Headway Basingstoke is a charitable company limited by guarantee (Charity Registration Number 1056048 / Company Ltd by Guarantee Number 3206788) and is governed by a Board of Trustees.

We’re a financially independent local registered charity and affiliated to the national charity Headway UK.

Our Board comes from a variety of business and charity backgrounds and bring with them a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

Our Board

Evelyn Vincent

Chair of the Board of Trustees

Evelyn Vincent is a founder trustee of Headway Basingstoke which she started with her parents in 1982, as a result of her only sibling, her brother, suffering catastrophic brain damage aged 10 in 1977. He sadly died ten years after his accident but Evelyn has continued to volunteer for Headway Basingstoke and has been the chair since 1984. Basingstoke was the second Headway day centre to open in the UK in 1986, and her brother was one of the original members to benefit from the service.

She is now deputy chair of Headway UK and also President of BIF, the Brain Injury Confederation of Europe, and continues to campaign for the best possible service and outcomes for people after brain injury.

John Marriage

Deputy Chair

After a career in scientific research, systems analysis and management in the UK defence industry, I retired in 2010. As a volunteer driver, I then visited Headway Basingstoke regularly and was inspired by the attitude of both staff and clients in dealing with the effects of brain injury. First as a volunteer and then additionally as a Trustee I am now responsible for oversight of the security and safety of Headway Basingstoke facilities and operations and for liaison with the site Landlord (Southern Health) in support of our property maintenance programme.

Lesley Vass

Secretary to the Board of Trustees

Secretary of headway Basingstoke board of trustees since 1990. My aim is to support the service manager, staff and other volunteers to provide the best possible service for all our clients, their families and carers.

My husband suffered a brain haemorrhage in 1988 and he now attends Headway for two days per week for ongoing rehabilitation, giving me some much needed respite from my caring role.

I am now retired but when I was working I was an Associate member of the institute of management. I worked over 20 years in the local National Health Service.   My role covered personnel,   Monitoring of community contracts and managing staff. All of these skills I have used in my trustee role.

Graham Vass


Having joined the Board of Trustees of Headway Basingstoke in August 2013, I became Treasurer in May 2014. I have been associated with Headway for many years, as my father suffered a brain injury over 25 years ago, and has found great benefit from the services Headway have offered.

Growing up with my father’s brain injury has given me first-hand experience of the trials and tribulations of living with and managing brain injuries. Within my professional career, I am a fully qualified financial adviser and work as a senior manager within a financial advisory firm. As part of my role I manage a team of financial advisers in delivering our proposition. This also involves managing budgets, setting targets and developing the business.

Betty Waller


Also a founder trustee with her daughter Evelyn having cared for her brain injured son at home for the last five years of his life.  Betty was treasurer for many years after the death of her husband who was Headway Basingstoke’s first treasurer and has been a trustee since the charity was formed in 1982.  Betty is also a parish councillor and has been so for over 20 years.

Nichola Foster


Specialises in compensation claims for adults and children who have suffered catastrophic injury. Catastrophic injuries are life changing; they include spinal cord and brain injuries, amputation or any severe injury which results in permanent disability. Nichola assists her clients with accessing the specialised medical and rehabilitative support they need to lead, so far as possible, fully independent lives.
Life-changing injuries have far-reaching consequences. Nichola adopts a holistic approach. Whilst her primary concern is to ensure that clients are funded for their immediate and future needs, she always considers the wider financial, emotive and other support that clients and their families require.
Nichola is focused on achieving the best outcomes on behalf of her clients. She consistently achieves excellent financial settlement awards, securing financial stability for her clients when they need it most.
Nichola also specialises in pursuing professional negligence claims for those who have not been well served by their solicitors.
Outside of work, Nichola is a trustee for Headway Basingstoke, a local charity which provides assistance and support to those who have suffered from traumatic brain injury and their families.

Sue Price


Retired from 40 years working for NHS as a Speech and Language Therapist and in management roles spanning a range of clinical services mostly in the community. Sue has been involved in Headway Basingstoke since its beginning.  As a trustee, Sue brings a wealth of expertise in governance, strategic management and clinical insight.

Barbara Cummins


Barbara Cummins spent her whole career working in the NHS in community services. She spent many years working clinically as a podiatrist and then became a general manager. She managed community services in North Hampshire including community nursing , therapy services and a range of specialist services including Headway. She saw the commitment given by the Headway staff and trustees and was delighted to return as a trustee after retirement from the NHS. Among the trustees she leads on developing and supporting the volunteer contribution at Headway.

In her spare time she likes cycling, walking, playing croquet and trying to keep up with her grandchildren!

Denis Gibson


Denis Gibson retired from full-time work in 2018. Most of his working life was spent in the NHS in hospitals across the south of England. His CV includes a stint at University Hospitals Southampton as its HR Director between 1992 and 2001.

During the last 5 years of his NHS career Denis was Workforce Director at Strategic Health Authority level accountable for the strategic planning of the healthcare workforce (90,000 people in South Central England) and had responsibility for education budgets totalling £250M.

For the last ten years he has worked as an independent consultant specialising in human resources management.