Our core team

  • Adam Alive

    Adam Alive

    Director of Operations

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    Adam Alive

    Adam Alive

    Director of Operations

    With a background in social policy and social care management, Adam has over 20 years’ experience across the public and charity sectors, predominantly in the mental health and housing fields.

    He has worked in a variety of service-user led organisations, including Clubhouse Model based projects (mental health), and is committed to the operational support of Bridges’ self-management values, theory and practice.

    A qualified PRINCE2 practitioner, he has particular interests in project management and CRM implementation.

  • Clare McCarroll

    Clare McCarroll

    Learning and Development Lead

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    Clare McCarroll

    Clare McCarroll

    Learning and Development Lead

    Clare’s background is as an older person’s physiotherapist with a special interest in dementia. Clare has participated in Bridges workshops and webinars over the years and recently has joined the team in a permanent capacity as Learning and Development Lead. Clare completed her Masters in Clinical Research which focused on the perceptions of the role of physiotherapists who work with people living with dementia in nursing homes. She has a passion to enhance people’s lives through meaningful human connections (using song and dance wherever possible!! ) Clare brings a variety of experiences to the team including acute and community based NHS roles working directly with patients in acute health crises and those with long term conditions. She has also expanded her role to lead interdisciplinary teams and worked across sectors collaborating with creative musical and research experts to design, deliver and develop movement to music projects.

  • Evi Machova

    Evi Machova

    Lived Experience Associate

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    Evi Machova

    Evi Machova

    Lived Experience Associate

    Evi works for Bridges Self-Management as a trainer with lived experience, as a part of a team on various projects and helps out with some of our admin. Her professional background is business studies. Since 2015, when she was involved in a road traffic accident and suffered major trauma injuries, she has been focusing on sharing her patient experience through various university lectures for trauma and after trauma modules, speaking at national trauma conferences alongside leading health care professionals, bringing and sharing her patient experience through Bridges Self-Management training and as a lay member on the board for the National Institute for Clinical Excellence for Rehabilitation after Traumatic Injury. Evi manages to bring the patient perspective alive through her story telling and always knows when is the right time to tell a particular story when working with clinicians to emphasise the patient perspective without making the clinician feel like they have failed in their job. 

     

  • Fiona Jones

    Fiona Jones

    CEO and Founding Director

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    Fiona Jones

    Fiona Jones

    CEO and Founding Director

    Fiona combines her work to lead and oversee the direction and quality of Bridges Self-Management with her academic role as Professor of Rehabilitation Research within the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston and St Georges Universities. Fiona has worked in a variety of clinical roles in acute and community rehabilitation and became interested in self-management research after completing her MSc in 1997 and a PhD in 2005. This led to the development of the Bridges stroke self-management programme. Her work has now extended into many different areas with a focus on advancing the quality of self-management support for different stakeholders and developing programmes suitable for both acute and community healthcare settings.

     

    The team describe Fiona as being incredibly knowledgable (but understated), kind and genuine. She is relentlessly optimisitic and sees the potential in everything and everyone. Her passion for her work is unmatched and she is always open to new ideas and ways of working; a constantly moving force – likened to a really cool, giant lava lamp!

    Also; she makes great chocolate brownies and is very fashionable!

  • Scott Ballard-Ridley

    Scott Ballard-Ridley

    Projects and Business Development Manager

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    Scott Ballard-Ridley

    Scott Ballard-Ridley

    Projects and Business Development Manager

    Scott brings his unique perspective of being a patient, as well as a healthcare professional, to our training and research.  Scott graduated as a Physiotherapist from Keele University in 2006 and shortly afterwards suffered a Stroke, causing significant physical impairment as well as loss of vision. Since his Stroke, Scott has worked in the NHS and voluntary sectors. Scott first found out about the Bridges approach in 2014 whilst working for the Wandsworth Community Neuro team. He is currently the Bridges Communication and Engagement Manager.

    Scott shares his inspiring story in our new Building bridges after stroke book.

    Scott is described by the team as incredibly perceptive, resourceful and patient. He brings an invaluable insight to Bridges and he is everyone’s number one sounding board. He is so humble about all of his achievements and always brings a positive vibe with him – even on a bad day. He is endlessly generous and full of random knowledge that would make him an asset to any pub quiz team. Did we mention his patience?

    Also – our resident office DJ with excellent music choices.

Our associate trainers

  • Clare Dawson

    Clare Dawson

    Lived Experience Associate

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    Clare Dawson

    Clare Dawson

    Lived Experience Associate

    Clare works with various organisations that all share the same aims: supporting people living with illness, encouraging parity in the professional/patient relationship, and striving for a system that recognises people as more than their diagnoses. Through her work with Bridges as a Lived Experience Associate, Shine Cancer Support as a Network Leader and at Age UK as a Befriender she has seen first hand the power of co-production, personalised care and peer support. Clare has been part of various co-produced pieces of research in healthcare and has delivered teaching sessions for undergraduates on the self-management of long-term conditions. She is keen to advocate for a patient centred approach not just in healthcare services but in both the research and education sectors. Clare is a cancer survivor and lives with a progressive respiratory condition, and as such can offer an insight into both the experience of living with illness and the challenges involved in being a patient representative within the healthcare system.

