SHIF works to increase knowledge of the effects of acquired brain injury amongst service users and their families, healthcare and social work service providers and policy makers. Through the organisation of regular open forum meetings, the organisation promotes the following aims:

• to support people with an acquired brain injury, their families and carers through the provision of education and information
• to increase knowledge of the effects of acquired brain injury amongst professionals, policy makers, providers and purchasers
• to promote and influence the development of services for treatment, rehabilitation, health and welfare through the development of national and local policies  

SHIF Committee

SHIF Committee Members are a dedicated group of volunteers, from professionals in the Acquired Brain Injury field, to ABI survivors and carers. The Committee meets three times a year, is also responsible for choosing the topics for the trice-yearly events, plus sourcing the many varied speakers that present at these events.

There are three office bearers on the SHIF Committee, and in 2017 they are as follows;

• Convener - Kay Forbes
• Treasurer - Graeme Lind
• Secretary - Paula Gribben

There is one paid position in SHIF, that being a part-time administrative post.


Convener - Kay Forbes (Speech and Language Therapist) - Kay qualified from Strathclyde University in 1994 as a speech and language therapist, ultimately specialising in adult acquired disorders. This lead to a number of years working with stroke rehabilitation until in 2006 when she joined the team at Murdostoun Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre. A certified member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, Kay is also registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. An active member of the Scottish Speech & Language Therapy Acquired Brain Injury Clinical Excellence Network since its inception, she is currently chairperson. Kay has been part of the SHIF committee for several years and held the secretary post just prior to becoming Convener in 2016.

Treasurer - Graeme Lind (Chartered Financial Planner and Partner with the Tilney Group) - Graeme has over 25 years of experience helping clients, many of which include those with brain and spinal injuries and cerebral palsy. He specialises in; providing advice pre and post settlement to recipients of personal injury awards, their families and representatives; helping professional partners plan their financial future, retiring when they want to and protecting against unforeseen events; reviewing and making the most of existing pensions, savings and investments; and Planning for Inheritance tax.

Secretary - Paula Gribben (Head of Therapy at The Huntercombe Group) - Paula qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2000 from Glasgow Caledonian University, and has worked in statutory and voluntary sectors until joining Murdostoun in 2006. Paula has spent most of her career working in brain injury rehabilitation, in various roles. At present Paula is the Head of Therapy in Murdostoun. Paula and is an active member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapy Specialty Section in Neurological Practice and is the Chair of the West of Scotland forum. Paula is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. Paula has been an active member of SHIF for many years.


Angela McSeveney (Carer) - Angela McSeveney works part time as a Care Assistant with the elderly in Edinburgh. She is also a Carer for a close relative who survived a severe TBI. So she understands that loaded word "carer" both professionally and personally. 

Angela Sprott (Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Service Co-ordinator West Dunbartonshire HSCP)
- Angela has been working in the community with people affected by brain injuries for over 11 years. Prior to this she had 25 years experience working in Statutory and Voluntary sector social care in a variety of community, residential and day care settings. Managing an integrated service and is responsible for the provision of health and social care for adults affected by brain injuries in the local authority area. In addition Angela leads the local ABI Development Forum and is a core member of the West Dunbartonshire ABI Managed Care Network. Angela is registered with the SSSC as a social worker and service manager.

Colin Robertson (Acquired Brain Injury Survivor)

Fen Parry (Lead Case Manager, JS Parker Ltd) - Fen is a registered social worker, who spent over twenty years in statutory social work prior to moving to JSP in 2007. She worked across a range of client groups including people with acquired brain injury, learning disability and mental health problems. Fen was the senior social worker at the Scottish Neurobehavioural Rehabilitation Service for ten years, working as part of a multidisciplinary team. She has post qualifying awards in practice teaching and as a mental health officer, and has contributed to MHO training.

Helen Moran (Acquired Brain Injury Survivor)

Karen Leslie (Specialist Physiotherapist, Lanarkshire Community Brain Injury Team)

Kenny Thoms (Neurological Physiotherapist, NeuroPhysio Scotland Ltd) - Kenny is a specialist neurological physiotherapist who helps people with brain injury or other neurological challenges to improve their mobility and get more out of life. He is co-founder and director of NeuroPhysio Scotland, providing strategic and clinical leadership for a team of expert neurological physiotherapists across central Scotland and beyond. He has a special interest in Functional Electrical Stimulation and other rehabilitation technologies that can improve people’s quality of life. His vision is to expand access to high quality rehabilitation services and technology so that more people can achieve their goals and live happier, healthier lives. 

Lynn Hodge (Director & Senior Case Manager, Case Management Services Ltd) - Lynn has worked with several voluntary organisations providing support to people with physical and learning disabilities. In April 2007 Lynn joined the team at Case Management Services and now works as a Senior Case Manager. She currently manages a varying caseload of approximately 8-10 brain and spinal injured adults and young people across Scotland. Lynn also undertakes client assessments, writes case management proposals and is involved in the supervision of other case managers.

Naomi Bidwell (Occupational Therapist, Neurotherapy Services) Naomi is a qualified Occupational Therapist who began her career working in the NHS. The majority of Naomi’s experience has been in rehabilitation of adults with neurological impairment within the inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation setting. Naomi has been involved in vocational rehabilitation, teaching and education of other professionals and was active as an occupational therapy steward for Unison during her time in the NHS. Naomi continued her training within the specialist field, having attained the Post Graduate Certificate in Brain Injury Rehabilitation in 2010. 

Sonya Linton (Senior Social Worker, ABI, Edinburgh City Council) - Sonya qualified from Strathclyde University in 1993 as a Social Worker. Coinciding with the introduction of Community Care legislation this has led her to work within statutory sector Health and Social Care over the last twenty plus years. In October 2014, Sonya moved into her current post as Senior Social Worker at the Scottish Neurobehavioural Rehabilitation Service where she continues to enjoy working with service users and families as part of a multi-disciplinary team facilitating a person centred approach to assessment and support planning. 

Stuart Barton (Partner, Digby Brown LLP) - Stuart works in Digby Brown's Serious Injury department specialising in brain injury claims and spinal injury claims. He has particular knowledge and experience of dealing with complex care claims, claims for children who have suffered injuries and Adults with Incapacity. He has been a committee member of SHIF since 2016.

Susan Kidd (Registered Nurse, NHS Tayside) - Susan is a registered nurse and has extensive experience of working with adults who have sustained brain injury. She previously worked within Neurosurgery for 5 years and then in the community with Local Authority as an Acquired Brain Injury Resource Worker for 13 years. In June 2016 Susan moved into her current post as Stroke Liaison Nurse Team Leader in NHS Tayside. She has been a SHIF committee member for several years.

Wendy Young (NHS Lothian)

Yuanbuo Meng (Acquired Brain Injury Survivor) -
Yuanbuo is the survivor of a severe traumatic brain injury he sustained in March 1988. Yuanbuo was left with various impairments but in the years following his injury made many gains in his rehabilitation. He developed an interest in the subject of cognitive reserve and is keen to engage with other survivors and professionals working in the field to help raise brain injury awareness by sharing his experiences.

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