Regain Staff, Trustees and Patrons
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 became a trustee of Regain in 2006 and has been Chief Executive Officer since 2012.
Marketing, events and fundraising! - Shauna Baillie
Shauna joined Regain on 15th February as the Marketing and Events Manager, Trust and Corporate Fundraiser. She was introduced to Regain, when she was persuaded by a friend in 2003, to raise money for Regain by Cycling across California, with the Blazing Saddles" team in June 2004. That initial event had such a huge effect on her, cycling with the tetraplegics and meeting such amazing people, from all walks of life, that her passion for the Charity grew, and she continued to be involved and did another 5 cycles. She was awarded the Supporter of the Year Award in 2009. Shauna has mostly had a career in Sales, and most recently, was the Sales Manager for a Communications Company, for nearly 25 years, responsible for the Sales for 20 countries. Shauna now lives in Edinburgh, returning there, after working and living in Berkshire for 18 years. She loves skiing, walking and keeping fit
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. An avid Rugby and Formula 1 motor sport supporter, Dominic can regularly be seen at rugby matches or the race track.
Claire Guy has worked in the field of neurorehabilitation since 1987 as a Physiotherapist and a manager of services. She is Operations Manager at the National Spinal Injuries Centre and during this time as led the service to two recognised quality accreditations with CARF international. 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 in 1942, Tim studied at Wellington School, Somerset and the Royal Agricultural College. He bought a farm on the west Welsh coast in 1967 and has been here ever since. It is a family business producing milk which is currently run by his son . Tim is married with 3 children and 7 grand children.
Tim first cycled for Regain eleven years ago; his next ride 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 about 5 years; his hobbies are bird watching, cycling and reading.
Nick Russell-Davis - Finance
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.
Paul was introduced to Regain by his cousin, Dominic. Spending time with Dominic was his first exposure to the life-changing impact spinal cord injuries inflict not only on the individual but across their family and friends. Paul says that it 'has 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, Paul manages an early-stage investment firm that builds technology companies. Paul started his 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, Paul has 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 his life (although my achievements probably peaked early aged 11 when representing St Helen’s School at rugby league) and he enjoys the inspirational work of Regain to help get people back into sport and regaining as much of their independence as possible. Together with his wife Andrea, Paul is now passing on his sporting passion to his three young daughters, Cleo, Thea and Orla, (although they do seem more inclined to tennis than rugby league)!
Ann Frampton and Action for Charity
Ann and her team at Action for Charity support the administration of Regain. Regain is run from their offices in Lymington, if you phone Regain you will speak to Ann or one of her team. Action for Charity 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 – Ann and Abigail from the office have both run the London Marathon for Regain.
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”
Paul Sculthorpe MBE
Paul Sculthorpe MBE is a former St Helens RFC and Great Britain Captain and 2-time Man of Steel winner. Following his retirement in 2008 Paul has since been awarded the MBE for ‘services to Rugby League & Charity’. Paul is married with 3 children and is currently the Business Manager/Ambassador at St Helens RFC, Motivational Speaker with Engage Presenters and Shareholder at Rhino RL.
My first introduction to Regain was at their 2011 Charity Luncheon. I was invited to present an award via Regain Trustee Dominic Coleman (who is the cousin of one of our Directors at St Helens RFC), himself a very influential member at Regain. I came to the Luncheon with a friend/business partner of mine Jimmy Gittins, who himself was diagnosed quadriplegic after breaking his neck playing rugby league, so an obvious link!
We had a fantastic day, meeting some great people. Regain have since provided Jimmy with a hand cycle for his numerous charity events, striking up a great relationship. We went back down last year to the annual Regain Luncheon at Lords Cricket Ground, again having a memorable day.
I was delighted to be asked to be a patron for Regain, a charity that does great things to help those in need. I look forward to future involvement.
Brough Scott MBE
Brough Scott graduated to work in newspapers and TV via Oxford University and raced 100 winners as an amateur and professional jockey. On TV he has presented programmes on sport, books, and history and was for 20 years chief presenter for ITV and then Channel 4 Racing, covering all the major events on the globe.