  • Jenny Roe

    Jenny Roe

    Clinical Associate

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    Jenny Roe

    Jenny Roe

    Clinical Associate

    Jenny began her Bridges Self-Management journey in April 2016 as a course participant. Since then she has advanced to the role of Associate Trainer, using her current experience as an NHS Physiotherapist to bring a clinical perspective to the application and implementation of the Bridges principles. Jenny has co-led workshops across acute and community settings in England and Wales. Bridges has transformed the way that she supports patients, communicates and collaborates with colleagues and approaches service developments, for example the impact of subtle changes in language to shape a balanced patient-therapist relationship. “Being part of the Bridges community is inspiring and I am committed and passionate about self-management support being a core component of NHS care throughout”.

  • Karen Coster

    Karen Coster

    Clinical Associate

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    Karen Coster

    Karen Coster

    Clinical Associate

    Following completing the Bridges Self-Management Training in 2012 with the Stroke Team she was working in at the time, Karen developed a particular interest in this approach and began working as a Bridges Associate trainer.

    She has co-led and independently led workshops across London, East Anglia and Ireland including acute and community services and care home teams. She continues to be a ‘Bridges Champion’ in her workplace and enjoys the opportunities that working in this way brings to the patients and staff that she works with as well as influencing team processes to be truly patient centred.

  • Lynne Craven

    Lynne Craven

    Lived Experience Associate

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    Lynne Craven

    Lynne Craven

    Lived Experience Associate

    Lynne recently joined Bridges as a Lived Experience Associate, she had recently retired from The Self-management Partnership and saw this as an opportunity to continue using her skills and understanding of self-management.  Lynne was diagnosed with MS in 1995 and moved from ‘sufferer’ to ‘living with’ after attending a Chronic Disease Self-management Programme and training to become a course tutor in 2003 with The Expert Patients Programme.  In 2004 she joined EPP as a Lead Trainer.  Whilst there she was a member of the National Support team for Co-Creating Health, a project funded by The Health Foundation. She co-authored the SMP, a 7 week self-management programme for patients, delivered in partnership by people living with a health condition and a health professional..

  • Meera Shah

    Meera Shah

    Lived Experience Associate

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    Meera Shah

    Meera Shah

    Lived Experience Associate

    Meera trained and worked as a dentist for patients with special needs for over a decade. During this time, Meera was also a clinical tutor to undergraduate dentists as well as a postgraduate trainer in her speciality. She now has a portfolio career which includes working with Bridges as an LEA, with Health Education England as a Regional Dental Advisor, and independently as a healthcare educator and lived-experience patient expert, having lived with cancer for over ten years. She guest lectures on the undergraduate nursing course cancer module and the postgraduate cancer care module for Allied Healthcare Professionals at Cardiff University. Meera is currently in her final year of the MSc in Healthcare Professions Education at UCL. Meera is passionate about co-production and combining her skills as clinician, educator and expert patient to improve healthcare delivery, and has recently taken on the role as trustee at the charity National Voices.

  • Sha Vadwa

    Sha Vadwa

    Clinical Associate

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    Sha Vadwa

    Sha Vadwa

    Clinical Associate

    Sha is a South African trained OT who came to England in 1997. She has worked across a variety of mental and physical settings eventually specialising in Neuro rehabilitation for the last 15 years – most of which has been in the community. She has also taught for five years on the OT programme at London South Bank University (LSBU). In 2016/17 she joined Bridges as a trainer, and more recently in a mentoring role for other trainers. She is a mum to two boys and is passionate about reading, learning in all its forms and being outdoors.

  • Sofie Martin

    Sofie Martin

    Clinical Associate

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    Sofie Martin

    Sofie Martin

    Clinical Associate

    Sofie trained as a physiotherapist at St George’s University of London. After graduation she briefly worked for Bridges Self-Management as a research and admin assistant, which is where she completed her Bridges training and began her career long interest in supporting self-management. Moving on to junior rotations at Guys and St Thomas’ and then St George’s Hospital in Tooting, Sofie then specialised in Neurology and Community rehab working in a community neuro team supporting patients with both long-term conditions and in early supported discharge post stroke. Moving across the country from London to Norfolk before finally settling in the Southwest, Sofie has lots of experience embedding Bridges into practice and acting as a Bridges Champion in a wide variety of clinical settings and locations.

  • Tatum De Roeck

    Tatum De Roeck

    Lived Experience Associate

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    Tatum De Roeck

    Tatum De Roeck

    Lived Experience Associate

Our lived experience team

    Our Bridges Lived Experience Associates (LEAs) have considerable experience of managing their various long term health conditions on a day-to-day basis and interacting with the healthcare system. This is a unique approach to training delivery, to have lived experience working alongside healthcare professional.

    “…Through my experience of co-delivering Bridges, I love that we merge both worlds of clinical teams and patients. I see that clinical professionals really value the insight into the patient world that they can gain through us – real people that went through it. We bring the theory to life and offer a unique chance to peek into that patient world of hopes, fears and experiences.”

    (Quote from Evi Machova – Bridges LEA)

  • Inspiring People to Live Well and Work Differently.

    As a team we share the same ethos and philosophy that drives our passion to create the best experience and environment for patients to live well. Bridges provide opportunities for both patients and professionals to work collaboratively to enhance self-management skills, knowledge and confidence.
    You can reach us by email admin@bridgesselfmanagement.org.uk