Our Trustees

Martin Petingell – Chair 

Martin joined Headway Somerset as a trustee in 2003.

He also sits on Headway UK’s membership committee representing all the Headway groups in the south west.

Martin grew up and went to school in Taunton. Having attended university in London and qualified as a solicitor he returned to work in the west country firstly in Yeovil and then subsequently in Bridgwater and Taunton before moving to be a Partner with Clarke Willmott Solicitors, based in Bristol.


Claire Stoneman – Vice Chair 

I became Vice Chair of Headway Somerset in 20  I am a clinical negligence lawyer at Enable Law in Taunton and specialise in representing those with brain injuries so have a professional interest in this area.  Unfortunately, I also have personal experience of brain injury as my cousin suffered a severe brain injury when she was in her 20’s following a road traffic accident, my sister in law had a brain injury in her 40’s after falling off her horse and my late Dad sustained a brain injury after falling off a ladder in his 70’s.  I understand first hand therefore the vital support that Headway Somerset provides and wanted on behalf of my family to contribute to this amazing charity.  I live in Taunton with my husband, I am known for my love of travel and adventures I love skiing, hiking (anywhere up a hill or mountain!), running, HIIT, boxing, yoga…basically anything to do with exercise and being outdoors.  I’m not good at sitting still and relaxing except when I’m on a beach in the sun!



Gloria Clark – Treasurer (Interim)

Gloria joined Headway Somerset as a trustee in June 2013.  She has had a wide-ranging business career covering consultancy, marketing and market research.  She has been a Citizens Advice Bureau manager and the elected Lead Governor of her local hospital. She currently works for the Patients Association on projects to improve patient experience in healthcare organisations across the South West



Dr Alyson Norman 

I am a lecturer in Psychology at the University of Plymouth in the School of Psychology and I am a private counsellor in Somerset. I conduct psychological research into the long-term impact of head injury. My brother had a car accident and sustained a head injury in 1993 and was a client at Headway Somerset until his death in 2014. Headway Somerset offered him a huge amount of support over his lifetime and this is why Headway Somerset is important to me and why I support it as a Trustee.





Sue Cable – Trustee

After a varied career in teaching, training and counselling Sue retired to Somerset from Surrey in 2011.  She joined Headway Somerset’s Board of Trustees in December 2013 and prior to this had been a volunteer at the Bridgwater centre for 18 months.  Sue is a Senior Accredited Counsellor with BACP and worked for the NHS in Surrey in a Neuro-rehabilitation Unit supporting patients and families through the emotional adjustments needed when facing long-term Neurological conditions.  In addition she designed and provided training for NHS staff, patients, commercial and Voluntary sector organisations. She is a committee member of the Somerset Neurological Alliance.


Lewis Janes – Trustee

Lewis Janes joined the board in 2014 and is a residential property investor / landlord who stepped away from a full time Management role in a local authority care home in 2010.  He is a qualified Social Worker with over 25 years experience in the care sector including child care, adolescent and remand work, managing a home for adults with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour and his last role was to manage a centre for adults with a physical disability and sensory loss including people with an acquired brain injury.


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Luke's Story On 3rd February 2005 my life changed. I was driving to Uni when I was involved in a head on collision with another vehicle. I have no memory of the event side from a brief recollection of lying in the road (apparently after being cut out of the car). I...