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began in 2014 with a courageous mission for trauma care excellence in Leeds. Today, we exist to make that vital support available to everyone, everywhere.

President + Founder

Professor Giannoudis was appointed Professor in Trauma and Orthopaedics at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust in 2004.

Professor Giannoudis formed Day One in 2014 with the support of his patients, with the ambition of helping trauma patients through their recovery and to rebuild their lives.

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Patrons + Trustees

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Professor Sue Proctor

Chair
DOTS trustee Sue Proctor WEB SQUARE

Professor Sue Proctor

Chair

Sue has over 35 years’ experience in the NHS and is Chair of the Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. She has been a Trustee for a number of charities in areas of health, faith and education services. Sue is keen to support the development of Day One Trauma Support and our vision to provide help, advice and support to all people affected by major trauma. Sue has a PhD in health services research and is a Visiting Professor at Leeds Beckett University.

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Kate has been Heart Research UK’s Chief Executive since 2019, having worked in the charity sector for over 18 years. Previously, Kate served as the Director of the Sue Ryder Wheatfields hospice and was Chief Executive of Leeds Women’s Aid. Kate has worked in policy and research at Cerebra, Save the Children and the Department of Health, as well as acting as a trustee for numerous charities, most recently with the Morrison’s Foundation.

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David Hay

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David Hay

David spent 32 years as a senior finance professional in the NHS before retiring as Deputy Director of Finance from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in March 2021. David's contribution to the NHS was recognised by a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Healthcare Financial Management Association in Yorkshire and the Humber.

During his time in Leeds, David gained a wealth of experience in both the NHS and charity sectors - providing financial advice to the Trust's linked charity and to a charity dedicated to providing clinical training to staff in developing countries.

David brings his experience and strategic leadership skills to Day One and is passionate about the work it does to benefit patients.

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Anthony Howard

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Anthony Howard

Anthony is a Clinical Academic Lecturer in Trauma & Orthopaedics based at Leeds Major Trauma Centre and Oxford. Prior to medicine, Anthony is, and remains, a practicing Barrister and Assistant Coroner.
His motivation for joining Day One comes from a continued desire to make a real difference to patients of major trauma through all facets of their life.

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Dr Louise Johnson

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Dr Louise Johnson

Louise is a Principal Clinical Psychologist at Leeds Major Trauma Centre, where she has worked for more than six years, and has 12 years’ experience working in the NHS. Louise is passionate about recognising and supporting the psychological and emotional needs of those affected by major trauma. She is the Chair of the National Major Trauma Psychology Network. Louise’s specialist interests are major trauma, limb reconstruction, and paediatric orthopaedics. She has published various research papers within these areas.

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Heather McLellan

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Heather McLellan

Heather is a physiotherapist with more than 25 years’ experience across the NHS, occupational health in industry, and private rehabilitation services. Heather founded the specialist functional rehabilitation company, Designed2Move. Working in the personal injury sector, she set out to create a new approach specialising in the functional rehabilitation of seriously injured clients, with a team of therapy professionals delivering a nationwide service. She created a data driven rehabilitation methodology to measure and demonstrate progress with an evidence-based approach, combined with her clinical expertise. A frequent conference speaker and mentor, Heather has won awards throughout her career both as a practitioner and for clinical services she has designed.

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Simon Morrow

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Simon Morrow

Simon is the founder of brand design studio Something More. He builds brands and has helped private, public, and third sector organisations around the world develop strategy, identity, communications, and rally internal culture. He is also a guest lecturer at various universities.
Simon has been an avid fan of Day One from the very beginning having witnessed the impact of the charity as both a friend of a former patient and in a professional capacity. We welcome his unique perspective and sincere appreciation for our mission.
As Day One flourishes into a national charity, he hopes his marketing experience and fresh perspective will help us reach more people and ultimately support more lives.

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Professor Philip Turner

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Professor Philip Turner

Phil has been a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon based at Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport since 1990. He is a Council and Executive member of the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) and was President from 2018 to 2019.

Phil was awarded the Fellowship of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers of the RCS Edinburgh in 2016, holds an Honorary Professorship in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Salford and is an elected Council member and Trustee of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

His motivation for joining Day One stems from his experience of treating injured patients and the identified need for support over and above the clinical care provided by the NHS.

