Supporting individuals and families affected by dyspraxia/DCD


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What We Do

The busy office in Hitchin, Hertfordshire has a team of six regular staff members

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The Hitchin Team

Eleanor Howes - Chief Executive Officer

Eleanor has worked for the charity for over 23 years and is deeply committed to its work. Responsibilities include: implementing policy and strategy, finances, service delivery, conferences and events, newsletters and leading a small hardworking team. She has managed successful projects and helped develop social media and support for adults and youths.

Jane Trowbridge - Operations Manager

I have been at the Foundation for 15 years and oversee the running of the office, the Helpline the Hitchin Team and Volunteers. I monitor the office and charity finances, I am responsible for policies, coordinating and publishing the professional journal and charity information sheets. Organise events, attend meetings and assist Eleanor in all aspects of running the Foundation

Claire Cripps - Youth Information Officer

Claire joined the Foundation in January 2015 and works part-time as the Youth Information Officer, prior to this Claire worked in the field of Learning Disability Nursing for the NHS. Claire provides information and support to those aged 13 to 25 and has set up Social Media platforms where young people can find information about dyspraxia and share their experiences and offer peer support to one another.

Lisa McCarthy - Membership & Development Officer

Lisa joined Dyspraxia Foundation in 2008 and has had several different roles over the years. In February 2020 I took on the challenge of developing our Local Groups and Membership, recruiting, and supporting Volunteer Local Group Coordinators throughout the country. I also process membership applications and answer any membership queries.

Vanessa Murray - Finance & Fundraising

Vanessa joined us in January 2020 and her role is Finance & Fundraising. She comes from a background in corporate companies working as a PA to the Directors, HR Administrator and Accounts. Her role is to monitor and process Charity's finances and report this to our CEO Eleanor and the Trustees. Her fundraising role includes organising events and online fundraisers and to liaise with our many fundraisers and donators who we wouldn't be able to run without.

Lucille Kent - Support Administrator

Lucille first joined Dyspraxia Foundation in August 2016 as a volunteer helping with the office administration. She then progressed to become a member of staff in May 2018 as a Support Administrator. She comes from a background in retail, construction and NHS working as an HR and Training Administrator. In her role she deals with all things administration including the numerous email queries, gathering the information for Research Projects, reporting the Gift Aid to HMRC, monitoring the income streams, and helping with conferences and events.

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