as volunteer and since August 2016 has taken the role of Programe Director. He has recently had published, with Dr./ Christian Salas, a research article looking at social isolation in TBI. 

Activity Co-ordinator: Karris Goodwin

Regular Volunteers

Keith Davies Head Forward Centre

Keith Davies

Keith became involved after his brother's brain injury in 1984. He became actively involved with Headway South Manchester & Stockport Branch and has held the position of Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.

Magdalena Besser Head Forward Centre

Magdalena Besser

Magda has been volunteering at HFC since June 2015. Magda has a business studies degree and has worked on the business plan and the website for Head Forward Centre. 

Lee Gallagher Head Forward Centre

Lee Gallagher

Lee has been volunteering at HFC since October 2016. He was originally invited here to help make a film about the experiences of the attendees and enjoyed the experience so much that he decided to come back as a volunteer. He now hopes to pursue a PhD in Anthropology, focusing on the social and emotional consequences of TBI.