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.

The SHIF Annual General Meeting was held on Thursday the 30th of March (Edinburgh Council Chambers, 253 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1YJ), where the Committee Members for 2017 were duly nominated and voted on. Please find this renewed list below. We are always looking for new committee members, so if you feel that this is something you would be interested in becoming part of, you would be most welcome. Please contact admin at for further details. 


Convener - Kay Forbes (Speech and Language Therapist, Head of Therapy, The Huntercombe Group) - 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 (Community Liaison Discharge Manager 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 had a keen interest in working in the field of brain injury rehabilitation and has enjoyed the challenges that can arise.  Two years ago she took on the post of Community Liaison Discharge Manager, a natural progression as many of the skills needed to as an OT were the skills that lent themselves to this role.  Paula continues to have an active clinical case load as well managing referrals and discharges in Murdostoun, and is an active member of the College of Occupational Therapy Specialty Section in Neurological Practice and is the Secretary of the local regional group. 



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.

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.

Dr Pamela Brown (Senior Clinical Psychologist, BIRT) - Pamela works with the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust. Prior to this she worked within Addictions and Alcohol Related Brain Damage services. She has experience working with individuals with cognitive, emotional and behavioural difficulties as a result of acquired brain injury. She enjoys working with families and collaborating with service providers, as well as contributing towards teaching on the postgraduate MSc Clinical Neuropsychology programme at the University of Glasgow.

Dr Brian O'Neill (Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Graham Anderson House, BIRT) - Brian joined BIRT in 2009 and draws on experience from the Central Scotland Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre; Physically Disabled Rehabilitation Unit and West of Scotland Mobility and Rehabilitation Centre. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Stirling, examining assistive technologies for cognition. In a Chief Scientist Office funded project, Dr O'Neill has developed Guide, an automated prompting technology to enable independent activity, for which he has won awards from both The United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum in 2011 and in 2014 from Laing-Buisson.

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.

Lynn Hodge (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.

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.

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.

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.

Wendy Young (NHS Lothian)

Colin Robertson (Acquired Brain Injury Survivor)

Yuanbuo Meng (Acquired Brain Injury Survivor)

Avril Beattie (Clinical co-ordinator) Centre for Brain Injury Rehabilitation (CBIR) and Tayside stroke liaison service, Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership - Avril is a registered nurse who manages the multi-disciplinary teams in the Centre for Brain Injury Rehabilitation in Dundee and the stroke liaison service. Both of these services have Tayside wide remits. Avril has extensive experience of working with people with acquired brain injury as prior to her current post she worked in Neurosurgery for many years. Avril has been a SHIF committee member for several years and is also a member of the Scottish Acquired Brain Injury Network (SABIN)

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