Orsolya (Orsi) Farkas

Clinical Services Manager/Conductor (Band 8 equivalent)

Orsi’s first connection to CPotential was working at the Centre’s summer camp in 2013. Shortly after followed her desire to live life as a Londoner and officially joined the Muswell Hill team in 2014, working as a Conductor and SEN Teacher.

Orsi trained in Conductive Education and Primary Teaching at the International Peto Institute (now known as the Semmelweis University, Andras Peto Faculty) in Hungary, and then on to the National Institute of Conductive Education (NICE) in Birmingham.

Over the years, Orsi has gained a wealth of experience working with children and young people with complex needs around the globe. She has worked privately with families, delivered intensive therapy blocks in the USA, Norway, France and Ireland, and has extensive Special Educational Needs (SEN) teaching experience.

Now heading up the multidisciplinary team as Clinical Services Manager, Orsi leads and guides our hard working and fun clinicians to work in a fully integrated approach, setting combined goals across therapy sessions to enable each child to reach their full potential. She is also our lead clinical assessor for EXOPULSE Molli Suit.

Here at CPotential we work with children with various abilities, skills and diagnoses. They are all amazing, and they give us the greatest daily reward – that we can be part of their developmental journey. The families are fabulous and play a huge part in partnering closely with us to help the children achieve all that they possibly can.”

In her spare time, Orsi loves spending time with her friends and family. 

Orsolya (Orsi) Farkas
Orsolya (Orsi) Farkas

Orsolya (Orsi) Farkas

Clinical Services Manager/Conductor (Band 8 equivalent)

Paula Godfrey

Paediatric Occupational Therapist (Band 7)

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 (Band 7)

Manthan Gajjar

Senior Paediatric Physiotherapist (Band 7)

We’re delighted to welcome Manthan to our multidisciplinary team as of January 2022.

Completing his Bachelors in Physiotherapy in India, Manthan is a proud alumnus of the College of Physiotherapy, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. He also completed a Masters of Physiotherapy in Neuromuscular Disorders with a special interest in Paediatrics, under the wings of renowned Professor Dr Nilima Patel. He is also a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Manthan has experience working in a variety of healthcare settings, helping children with neurological, genetic, and musculoskeletal concerns, but his primary motivation for joining CPotential was the integrated multidisciplinary services offered to families under one roof.

Manthan always believed “one is a student for a lifetime” and has attended numerous short courses, workshops, and symposiums in academic and clinical setups covering a vast variety of topics. He has also presented his work across various platforms such as physiotherapy institutes, and state and national level conferences.

Although Manthan likes to work with all children, his special interest is in physiotherapy management for cerebral palsy at an early age, and the application of hydrotherapy/aquatic therapy for paediatric rehabilitation, using technology-based approaches for functional management.

People find working with children is difficult, but I feel the complete opposite as all they need is play. I love playing, engaging, and interacting with children as it allows me to be part of their developmental journey.

In his spare time, Manthan really loves to travel and explore different places and cultures. He also has a love of cooking his specialty of Indian cuisine.

Manthan Gajjar - Senior Paediatric Physiotherapist
Manthan Gajjar - Senior Paediatric Physiotherapist

Manthan Gajjar

Senior Paediatric Physiotherapist (Band 7)

Ruth Hunston BMus MMT

Highly Specialised Music Therapist

Ruth has a Bachelors and Masters degree in Music Therapy, carrying 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 (Band 6)

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 (Band 6)

Willem Van Woerdekom

Conductor (Band 6 equivalent)

Will joined the CPotential team at the end of 2020 and hit the ground running with Conductive Education sessions.

Previously, Will studied for 3 years at the National Institute of Conductive Education (NICE) in Birmingham, before heading down to us in London.

I love seeing kids reach their full potential and seeing their personalities come out.

In his spare time, Will enjoys reading, the cinema, and playing all kinds of games.

