Meet The Team – Staff at Rainbow

Management Team

 

JamesJames Mudie Mudie – Interim CEO

James Mudie, who until recently was running Naked Fundraising, has been appointed as interim CEO at the Centre. James 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.

 

Conductors

Eniko KocsisEnikő Kocsis – Service Manager – Children’s Service

Enikő graduated from the Pető Institute in Budapest in 1995. She took up a post at the National Institute for Conductive Education in Birmingham as a young conductor until 1997.  She returned to Hungary to start a family while working in school and family support units in Hungary. Then 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. She is very passionate about supporting families and ensuring that the support they receive is at the highest standard. Eniko is married with three children and she enjoys spending time with her family both in England and in Hungary.

 

István SzűcsIstván Szűcs- Service Manager – Adult Service

István trained at the Peto Institute in Hungary, where he completed his training in 1988.  He has since worked as a conductor both in Hungary and in the UK.  István established a Conductive Education project in Northern Ireland during the 1990’s; working with children with neurological conditions.  As well as this, he 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. His most recent post was Conductor-in-Charge of the ACE (Accessing Conductive Education) Project at Great Barr Primary School in Birmingham.  Istvän devised and delivered their conductive education programme for children with physical disabilities in a mainstream setting.  István is married and has two children.  His hobbies include music (he is a church organist), bike riding and playing football.

 

Vanda Varga – Conductor in Charge – Adults                                                                                                       

vanda-vargaVanda graduated from the Peto institute, Hungary in 2008 as a conductor-teacher. Before moving to the USA as well as at different summer camps for children with cerebral palsy and other motor disorders in the United States. 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. She has a special interest in art and art therapy. She used to run Conductive Art Club for adult participants in Birmingham. She completed a practice tutor and mentoring course which was the first step towards her Master’s Degree.

Beata Ebhabha

 

Beata Ebhabha – Conductor in Charge – Nursery

Beata Ebhabha graduated from the Peto Institute in Budapest 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 in working with children who have cerebral palsy from working in a special needs education. In September 2013, she moved to the South to join the Rainbow Centre’s team, leading adult groups and she is now Conductor in Charge of the Nursery working with the children.

 

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

Anna graduated from the Peto Institute, Budapest 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. Since joining The Rainbow Centre, she has been leading the Parent and Child group within the Under 3 department.

 

 Zita Derbak – Conductor

Zita graduated in the Peto Institute in 2004, closely followed by a month in Spain at a summer camp for children with Cerebral Palsy.   Between 2004-2010 she Zita Derbakworked in Kuwait in a Conductive Education School. Zita joined The Rainbow Centre in September 2010, taking part in leading sessions for nursery to school aged children and Saturday Club sessions.  She now also leads the Adult Service sessions. Zita is one of our Health and Safety Representatives.

 

 

Beata Harsanyi2Beata Harsanyi – Conductor

Beata graduated from the Peto Institute, Budapest in June 2015. She also qualified as a Kinezio Tape- Proprioceptive Basic Techniques Therapist. In September 2015 she joined the Rainbow Centre’s team, leading Adult Service sessions.

Dee Lawrence

Dee Lawrence – Conductors’ Assistant

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 Assistant

Amy CavanaAmy 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.

 

 

 

Yvonne Winstanley – Family Support WorkerYvonne Winstanley

Yvonne is a qualified secondary school teacher and is a trained generalist adviser for the Citizens Advice Bureau.  She is now working at the Rainbow Centre, in conjunction with the Enham Trust, as a family support worker.  Her role is to provide advice and support for disabled adults and the families of disabled children.  She will be based at the Rainbow Centre every Thursday and can help with a wide range of issues including benefit entitlement and applications, direct payments, grant applications, writing support or pathway plans, housing and housing adaptation issues.  This free and independent service will develop to meet their needs.

Fundraising Team

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 skill set. Hannah is responsible for applying for funding for the Rainbow Centre from and maintaining relationships with trusts and foundations.

 

Kelle Russell – Community Fundraiser

Kelle joined the fundraising team in June 2016 straight into the new and exciting role of Fundraising Executive. She brings with her a wealth of experience within the charity and sales sectors. She is going to be growing our challenge events both in the UK and the Rest of the World along with planning our annual Burns Nights and a few other events across the year. She will also be looking to grow our collection box income so if you know of any shops, pubs or restaurants that would like to help give Kelle a call.  When she is not at work Kelle enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She is also a keen runner and is working up to running a Marathon soon!

 

The Administration Team

 

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 Crittall – Bookkeeper

Helen joined the team in May 2016, giving all the staff at Rainbow access to a finance person on a daily basis.  Helen is Level 4 AAT qualified and has worked within finance  for  20 years. When she is not at work, Helen enjoys spending time with her friends and family.