A photo of our new CEO, Clare Periton.

I am really delighted to join Oxford Head Injury Services (OHIS) and I am thrilled to have the opportunity of leading the charity into its next chapter. I am firmly committed to making a difference to the lives of people who have acquired head injuries and know how important it is to have a holistic family approach.

I was part of the team at Helen & Douglas House for 18 years, previously as Director of Clinical Services and Deputy Chief Executive and as Chief Executive Officer from 2015. 

I very much enjoy working with people and have extensive experience of managing the challenges faced by charities, such as the day-to-day running of services, funding shortfalls, serious incidents and organisational change.

My previous background was in the NHS working as a Registered Nurse, Health Visitor, District Nurse and Senior Manager. I have over 30 years of experience working in a managerial capacity. I have maintained my nursing registration.

I originally trained at the Oxford School of Nursing, I studied Community Nursing at Kings College, London and completed a Master’s degree in Evidence Based Health Care at New College, Oxford.

I love working with clients and their families and I am committed to the delivery of compassionate person-centred care. I have experience of working in a number of different organisations: I was a Board Nurse on Oxford City’s Primary Care Trust, a Trustee of Children’s Hospices UK and was one of the lay members of Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board for 10 years. I am currently a Trustee for the Clare Foundation and Homeless Oxfordshire. My professional interests include coaching and mentoring, developing new leaders, organisational development and collaborative initiatives.

I live in Oxford and have two daughters who are 16 and 17 and an ageing black Labrador. When not at work I enjoy spending time on my road bike, passing time on the north Norfolk beaches, cooking, gardening and walking.