Adrian Hale FInstAM
Adrian has spent the majority of his working life in the financial services industries in middle- management roles and became a Member of the Institute of Administrative Management by examination. Following one particular restructure in Nationwide Building Society, his head office role as senior business analyst became redundant. Adrian then chose to become self-employed as a management consultant where his work became closely entwined with a need for graphic design capabilities. He undertook both aspects until his retirement 15 years later. As a graphic designer he worked for many small businesses as well as local musical societies where some of his posters won national awards. In recent years, Adrian has experienced TN on a small number of occasions. Hobbies include a lifetime of musical performances as a chorus member and as a soloist – both secular and religious as well as light opera – golf, writing and classical music composition.
Jeannette became Treasurer at the AGM in July 2014. Before retiring in 2006 she and her husband, Doug, ran a retail business for 20 years. During this time she dealt with all the financial and administrative matters as well as dealing with customers. She was diagnosed with TN in 1999 and eventually had a successful MVD in 2008. While already a member of the West London Local Support group she became, and still is LSG Leader. More recently she has also become a member of the Telephone Helpline Team.
Professor Joanna M. Zakrzewska BDS, MB BChir, MD, FDSRCS, FFDRCSI, FFPMRCA, FHEA
Jon has been a volunteer on the Helpline for several years. He is now the Helplines Co-ordinator, taking over from Jan. He finds the direct contact with TN sufferers and their carers stimulating, enjoyable and interesting; so many callers are desperate for information on TN and are also feeling very isolated. He suffered with TN for about eight years prior to having the MVD operation seven years ago. So far the operation has been successful with only minor side effects. Jon’s first career was in the retail motor trade, which was followed by 30 years as a police officer with Devon and Cornwall Constabulary. He retired in 2011. Jon now works part-time with Victim Support at the call centre for Sussex, Surrey and Thames Valley Police in Shoreham-by-Sea. Jon is enjoying retirement with his wife Jacqui and enjoys spending time with grand-children.
After four successful and eventful years as Chairman, Jillie stood down at the AGM in 2013 remaining on the Executive Committee as a Trustee. However, in October this year she stepped back in as Acting Chair, taking over from Dr Martin Schwarz who had to resign due to personal circumstances. Jillie has worked tirelessly for the Association since joining the EC in 2003, firstly as Regional Support Group Co-ordinator and then as Deputy Chairman, having come from a background in the airline and motor industries. For 17 years she and her husband ran their own motor trade business but the onset of her TN in 1998 forced the early sale of the company and she wants non-sufferers to understand the destructive consequences of the condition on career prospects, relationships and family life.
Local Support Group Coordinator
Doug was confirmed as LSG Coordinator at the AGM in 2014. Although not a sufferer himself he has attended many meetings of the West London Support Group with his wife Jeannette who is now the current LSG Leader of this group. Prior to his wife’s diagnosis of TN and the subsequent involvement with TNA UK, he had worked for many years in the field of hospital design, construction, equipment and project management.
Dr Robert Coveney (Dental Surgeon) BDS Hons
IT / Communication
Robert qualified as a dentist, from Barts & The London School of Medicine & Dentistry with an honours degree. He is working as a general dental practitioner in Essex, as well as lecturing at the University of Essex. He was diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia in early 2013, soon after he became a member of TNA UK. He focuses his efforts on fundraising for the charity, raising awareness, aiding the medical advisory board and developing literature for TNA. He underwent Microvascular Decompression surgery in December of 2013. His belief is that as a General Dental Practitioner he part of the frontline of diagnosis to help ensure no one suffers unnecessarily.
Glenn was born on 20th May 1947 in Queen Charlotte’s Hospital, Hammersmith, London. He started working in 1963 for Leica, a West German company, then joined the East Zeiss based in East Germany, but finished his working life with West Zeiss; the two Zeiss Companies then reunited after Germany reunified. His work took him to hospital operating theatres looking down operating microscopes, never suspecting that one day he himself would be underneath one having an MVD!
Glenn was diagnosed with TN in 2004 and underwent an MVD in 2007, which was only partially successful. However, he has been in full remission, he tells us, since his emotional circumstances improved. He was forced to retire 18 months early due to blackouts which stopped him driving. Since then, he has been heavily involved with many aspects of the Care Act 2014 and its ramifications for pensioners and, of course, those with TN.
TN came knocking on the door a few short years ago, and Michèle found TNA UK and the Helpline.
She attended the very informative Learning Day in Liverpool, gained greater insight into the charity and its aims, and then volunteered to become a Telephone Helpline supporter. The Leeds Learning Day offered yet more opportunity to discover how TNA UK helps its members and others, and was later delighted when asked to join the Committee. As there is no Local Support Group in her area, she is also hoping with Doug Moore’s help to start a group in the near future.
Michèle began her teaching career in mainstream education, and then moved to special schools where she worked with children with Severe Learning Difficulties and their families. She was also for many years an antenatal teacher for the National Childbirth Trust.
Passionate about nature, which offers some of the best medicine ever, Michèle sits on the Friends Committee of her local Nature Reserve. She is also a singer and songwriter, and is a crafter in her spare time. (‘Yes’, she says, ‘there IS sometimes a bit of spare time!’)