HRH The Duchess of Gloucester - Patron

Bob Walder (Chair) Bob has spent the majority of his career acting as an agent for change, both as an internal and an external consultant for organisations ranging from Barclays Bank and Westland Aerospace to the RSPCA and the University of Sussex. He has developed expertise in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) to improve individual and group performance, also held line responsibilities and brings a wide range of skills and experience.

Ann Tinklepaugh (Vice Chair) Ann formerly worked for The Ministry of Justice, serving on their Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal panels and as a trainer and adviser for The Advisory Centre for Education, a national charity. Ann’s son has cerebral palsy and has received Bobath therapy for over 30 years. 

Henry Collier As well as being a regular service user to maintain his mobility and manage his cerebral palsy, Henry has enjoyed a 20-year career with Ford Motor Company as an analyst programmer before becoming an independent IT Consultant specialising in web-based technologies.

Niki Michael Niki, mother of 3 children, the eldest a 12 year old daughter has a diagnosis of dystonic quadriplegic CP. Niki has 15 years experience as a professional fundraiser, working at both a national and a local level for children and young people's disability organisations. She is currently a self-employed coordinator for a local parent/carer forum supporting families of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities living in the London Borough of Enfield. 

Kate Major Kate is an Associate Solicitor in the Medical Negligence team at Irwin Mitchell, London. She represents people who've been injured due to a medical accident, and their families. She manages her own varied caseload of complex high-value claims but has a specialist interest in children who have suffered injuries at birth, with particular expertise in cerebral palsy caused by HIE, hyperglycemia and hyperbilirubinemia.. 

Charles van Berckel Charles is a father to four boys ranging in age from 10 to 22. Kit (No3) an energetic and lively 12 year old has a diagnosis of dystonic quadriplegic CP. After an 11 year spell as an Army Officer, Charles embarked on his business career which has included running his own company and working as a consultant for SME’s in business development. His latest venture with his wife Joanna, is setting up AbleStay. AbleStay aims to deliver fully accessible and disability focused holiday homes for families in city centres, starting with London.

Ambarine Payne Ambarine, is the mother of 16 year old, Jacob, who was born with cerebral palsy and has a diagnosis of epilepsy and Autism. She previously worked as a Telecommunications Consultant and Project Manager across client sites in Europe and since discovering that conventional methods of teaching did not work for Jacob, decided to start making her own teaching resources. This lead to her undertaking a PGCE in Primary School Teaching and she now teaches a range of children including those with special educational needs within a mainstream setting. She has worked with organisations to break down barriers and attitudes towards children with disabilities and promote opportunities for them to be involved in a range of activities. She hopes that her first-hand knowledge and experience with overcoming a range of difficult situations would be beneficial in supporting parents in similar circumstances.

Madeleine Cassidy (CEO) Madeleine Cassidy joined as Chief Executive Officer in October 2019. Before taking up her role at the Bobath Centre, Madeleine was Chief Executive Officer of the Brazelton Centre, a national children’s charity where she led the organization towards a new strategic direction and oversaw the development of new services for families. Her background lies in Brand Marketing management for national commercial brands and Madeleine transitioned into the voluntary sector over 16 years, where she has worked in the fields of child development and disability. Madeleine holds a MSC in Voluntary Sector Management and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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