Willem Van Woerdekom - Conductor
Willem Van Woerdekom - Conductor

Willem Van Woerdekom

Conductor (Band 6 equivalent)

Dasha Conolly

SENCO and Conductive Educator Assistant

Dasha qualified as a Primary School Teacher in the Czech Republic and has an MA in Special Education.

After taking an interest in Anthroposophy and Steiner Education by Rudolf Steiner, Dasha wanted to pursue these interests further, so headed to the UK to live and work in the Camphill Community in Aberdeen, with people with learning disabilities and mental health issues.

Shortly after her relocation to London, Dasha studied Dance Movement Therapy, a form of psychodynamic psychotherapy. She qualified and registered with the UKCP in 1999. Her experience as a movement therapist was mainly at the acute psychiatric wards at the UCL and Royal Free Hospitals, but she also worked with children with mental health/ behaviour difficulties in primary schools.

Dasha returned to teaching in 2009 and qualified as a SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator), which gave her the platform to train in LEGO Therapy and Therapeutic Story-writing as specialist interventions for children, and has trained other school staff in these disciplines. She is also a qualified Baby Massage Practitioner’, specialising in babies with special needs.

Dasha joined CPotential, as a Teacher in Woodstar school.  When the school closed, she trained as a Conductive Educator Assistant and has continued to work for CPotential in this role. She also works as a SENCO in a primary school in Enfield.

My role at CPotential has really developed since joining – from being a CE Assistant, to now providing a wider range of additional services based around my varied skills and experience. I absolutely love seeing children with special needs improve their social skills, language and communication and their overall development.  I’m always on hand for any educational advice for families too.

In 2022, Dasha has started to utilize a combination of her experience in Conductive Education training, Therapeutic Story-writing and Sensory Storytelling to deliver Immersive Story Therapy. Where Parents and their children are enabled through the stories, movement and sensory activities, to express their creativity and emotions, and build up their social and communication skills.

Dasha Connolly SENCO and Conductor Assistant
Dasha Connolly SENCO and Conductor Assistant

Dasha Conolly

SENCO and Conductive Educator Assistant

Abby Stopler

Practice Manager

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

Practice Manager

Luisa Hayes

Receptionist/Finance Assistant

Having joined the CPotential Team in 2021, Luisa hit the ground running supporting Admin & Finance to ensure a nice seamless journey for our families.

Luisa has a lovely varied work background including music, live events, and interior design.

I’m so happy to now be part of the CPotential team and it’s great getting to know our lovely families.”

In her spare time, Luisa loves to upcycle furniture and hang out with friends (usually with cake!)

 

Luisa Hayes - Receptionist and Finance Assistant
Luisa Hayes - Receptionist and Finance Assistant

Luisa Hayes

Receptionist/Finance Assistant

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

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

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

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 27 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. She loves walking her puppy, singing, dancing, concerts, theatre, film/tv, 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

Chris Gilbert

Chair of Trustees

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

Chair of Trustees

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

Deborah Trigg

Trustee

Bringing a wealth of clinical expertise and knowledge, we are absolutely delighted to welcome Deborah to our Board of Trustees as of February 2022.

Deborah has worked as a physiotherapist in the speciality of paediatrics for over 20 years, she is highly specialised in all aspects of cerebral palsy and movement disorders.

After an initial career in the NHS, Deborah has been running her private physiotherapy business for the last 14 years. She is passionate about improving physiotherapy service and provision for children in the independent sector, including within charities. She has been a member of the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP) Private and Independent Sector Committee (PPIPS) since its inauguration.

Deborah is really enthusiastic about her new role as a trustee and is aiming to help CPotential with developing its clinical strategy, services and quality assurance. She will also assist with promotion to parents and families and encourage links with other therapists and professional bodies.

Deborah Trigg - Trustee at CPotential
Deborah Trigg - Trustee at CPotential

Deborah Trigg

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

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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