Empowering younger stroke survivors, their families and friends to reclaim their lives and ambitions through active support
New Chief Executive for Different Strokes
We are delighted to announce that Jan Webster has been appointed as Chief Executive of Different Strokes and will join us on 10 November.
Jan Webster M.A.(Aberdeen University, Scotland) is a development practitioner with over thirty years experience.
She worked for Oxfam UK as a District Organiser in Scotland, Fundraiser Manager at their HQ in Oxford and then as the Southern African deputy regional representative in Namibia and chose to relocate there in1986.
Jan’s work in Namibia was supporting community based organisations with capacity building and she launched FUNDIT, the first fundraising training programme endorsed by The South African institute of Fundraising. In 1992 Jan settled in South Africa and in 1993 launched an organisation development consultancy service to support NGO’s in reaching their potential.
After working with over 300 NGOs and Government departments Jan founded the ComaCARE Trust in 2005. Since that time as Director Jan has initiated HeadsUP! - a community service for brain injury survivors, Imbizo ya Madoda men and boys wellness movement, Boyz Buddiez and Brainstorm the City - a World Design Capital approved project. Jan was awarded an International Ashoka Fellowship for social entrepreneurship.
Jan is passionate about ensuring people find their own voice and that marginalised communities and groups are strengthened. She has two grown up daughters and two demanding cats.
She is currently working on two books; Neuro care in under resourced communities commissioned by Psychology Press and “Gone Fishing” - the art of social entrepreneurship.
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