Ring in the new

19 December 2018

With the New Year on the horizon, and its theme of looking back and to the future, we have some heartfelt thanks to give for an outstanding contribution to the charity and a warm welcome back as well.

Firstly, John Martin, our Chair of Trustees, is retiring from the role after dedicating an amazing 42 years to the charity.

We are sorry to see him go but hugely grateful for his tireless work supporting our strategic direction as a Trustee, leading the Board of Trustees and representing the charity at many events.

Not only has he been incredibly generous with his time over the years but he’s also raised thousands of pounds for the charity through many cycling challenges and other fundraising activities. He has also delighted the children in the guise of a certain gentleman in red each Christmas.

John has said he will continue to support us going forward and we look forward to seeing him and Helmi (below with John) at many events in the future.

Helmi and John Martin

We’re also delighted to welcome back James Thompson (below), who has been appointed as our new Chair.  James brings a wealth of expertise and has a long history with CPotential, having been our Chief Executive from 2000 – 2008.

 

James says: “I’m delighted to be taking on this role. I support CPotential because I know the value of its work, because of the vital difference it can make to the lives of young children and because of the dedication and commitment of its staff.”

Jo Honigmann, CPotential CEO, says: “An insightful and innovative thinker, James is an excellent business strategist, with many years of experience in the not-for-profit sector. We’re delighted that he is joining us again, albeit in a different role, to support the work of the charity going forward.”

 

Welcome our new Trustees

6 July 2018

Sue Morrison and Raisa Hassan

We’re  delighted to introduce you to our two new Trustees Dr Sue Morrison and Raisa Hassan, who have joined the Board this month but are no strangers to CPotential. They each bring invaluable expertise to help guide us.

 

Dr Sue Morrison

Sue Morrison

Sue was a GP and medical educator for many years. Since retiring from the NHS she now works as a coach, supervisor and trainer, specialising in support for end of life issues.

Sue has been involved with us since 1991 when her son, Toby, was born with cerebral palsy and hemiplegia.

She says: “Dorothy Seglow, who was the mother of a close friend of mine, was a trained Conductor and one of the founders of the charity, then called The Hornsey Trust. She recommended Toby had weekly treatment at the Centre. We found this was a marvellous support for him and us as a family, both physically and emotionally. I want to give something back to the charity and can offer both a parent’s and a professional perspective.”

“I fully endorse CPotential’s holistic approach to supporting the children across their physical, cognitive and psychological abilities, and the way it gives each child and their family focused attention with a programme tailored to meet their individual needs.”

When she’s not busy Sue enjoys patchwork and quilting and is also a very keen amateur singer.

Hear what Sue says about us

 

Raisa Hassan

Raisa Hassan

 

Raisa wears many hats, including as 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 now she has agreed to become a Trustee for CPotential.

She came for us for Conductive Education when she was younger and has been in touch with us ever since.

Raisa says: “I wanted to become a Trustee to keep my connection with the charity and, most importantly, so I could contribute positively to the current children and their families’ lives, just as the charity changed mine.”

“I’ll be able to bring my personal experience of cerebral palsy and understanding of the children’s needs. I can also bring ideas to support fundraising and campaigning.”

“I think the work CPotential does is incredibly important to a child’s education and start in life. It is extremely valuable to have that sort of mindset in the long run when one grows up. The importance of independence and treating each child as an intelligent individual has certainly affected how I live my life.”

Read more about Raisa.

 

 

 

 

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