Meet the Small Steps Team

Anita Coppola MBE 

Trained both as a special needs teacher and in conductive education Anita worked first as a teacher in Greenmead School before joining Small Steps in 1998.  Anita has driven the Service forward from those early days when just 3 children attended sessions to the Small Steps we have today with over 50 children on roll.

Anita provides Outreach to a number of Small Steps children in other settings as well as training on ‘Disability Awareness’ to other Professionals.  Anita was awarded an MBE in 2012 for Services to Special Education particularly her work for Small Steps.


Eszter Boross

EszterEszter trained at the Peto Institute in Hungary and is a qualified Conductor/Teacher.  She has previously worked at the Hornsey Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy and first joined Small Steps in 2004 as maternity cover and then as a permanent member of staff from 2005.  Eszter is Team leader and both leads and supports Small Steps sessions.



Cilu Vago

CilushotCilu trained at the Peto Institute in Hungary and is a qualified Conductor/Teacher.  She previously worked at Stick’n’Step in Liverpool and in 2008 joined Small Steps as a fulltime member of staff.  Cilu both leads and supports sessions throughout the week.



 Kasane Minowa-Astridge

Kas studied BSC Physiotherapy degree at St George’s University of London for 3 years.  She previously worked at the Whittington Health NHS Trust for 2 years and part time as a drama teacher, a youth support worker for children with learning difficulties and a one to one personal support worker for a physically disabled adult.  Kas joined Small Steps in September 2013.




Samantha CookSam

Sam is a state registered and chartered physiotherapist with 15 years experience in a wide variety of clinical areas. In 2002 she specialised in children’s physiotherapy, working in a central London teaching hospital until 2006. Since then she has been a self employed paediatric physiotherapist and in 2015 joined the Small Steps Team part time.


Nicola Thackeray 

NicolaNicola joined Small Steps in 2007 after working in a special school for 10 years.  Nicola is responsible for Personnel and Finance at Small Steps as well as being a member of the Fundraising Committee.



Ruth Evans


Having attended Small Steps as a parent with her son Joseph, Ruth joined Small Steps as Administrator in 2002.  She is responsible for Administration, Marketing and Communications including the Small Steps website, social media and IT support to staff.   Ruth previously worked for another charity for seven years as an Events Manager.


Tricia Paterson


Tricia joined the Small Steps team as Charity Liason Officer at the beginning of 2015, with an aim of helping Anita to develop our service.

Tricia and her son James are graduates of Small Steps and she is a former Parent Rep in the Board of Trustees and a founder member of the Fundraising Committee.

Before motherhood and Small Steps, Tricia spent ten years working in advertising, where she ran accounts like British Gas, Hovis and Transport for London.
A private sector background in client services, marketing communications and generally getting things done will undoubtedly be put to good use here at Small Steps.


Bettina Kerekes

Bettina trained at the Peto Institute in Hungary and is a qualified Conductor/Teacher. At the Peto she spent 3 years in the kindergarten working with children with Cerebral Palsy. In the last semester she spent her practice in the “mothers-and-children” group.  Bettina joined Small Steps in September 2015.


Mylène Terret

Mylène comes from France and arrived in London in October 2014.  She has previously worked as an au pair with English families. She enjoyed looking after children, educating and supporting them in their everyday life.  Mylène has also undertaken voluntary work for other charities and schools in her spare time.  Mylène joined Small Steps in June 2017 as our Charity Support Assistant.  She is really happy and grateful to be part of the Small Steps team/adventure!