Abby Stopler

Centre Administrator

Abby has worked with charities supporting children and young people with cerebral palsy for more than 25 years, with a background in the planning and organization of post-graduate training and events for therapists working in paediatrics.

I love coordinating the services and keeping things running smoothly for the organisation, but the best part is getting to know the families at CPotential.”

In Abby’s spare time, she’s often out walking her dog, discovering new places, doing a spot of gardening or experimenting with new recipes.

Abby Stopler - Centre Administrator
Abby Stopler - Centre Administrator

Abby Stopler

Centre Administrator

Louise Porter

Director of Fundraising

Louise is delighted to be on board the CPotential team since joining in June 2021, and is raring to go with all things fundraising.

Louise Porter - Director of Fundraising
Louise Porter - Director of Fundraising

Louise Porter

Director of Fundraising

Paul Catton

Trust Manager

Paul has been a fundraiser for over 20 years raising money for a range of causes including community woodlands, hospices, carers and the homeless.

He spends his spare time walking, researching his family history and listening to cricket. As well as trying to keep up with the latest online game, meme or social network his daughter is into.

Paul Catton

Trust Manager

Johanna Vigilante

Communications Manager

Johanna has worked within the charity sector for the last 25 years gaining a wealth of skills and experience within PR, communications, marketing, fundraising, HR and recruitment.

I absolutely love working at CPotential, not only because of the home-from-home feel and brilliant family team, but getting to know the wonderful children and their families and witness the differences being made to their quality of life. Nothing beats it!

In her spare time, Jo is a social butterfly with family and friends and loves singing, dancing, concerts, cricket matches and adventures. If you ask nicely, she may tell you about her record deal in the 90s.

Johanna Vigilante - Communications Manager
Johanna Vigilante - Communications Manager

Johanna Vigilante

Communications Manager

Ruth Hunston BMus MMT

Highly Specialised Music Therapist

Ruth has a Bachelors and Masters degree in Music Therapy, and carried out her training at highly acclaimed Nordoff Robbins,

Ruth loves working at CPotential because she gets to work directly with families.

One of the best things about being a music therapist is witnessing children being creative and playful and seeing them discover new strengths and skills.

In Ruth’s spare time, she can be found baking and going for walks in the woods!

Ruth Hunston - Highly Specialised Music Therapist
Ruth Hunston - Highly Specialised Music Therapist

Ruth Hunston BMus MMT

Highly Specialised Music Therapist

Andrea Capdevielle

Paediatric Physiotherapist

Growing up in a South American household meant that Andrea was always surrounded by children. It was always a dream of hers to work in paediatrics, so after graduating from the University of East London it was a natural progression to step into the family that is CPotential.

They have offered me my dream job so that I can grow my skills to provide the best service I can for our clients. I can’t wait to see how we grow together.

In Andrea’s free time she likes to read, dance and watch Disney movies!

Andrea Capdevielle - Paediatric Physiotherapist
Andrea Capdevielle - Paediatric Physiotherapist

Andrea Capdevielle

Paediatric Physiotherapist

Isabel Rennolds

Paediatric Physiotherapist

Issy decided to become a physio because throughout school she volunteered at the Riding Centre for the Disabled Association in Bristol, helping children horse-ride.

She went on to complete her undergraduate degree in physiotherapy at York St. John University, working across Yorkshire as a student physio. Before working as a band 5 physio Issy volunteered at the Bristol Children’s Hospital as a play therapist. Then worked for a year with the NHS in the South Devon and Torbay Hospital and then a year at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

In between jobs, Issy travelled across Asia and Indonesia for 4 months eating a large amount of pad thai.

Most recently she has completed her MSc in neuro-physiotherapy at UCL.

Issy’s background in the NHS is largely respiratory, neurological and paediatric in nature and she chose to work at CPotential because she’s always wanted to support children and families who live with movement disorders.

At home in Devon I spend most of my time making homemade jams, baking huge quantities of cakes and training for half marathons. My happy place is on the beach with my dogs in the sunshine!

Issy Rennolds - Paediatric Physiotherapist
Issy Rennolds - Paediatric Physiotherapist

Isabel Rennolds

Paediatric Physiotherapist

Paula Godfrey

Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Paula trained at Oxford Brookes University in a BSC in Occupational Therapy (OT). She is a member of the Royal College of OTs, including being a committee member on the specialist section of Children, Young People and Families (CYPF) for London. She is also fully registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Paula has completed several post-graduate training courses and likes to draw on a range of strategies to engage and support children with motor disorders – trying to find the right integrative approach for the child and family.

Her post-graduate training includes:

  • Sensory Integration practitioner with the Sensory Integration network
  • Further integrative and specialist training in sensory integration, e.g., sensory attachment intervention to support families with the impact of trauma (including the impact of medical trauma) and training in Infant Sense Integration to children under two in key areas of sleep, feeding, relationships and play.

Other training related to children’s everyday activities such as the sequential oral sensory approach (SOS) in assessing and treating children with feeding difficulties including children with restricted diets and upper limb skills including being trained in CIMT and bimanual skills for children with motor disorders.

