Meet the Team

How long have you worked at BASIC: Since January 1994

What you do: I am responsible for the strategic direction and development of services in conjunction with Trustees. The role includes business planning, bid writing and overseeing the running of BASIC’s Centre. I am also trained as a CBT psychotherapist since 2000 and EMDR trauma therapist since 2012 and am an accredited practitioner with the BABCP and EMDR UK and Ireland.

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Communications, MSc Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapies

Interests outside of work:Recently bought a motorbike, love hiking with my dog.

Contact: wendy@basiccharity.org.uk 

How long have you worked at BASIC: Since 2011

What you do: Working alongside my colleagues, I am the first port of call for new clients, providing information, reassurance and support to those recovering from brain or spinal injury. I am responsible for the coordination and development of all volunteers at BASIC. 

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Business Administration, NCFE Level 3 PTTLS

Interests outside of work: My outside interests include spending quality time with my family and children. I also like to run. 

Contact Email: tara@basiccharity.org.uk 

How long have your worked at BASIC: Since 2011

What you do: I manage the gym at BASIC and do neuro-assessments for clients with neurological conditions who have been referred to BodyBasic. This includes prescribing a programme of using the gym equipment and, if necessary, advice on exercise, 6-monthly and annual reviews. 
In addition, I network with the community therapy teams, Stroke Association and university lecturers involved with neurology. I am actively involved in research with collaborative studies at the universities for the virtual reality equipment at BASIC. I am involved in delivering presentations at various venues. 

Qualifications: MSc in Physiotherapy in Neurology, BA (open university) SR physiotherapy, Certificate of completion – Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment training.

Interests outside of work: Dog Walking, singing, dancing, gardening and socialising with friends and family.

Contact email: bodybasic@basiccharity.org.uk 

How long have you worked at BASIC?: Since 2005 

What you do: Carol is on hand to help people in BodyBasic. She also sees clients that may need nutritional advice. Carol also conducts acupuncture sessions for clients that need help with pain management. 

Qualifications: Certificate in Nutrition and Health (The Royal Institute of Public Hygiene and Health), Diploma in Nutrition and Health, Certificate in nutritional supplements, Certificate of completion – computer assisted rehabilitation environment training

Interests outside of work: Cycling, travelling, spending time with friends. 

Contact Email: bodybasic@basiccharity.org.uk 

How long have you worked at BASIC?: Since 2000 

What you do:  My role in the gym is to provide information, support, to encourage clients and overseeing the use of the gym equipment. 
My work is very rewarding as I see people improve in confidence and to see a smile on someone’s face instead of a frown. 

Qualifications: 
Clinical Aromatherapy I.S.P.A 
Anatomy and physiology diploma 
Sports Therapy 
Member of Federation of Holistic Therapists 
Certificate of completion – Computer assisted rehabilitation environment training 

Interests outside of work: Enjoy gentle walks in the countryside, reading, meditation, spending time with family and friends. I love visiting cathedrals and places of historical interest.

Contact email: bodybasic@basiccharity.org.uk 

How Long have you worked at BASIC: Since September 2019

What do you do?: My role involves running Food for Thought cafe based at BASIC’s Centre. This includes menu planning and cooking of nutritious food.

Qualifications: Batchelor of Education BEd, an advanced certificate in Food Safety, NVQ Food Preparation and Cooking

Interests outside of work: I am famous for my award-winning cakes.

Contact email: john@basiccharity.org.uk 

How Long have you worked at BASIC: since 2017 and volunteer before running the photography group.

What do you do?: I’m a cognitive practitioner. I run the memory and S.A.H. support groups, I also see individuals on a 1-2-1 basis to give support. I run the Captains log which has nothing to do with star trek, it is a specialist computer game that is aimed at improving cognitive and executive skills.

Qualifications: PGDE in teaching, NCFE well-being level 1, NCFE understanding mental Health in the workplace Level 2, City & Guilds level 3 Photography, Certificate in coaching and mentoring level 2, Concussion and Brain Injury awareness, Understanding Neurological recommendations, Practical brain injury.

Interests outside of work: Spending time with my family especially my granddaughters, travelling, motor racing, reading, crocheting and the garden. I love to take photographs of Abbey ruins and sunsets. Since my brain injury I like to know more about the workings of the brain, reading books and journals about different conditions and hopefully use it to help my clients.

How long have you been at BASIC: From July 2019

Role: Operating the CAREN, C-Mill and Dynstable

Qualifications: 
HND Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Contact email: paul@basiccharity.org.uk