Meet The Team

Trish Mabbott

Fund Raising and Operations Manager

Trish was the Centre Manager until August 2018 when she and her husband moved to Cornwall.  Working remotely Trish was able to continue to work for Steps using her years of experience to write bids for charity trust funds and source external support for the school. Following the restructuring of the team in the Covid era and the move to digital delivery rather than wholly classroom-based work Trish has been able to retake the helm and is delighted to be leading the team once more.   

Janet Russell

Centre and Volunteer Manager

Janet joined Steps at the start of the school year in September 2018 after a successful career in education. Janet worked in both the state and independent sectors as a teacher and also in school administration including marketing, fund-raising and event coordination. Janet lives locally and supports Trish by managing the Steps Centre, co-ordinating publicity and recruiting and developing a team of volunteers to support the activities of the charity.  

Katy Widdowson

Marketing Manager

Katy is a parent of a child who attends Steps and volunteered her professional skills to assist with digital marketing. Little did she know at the time it would lead to a part time job involving, amongst other things, working on the design and operation of the new website to be launched early in 2021.

Sally Belton

Administrative Assistant

Sally has worked at Steps since 2000 and is an asset to the team with her knowledge of I.T systems and all aspects of clerical work.

Angie Higgins

Finance Officer

Angie Joined Steps in 2019 bringing a wealth of experience to the charity’s financial management.

Indila Simandi

Team Leader & Lead Conductor

Our Lead Conductor trained at Peto Institute in Hungary where she qualified as a Conductor and Teacher. As well as her academic knowledge, Indila has first-hand experience of a brother with cerebral palsy and he was her introduction to conductive education. She has lived in England since the mid 90s, working in several conductive education centres and has been working at Steps since 2001.

Fiona Holroyd

Conductor

Fiona gained a degree in Social Science from the University of Cape Town before moving to the UK and a successful career in banking.  In 1997 she moved to Budapest, where her interest in the Peto Institute and conductive education began.  After having her family Fiona returned to her passion and obtained her Childcare in the Early Years qualification before going on to achieve a first class honours degree in Conductive Education and a distinction in her Qualified Conductor Status.  Fiona has been at Steps since 2010.

Mariann Taylor

Conductor

Mariann trained at the Peto Institute in Hungary, where she qualified as a Conductor and Teacher in 2010. After her degree she spent one year in Germany and two years in England as a Conductor, before joining Steps in 2013.

Reka Simandi

Trainee Conductor & Media Assistant

Reka started at Steps in September 2019. She is currently studying Conductive Education at Birmingham City University.

The Trustees

John Montague B.Eng(hons) FRSA

Chairman

John is the Managing Director of Social Business Development.
Social Business Development works across the public/private and social economy sectors to establish value-led partnerships that can deliver scale, sustainability and improved social impact in the UK.
John has worked in the Social Business sector for over twenty years creating and growing social businesses and was for seven years a director at The Big Issue Group.
John is a non-executive director of a number of social businesses and charities across the UK. John is passionate about providing opportunities and support to areas of society that are being under-served by current public services.

Mark Jermy

Trustee

Mark has been involved with Steps after having his ‘arm twisted’ to assist professionally as an architect in the planning and delivery of ITV’s “Challenge Rosemary” Steps’ renovation project. Due to the extraordinary goodwill and efforts of many individuals and companies, the project culminated in the successful initial refurbishment of the centre in 2007. The sheer joy and pleasure seen in the faces of the children when they achieve their personal goals, along with the enthusiasm of the staff, make Steps an inspirational organisation, of which Mark is proud to willingly serve as a Trustee.

Tony Carr

Trustee

Tony was born in the North East and moved to Leicestershire in 2006 with his work. Married to Su with one daughter, Ellie, who started attending Steps in 2007, Tony joined Steps’ Trustees’ group initially as the parent representative before he was invited to join as a full Trustee in November 2008. Tony is a senior manager at the Caterpillar plant in Desford – who nominated Steps as their Charity of the Year for 2008. He is a member of the ‘Caterpillar Cares’ charity team which has supported Steps throughout his tenure. 

Laura Beales

Trustee

Laura Beales

Trustee

Laura is a parent of two children who attend Steps and has experienced first hand the benefits that Steps Conductive Education Centre brings. Her enthusiasm and insight bring valuable skills to the Board of Trustees.

Jeanette Cooper-Hudson

Trustee

Jeanette joined the Board of Trustees in 2020 after many years as the Charity and  Sponsorship Manager for Next PLC. Through the support which Next gave to Steps over many years, Jeanette had gained an insight into the charity and brings a wealth of experience to the role.

President

Dr Heather Crate

President

Heather gained a B.Ed and worked in education for 20 years. When her eldest grandson was born with cerebral palsy, Heather saw the benefits to him of the conductive education he had received at the Peto Institute in Hungary and Rutland House in Nottingham. In 1994, Heather’s family, along with three other families, decided to set up a centre in Loughborough and Steps was formed. Heather was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Loughborough University in July 2004 for her work with Steps.

Patron

Rosemary Conley CBE H&S web

Rosemary Conley CBE DL

Patron & Trustee

Rosemary was honoured to be asked to be Patron when the charity was originally formed and in recent years has also served as a Trustee.  She is passionate about the wonderful work that Steps does and how the children and families are helped and supported by the remarkable team that work there. Whilst also acting as a Patron to a number of other charities Rosemary’s charitable focus is most definitely directed to Steps because of the incredible contribution this small organisation makes to the children and their families who attend.

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Contact Us

    T: 01509 506878
    E: info@stepscentre.org.uk

    Steps Conductive Education Centre
    40 Loughborough Road,
    Shepshed, Loughborough
    LE12 9DN
    Registered Charity number: 1063143

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