In newspapers he has been three times Sports Feature Writer of the Year and is still part of Racing Post which he founded with Sheikh Mohammed in 1986. He has 8 books to his name, the most recent, “Henry Cecil, Trainer of Genius”, was in the Sunday Times top ten. He is currently Chairman of the Injured Jockeys Fund and chairs the judging panel for both the Martin Wills Writing Awards and the Godolphin Stable Staff Awards.
My connection with Regain is a mixture of admiration and a sense, as a former professional jockey, of “there but for the grace of god.” Now, as chairman of the Injured Jockeys Fund, I am all too well aware of how important incentives and support can be and Regain gives these in abundance. Long may you thrive.
Barry Davies MBE
London 2012 marked Barry Davies’ 19th appearance as an Olympic Games broadcaster beginning with Mexico City in 1968 where he commentated for ITV, and subsequently for the BBC across 12 summer and seven winter Games
He has covered more than a dozen Olympic sports as well as several opening and closing ceremonies. For London 2012 his brief was to cover Hockey, 24 years on from commentating on Great Britain’s gold medal triumph in Seoul in 1988. He also led the Olympic Broadcasting Service team for the opening and closing ceremonies. At the invitation of the International Olympic Committee – Barry also carried the Olympic Torch on the first day of its journey across the United Kingdom.
Barry Davies worked for BBC’s ‘Match of the Day’ from 1969 until 2004 and during that 35-year association covered 10 World Cup finals and 7 European Championships. He has also worked on the BBC coverage of the annual boat race between Oxford and Cambridge and for over 25 years, as a member of the commentary team for Wimbledon.
With BBC Events, Barry covered the Lord Mayor’s Show, the Royal Tournament and Her Majesty the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. He was awarded an MBE in 2005.
Barry Davies has been involved with Regain for several years now, regularly attending the Sports Award Luncheons. Regain is extremely proud to announce that Barry Davies is now a Patron.
Peter Norfolk OBE
Following a motorcycle accident in 1979 aged 19, Peter Norfolk OBE was left fighting for his life in Stoke Mandeville hospital where he remained for over 10 months. While Peter was wondering where to start he discovered wheelchair tennis.
It was like a breath of fresh air. I had found a sport that I could manage and one that enabled me to play with able-bodied or disabled opposition.
Inspired by the sport and realising the benefits (physical and mental) recreational tennis was soon to give way to the competitive game, competing in the quad division. By the time the category was added to the Paralympics in 2004, Peter had already solidified his reputation as one of the most formidable wheelchair tennis players in the world.
Peter is a highly successful wheelchair tennis player having achieved 2 medals in the Quad division in the Athens Paralympics in 2004 - Gold for the singles and Silver for the doubles. Peter also won 2 medals in the Beijing Paralympics in 2008, Gold in the Quad singles and Bronze in the Quad doubles. Peter was privileged to be the Paralympics GB Flag bearer for the London 2012 Paralympics. Again he also achieved a silver medal for the Quad doubles. In December 2006, he received an MBE and an OBE in 2009 for services to Disability Sport.
Peter also manages his own business. Equipment for the Physically Challenged (EPC) was established in 1989 and is a successful family-run business based in Farnborough, Hampshire. They pride themselves on sourcing good quality products at reasonable prices, and aim to supply customers with friendly, expert knowledge and excellent service. Here is a link to his business website - http://www.epc-wheelchairs.co.uk
Peter attended the Lord’s Luncheon in 2013 and we are extremely proud to announce Peter is now a Patron for Regain.
Fred Middleton MB MA FRCP
Trained in Medicine at Trinity College Dublin University.
Postgraduate training at University of Edinburgh Rehabilitation Studies Unit where developed interest in management of people with disability, particularly those with Spinal Cord Injury.
Appointed Director of the Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Camden Road and Consultant to the Spinal Cord Injury Unit, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, in 1982. Appointed Director of the London Spinal Cord Injury Centre in 1992 remaining there till retirement in 2007.
From 2006 to 2008 was Chairman of The British Association of Spinal Cord Injury Specialists.
Since retiring Fred has remained involved in the development of Spinal Cord Injury services in the UK particularly in the integration of Acute, Rehabilitation and Reintegration services promoting practical and meaningful collaboration between Health, Social and Voluntary services.
It is this knowledge and background of involvement and experience in the management and support of people with Spinal Cord Injury that Fred brings to being a Patron of Regain.