HRH The Duchess of Gloucester - Patron
The Duchess of Gloucester is the wife of the Queen’s cousin and a full time working royal. She has been our patron since 1993, and recently visited our centre in Watford . The Duchess has said of her involvement with charities: “As members of the Royal Family and in our public life, The Duke and I have the huge privilege of continuously meeting people greatly committed to their work with charitable causes – many individuals being volunteers, doing all kinds of good works, giving of their time, talents and expertise.”
Bob Walder (Chair)
Bob has spent the majority of his career acting as an agent for change, both as an internal and an external consultant for organisations ranging from Barclays Bank and Westland Aerospace to the RSPCA and the University of Sussex. He has developed expertise in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) to improve individual and group performance, also held line responsibilities and brings a wide range of skills and experience.
Ann Tinklepaugh (Vice Chair)
Ann formerly worked for The Ministry of Justice, serving on their Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal panels and as a trainer and adviser for The Advisory Centre for Education, a national charity. Ann’s son has cerebral palsy and has received Bobath Therapy for over 30 years.
As well as regularly receiving Bobath Therapy to maintain his mobility and manage his cerebral palsy, Henry has enjoyed a 20-year career with Ford Motor Company. His experience has moved from being an analyst programmer to becoming an independent IT Consultant specialising in web-based technologies.
Kate is an Associate Solicitor in the Medical Negligence team at Irwin Mitchell, London. She represents people who’ve been injured due to a medical accident, and their families. She manages her own varied caseload of complex high-value claims, but has a specialist interest in children who have suffered injuries at birth. She has particular expertise in cerebral palsy caused by HIE, hyperglycaemia and hyperbilirubinemia.
Charles van Berckel
Charles is a father to four boys ranging in age from 10 to 22. Kit (No3) an energetic and lively teenager has a diagnosis of dystonic quadriplegic CP. After an 11 year spell as an Army Officer, Charles embarked on his business career which has included running his own company and working as a consultant for SME’s in business development. His latest venture with his wife Joanna, is setting up AbleStay. AbleStay aims to deliver fully accessible and disability focused holiday homes for families in city centres, starting with London.
Ambarine is the mother of Jacob, who was born with cerebral palsy and has a diagnosis of epilepsy and Autism. She previously worked as a Telecommunications Consultant and Project Manager across client sites in Europe and since discovering that conventional methods of teaching did not work for Jacob, decided to start making her own teaching resources. This led to her undertaking a PGCE in Primary School Teaching and she now teaches a range of children including those with special educational needs within a mainstream setting. She has worked with organisations to break down barriers and attitudes towards children with disabilities and promote opportunities for them to be involved in a range of activities. She hopes that her first-hand knowledge and experience with overcoming a range of difficult situations would be beneficial in supporting parents in similar circumstances.
Danny is a father to three boys ranging in age from 8 -13. Jude, his youngest, has Left Side Hemiplegia and has been receiving therapy from The Bobath Centre for over five years. After a spell in the US playing football as a Collegiate Athlete, Danny embarked on his business career which has led him to his current role as Managing Director of NBM Technology Solutions – An IT Business specialising in Datacentres and Enterprise Data Network Infrastructures. Danny brings a wealth of commercial expertise & experience to the board of Trustees.
Madeleine Cassidy (CEO)
Madeleine Cassidy joined as Chief Executive Officer in October 2019. Before taking up her role at The Bobath Centre, Madeleine was Chief Executive Officer of the Brazelton Centre, a national children’s charity where she led the organisation towards a new strategic direction and oversaw the development of new services for families. Her background lies in Brand Marketing management for national commercial brands and Madeleine transitioned into the voluntary sector in 2004, where she has worked in the fields of child development and disability. Madeleine holds a MSC in Voluntary Sector Management and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.