Meet The Team

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Trish Mabbott

Fund Raising and Project Development Manager

Trish was the Centre Manager until August 2018 when she and her husband moved to Cornwall. Now working remotely Trish is able to continue to do invaluable work for Steps using her years of experience to write bids for charity trust funds and source external support for the school. 

Janet Russell

Centre 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 first got involved with Steps when her last school chose Steps as a charity to adopt for a year. 

Jenny Chapman

Learning & Development Manager

Jenny joined Steps at the start of the school year in September 2019 bringing a wealth of experience in management in the Special Educational Needs sector

Indila Simandi

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


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


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.

Megan Taylor

Conductor's Assistant

Megan started at Steps in 2015 as our apprentice. She has completed her Level 2 in Child Care qualification and is currently a Conductor’s Assistant.

Reka Simandi

Reka Simandi

Trainee Conductor

Reka started at Steps in September 2019. She is in her first year of studying Conductive Education at Birmingham City University.

Becky Pycroft

Becky Pycroft

Trainee Conductor

Becky started at Steps in September 2019. She has a degree in Childhood Studies and will be starting the Multidisciplinary Conductor Course in January 2020

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.

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Angie Higgins

Finance Officer

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

The Trustees

John Montague B.eng(hons) FRSA


John is Chief Operating officer for The Big Issue Group which consists of the The Big Issue street paper which supports 1400 individuals a year to earn a living and start to rebuild their lives, and Big Issue Invest, a social investment business that manages and advises on £170m of social investment funds. Big Issue Invest supports over 300 social enterprises and charities across the UK.

John is also a non executive Director of a number of charities and social businesses including: “The Why Gallery”, an arts gallery in Frome that trades to support its parent organisation to deliver counselling to individuals suffering life threatening disease, and Black Country Make CIC, a community led enterprise delivering jobs and opportunities for individuals from the Heath Town Estate in Wolverhampton.

John is passionate about providing opportunities and support to areas of society that are being under-served by current public services.

Mark Jermy


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


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


Laura is a parent of a child who attends 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.


Dr Heather Crate


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.


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.


Contact Us

T: 01509 506878

Steps Conductive Education Centre
40 Loughborough Road,
Shepshed, Loughborough
LE12 9DN
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