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Growing Hope Staff

Naomi Graham, Founder & CEO

Dr Naomi Graham is the Lead Therapist and Clinic Manager for Growing Hope King’s Cross. She is a children’s occupational therapist with several years of clinical experience, including training in sensory integration, attachment and various therapy interventions. Naomi has a Masters in health and rehabilitation, and a PhD in the experience of play for children with cerebral palsy. She founded Growing Hope in 2017.

Jess Bond, Child Counsellor

Jess works for Growing Hope King’s Cross. She is a Child Counsellor, having trained with Place2Be. She works with children, young people and parents, using play and art as well as talking in her sessions. She is also a Circle of Security facilitator.

Lizzie Johnson, Physiotherapist

Lizzie is a children’s physiotherapist with Growing Hope King’s Cross. She specialises in respiratory and neuro developmental physiotherapy. She is a trained Pilates instructor and has also taught adaptive swim for children with disabilities. Lizzie is married to Nick and has two children. She is passionate about supporting families and helping children to reach their full potential

 

Georgie Harris, Music Therapist

Georgie is a Music Therapist with Growing Hope King’s Cross. She has a Masters from Roehampton University in Music Therapy and experience working with children with additional needs and within neuro-disability rehabilitation. She is passionate about providing a safe place for children to express themselves through sound and is convinced that music is a powerful tool for growth and development. Georgie lives in West London and attends KXC.

Aimee Hobbs, speech and language therapist

Aimee is a speech and language therapist with Growing Hope King’s Cross who is passionate about helping children find their voice and empowering families to feel confident communicating with their child. She works in schools across London during the week and supports Growing Hope’s parent training in communication.

ABI PAGE, Speech and language therapist

Abi is an experienced children’s speech and language therapist at Growing Hope King’s Cross, with a specialism in Autism. She has a passion for working with children and their families, supporting the development of communication skills so that everyone can understand others and be understood themselves. She has training and clinical experience using a variety of different therapeutic approaches.

Shaaron Powell, Lead Occupational Therapist & Clinic Manager Brockley

Shaaron is a Paediatric Occupational Therapist at Growing Hope Brockley with extensive clinical experience working with children and young people with a range of difficulties and disabilities. Her experience includes both medical and community settings; mainstream schools, resource bases and pupil referral units. She has a broad scope of additional training with Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance, Sequential Oral Sensory feeding, and Coaching to name a few.

Judith Hart, Physiotherapist

Judith is a children’s physiotherapist working with Growing Hope King’s Cross. She has experience in a variety of settings including clinics, mainstream and special needs schools.  Judith is trained in Pilates, Baby Massage, Rebound Therapy and Bobath short courses. She has a special interest in babies and young children with neurodevelopmental needs but loves working with all children and families to promote functional skills helping each child reach their full potential. Judith lives with her husband in Battersea, London.

Rachel Orphan, Fundraising & Communications Officer

Rachel works with Growing Hope Umbrella as Fundraising & Communications Officer. She is an interdisciplinary designer and researcher. She has previously worked for a Cultural Institute and a family-run charity that supports an artist with autism. She grew up in South Wales and recently graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London with a degree in Design. She is very excited to begin working with Growing Hope and to witness their life changing work with young people who have additional needs.

Growing Hope Trustees

Becca White, Chair

Becca is a Director at a large global PR Agency, with over 8 years experience in corporate communications, formerly Sony’s Head of PR for their B2B business in Europe, and was included in PR Week’s 30 Under 30 in 2018. She attends church in North London and is a big champion of diversity and inclusion. Having travelled a lot, including volunteering stints in Uganda and Cambodia with children’s charities, Becca is delighted to now support the work of Growing Hope as Chair of Trustees. 

Francesca Robertson

Francesca is an experience fundraiser and works in the innovation team of a large children’s charity. She supports Growing Hope with fundraising and events. 

 

 

 

 

Carol Page

Carol has over 20 years’ experience working for the NHS as a Hospital Play Specialist. She has worked with children, young people & their families, enabling them to understand & navigate their medical conditions & treatment.

