Sophie Kayani, Chair and Fundraising Panel Chair
Sophie joined the Board of Trustees in September 2015 and became Vice-Chair in June 2016. Sophie was part of Dyspraxia Foundation’s Ball Committee in 2014 which successfully raised £23,000 and 2016 which raised £18,000 for the Foundation. Sophie’s son Zak was diagnosed with DCD/Dyspraxia in 2009 and has supported the Foundation and helped “bang the drum” for the past five years.
Matt Devonshire, Vice Chair with responsibility for Social Media and Website
Matt has been involved with the Dyspraxia Foundation since 2014 when his girlfriend Rosie, who is dyspraxic, introduced him to the foundation at the Bristol conference. He was made a trustee with responsibility for the charities websites and social media in 2016 and helped create the foundation's youth website. Matt works as a network technician in primary education and can often be seen taking part in running events for the charity.
Matt was appointed Vice Chair in June 2018.
Sally Payne, Trustee and Editorial and Research Panel Chair
Sally is an occupational therapist and works with children and young people in the West Midlands. A former Chair of the Dyspraxia Foundation, she continues to support the Medical Panel and the Professional Journal editing team. Sally has a particular interest in teenagers with dyspraxia who were the focus of her PhD research. She is also a consultant to CBeebies for the programme Tree Fu Tom.
Richard Todd, Trustee with responsibility for Adult Issues and Employment
Richard is a semi-retired consultant, workplace assessor, trainer and coach in the field of Neurodiversity in employment. He is passionate about avoidance of the waste of potential that occurs for many people who think differently.
He joined the Board of Trustees in 2015, having been a member of the adult panel since 2011. He focuses on adult and employment issues. Richard worked with Dyspraxia Foundation on the Dyspraxia Dynamo and Dyspraxia Diffusion projects. He is the editor of the Foundation’s Employers Guide.
Richard is enveloped by a family of Neurodiverse people spanning three generations.
Jonathan Levy, Trustee with responsibility for Income Generation
Jonathan lives in Warrington and serves as a trustee of the Dyspraxia Foundation, with responsibility for income generation.
Jonathan has dyspraxia and takes every opportunity to raise awareness of the condition through public speaking, press releases and previously appearing in an award-winning episode of Channel 4 series 'Embarrassing Bodies - Live from the Clinic'.
Professionally, Jonathan works as a fundraiser and small business owner.
Elliot Harris, Trustee with responsibility for Governance
Elliot is a semi-retired former partner with a top ten firm of chartered accountants who has worked with the charity sector for over 25 years and now runs his own consultancy working with both charities and owner managed business on long-term strategy matters and governance issues.
He became a member of the charity in 2016 having decided that having both a wife and son with dyspraxia, he was fed up being a “Muggle” in a world of wizards and wanted to find out more. He is passionate about making the workplace more accessible to those with dyspraxia.
Mark Robinson, Adult Representative
Mark was a former BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ/Presenter with a successful DJ career spanning more than 20 years. After becoming disillusioned with the music industry in 2012 and after a series of unfortunate events, Mark was inspired to become a lawyer and study his law degree at Birkbeck University, London.
This of course, was not before Mark got himself tested at 40 years old in the belief that he had dyslexia, which hindered him from academic success in school. The dyslexia test was found to be negative, however, it was discovered that Mark suffered from dyspraxia and that was the cause of so many problems throughout Marks school life (and beyond) that lead him to turn his back on mainstream education until now.
Fast forward 3 years and Mark joins us as our appointed Adult Representative on the Board of Trustees having recently taken up a training contract as a solicitor with criminal law firm, Emery, Halil and Brown, London. Mark has fast become a regular speaker at events and also represented the Victoria Derbyshire programme highlighting dyspraxia in adulthood as part of Dyspraxia Awareness Week.