The Team

Trustees

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Sarah Wildgoose – Trustee

Sarah and her husband Tom moved to Kent from London in 2010. Their first daughter Charlotte was born later that year. Sarah continued working as a Finance solicitor in London until the birth of their second daughter Martha in 2012. At birth, Martha was diagnosed with Down's syndrome and a very serious heart condition requiring surgery at 4 months. Thankfully Martha is now doing really well and is a bubbly and vivacious toddler. Sarah is enjoying being a full time mum to her two lovely girls.

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Katerina Pollard – Trustee

Katerina, better known as Trina, moved to Kent in 1999 to be with her husband Chris. She has four beautiful children. Trina is legal guardian to the two older children, Chantelle and Phillip and then went on to have the twins Lathan and Cailyn in 2009. Lathan was diagnosed with Down's syndrome and a complete AVSD (heart condition requiring surgery) at birth. He is now a very active young man who lives life to the max and keeps Trina on her toes! Trina is currently running a childminding business from home and training hard for an upcoming Marathon.

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Donna Dodd – Trustee

I am Donna, mum to two teenage girls, the youngest who has Down Syndrome. I am also a Paediatric Occupational Therapist with 20 years’ experience working in the NHS, Education and private sector with young people from 0-25 years with a variety of disabilities. I have a strong belief in therapy being accessible to all and in making therapy relevant and practical to the child/young person or family. The opportunity to become a Trustee of 21Together is exciting and a way of sharing both professional and personal experiences. I look forward to seeing you all soon.

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Mike Tynan – Trustee

My name is Mike, I am an Area construction manager for Redrow homes. I am happily married to Helen and we have 2 beautiful girls, Abi who is 8 and Jess who is 5 and has Down syndrome. My hobbies are going to the gym and I am a keen Charlton fan going to matches when I can and recently Abi and Jess have been coming as well. My aim as a trustee is to help grow our charity, mainly in terms of fund raising but I also have a keen interest in the other aspects of the charity, including education and raising awareness of Down’s syndrome in the wider community. It’s important to me that others get the chance to understand what Down’s syndrome is all about and show them that our amazing children really do have no boundaries, just like all other children and young adults.

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Sinead Ainsworth - Trustee

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Staff

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Johanna Aiyathurai – Manager

Johanna has three children including one child with DS. She qualified as a Physiotherapist and specialised in Neurological Rehabilitation in acute care before leaving the profession after her third child. In this time she ran a successful independent business as well as spending many years within the NHS.

She then moved on to be a Special Educational Needs Support Officer in her local Information and Advice Service. She worked closely with families, carers and professionals to support individuals to navigate through the education, health and care systems with a child with additional needs.

Jo was one of the founding Trustees for 21 Together, she has stepped down to focus on her role as charity manager for the time being. She can generally be found avoiding team photos or drumming up support for the charity which has become more like a 4th baby than a job.

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Alex Davies - Charity Officer

Alex has two young daughters, very close in age, who occupy most of her time. Before joining the 21 Together team she worked in Human Resources Management for schools and academies in Kent. Whilst grappling with having two toddlers charging about the house, Alex worked part time as an account manager for a marketing agency in the Pharmaceutical Industry (where she still moonlights to this day).

As the charity officer for 21 Together she spends her time keeping everyone on track, sending you various emails and completing the “Alex, can you just…” tasks given by Jo. Her main hobby is keeping a literal roof over her family’s head whilst renovating the 520 year old house she foolishly decided to buy! Even with all this going on she still finds time collect and breed exotics frogs! She is one busy lady.

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Karen Heather - Group Leader

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Emma O’Sullivan - Group Leader

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Sue Chiverton - Support Worker

Sarah Zabinski - Support Worker