Programme Manager

London & SE

Maria is an experienced neurological Occupational Therapist and researcher in the field. Maria graduated from the London School of Occupational Therapy in 1982. She completed her Masters in Neurological Rehabilitation in 2007 followed by PhD in 2015 both awarded by Brunel University, West London. Her main interests are in promoting recovery and optimizing client outcomes. Maria has practiced in the UK and abroad. Her career spans more than 35 years during which she has actively combined clinical work, lecturing in Occupational Therapy and research in education, assistive technology and neurological rehabilitation.

Maria has lived and worked with her family in Europe and the Middle East (Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and Syria). During this time, she held numerous posts locally and worked alongside international organisations providing professional services and expert advice in different settings including acute hospital, schools and in the community. Maria worked with people from different cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds as well as indigenous Middle Eastern communities. She gained a wealth of experiential knowledge and practical skills in the field of neuro-rehabilitation before moving back to live in the UK and take up a senior clinical post in stroke rehabilitation at East Kent Hospitals in 1999. Since then, Maria has actively contributed to the development of local acute and community neurological services and continued to work with survivors and their families to improve client experience and health outcomes. She has presented her work in national and international conferences and has also published in professional journals.

Maria enjoys working creatively with people. She believes in empowering the individual as much as possible and uses a client centred approach to assessment and intervention - aimed at improving functional independence, quality of life, job prospects and facilitating meaningful integration in society and community after neurological injury.