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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Charles Ellott, Treasurer
Charles Elliott joined the Board in January 2022 to fill the long-standing vacancy for Treasurer.
Charles lives with dyspraxia and dyslexia along with all the typical barriers many of those affected face. Both Charles and his child now face the same barriers. Through his own lived experience and seeing his child facing many of the same issues he is very aware of the many hurdles and setbacks faced in an unhelpful environment.
After much struggling and hard work Charles eventually managed to obtain a BTEC in Business Studies, a Degree in Economics and went on to become a Public Sector Accountant (CPFA) and a PRINCE2 Project Manager working for local government. His brief was in making public services more accountable to those they are here to serve. During this time, he also came down with ME/ CFS. It was hard work with many setbacks, but he got there in the end. Charles is keen to show that no one should be written off and with the right environment and support, anyone can deliver.
On a personal note, Charles and his child are very grateful for the help and support they have received from the Foundation so would very much like to put something back.