About Us: Trustees

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.

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Jonathan Levy, Vice Chair 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.

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Matt Devonshire, Trustee with responsbility for Digital Communications

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 served as vice chair of the foundation from June 2018 to September 2021. He now serves as the trustee overseeing digital communications.

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Sally Payne, Trustee and chair of Medical Panel.

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.

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Elliot Harris, Trustee with responsibility for Governance and Acting Treasuer

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.

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Steven Duckworth, Trustee with responsibility for Strategy and Policy

Steven Duckworth is a healthcare professional with a background in neurology and very interested in Developmental Coordination Disorder, not least because his son has just received that diagnosis. He is the senior leader within the NHS in the North East and Yorkshire, is a large and varied portfolio of work and has a background in charity governance. He also sits on the editorial board of the BMJ’s Journal of Evidence Based Medicine.  Steven will take on the role of Trustee with responsibility for Strategy and Policy.

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Laurence Turner, Trustee with responsibility for Public Affairs

Laurence currently works in the Research and Policy Department of the GMB Union, having previously worked as parliamentary assistant and then as a shadow cabinet political adviser in Westminster. He will support the work of the APPG to raise awareness of dyspraxia at a time when the Government is reviewing its policies in schools and more widely.

 

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Jude Taylor, Trustee and Local Co-ordinator's Representative

Jude joined the board of Trustees in July 2020 having previously been involved in the charity as a local group co-ordinator. Jude is a special needs teacher at a school accredited by the National Autistic Society. She is a qualified SENCO and England Athletics sports coach specialising in inclusivity. Jude also works with the National Education Union on issues related to disability rights. Jude was diagnosed with Dyspraxia at the age of 35 and comes from a family of neurodiverse individuals.

 

 

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