For our staff, working at Calvert Reconnections is a vocation.

We have a range of Clinical Staff, Rehabilitation Coaches, Trustees, Volunteers and Expert Advisors all helping to mould our rehabilitation service.

Everyone takes great pride in what we do and the differences we can make to people

From the office staff who help you through the referral process, to the management team to  the rehabilitation coaches, who deliver this ground-breaking programme – everyone works together to ensure Calvert Reconnections is everything you need it to be!

We are a small, but perfectly formed team. Our aim is to provide the very best rehabilitation programme possible for individuals with an acquired brain injury.

Our Team

We have a wide range of staff each with their own unique set of skills. The mixture of both clinical and outdoor professionals is what makes our service both unique and ground breaking.

Senior Management Team

Claire Appleton

Head of Service

Claire brings her depth of experience of over 20 years working for the NHS, delivering high quality health and rehab services.

Emma Smith


Previously Operations Manager for an established provider of support to adults with learning disabilities in Cumbria, Emma has extensive experience in a Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulated environment.

Femke van Schelven

Neurological Physiotherapist

Femke, a neurological physiotherapist, brings a wealth of experience from her rehabilitation services across Cumbria.

Rob White

Activity Lead

Rob brings over 20 years’ experience of designing and delivering adventurous activity programmes. 

Sean Day

LDCT Centre Director

Prior to his role at LDCT, Sean had a 20-year career encompassing outdoor education, teaching and sport.

Our Expert Advisors

We have been fortunate that since we began our Calvert Reconnections journey, we’ve had the support, expertise and guidance of a panel of experts. Each is a leading light in their particular areas and without their unfailing enthusiasm, insight and inspiration, we would not be where we are now with this exciting project.

Bill Braithwaite QC

Bill Braithwaite QC

Brain injury guru Bill Braithwaite QC “makes a difference to any complex claim” (Legal 500).

Professor Mike Barnes

A highly experienced consultant neurologist and consultant in rehabilitation medicine.

Heather Batey

A nationally recognised expert in rehabilitation for brain injured clients.

Dr Rob Forsyth

A Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University, Rob also combines clinical work with research into child brain injury.

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