Lady Vanessa George
Lady Vanessa George has supported Headway Cornwall since 2010 when she agreed to become our Patron and open our Centre in Truro. She visits our Centres on a regular basis to observe our activity sessions and chat to our attendees, with whom she has built up a very good rapport. Lady George is the widow of the late Lord Eddie George, governor of the Bank of England.
Matthew Cross is a Senior Associate with Stephens Scown LLP, a large firm of solicitors based in Devon and Cornwall, and specialises in Wills, Trusts and Probate law. As a former litigator and personal injury lawyer, he gained extensive experience of the issues faced by survivors of brain injury and their families. He is a keen petrolhead, and particularly aware of the dangers posed on our roads. Matthew joined Headway Cornwall in 2010 as one of our Trustees and is now our Chairman.
Mary Anson is Managing Partner of Anson Care Services. She is a qualified nurse with a Masters Degree in Policy Studies (Health). She and her accountant husband own and manage residential care homes in Redruth, Portreath and Penzance, and a small domiciliary care and support agency.
She was previously Homes Director of a National Charity, The Teachers’ Benevolent Fund (now renamed as the Teacher Support Network) and before that was theatre sister at The Duchy Hospital in Truro. The first Registered Manager of Kenwyn Nursing Home, Mary has been heavily involved with lobbying on behalf of older people and people with disabilities at both central and local government levels, and regularly attends one of the All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPG) in the House of Lords.
Mary is a Rotarian, a Church Warden, a Parish Councillor, and a member of the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce. She is a former District Councillor, and is currently Chair of Trustees for a small Almshouse Trust, Bain Memorial, who own two houses for former mine workers or their families in Illogan.