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 of Trustees come 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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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