Meet the Team

Jonathan Young
Director and Trustee
Jonathan provides his expertise on all things financial to support the work of the charity. In addition to his work for Headway Blackpool Wyre and Fylde he is the founder and Director of Gresham Wealth Management Ltd. Jonathan joined the financial services industry in August 1991 and has been advising clients since then. He advises in all areas of financial planning to individual and corporate clients however, Jonathan has, over the last decade, dedicated his time to providing solutions to clients referred to him via professional connections across a broad range of disciplines. Jonathan has built a strong track record of advising recipients of clinical negligence and personal injury awards and his services are retained by a large number of solicitors nationwide.
Marie Sloan
Director and Trustee
As well as being a Trustee of Blackpool Headway, Marie is the Director of an experienced case management company, specialising in providing the very best support packages for their clients. Marie brings with her a wealth of experience from her many years working with both children and adults with acquired brain injuries. Marie began her career as a social worker, practicing extensively in this field since 2001. Marie built up her career within local authorities, eventually becoming the team leader of Bolton Council's disability team. Marie left the local authority to pursue her passion for helping clients and became a case manager in October 2010. In 2012 Marie's hard work and dedication was recognised as she accepted the position of senior case manager. In 2016 Marie founded AMS Case Management, believing passionately in providing the very best service to all her clients.
Natalie Dugdale
Director and Trustee
In addition to Natalie’s role as Trustee for Headway Blackpool Wyre and Fylde, she is also Director of Operations for the National Care Group, where she is responsible for the growth, development and operational management of all Acquired Brain Injury and neurological services within the National Care Group. With over 25 years’ experience working in care, Natalie has worked in a variety of clinical and managerial roles, both in the NHS and private healthcare sector. Natalie began her career in 1995 where she qualified as an Adult Registered Nurse in Salford. She worked at Salford Royal and Wythenshawe Hospitals in various clinical roles before being appointed Lead Nurse in Manchester. Natalie graduated from Salford University with a BSc (Hons) in 2000 and went on to complete her MSc at Manchester University in 2008. Moving into management arena in 2009 having left the NHS in 2011. Since leaving, Natalie has worked for several providers, successfully developing, redesigning and reinventing failing services, for a wide variety of different client groups. Natalie is extremely passionate about delivering high quality care and ensuring that service users are fully involved in developing and receiving the best care possible.
Wendy Hynan
Director and Trustee
As well as being a Trustee for Headway Blackpool Wyre and Fylde, Wendy is a Senior Associate Lawyer in the Court of Protection department at Slater and Gordon (previously Pannone LLP). Wendy has been working in this area of law for almost 13 years. Prior to this she was a personal injury lawyer. Wendy looks after the financial affairs of a wide range of clients who have lost capacity. Most of her clients have suffered maximum severity brain injuries, brain damage due to medical negligence or catastrophic injuries and have received substantial damages awards which I manage. Wendy also acts for elderly clients with Dementia/Alzheimer’s and she also manages Trusts. Wendy has a lot of experience in Welfare Benefits and she is responsible for ensuring that all her clients are in receipt of the appropriate benefits.
Mark Rybczynski
Director and Trustee
As well as supporting Headway Blackpool Wyre and Fylde, Mark is founder and Director of Rehabilitation for Independence an occupational therapy company covering the North of England. Mark’s primary area of interest is in neuro-rehabilitation, in which he has over eight years’ experience. Mark has extensive experience of rehabilitation of adults and children with complex neurological conditions, particularly, Acquired Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Coordination Disorder and Sensory Integration dysfunction and physical conditions such as spinal and orthopaedic injury. Mark established Rehabilitation for Independence in 2012 and has forged links with leading law firms and case management companies, throughout the North of England.
Paul Macbeth
Dircetor and Trustee
Paul is a Solicitor and Associate within Slater and Gordon Lawyers Serious Injury team in Manchester but is resident in the Fylde area. Paul has 18 years’ experience as a lawyer and specialises in acting for clients that are seriously and catastrophically injured in accidents, including clients whom have suffered varying degrees of traumatic brain injury. Paul is passionate in achieving the best possible outcomes for his clients in both securing the best possible outcomes of settlement but also the best possible outcomes in rehabilitation and planning for the future, to ensure the best quality of life possible for his clients. Paul is keen to join with the existing team of trustees to help continue making a positive difference.
Naomi Saul
Committee Member
Ruth Curtis
Committee Member
Ruth works for the Child Support Agency as an administrative officer and is Married to committee member Alan Curtis. Ruth brings to the committee her experience and knowledge from being a member of staff in the civil service and dealing with the general public. Ruth is passionate about carers as she has a unique insight in to brain injury being married to Alan a brain injury survivor. She is totally aware of the stresses and strains this can have on those who care for those with brain injury and the effects this can have on their relationships. She is also determined that we take care of our members carers by providing support and guidance where it is needed and, in some cases, allowing them to vent their frustrations.
Alan Curtis
Committee Member
Alan prior to developing an acoustic neuroma was a self employed electrical contractor on the Fylde coast but sadly during the removal of the tumour he suffered a minor bleed leaving him with left sided weakness, balance issues, unable to walk and severe fatigue. The operation also left him deaf on the left-hand side as part of the procedure to remove the tumour. During his recovery he was supported by his wife Ruth and the community brain injury rehabilitation service in the early days until they were both introduced to Headway Blackpool Wyre and Fylde by the community brain injury rehabilitation service. This is where he met his new family! A part of the ‘family’, is how Headway Blackpool Wyre and Fylde made him feel. Headway’s national’s campaign ‘A New Me!’ sums up how he felt when he came home: “you go into hospital as one person and come out as another. You can be bad tempered, depressed, forgetful, claustrophobic and argumentative but with Headway’s help you learn to cope with the changes” he said. That is why when he was given the chance to give back to Headway he jumped at the chance to support others in the way he was supported and still is today.
Samantha Ashcroft
Member Support Officer
Sam became involved with Headway over 10 years ago when her friend had a road traffic accident and required support from Headway Blackpool. After volunteering for a number of years Sam applied for and was successful in securing the post of member support officer. The role involves; supporting members with tasks that they may struggle to complete themselves, organising drop-in sessions, managing the Headway Blackpool phone-line, organising day trips for members along with the day-to-day running of Headway Blackpool Wyre & Fylde. Sam is very keen on networking with other charities and businesses on the Fylde coast to raise more awareness of Headway and to reach out to adults that require Headway’s support.
Keith Whigham
Committee Member
Keith joined the RAF as a Firefighter aged 17 and completed 23 years taking him all over the world. He left the RAF aged 40 and now runs a guesthouse with his wife. Keith suffered a nasty knock on the head after falling down the stairs at home and has been attending Headway Blackpool for over 5 years. He is an active member and joined the committee in order to help those people who find themselves in his position. Keith is a firm believer that Headway can assist members and family through harrowing and life changing moments such as head injury, it has helped him and his family greatly. Keith lives with his wife and daughter and has a pet dog. He also has an aviary in which he keeps and breed lovebirds. Keith's interests also include football and music, he has a collection of vinyl records which he loves to listen to.
Ian Kendrick
Karen Kendrick