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Senior Leadership

Our Senior Leadership Team cares passionately about improving the lives of people with brain injuries by actioning our new strategy.

Meet our Senior Leadership Team:

Irene Sobowale

Irene Sobowale

Chief Executive

Irene was appointed the Brainkind’s Director of Finance in 2013 and became the Chief Executive two years later. Before joining the Brainkind (formerly The Disabilities Trust, and the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT)), Irene held several senior finance roles within the CLS Group and elsewhere, including Barclays Bank. Irene is also a qualified accountant and ACCA Fellow.

Shirley Rowe

Executive Director of Service Delivery

Shirley's experience spans a broad range of clinical, operational, strategic and Board level roles and she has worked for large national organisations as well as smaller growing organisations, all delivering person-centred care, by passionate, caring people.  

Keeley Mitchell

Director of Brain Injury Operations (Current interim position of all Operations)

Keeley has experience in healthcare and leadership of services for adults with acquired brain injuries. Her previous role was with National Care Group, where she was Head of National Neurological Services.

Dr Rudi Coetzer

Director Of Clinical Services

Dr Coetzer is the Clinical Director of Brainkind. He is an Honorary Professor at Bangor University and at Swansea University. His main clinical and academic interests are neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation of people with acquired brain injury and other neurological conditions, clinical leadership, and service development. Dr Coetzer is on the Specialist Register of the British Psychological Society Division of Neuropsychology. He previously worked in the NHS for more than 2 decades as a Consultant Neuropsychologist.

Lynsey Robertson

Lynsey Robertson

Director of Business Development & Programme Management

Lynsey is a seasoned Director with over 25 years of experience in health and social care. Her expertise spans budgeting, performance improvement, and strategic planning, reflecting her unwavering dedication to enhancing the lives of individuals with complex needs. As our Director of Business Development, Lynsey leads by example, promoting an integrated approach to drive positive and sustainable sector-wide change. Her extensive background in leading diverse teams ensures the successful implementation of strategies that balance commercial acumen with our social mission.

Rich Jane

Richard Jane

Director of External Affairs

Richard has worked in not-for-profit and public-sector marketing and communications for many years. Starting in the education sector, followed by a move to central government, Richard has been working in health charities since 2010. Re-branding and repositioning organisations are his specialism, but he has led teams on large behaviour change campaigns and developed digital channels, creative production functions and PR teams.

Graham Fisher

Graham Fisher

Director of Digital

Graham has an extensive IT transformation, change and service delivery background stretching over 20 years. He has driven and delivered large, complex IT changes for public and private sector organisations, notably Bupa, Capita, TransUnion, and the NHS. His forte lies in leading teams, transforming them from a traditional IT setup into a more digital-enabled capability supporting current market dynamics.

Naomi Carey

Naomi Carey

Executive Director of People and Organisational Development

Naomi is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) with an MA in Strategic Human Resource Management. Naomi has a wealth of experience in HR and Organisation Development, having worked in the private sector (as Worldwide HR Director for the Tetley Group) and the not-for-profit sector (as Strategic Head of HR for Action for Children) and has operated her own HR consultancy. Naomi joined Brainkind in October 2013.

Kimberly Shields

Kimberly is a solicitor with many years of legal and commercial experience advising clients on various commercial matters. Kimberly was General Counsel for The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and Pharmaceutical Press Publishing House for seven years, advising on all commercial, employment, and regulatory issues. Before joining Brainkind, Kimberly was in-house counsel at The Berkeley Group, focusing on data protection, anti-bribery and corruption, and intellectual property matters. is a solicitor with many years of legal and commercial experience advising clients on various commercial matters.

Clynt Hall

Executive Director of Finance and Business

Clynt is an experienced leader, Chief Financial Officer and Finance Director, having spent over the last 10 years in several health and social care organisations. He has helped lead organisations through significant positive changes, including improving financial performance, changing processes, implementing systems, or setting the direction and strategy. He is also a qualified accountant and has led IT, property, and project management functions.

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