About Us



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:

• Support people with an acquired brain injury, their families and carers through the provision of education and information

• Increase knowledge of the effects of acquired brain injury amongst professionals, policy makers, providers and purchasers

• 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 2024 they are as follows;

• Convener – Paula Gribben
• Treasurer – Graeme Lind
• Secretary – Kenny Thoms

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


Convener – Paula Gribben (Head of Therapy at Active Care 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.

Treasurer – Graeme Lind (Chartered Financial Planner and Partner with Evelyn) – 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 – Kenny Thoms (Co-founder, Director & Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist, Neuro Physio Scotland) – Kenny provides strategic and clinical leadership for his team of expert neurological physiotherapists. He has a particular interest in working with Functional Electrical Stimulation and other rehabilitation technologies and recognises their potential to improve people’s quality of life. His vision is to expand their network of rehabilitation facilities, offering wider access to technology so they can help more people achieve their goals.

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