Meet The Team 


JamesJames Mudie Mudie – CEO

James Mudie is CEO at the Centre and has worked with The Rainbow centre in the past so he knows all about us, what our priorities are and where we need to develop and re-focus.


Eniko KocsisEnikő Kocsis – Service Manager – Children’s Service

Enikő graduated from the Pető Institute in 1995. She became The Rainbow Centre’s summer-school conductor for four years before taking a full time post with us in 2003.  Enikő took up the role of Lead Conductor-Teacher in the Children Service before becoming a Service Manager.

István SzűcsIstván Szűcs- Service Manager – Adult Service

István trained at the Peto Institute where he completed his training in 1988.  He has since worked as a conductor both in Hungary and in the UK.  István has established a Conductive Education project in Northern Ireland, worked with the students on the BA (Hons) course in Conductive Education in conjunction with Wolverhampton University at the National Institute of Conductive Education in Birmingham and before joining us in 2013 he was Conductor-in-Charge of the ACE (Accessing Conductive Education) Project at Great Barr Primary School in Birmingham


Vanda Varga – Conductor in Charge – Adults                                                                                                       

vanda-vargaVanda graduated from the Peto institute in 2008 as a conductor-teacher before moving to the USA to work at different summer camps for children with cerebral palsy and other motor disorders. She moved to Birmingham in September 2008 and worked at the adults department of The National Institute of Conductive Education until she joined The Rainbow Centre in November 2016. 

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Beata Ebhabha – Conductor in Charge – Nursery

Beata graduated from the Peto Institute in 2007. She worked in the North East of England from October 2007 alongside adults with neurological conditions, including Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and those recovering from strokes. Beata has experience of working with children who have cerebral palsy from working in a special needs education.


Aniko VassAnikó Anna Vass – Conductor in Charge – Parent & Child

Anna graduated from the Peto Institute in 2005. Before joining The Rainbow Centre, she worked for a number of different centres in the UK and overseas. Anna is experienced in working with various age groups; ranging from toddlers to school age/young adolescents within a range of different settings. 


 Zita Derbak – ConductorZita-Derbak

Zita graduated from the Peto Institute in 2004, closely followed by a month in Spain at a summer camp for children with Cerebral Palsy. After six years of working in Kuwait in a Conductive Education School, Zita joined the Rainbow Centre in 2010. She now leads the Adult Service sessions and is one of our Health and Safety Representatives.



Dee Lawrence – Conductors’ AssistantDee Lawrence

Before joining the Rainbow Centre, Dee worked in Schools and Nurseries as a Learning Support Assistant.  Dee initially started volunteering in 1999, helping-out one day a week in children’s services. Since May 2006, Dee is now a fully-fledged full-time member of staff, and she’s loving it!


 Joanna Downs – Jo DownsConductors Assistant

After completing an 18 month apprenticeship with both the children and the adults, Joanna is working as a Conductors Assistant fortnightly in our Saturday Clubs.  She has a Level 2 qualification in Health and Social Care.



Amy Cavana – Conductors AssistantAmy Cavana

Amy has recently qualified after completing a Level 3 in Childcare and now she has license to practice in Early Childcare.  She now works full-time as a Conductors Assistant in the Childrens Service.




Nikki Radcliffe – Head of Fundraising

Nikki joined us recently and brings 23 years of fundraising and management experience to the centre.



Hannah Slee (2)Hannah Slee – Trusts & Foundations Officer

Having originally volunteered in the fundraising team at the Rainbow Centre in 2013, Hannah left to broaden her fundraising experience, before returning to Rainbow in July 2016. Hannah has a wide variety of previous experience, including a background in chemistry and the legal profession, which has given her a diverse and very useful skills set. 


Kelle Russell – Events & Communications Manager

Kelle joined the fundraising team in June 2016. She brings with her a wealth of experience within the charity and sales sectors. Kelle is responsible for running all our centre events as well as managing our communications and social media presence.



Maya Thomas – Community Fundraiser MayaT

Maya joined the Rainbow Centre in August 2018. She has had a varied experience in fundraising, and most recently worked as a community fundraiser for another local charity. She is here to support all of the community and challenge event fundraisers and organise community events such as the Christmas Fair.




Sarah HSarah Hudson – Corporate Partnerships

Sarah joined the team in April 2018 bringing six years working experience with another local charity and 15 years as a volunteer and Deputy Director for Outreach and Fundraising with a regional branch of a national charity.
Sarah is responsible for managing new and existing corporate partnerships and 100 Club members. She is a keen networker and has longstanding links with businesses that she is proud to have brought with her from her career in corporate sales for several large hotel and hospitality groups.




M_DeftyMary Defty – Office Manager

Mary joined us in May 2018 and manages all our office facilities and keeps us all on track! 





Jo Candy – Service Secretary10339431_710788295651572_5248503361036966207_o

Jo joined us in 2004 and is secretary to the service team. She supports  the administration processes involved in liaising with parents, professionals, supporters and clients of The Rainbow Centre.



 Helen (2)Helen Brown – Bookkeeper

Helen joined the team in May 2016, she is Level 4 AAT qualified and has worked within finance  for  20 years.