Meet The Team – Staff at Rainbow

Management Team

Lara BullLara Bull – CEO

Lara originally joined the Board of Trustees in the summer of 2012, and in November 2013 officially accepted the post of Centre Director following some internal changes. With her wealth of experience spanning most operating functions within a company she joined the centre, helping to consolidate and strengthen the team and systems and helping to realise the vision of becoming a regionally recognised charity.  Lara has 2 children and as a mother she feels this has helped her to bring a passion and drive to supporting the centre in the amazing work they do both with children and Adults.


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 is now Lead Conductor-Teacher in the Nursery and Reception and transition groups.

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 EbhabhaBeata Ebhabha – Conductor in Charge – Nursery

Beata Ebhabha graduated from the Peto Institute in Budapest in 2007. She worked in the North East of England since 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 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.

Nora PetoNora Peto – Conductor

Nóra graduated from the Peto Institute, Budapest in 2013. After graduation she worked in her home town of Kaposvar, where she was dealing with early intervention as a conductor. In the beginning of 2014 she joined the Rainbow Centre’s team, leading mainly the parents and child’s group, but also working in the nursery group and leading Saturday clubs fortnightly.

Ildiko Szucs


Ildiko Szucs – Conductor

Ildikó graduated from the Peto Institute in Budapest in 1990.  She has since worked in different countries like Hungary, Germany, Northern Ireland and mainly in England.  In Northern Ireland she established a Conductive Education project working with children with Cerebral Palsy during 1990’s.  Ildikó has experience working with different age groups from under 3 to nursery/ school and adolescents within different settings such as  conductive, mainstream, independent and special schools.  In January 2014 she joined the Rainbow Centre to work with nursery to school age children and to lead the Saturday club fortnightly.

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 LawrenceDee 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 – ApprenticeJo Downs

Joanna is in her 2nd Year at college specialising in  Health and Social Care. Joanna joined the team in September 2015 to complete an 18th month apprenticeship in both the children and adults sessions.    Joanna’s experience includes work experience as a teaching assistant with children aged 3 – 4  and care work during the weekends at a residential care home.

Amy CavanaAmy Cavana – Apprentice

Amy has recently finished school and started an apprenticeship with The Rainbow Centre which is an 18 month course at Level 2 Health and Social care.  Amy mainly works with the children in the nursery but when possible also helps with our adult services. Amy’s  experience includes working in an mainstream nursery for 5 months.


Yvonne WinstanleyYvonne Winstanley – Family Support Worker

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

Lucy Rumming – Fundraising Manager/Corporate Fundraiser – (Maternity Leave April 2017 – Jan 2018)Lucy Rumming

Lucy Joined the Rainbow Centre as Fundraising Manager at the start of 2016. From a legal background Lucy has since worked in various corporate fields for national organisations such as The Royal Mail and The Scout Association, she has managed accounts for multi-million pound organisations as well as running an award winning financial services team. She is bringing these account management and team management skills to the Rainbow Centre fundraising team and will also be responsible for heading up Corporate fundraising. In her spare time Lucy loves being outdoors, hiking and running are particular loves one of her greatest achievements in this field was climbing to the Nepali base camp of Mount Everest. If you or your company would be interested in supporting the Rainbow Centre do get in touch as she would love to speak with you about working together.

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.

Jessica Greenwood – Events Fundraiser

Jessica Greenwood Jess joined the Rainbow Centre as a Community Fundraiser in 2012 having met the team at a BNI networking meeting. She headed up Rainbow’s community fundraising efforts, organising our campaigns, runners, parachute jumpers and supporting all the fantastic and sometimes crazy challenges and events our supporters do to help keep our centre up and running. In 2015 she moved across to become Rainbow’s Event Fundraiser, taking on the challenge of organising Balls, Fun Days, Zip Wires and the rest! Keep an eye on our EVENTS PAGE to see what else we have planned.


Yvonne CampbellYvonne Campbell – Interim Fundraising Manager/ Senior Corporate & Community Fundraiser

Yvonne joined the team in August 2015 after working within local charities for over ten years. Working across the whole region, she is keen to develop strong links with all of the wonderful supporters that The Rainbow Centre has, and to provide everyone with lots of mad and crazy challenges to try… So if you are looking to challenge yourself or looking to hold a fundraiser for us here at the Rainbow Centre, please do give Yvonne a call, or what would be even better, pop in for a chat and a cuppa!


Kelle Russell – Corporate & 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

Ann Stuart – Office Manager10603417_10153266408188298_1351185475350649300_n

Ann joined the Rainbow Centre in June 2013 bringing her extensive experience in office management and sales.  Ann is passionate about the good work of the teams around her; often being the first point of call for staff, the amazing children, adults and parents who attend the Centre.


Ruth Leaver – Admin Officer

Ruth originally joined The Rainbow Centre as a volunteer just before our crisis appeal in March 2014. In September 2016 Ruth was appointed as Administrative Officer. Ruth’s role includes recruiting and co-ordinating volunteers and providing admin support for The Rainbow Centre Charity Shops.


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.



 Jenna Maslin – Finance OfficerJenna Maslin (2)

Jenna joined the Rainbow Centre in May 2016. She has brought with her 20 years of finance experience gained in both ‘for profit’ and ‘not for profit’ organisations in various industries. She will be managing the financial reporting requirements for the Rainbow Centre and helping to maintain the financial stability of the charity by providing the management team with useful and relevant financial information. In her free time, when she is not entertaining her young daughter, Jenna likes to keep fit by attending Boot camp classes.

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 a work, Helen enjoys spending time with her friends and family.


 Housekeeping  Team

Shellie WhiffinShellie1 and Mandy Quinnell

    Mandy Quinell