As an OT, Paula feels passionate about supporting children’s participation in activities and routines that they need and want to do to enjoy life, like feeding, learning at school and playing with peers.  She loves working as part of the multi-disciplinary team at CPotential where the therapists work together and share ideas from all of our different perspectives to support the children and families. Working with our children at CPotential keeps Paula creative and motivated, and always learning.  The children and families keep Paula coming back to work!

In my spare time I drag myself to the gym! In pre-covid times I loved to travel and explore new places in the UK and abroad. I also love my two cats!

Paula Godfrey - Paediatric Occupational Therapist
Paula Godfrey - Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Paula Godfrey

Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Chris Smith

Director of Clinical Services and Physiotherapist

Chris has worked with children and young people with disabilities for over 20 years and his role at CPotential involves him coordinating the services that we offer to support our families.

In his spare time, Chris loves walking with his family and dog Leia in the Yorkshire countryside.

But don’t ask me about scuba diving or I’ll bore you for hours!

Chris Smith - Director of Clinical Services
Chris Smith - Director of Clinical Services

Chris Smith

Director of Clinical Services and Physiotherapist

Brett Parker

CEO

Brett has over 30 years of business leadership experience ranging across the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. He joined CPotential as CEO in 2019.

Brett is a Chartered Director (IoD) and has a masters in leadership and management.

I ardently believe that the not for profit sector has a vital role to play in society; creating innovative business models and services that efficiently integrate and support our communities and individuals.

 

Brett Parker - CEO
Brett Parker - CEO

Brett Parker

CEO

Tim Hammett

Trustee

Tim has a long track record in the financial sector (specialising in investment, company research and marketing) and over the last 7 years has become an experienced business coach, consultant and strategist running his own firm. He has more than 10 years of experience as a trustee of another North London-based educational charity.

 

 

Tim Hammett - Trustee
Tim Hammett - Trustee

Tim Hammett

Trustee

Raisa Hassan

Trustee

Raisa is a disability activist, creative writer, essayist and performance poet, volunteer English tutor in East London and a campaigner for Scope’s ‘Scope for Change’ programme. And she is also a Trustee of CPotential.

She’s certainly no stranger to us – she came for us for Conductive Education when she was younger and has been in touch with us ever since.

Read more about Raisa.

Raisa Hassan - Trustee
Raisa Hassan - Trustee

Raisa Hassan

Trustee

Tony Dowle

Trustee

Tony is a Chartered Surveyor and a Chartered member of several prominent construction related organisations. He is Principal at NE55 where he provides advice on the resolution of disputes and other construction-related matters.

Previously, he was a Director of a large London-based construction group for over 25 years involved with projects totalling in excess of £3bn.

 

Tony Dowle

Trustee

Dame Maureen Lipman DBE

Patron

Thank you so much to Dame Maureen Lipman, DBE for supporting our families and the work of CPotential.

Dame Maureen Lipman DBE - Patron
Dame Maureen Lipman DBE - Patron

Dame Maureen Lipman DBE

Patron

HRH Princess Alexandra

Patron

Thank you so much to HRH Princess Alexandra for supporting our families and the work of CPotential.

HRH Princess Alexandra - Patron
HRH Princess Alexandra - Patron

HRH Princess Alexandra

Patron

Chris Gilbert

Trustee

Chris is Group Finance Operations Manager for Elementis plc, a FTSE250 specialty chemicals company. His daughter attended CPotential.

Chris Gilbert - Trustee
Chris Gilbert - Trustee

Chris Gilbert

Trustee

Calli Pellegrini

Director of Resources & Enterprise

2019 marked Calli’s silver anniversary in working in charity fundraising and marketing. She has had the pleasure and privilege of leading teams in the fields of the arts, health and disability charities.

Calli has been a speaker at the Institute of Fundraising Conference and Arts & Business events. She has most fun though, speaking with the children that come to CPotential.

Calli Pellegrini - Director of Resources & Enterprise
Calli Pellegrini - Director of Resources & Enterprise

Calli Pellegrini

Director of Resources & Enterprise

Catharine Seddon

Trustee

Catharine spent many years as a film documentary maker, first for BBC TV and then as an independent producer for Channel 4.

She began working for the judiciary in 2002, sat on social security tribunals for many years and continues to sit on tribunals in the jurisdictions of employment and mental health. She is a presiding magistrate in Central London and sits as a Lay Assessor under the Equality Act in county court cases.

Former national public appointments include the Determinations Panel of The Pensions Regulator and Audit and Risk Assurance Committee (ARAC) chair and member of the Human Tissue Authority.

Catharine is currently Senior Independent Director for the Gambling Commission and chair for the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee for the Legal Services Board. She is also a Board member and chair designate of the Audit and Governance Committee of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, in addition to being a founding member of the Health Service Products Appeal Tribunal.

 

Catharine Seddon - Trustee
Catharine Seddon - Trustee

Catharine Seddon

Trustee

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