Regain Staff and Trustees
Chief Executive – Gwynne Furlong
Gwynne had already taken part in a number of overseas cycle challenges when he stumbled across an advert for a Regain overseas cycle challenge. What started as just another bike ride in an interesting country turned into something of, in his own words “a life changing exercise”. That first encounter with a tetraplegic (Steve Osborne) riding a hand-bike back in 2003 turned into a regular and ongoing association with Regain and a close friendship with Steve and a number of other tetras. Gwynne has now completed seven overseas challenge rides for Regain. He has also taken part in Regain’s Snowdonia Charity Challenge twice – he was responsible for pulling together Team Stevie Wonder in 2010, the first time a tetraplegic had taken part. Gwynne was a trustee of Regain, He has been Chief Executive Officer since 2012.
Head of Fund Raising - Shauna Baillie
Ann Frampton and Action for Charity
Ann and her team at Action for Charity support the day to day running of Regain from the offices in Lymington, if you phone Regain you will speak to Ann or one of her team. Action for Charity not only support the administration for Regain but they also organise two annual events; the hugely popular Snowdonia Charity Challenge, which raises over £100,000 for Regain every year and an overseas cycling challenge, which is open to tetraplegic hand cyclists too. Ann and her team are very keen supporters of Regain .
Lord Ivar Mountbatten – Chairman
Lord Ivar Mountbatten is the longest serving of Regain's Trustee having been first appointed to the board in 1994. He became Chairman in 1999. Ivar is also a trustee of the "C Group" a subsidiary charity of the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund; the C Group's looks after the welfare of injured Royal Marines. Ivar is a geologist by profession and worked for many years in South America before returning to the UK where he has worked in many diverse areas of business, such as Corporate entertainment, Self Storage, Music and Farming. Ivar is an active participant in many of Regain's fund raising activities having entered several teams for the Snowdonia Challenge over the years, as well as several of the overseas bike challenges. In fact his team was the first winner of the Snowdonia Challenge in 1993.
Ben Moorhead has been a Trustee for around 15 years. He deals with all Regain’s legal issues and, when they arise, constitutional matters. Ben is a Corporate Solicitor in private practice but also specialises in charities and trusts. He is a Trustee of a number of charities, including the Canterbury Cathedral Trust; L’Arche, an international charity which helps mentally impaired people to live independent lives; The Mountbatten Memorial Trust where he is responsible for the youth work. He has been a Committee Member of the Prince’s Trust Chatham (youth work). He follows most sports quite avidly and is on the Committee of Kent County Cricket Club.
He once took part in a wheelchair rugby match involving the British Team and found it more dangerous than any other sport he has played!|
Dominic Coleman has been a trustee with Regain for over 5 years. He is the Grants Officer who deals with all grant applications and enquiries through the website. He is a first point of call for many tetraplegics and family members seeking advice on spinal injuries and disability related equipment. Dominic broke his neck in a sporting injury in 1993 becoming tetraplegic at a C-5 level.
He keeps the spinal injuries community informed about all the latest wheelchair and mobility equipment and uses computer knowledge to pass on to others. As a professional graphic designer, Dominic designed the current logo and corporate identity as well as maintaining the Regain website and Facebook pages. An avid rugby and Formula 1 motor sport supporter, Dominic can regularly be seen at rugby matches and the race track.
Claire Guy has worked in the field of neurorehabilitation since 1987 as a Physiotherapist and a manager of services. She is the Operations Manager at the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville. Her interest in the welfare of Spinally injured people is far reaching and participates in many outdoor sports in equal adventure, namely skiing, cycling and kayaking. She also has consistently participated in the development of the National Standards and provision of care and treatment for spinally injured adults and children, an area which is key to ensuring correct and timely management of treatment for SCI in the future.
Tom was an engineering student at Brunel University in 2007 when he had a snowboarding accident. He acquired a C4 spinal injury resulting in complete paralysis of his body and legs.
Tom underwent 15 months of rehabilitation at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and then graduated with a first class honours degree in Electronics and Microelectronic Engineering.
Tom then started his career in software development with a specialist communications company in Romsey. He continues to create network-related software for government and private organisations.
Tom is involved in mentoring and advocacy for people with spinal cord injuries and the use of assistive technology and alternative input methods to improve communication for those with disabilities.
Tom is also involved with other not-for-profit organisations concerned with improving the lives of people with disabilities.
Born 1942, Wellington School, Somerset, and the Royal Agricultural College. I bought a farm on the West Welsh coast in 1967, and have been here ever since. It is a family business currently run by our son . We produce milk. I am married with 3 children, their spouses and 7 grand children.
Tim first cycled for Regain eleven years ago, this year will be his ninth fundraising ride. Tim recognises the great benefit tetraplegics gain from being on these rides, and in the wider context in the work the charity does to help anyone who has become tetraplegic through sporting accident. Tim has been a trustee for 5 years; his hobbies includw bird watching, cycling, reading and any country activity I am able to take part in.
Nick Russell-Davis became the financial trustee of Regain in June 2005. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, he spent most of his working life in a variety of financial posts. For 13 years until retirement in 2005 he worked as Financial Controller for the group property company within the Rentokil Initial Group plc. On retirement he was introduced to Regain through the organisation Reach which places professionals into the voluntary sector. He is a long serving school governor in an independent charitable trust prep school, and recently retired from being a trustee of two other charities to whom he was introduced by Reach. He continues to be a Citizens Advice adviser.
In his younger days Nick played minor club rugby and cricket, and skied. The sports injury aspect of Regain’s work has appealed to him, and he finds the aims and achievements of the charity inspirational.
I was introduced to Regain by my cousin, Dominic, one of the “older” crop of Trustees. Spending time with Dominic was my first exposure to the life-changing impact spinal cord injuries inflict not only on the individual but across their family and friends. It’s also been a privilege to witness at first hand the resilience and practical fortitude shown by Dominic and other beneficiaries of Regain, as they adapt to living with tetraplegia.
As a day job, I run an early-stage investment firm that builds technology companies. I started my career as a research scientist working on tropical diseases before spinning out a biotechnology from Oxford University and moving over to the commercialisation of research. Since joining Regain, I’ve been working with Gwynne and the other Trustees in developing a new business plan that should enable the charity to grow and be in a better position to help more people.
Sport has always played a central part of my life (although my achievements probably peaked early aged 11 when representing St Helen’s School at rugby league) and it’s inspirational working with Regain to help get people back into sport and regaining as much of their independence as possible. Together with my wife Andrea, I’m now passing on my sporting passion to my three young daughters, Cleo, Thea and Orla, although they do seem more inclined to tennis than rugby league!
Mark burst onto the International swimming scene, at the age of 16, representing England at the 1986 Commonwealth Games, he went on to represent his country for 23 years and became Britain’s most decorated male swimmer. Throughout his remarkable career, he has won 51 major international medals; competed in 5 Olympics, been 6 times World Champion, 11 times European champion, 2 times Commonwealth champion and broke the World record 8 times. He was also chosen as the flag bearer to lead out Team GB at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Mark now has numerous charitable commitments alongside his multiple media appearances as a swimming pundit, not to mention his participation in ‘Strictly’ a few years ago
Mark says, “I am delighted to become a Patron for Regain as with its sporting connections I feel very compatible and can understand the huge benefits that the Charity can provide to those who have been paralysed through a sports accident”