Governance and Board of Directors
The Small Steps Board of Directors has overall responsibility for strategic direction of the charity and it’s financial overview. The Board meets twice a term, so the day to day running of the project is delegated to the Head of Small Steps.
Director/Trustees on the 2016/2017 Board
Andrea Samuelson – Chair/Director I have been Chair of the Board of Directors/Trustees since July 2012. Having been a Trustee for the last 8 years, I have an in-depth knowledge of Small Steps. I have been active on the fundraising side of things – organising events and raising the profiles of Small Steps in the local community. I initially became aware of Small Steps and the valuable work it carries out through a friend who valued the support the charity provided for her and her daughter. My background is in public affairs and public relations with a regulatory body based in Westminster and a lobby group based in Brussels. My experience covers all the broad areas of communications. I am actively involved in fundraising for various organisations, including Kew College, as Chair of the PTA, where we raised over £25,000 in one year to buy a school minibus. I am a founder member and on the organising committee of Kew Fete – a large local fete held annually in June. My academic background is a BA(Hons) in European Studies and Modern Languages (French & German)(University of Bath) and an MA in European Management (Cranfield University). I am also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (MCIPR). I am married with 2 children – aged 16 and 13.
Joanna Brotherstone – Trustee/Director
I was involved in setting up Small Steps School for Parents, with the Head of Greenmead School Angela Laxton, while I was Chair of Governors. I was the first Chair of Trustees at Small Steps until Sally Wilson took over and am still a governor at Greenmead with responsibilities for Safeguarding. My professional background is in research psychology and group psychotherapy. I worked at the Henderson Hospital Therapeutic community and have been involved in a variety of research projects there and at other psychiatric hospitals. I also chaired a Drug Advice Support group based in Putney which after ten years became amalgamated with St Georges when our lease expired. In my spare time I enjoy tennis, reading, travelling and painting!
I am very proud of what Small Steps has achieved and think we have exciting and challenging times ahead.
Rachel Pain – Trustee (Parent Rep)/Director I have been involved with Small Steps since 2009, initially as a parent of Joe who has whole body cerebral palsy, and then as a parent representative on the board. Small Steps welcomed us in to their community and has created a happy, nurturing and supportive environment which has benefited Joe and our family and many others who struggle with the challenges that having a disabled child presents. Even though Joe has ‘graduated’ from weekly sessions, as he is now in fulltime school, we still turn to the Small Steps team for advice re possible treatments and interventions. Anita also came to Joe’s school and provided a really valuable session to the whole teaching team to show them the challenges of having a disability. I am a chartered accountant and auditor and work in the City.
Patrick de Vink – Trustee (Parent Rep)/ Director
Patrick joined Small Steps as a Director/ Trustee with a particular focus on fundraising. Patrick’s eldest daughter, Indiana, graduated at the end of 2014 after two years at Small Steps to attend Linden Lodge School full time. Sasha (Indy’s mum) and Patrick were incredibly grateful for the help, knowledge, therapies, support and so many other benefits that they gained from Small Steps, which made such a huge difference for their family at an incredibly difficult time. Sasha said: “As well as having the opportunity and space to meet other parents in similar situations and to be able to swap ideas and information, without SS we simply would not be where we are today and we hope that SS continues to help many more families like ours.” Patrick is a principal at Altus Investment Management, a London wealth management firm and Indy has a healthy little sister, Domini.
Greg Ross-Sampson – Trustee (Parent Rep)/ Director
Greg’s daughter Ellie is currently attending sessions at Small Steps. Greg is Director of Operations at the Health and Care Professions Council, a statutory regulator of over 344,000 professionals from 16 health and care professions in the United Kingdom.
Genesta Luxmoore – Trustee / Director
I joined Small Steps as a trustee in 2016. I have served as a professional trustee and legal adviser for corporate trusts. I sit on the Small Steps personnel and premises committees. I have two teenage children. In my spare time I enjoy dog walking, horse riding and art exhibitions.