MEET THE TRUSTEES
Rachel trained as a doctor in Community Paediatrics in Nottingham, before spending 9 years working in rural Kenya including establishing a Disabled Children’s clinic. She returned to the UK In 2005 and is now a Consultant Paediatrician and Medical Lead for Women and Children’s services in Powys, Wales. She was awarded her Masters in Paediatric Neurodisability in 2017 from Sheffield Hallam University. Rachel established a research development group and led a pilot study of locally manufactured bespoke assistive devices for young children with Cerebral Palsy in Kenya made from APT. She continues her involvement in Kenya through the Powys Molo Health Link, leading three trainings of facilitators to deliver education programmes for parents of children with Cerebral Palsy and has also participated in APT trainings. Through the research and training courses, the need for a more sustainable model of developing support for children with disabilities in rural Kenya led to the establishment of APT4SD. She has continued to develop her interest in Cerebral Palsy in the UK collaborating with Cerebral Palsy Cymru, initially as a Bevan Fellow, to co-lead the emerging Cerebral Palsy Register for Wales.
Rachel has been married to Paul, who experiences Cerebral Palsy and is a wheelchair user, since 1993, and they have two young adult children.
Hilary is a retired Speech and Language Therapist and Grandmother of 6.
Hilary has visited Kenya on 6 occasions, staying 3 months in 2013. Her specialist knowledge has led her all around the world training others including training in Uganda, Belarus, Albania, Bulgaria and of course, Kenya.
Hilary is currently running the APT workshop in Talybont on Usk in the UK, working with adults with learning disabilities and loves the fact that APT uses recycled items and is sustainable as she is very concerned about environmental issues and climate change.
Cath trained at the London school of Physiotherapy and East London University and has been working for over 30 years in the NHS. She has spent most of her career working with children having specialised in outpatient neurology at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital. She is Bobath trained and passionate about early intervention and postural management for complex neurological and orthopaedic conditions. In recent years she has worked part-time in the rural community of Powys where she joined a community health exchange visit to Kenya in 2014. Having seen first-hand the overwhelming need for community support for children with disabilities in Kenya she became interested in APT. Cath gained a Master’s degree in Research at the University of Chester in 2020 which involved a research project which evidenced the benefits of APT devices for children with cerebral palsy in Kenya.