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.


Michele Lee, Vice Chair

Michele Lee is in her 5th year of her second term as Chair. She has been involved with the foundation for over 20 years and is also on the medical, educational, research and editorial advisory panels. Michele is a specialist paediatric physiotherapist specialising in children with dyspraxia/DCD.
Apart from her professional work, Michele also has personal knowledge of the condition as both her son and husband have dyspraxia.

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Clare Newton, Treasurer

Clare is the Treasurer for the Dyspraxia Foundation.  She comes from a Finance background having worked as Finance Partner for a Law firm for 17 years.  Clare is currently working freelance helping a variety of businesses with their accounting needs.


Janet Taylor, Adult Representative

Janet is the Dyspraxia Foundation adult representative. She's the chair of the adult advisory panel, that consists of mainly dyspraxic adults with varying expertise.
She has been involved with the Dyspraxia Foundation for 17 years. Janet is the founder of the Manchester Adults support group and is the co-editor of the ebook Dyspraxic Adults Surviving in a Non Dyspraxic World.

Gill Dixon, Trustee and Education Panel Chair

Gill is a Trustee of the Foundation with responsibility for education and training.
Gill has a background in health (as a nurse) and education (as a lecturer) and independent dyspraxia trainer.
She is also the author of three books and numerous articles about dyspraxia and importantly is the mother of two sons with the condition.
She has enjoyed a long and productive relationship with the Charity.

Gill Dixon

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.

Sally 2016

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.


Matt Devonshire, Trustee 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.


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.

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