 

 

 

 

Lois Tackie - Oblie

Lois is part of the Kings Cross Church staff team. Prior to this role, she worked in a charity legal department as a solicitor. She loves the impact that Growing Hope is having on children and young people with additional needs and their families.

Paul Nye

Paul is a chartered accountant and he has had a number of senior roles within the accountancy profession and in commerce. Most recently he worked as Finance Director for a charitable trust, where he was responsible for all the financial aspects of thirty academies. Paul has also acted as a chair of governors and he is a National Leader of Governance.

Growing Hope King's Cross Trustees

David Straiton, Chair

David is a Psychiatrist who has worked in a wide range of healthcare settings and helps support the work of Growing Hope King’s Cross as Chair of Trustees. He hopes and prays that children and their families would flourish physically, emotionally and spiritually through the charity’s work.

Naomi Graham, Lead therapist and clinic manager

Naomi has a vision to see children, young people with additional needs and their families enabled to reach their potential and be included in all aspects of community life. She is an experienced children’s occupational therapist and founded Growing Hope in 2017.

Jon Carter

Jon is an assistant leader at King’s Cross Church. Jon worked as a Management Consultant for five years before starting training for ordination in the Church of England. He lives in King’s Cross with his wife Joanna.

 

Pippa Bailey

Pippa is a writer and editor who lives in North London. She has been attending KXC for the past five years. Not content with a simple nine til five, Pippa always has a side project on the go, and is currently writing a novel, a baking blog, running an embroidery business – and is a trustee for Growing Hope King’s Cross.

Dan Kheng

Dan acts as treasurer of Growing Hope King’s Cross and has been attending KXC since 2016. He works as a financial professional in Canary Wharf – although, until this day, still struggles to explain to his family & friends what he actually does! He genuinely loves a spreadsheet and can happily retire now that he has achieved the highest accolade of all – navigating Excel without a mouse.

Lauren Sibuns

Lauren is a primary school teacher who lives in Islington. She loves cycling around the canals and attending KXC.

Growing Hope Brockley Trustees

Chloe Stephens, Chair

Chloe manages Dance @ St Peter’s church Brockley. She has previously been Front of House Manager at a theatre, managing a large team of staff and volunteers. She has a passion for helping children, and has volunteered in orphanages/special needs schools in Peru, Bulgaria, and South Africa. She’s worked as a trained ballet teacher for 5 years, and done admin for schools and their exams. She prays that hope will be brought to local children with additional needs and their families.

Jeni Noel

Jeni has worked in television PR for over 20 years. She has two daughters, Rosa and Ruby. Her youngest, Ruby, has Downs Syndrome which is where her heart for Growing Hope springs from. She wants to see families who have children with additional needs find help, understanding and acceptance in the St Peters Brockley community. 

Ana Kyle

Ana is on Staff at St Peters Brockley as the Kids Worker. Having worked with kids and young people for many years, and with a particular interest in working with disadvantaged communities, Ana is very excited for the Growing Hope Clinic to open in St Peters. It will enable many families to access the therapy and support they need. She is also excited to see her kids ministry at church on a Sunday growing and developing in it’s accessibility and ability to embrace and include families with kids with additional needs. With three kids at home herself she keeps busy building train tracks, building lego structures, or endless crafting with her kids. 

 

Ella Haines

Ella has volunteered with children for nearly 10 years, she has a passion for seeing them grow with confidence. Seeing the need for charities to be a part of local services and the willingness of the community to step up and help is encouraging and Ella prays that this is something that we can be a beacon of hope for. She currently works with a Christian charity and loves being able to help people raise money for their charities and mission work.

Francesca Bignoux

Francesca has a background in working within accounts, though recently took the plunge to change careers. She has three children, two of which have additional needs, that went undiagnosed for many years due to the lack of funding in the health system, therefore she understands the need for services like Growing Hope. Francesca enjoys going to the gym in her spare time, though freely admits, it is not because she is a gym bunny but more a cake lover!