For our staff, working at Calvert Reconnections is a vocation.

We have a range of Clinical Staff, Rehabilitation Coaches, Trustees, Volunteers and Expert Advisors all helping to mould our rehabilitation service.

Everyone takes great pride in what we do and the differences we can make to people’s lives.

From the office staff who help you through the referral process, to the management team to  the rehabilitation coaches, who deliver this ground-breaking programme – everyone works together to ensure Calvert Reconnections is everything you need it to be!

We are a small, but perfectly formed team. Our aim is to provide the very best rehabilitation programme possible for individuals with an acquired brain injury.

Our Team

We have a wide range of staff each with their own unique set of skills. The mixture of both clinical and outdoor professionals is what makes our service both unique and ground breaking. 

Senior Management Team

Claire Appleton

Head of Service

 Claire brings her depth of experience of over 20 years working for the NHS, delivering high quality health and rehab services.

Emma Smith


Previously Operations Manager for an established provider of support to adults with learning disabilities in Cumbria, Emma has extensive experience in a Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulated environment.

Femke van Schelven

Neurological Physiotherapist

Femke, a neurological physiotherapist, brings a wealth of experience from her rehabilitation services across Cumbia.

Rob White

Activity Lead

Rob brings over 20 years’ experience of designing and delivering adventurous activity programmes. 

Sean Day

LDCT Centre Director

Prior to his role at LDCT, Sean had a 20-year career encompassing outdoor education, teaching and sport.

Our Rehab Staff Team


Rob S

Neuro Rehab Coach

Rob has joined the Reconnections team after 10 years working in outdoor training and development in the UK, the European Alps, the Middle East and beyond.

Multi-day expeditions and canyon descents are his passion, although he has on occasion been sighted in a canoe.

When he’s not in the mountains, he can usually be found drinking coffee, spending time with his dog, or planning the next international travelling adventure.


Neuro Occupational Therapist

Emily is a Neuro Occupational Therapist at Calvert Reconnections. Having grown up in the Lake District, she has always appreciated the beauty of this area.

A strong believer that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the benefits that outdoor activities can have on physical and mental heath, Emily is proud to be part of the team facilitating rehabilitation at Calvert Reconnections.

In her spare time, Emily loves exploring the mountains with her dog Poppy.


Neuro Rehab Coach

John has recently joined our team from the North East having previously worked as an occupational therapist in a hospital. 

John can be found out and about in a pair of shorts and enjoys a number of outdoor hobbies from climbing to jumping into lakes.


Neuro Rehab Coach

Pete is a Rehabilitation Coach at Calvert Reconnections, having worked in the outdoor industry for several years, his passion for the outdoors began when he went travelling in Canada.

Pete enjoys several outdoor hobbies including, climbing, mountaineering and kayaking. when he is not outdoors he enjoys video games, movies and board games with friends.


Neuro Rehab Coach

Steff is a massive outdoor enthusiast with a passion for being out in the mountains accompanied by her dog Flynn.

She is a positive person who always sees the best side to any situation she is faced with. Steff enjoys yoga and being out on her bike.

Normally found singing or awkward dancing, and never without a smile on her face!

A good cup of tea is the way to her heart.


Neuro Rehab Coach

Alex feels that everyone should have the right to play freely in Wild Nature. He especially values the joy found in being in nature, journeying through a landscape by simple means finding pleasure and harmony with surroundings, and doing something meaningful.

He has over 10 years experience working in a variety of roles within the outdoor sector and has also completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. He looks forward to each and every adventure.

His happiest place is either riding woodland single-track on a mountain bike, skiing a lofty peak or making coffee on a campfire.


Neuro Rehab Coach

A former competitive slalom kayaker in his youth, Kris’ love for the outdoors started at a young age. He has 5 years’ experience working in residential outdoors centres and sharing his love for the outdoors with others.

He is a keen hillwalker and underground explorer, and you will probably find him on, or in, a mountain, and as a lover of live music, you are just as likely to find him watching his favourite band play.


Head Of Service

Claire has always appreciated where she lives, enjoying the outdoor lifestyle.

Claire lives in Penrith with her family, as a family Claire enjoys playing and watching many sports and watching the boys play football at weekends. Any spare time between work and football commitments Claire enjoys spending family time in the Lakes, fell walking, kayaking and paddle boarding.


Neuro Rehab Coach

George comes to the team with over eighteen years of working and studying in the outdoor sector. Passionate, thoughtful and collaborative, he brings a huge range of skills with previous roles including instructing at the Calvert Trust, senior tutoring in field studies, and a range of other environmental and adventurous activities.

George studied geology and then outdoor education at university, and brings enthusiasm for discovering the outdoors through exploration and reflection. George loves spending time outdoors with his family and also enjoys cooking and baking. He hopes to bring this wide range of interests to the life of the Reconnections service.


Speech & Language Therapist

Hannah can often be found on the fells, climbing, running or paddle boarding on a lake.

She has built her own campervan with her husband (and dog) for adventures in Switzerland, Scotland and all around Europe. 

Rob M

Development Officer

Supporting with work in the office and beyond, Rob has over 10 years experience in the outdoors and has his own unique ABI story after having a stroke at 29 years old.

Fuelled by biscuits, he is enthusiastic about all aspects of the outdoors, plays for the local hockey team, enjoys canyoneering and is a keen gamer when not out and about with his springer spaniel.

Our Expert Advisors

We have been fortunate that since we began our Calvert Reconnections journey, we’ve had the support, expertise and guidance of a panel of experts. Each is a leading light in their particular areas and without their unfailing enthusiasm, insight and inspiration, we would not be where we are now with this exciting project.

Bill Braithwaite QC

Brain injury guru Bill Braithwaite QC “makes a difference to any complex claim” (Legal 500).

Professor Mike Barnes

A highly experienced consultant neurologist and consultant in rehabilitation medicine.

Heather Batey

A nationally recognised expert in rehabilitation for brain injured clients.

Dr Rob Forsyth

A Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University, Rob also combines clinical work with research into child brain injury.

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Calvert Reconnections
Old Windebrowe
Brundholme Road
Cumbria, CA12 4NT

T: 017687 85381

Calvert Reconnections is part of The Lake District Calvert Trust.

Registered Charity No. 270923
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