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.
Andrea Samuelson - Chair/Director
I have been Chair of the Board of Directors/Trustees since July 2012. Having been a Trustee since 2005, 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.
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.
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.
Abbie Tufano - Trustee (Parent Rep)/ Director
I was asked to become a Parent Rep/Trustee of Small Steps in 2018, after my son Ted graduated, after almost two amazing years at this incredible facility for children like Ted. I was first recommended to visit Small Steps by Ted’s physiotherapist when he was just a year old and when we had only just discovered that Ted had suffered a huge brain injury shortly before his birth and as a consequence has 4-limb cerebral palsy, epilepsy and is severely visually impaired. Small Steps opened up a whole new world for us, not just teaching us how to help Ted in his day to day therapy, but also as a lifeline for us parents, who find ourselves in a situation we never thought imaginable. They are truly incredible. I am also a Mummy to Ted’s big sister Bea and his identical twin Monty.
I previously worked in Children’s Television broadcasting for many years and then at a Children’s Television production company and so my passion really is kid focussed and organising events.
Tom Theobalds - Treasurer (Parent Rep)/Director
My daughter Alice attended Small Steps until she was 4 years old. She has Cerebral-palsy and is quadriplegic with profound learning difficulties. Small Steps helped me learn a huge amount about helping Alice to maximise her range of movement and improved her tolerance of physical exercise! The sessions were always demanding, and the therapists were great at pushing Alice to do as much as she was able. Small Steps provides a unique experience helping pre-school children with exercises and activities to help them develop. In addition Small Steps provides a vitally important network for the parents to meet with others in a similar position.
I am a Chartered Management Accountant and work within the IT industry as a finance leader. I am married with two children. I know from first hand experience the value which Small Steps brings and I am excited to be part of the team at Small Steps and to play a very small part in making that happen.
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.
Tim Halfhide - Trustee / Director
I joined the board of Small Steps in 2018. My background is commercially orientated having run my own business for nearly thirty years. Prior to that, I worked in the City as an Insurance Broker, having left the University of Exeter with a Combined BA (Hons) degree in Economics and Statistics. I sit on the Small Steps Finance and Premises sub committees. I am married, with three grown up children. My interests include foreign travel and most sports; in particular skiing, sailing and golf.
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.
Margaret Kelly - Trustee / Director
Formerly a Deputy Head and experienced teacher, Margaret is now retired and she has worked on several committees in varying roles. Margaret is particularly interested in the concept of Conductive Education and its practice with young children with life-challenging problems.