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Lucy Nickson

CEO
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Lucy Nickson

CEO

Lucy is proud to be leading Day One Trauma Support. The cause is very close to Lucy’s heart, having started her career as a nurse. Her broad clinical, managerial and leadership experience across the NHS, commercial and charitable sectors, has given her a strong reputation for leading change, transformation, and growth.

In 2017 Lucy was awarded an Honorary degree of Doctor of Medicine, MD (Hon) by the University of Sheffield, in recognition of her influence and work in Palliative and End of Life Care services across the region.

Lucy is also Vice Chair of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Board, and is a trained civil and commercial mediator and Family Magistrate.

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Sarah Martin

Director of Fundraising and Communications
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Sarah Martin

Director of Fundraising and Communications

Sarah joined Day One Trauma Support in 2021 as Fundraising Manager. Her role is centred on raising funds for the organisation, through philanthropy; developing relationships with corporate partners & supporters across the UK. Sarah is passionate about finding people who share the values of Day One Trauma Support, who can help our journey to support everyone affected by major trauma. Sarah has held roles with Brake, the road safety charity, Henshaws & most recently, as Head of Relationships at Leeds & Bradford Community Foundation. In her spare time, Sarah chairs the board of trustees at Leeds charity Basis Yorkshire.

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Emily Smith

Director of Finance and Rescources
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Emily Smith

Director of Finance and Rescources

Emily joined Day One in January 2022 as the charity’s Finance Manager. She has responsibility for the finances of the charity including internal and external accounts and budgeting. Emily is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Masters degree in Accounting and Finance. She is passionate about working in the charity sector and prior to joining Day One, Emily worked at another Leeds based charity and also had over 13 years’ experience in professional service firms. In her spare time, Emily is a Trustee at The Welcome Centre food bank in Huddersfield.

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Carly Tordoff

Service Delivery Manager
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Carly Tordoff

Service Delivery Manager

Carly joined the Day One Trauma Support Team in February 2022. Carly has joined us from another charity where she worked closely with families and patients developing vital support services. Carly has also worked within the NHS developing health improvement programs and developing key relationships between NHS and the wider multidisciplinary teams. Carly is passionate about supporting individuals and their families impacted by Trauma. Carly is so excited to join the Day One Team and can’t wait to meet everyone.

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Justin Phelps

National Programme Manager (on parental leave)
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Justin Phelps

National Programme Manager (on parental leave)

Justin joined Day One in 2018. As the National Programme Manager, Justin’s role involves supporting patients and families after a major physical trauma, ensuring they receive the support they need throughout their rehabilitation and recovery journey wherever they are in the UK.

Justin is passionate about supporting and advocating for individuals with complex needs. Prior to joining Day One, he held posts supporting individuals with wide ranging disabilities at the Northeast Arc in America and providing specialist employment services to disabled people at Remploy in Leeds.

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Kirsty Christmas

Fundraising Manager
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Kirsty Christmas

Fundraising Manager

Kirsty joined Day One in July 2022. As Fundraising Manager, Kirsty’s role focuses on raising funds to support everyone affected by major trauma. Kirsty is passionate about building relationships with businesses, groups, and individuals who would like to get involved in fundraising, so do get in touch!

Kirsty has worked in the charity sector for 16 years, for organisations including The Donkey Sanctuary, Muscular Dystrophy UK, and, more recently, as Fundraising Manager for Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice. When she’s not working, Kirsty loves attending concerts, walking her two rescue lurchers, and riding her ex-racehorse Murphy.

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Dave Nichols

Communications Manager
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Dave Nichols

Communications Manager

Dave joined Day One in 2021 as Communications Manager.

He is responsible for raising the profile of the charity and celebrating our amazing supporters through our activities and media work. Dave is passionate about telling people's stories so more people understand the impact of major trauma and the need for better support for patients and their loved ones.

Dave understands the impact major trauma has on families after spending seven years reporting on incidents as a journalist, and a further seven years with a national road safety charity. He also helped establish the communications function for an NHS charity that supported one of the 27 Major Trauma Centres.

In his spare time, Dave enjoys running and spending time with his wife and three young children.

