Meet the Team

Meet the dedicated team behind the magic at Steps.

Our dedicated team are passionate about helping shape the lives of children with motor disorders and delays. Our team of experienced practitioners are experts at what they do with extensive knowledge to guide and support our families. Our support team, managers and trustees are all committed to providing the best possible service for the children and their families.


Practitioners

Indila Simandi

Indila Simandi

Team Leader and Lead Conductor

Our Lead Conductor qualified as a Conductor and Teacher at the Pető Institute in 1992. Indila has been working as a conductor ever since, living in England since the mid-90's. Indila has been working in several Conductive Education Centres, also acting as practice tutor for conductor students and completing MA modules in Conductive Education, whilst bringing up her family. As well as her academic knowledge, Indila has first-hand experience of a brother with Cerebral Palsy. Indila's enthusiasm for this vocation is founded by attending Conductive Education sessions with him as a young child. Indila is passionate about offering the best possible service to all the Steps families. Indila has been the team leader at Steps since 2001.

Fiona Holroyd

Fiona Holroyd

Conductor

Fiona is South African but in 1997 she moved to Budapest, where her interest in the Pető Institute and Conductive Education began. After having her family, Fiona returned to her passion and obtained her Childcare in the Early Years qualification before going on to achieve a first class honours degree in Conductive Education and a distinction in her Qualified Conductor Status. She is currently studying for her PhD at the University of Nottingham. Fiona has been at Steps since 2010.

Mariann Taylor

Mariann Taylor

Conductor

Mariann trained at the Pető Institute in Hungary, where she qualified as a Conductor and Teacher in 2010. After her degree she spent one year in Germany and two years in England as a Conductor, before joining Steps in 2013.

Reka Simandi

Reka Simandi

Trainee Conductor and Media Assistant

Reka started working at Steps as a Trainee Conductor in 2019. She is simultaneously studying for a degree in Conductive Education at Birmingham City University and is expecting to graduate in 2022. Recently, Reka has also taken on the role of Media Assistant, supporting the Marketing Manager with content of online resources and social media. Growing up, Reka enjoyed caring for young children, both as an older sister and later, as a babysitter for other families. At this time, she wanted to be a teacher - now she takes pride in her role in enabling the children at Steps to elevate their potential.

Management and Support

Trish Mabbott

Trish Mabbott

Fundraising and Operations Manager

Trish first joined Steps in 2009 and became Steps' first Centre Manager. She had previously worked as an Early Years Lecturer and as an Early Years Advisor for The East Riding of Yorkshire Council, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience. In August 2018 Trish moved to Cornwall. Working remotely, Trish was able to continue to work for Steps using her years of experience to write bids for charity trust funds and source external support for the charity. Following the restructuring of the team in the Covid-era and the move to digital delivery rather than wholly classroom-based work, Trish has been able to re-take the helm and is delighted to be leading the team once more.

Janet Russell

Janet Russell

Centre and Volunteer Manager

Janet joined Steps in September 2018 after a successful career in education. Janet worked in both the state and independent sectors as a teacher and also in school administration including marketing, fundraising and event coordination. Janet lives locally and supports Trish by managing the Steps Centre, coordinating publicity, and recruiting and developing a team of volunteers to support the activities of the charity.

Katy Widdowson

Katy Widdowson

Marketing and Communications Manager

Katy is a parent of a child who attends Steps. After seeing first hand the impact Steps has for families, she volunteered her professional skills to assist with digital marketing. Katy was brought into the team in December 2020 to focus on the implementation of our Digital Transformation project including the new website and digitised processes.

Sally Belton

Sally Belton

Administrative Assistant

Sally has worked at Steps for over 20 years and is an asset to the team with her knowledge of IT systems and all aspects of administrative work. Sally loves meeting all of our families - Sally's son attended Steps for 15 years, so she understands what they are going through. She is a fountain of knowledge and a great support to everyone at Steps.

Angie Higgins

Angie Higgins

Finance Officer

Angie Joined Steps in 2019 bringing a wealth of experience to the charity's financial management.

Peter Legg

Peter Legg

Clerk to Trustees

Peter has been employed as Rosemary Conley's Personal Assistant since 2012 and initially got involved with Steps by occasionally taking the minutes at Trustees' meetings. After gradually taking on more tasks, Peter was appointed as the Clerk to the charity. As Clerk, Peter is responsible for minuting the decisions of the Board and ensuring governance at Board meetings. Working alongside our Patron, Rosemary, Peter has assisted in organising the annual "A Question of Brains" dinner every year since its inception.

Trustees

John Montague

John Montague

Chairman

John is the Managing Director of Social Business Development.
Social Business Development works across the public/private and social economy sectors to establish value-led partnerships that can deliver scale, sustainability and improved social impact in the UK.
John has worked in the Social Business sector for over twenty years creating and growing social businesses and was for seven years a director at The Big Issue Group.
John is a non-executive director of a number of social businesses and charities across the UK. John is passionate about providing opportunities and support to areas of society that are being under-served by current public services.

Mark Jermy

Mark Jermy

Trustee

Mark has been involved with Steps after offering his professional services as an architect, assisting in the planning and delivery of ITV's "Challenge Rosemary" Steps' renovation project. Due to the extraordinary goodwill and efforts of many individuals and companies, the project culminated in the successful initial refurbishment of the centre in 2007. The sheer joy and pleasure seen in the faces of the children when they achieve their personal goals, along with the enthusiasm of the staff, make Steps an inspirational organisation, of which Mark is proud to willingly serve as a Trustee.

Tony Carr

Tony Carr

Trustee

Tony was born in the North East and moved to Leicestershire in 2006 with his work. Married to Su with one daughter, Ellie, who started attending Steps in 2007, Tony joined Steps' Trustees' group initially as the parent representative before he was invited to join as a full Trustee in November 2008. Tony is a Senior Manager at the Caterpillar plant in Desford. He is a member of the 'Caterpillar Cares' charity team, which has supported Steps throughout his tenure.

Laura Beales

Laura Beales

Trustee

Laura is a parent of two children who attend Steps and has experienced first hand the benefits that Steps Conductive Education Centre brings. Her enthusiasm and insight bring valuable skills to the Board of Trustees.

Jeanette Cooper-Hudson

Jeanette Cooper-Hudson

Trustee

Jeanette joined the Board of Trustees in 2020 after many years as the Charity and Sponsorship Manager for Next PLC. Through the support which Next gave to Steps over many years, Jeanette had gained an insight into the charity and brings a wealth of experience to the role.

Rosemary Conley CBE DL

Rosemary Conley CBE DL

Patron and Trustee

Rosemary was honoured to be asked to be Patron when the charity was originally formed and in recent years has also served as a Trustee. She is passionate about the wonderful work that Steps does and how the children and families are helped and supported by the remarkable team that work there. Whilst also acting as a Patron to a number of other charities Rosemary's charitable focus is most definitely directed to Steps because of the incredible contribution this small organisation makes to the children and their families who attend.

Community Champions Award