Meet the Team

Anita Coppola MBE - Head of Small Steps


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 70 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.


Sam Cook - Senior Operations Lead

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Sam is a state registered and chartered physiotherapist with 17 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.

Ruth Evans - Marketing & Communications Manager

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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's background is in Arts Administration and as a graduate Small Steps parent she has a wealth of knowledge about the disabled world.

Georgia Willan - Conductor Team Member

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Georgia joined Small Steps in 2018.  She trained to be a Conductor at the National Institute of Conductive Education (NICE) in Birmingham, and there gained her Degree in Conductive Education.  She focused on early years/early intervention throughout her training.

Before her training Georgia volunteered at a special needs school and has since travelled to work for short periods of time both to Poland and Los Angeles to see how Conductive Education is delivered there.

Eszter Boross - Team Leader/ Conductor Teacher


Eszter 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.

Nicola Thackeray - Business Manager

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Nicola has been involved in Small Steps since it's inception in 1998.  After working in a primary school for children with disabilities for 10 years, Nicola joined the Small Steps team in 2007.  As Business Manager she is responsible for the Charity's finances and HR and is also a member of the Fundraising and Premises committees.  

Bettina Kerekes - Conductor Team Member

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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 - Charity Support Assistant


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!

Fran Annesley - Physiotherapist Team Member

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Fran qualified as a physiotherapist in 2004. In 2007 she specialised in children’s physiotherapy, and since then has worked in a wide variety of paediatric settings. She joined the Small Steps Team in 2018 as a part-time member, and also works part-time as a self-employed children’s physiotherapist.