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Bridges Open Workshops


We run open workshops for individual practitioners working in neurological and general rehabilitation, or perhaps you work with stroke survivors in the voluntary or third sector.   


Click here for more information about our open workshops





The Bridges Team

The Bridges management team is based at the Faculty of Health and Social Care Science, St George’s, University of London, and includes:

Fiona Jones - Founder and Director of Bridges

Professor of Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, St Georges, University of London and Kingston University

Fiona originally trained as a Physiotherapist and became interested in self-management, after completing her MSc and working in a new community stroke rehabilitation team. She completed her PhD in 2005 and has published several articles on self-management and self-efficacy and is currently the Editor of Physiotherapy Research International Journal. Fiona has developed training programmes for clinicians on self-management, master’s level modules on ‘Life after Stroke’ and 'Self-Management' and is currently programme lead for the MSc in Rehabilitation based at St George’s.

William Nicholson ACA, BSc – Chief Executive

Will is a qualified chartered accountant with over 10 years’ experience working in the City of London for Deloitte and Ernst & Young as a business advisor and project manager, advising over 30 businesses at a senior level. Will then spent 2 years working in the Charity and social enterprise sector at The Prince’s Trust where he project managed two complex post-merger integrations with Fairbridge and the Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust.

Will joined Bridges as Chief Executive in July 2013 after overseeing the setting up of Bridges as a social enterprise following the “spin-out” of the Bridges Stroke Self-Management programme from the joint faculty for Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston and St George’s Universities of London. 

Will is also a business mentor at UnLtd, the foundation for social enterprise and is a Trustee and the Treasurer of Lambeth Healthwatch. He is a member of the London Enterprise Committee at the Institute of Chartered Accountants. 

James Landon - Director 

James is head of development at Kingston University and is the University Director on the Bridges Board. He has worked in development, marketing and management roles in the IT sector. 

Lucinda Brimicombe - Training Coordinator

Lucinda joined Bridges in October 2013 after being involved in delivering Bridges training for 4 years.  She has used Bridges in her clinical practice as a neurological Physiotherapist in both the acute and community NHS settings.  She continues to work clinically alongside her role in the Bridges team, and incorporates the Bridges approach into her everyday practice. 


Tess Baird - Bridges Trainer

Clinical lead for neurology, Royal London Hospital, Barts Health, London

Tess wrote her MSc dissertation about goal setting, which remains her clinical interest. She was inspired by the Bridges training session she attended, which fitted well with the beliefs she had outlined in her MSc. Tess became a Bridges workshop facilitator in 2009, and is particularly interested in integrating self-management philosophy into service design through research and service delivery. In Tower Hamlets, Tess has also been involved in a study examining perceptions of practitioners of using the Bridges programme with Bengali stroke survivors.


Karen Coster - Bridges Trainer

Band 7 Occupational Therapist, Royal London Hospital, Barts Health, London


Karen joined the team of Bridges Trainers in 2014 following attending training and use of the Bridges self management programme in the Tower Hamlets Stroke Pathway since 2012. Through her clinical practice she has gained experience of the many benefits as well as challenges in using the Bridges programme across a stroke pathway and within a diversely ethnic borough.


Sophie Hobson - Volunteer


Sophie is studying for her Masters in Physiotherapy at St George's, following a Sprt and Exercise Science degree at undergraduate level.  She has helped with the Bridges website, social media and events.


Pro-Bono Lawyers

Bridges have been supported by Pro bono lawyers, Sam Pearce and Jamie Drucker. In recognition of the effort Sam and Jamie have put  into supporting Bridges, they have been jointly nominated for the Lawyer of the Year award at Thomson Reuters, Trustlaw Connect Awards Ceremony to be held in New York in 2013.

              Jamie Drucker                              Sam Pearse




The Advisory Group

Supporting the management team is an advisory group comprising:

Dr Ajay Bhalla - Consultant Stroke Physician

Robin Cant - stroke survivor

Graham and Sue Davidson - stroke survivor and his wife

Carole Pound - Former Director of Innovations, UK Connect

Eileen Collins - stroke survivor

David Borer - stroke survivor

Ms Therese Jackson - Consultant Occupational Therapist in Stroke

Dr Cecily Partridge - Reader in Physiotherapy

Wendy Brooks - Stroke Nurse Consultant

Helen Kelly - stroke survivor and student Physiotherapist

Dr Petra Makela – Rehabilitation Physician

John Ling – Clinical Nurse Specialist brain injury/neurovascular





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