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Carley Stubbs

Peer Support Programme Manager
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Carley Stubbs

Peer Support Programme Manager

Carley joined Day One in January 2022 as our Peer Support Programme Manager. Carley is passionate about authentic, person-centred and experience-led support models and has a personal interest in peer support, as well as a professional background in developing and delivering peer support projects and services. Most recently Carley has worked in peer support roles across mental health, learning disability and young people’s contexts, and is keen to learn more about how different peer support models can be applied in a major trauma context. In her role at Day One, Carley will work closely with our volunteers and support them to draw on their lived experience of major trauma, and major trauma recovery, in order to help others going through the same thing. In her spare time Carley is an emergency foster parent to sausage dogs in need, and can often be found experimenting in a pottery studio trying to make mugs (but mostly just making a mess!).

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Gill Evans

Caseworker
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Gill Evans

Caseworker

Gill Joined Day One as a Caseworker in June 2022. Gill’s role involves supporting patients and families after a major physical trauma, ensuring they receive the support they need through the rehab and recovery journey. She is passionate about making the lives of patients and their families that bit easier by helping with the practical issues following major physical trauma.

Gill has worked in the NHS since 2002 as a medical secretary/personal assistant in the trauma and orthopaedic service. In her spare time, Gill enjoys camping and following her beloved football team.

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Marianne Wadsworth

Caseworker
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Marianne Wadsworth

Caseworker

Marianne joined the Day One Team in October 2022 as a Caseworker at Leeds General Infirmary. She is passionate about working in the voluntary sector supporting children and adults. Marianne previously worked with Barnardo’s for 12 years, developing and delivering services for vulnerable children and young people, and supporting families and communities across Bradford. Having just finished studying with the Open University, Marianne is looking forward to spending more social time with friends and family (and her dog), planning road trips in her campervan, and supporting her teenager through his GCSE’s.

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Hayley O’Shea

Caseworker
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Hayley O’Shea

Caseworker

Hayley joined Day One as our Caseworker at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough in June 2022. Hayley’s role involves supporting patients and their families after a major physical trauma by offering advice, practical, and emotional support whilst they are in hospital and throughout their rehabilitation and recovery. Hayley previously worked as a social worker for a Local Authority Adults Social Work Team, completing needs assessments and implementing care packages. Hayley is passionate about supporting and making a difference for people who have experienced major trauma, helping them achieve their best possible recovery. In her spare time, Hayley enjoys spending time with her family, long walks in the countryside, and listening to a good podcast.

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Callum Campbell

Digital Communications Officer
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Callum Campbell

Digital Communications Officer

Callum joined Day One as our Digital Communications Officer in June 2022. His role is centred around developing Day One’s online communications through the website, social media, and email campaigns. Callum has worked for charities in fundraising and communications roles for six years, most recently helping a national children’s charity develop their online information offer. He is passionate about making a difference to people impacted by trauma through digital. In his spare time, Callum likes walking in the Yorkshire Dales or cosying up with a good book.

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Lydia Gray

Fundraising Officer
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Lydia Gray

Fundraising Officer

Lydia joined the Day One team in July 2022 as Fundraising Officer. She has experience fundraising at a variety of national and local charities, and has helped supporter with everything from gala dinners to digging snowholes and sleeping in them! More than anything, she is passionate about connecting people with a cause they can get excited about, like Day One Trauma Support. In her spare time, Lydia can usually be found with a piece of cake and a strong cup of Yorkshire Tea in hand.

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Rowan Vickers

Services Administrator
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Rowan Vickers

Services Administrator

Rowan joined the Day One Trauma Support Team in Sept 2021 as our Business Support Administrator. She graduated from Leeds Beckett University in 2019 with a BA in Criminology. Rowan has previously worked supporting vulnerable adults who have been in prison to help them achieve settled and productive lives back in our community. Rowan is passionate about the importance of the after care of trauma and uses her organisational skills to help support the organisations running.

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Yasmin Sherif

Fundraising and Communications Assistant
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Yasmin Sherif

Fundraising and Communications Assistant

Yasmin joined the Day One Trauma Support Team in March 2021 as our Fundraising and Communications Assistant. She graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2020 with a BA in Drama and Theatre Arts. Yasmin has previously worked supporting vulnerable adults with visual impairments as well as children with social and emotional difficulties. 

Yasmin is passionate about the creative arts and community engagement and is very happy to be working in a role where she can use her skills and knowledge in both of these areas. 

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