Chariman: David Wood
David M Wood OBE BA(Hons) AKC PCC Chartered FCIPD MInstF MBIFM
David has been the Chief Executive of Attend, formerly the National Association of Hospital and Community Friends, since January 2002. Prior to this he was a Director of an Adult and Children’s hospice in Essex.
David is passionately committed to Volunteering and has held a variety of roles including a member of the Independent Monitoring Board at the HMP and YOI Chelmsford, a trustee of a Child Contact centre, and is Chair of several local community groups.
Catherine became involved with the Attend ABI Project in 2012. She is a Consultant AHP neurological rehabilitation at Homerton University Hospital, offering a NHS and therapeutic perspective to the group. Despite being busy looking after 2 young children, she joined the FAABI committee to continue to offer support to the organisation. Catherine would like to see FAABI develop into an accessible and beneficial service for more and more people with an ABI across London.
Mary has been involved with FAABI since summer 2013. She was introduced to the charity when Attend’s chief executive approached her about becoming a trustee due to her client workshops. These workshops aimed to help FAABI members better their interview and employment skills. Alongside working with FAABI, Mary works as an HR Business Partner for Arthur J Gallagher Insurance Brokers in London.
I currently work in financial compliance for a social enterprise consumer credit firm in Hackney, though over the past ten years I’ve had a few interesting jobs including being a librarian and working for London Underground. When I’m not at work you’ll probably find me reading (I’m a bit of a history nut), socialising with friends or occasionally trying to keep fit by playing badminton.
I initially heard about Attend ABI and FAABI five years ago after I was involved in a road traffic accident and suffered a head injury. Throughout my recovery the support and assistance I received were essential in helping me come to terms with the effects of the injury, keeping me socially active and helping me to get back into work. After being involved with FAABI for a time I wanted to help support and develop it’s work and I now run FABBI’s monthly movie nights and have been a Trustee since the beginning of 2016.
Charles has been involved with the organisation since it first started and he is currently a FAABI trustee and Attend’s chairman. As well as working with FAABI, he also works for the Department of Health. Charles would like to see the charity sustain and increase its level of positivity, while continuing to help those with ABI achieve their goals.