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Sibs trustees

Simon Everest - Chair

Simon is a civil servant, working in the UK Government Digital Service as an engagement and digital transformation lead, helping to improve government services online.  He is an adult sibling, with a younger sister with a severe learning disability.  Simon brings advice and guidance on the use of digital technologies, including social media, to the charity.

Sara Wheeler

Sara is an award-winning non-fiction writer specialising in travel; she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has written many books, including the bestselling Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica.  She is an adult sibling with a younger brother who has profound brain damage; doctors have never been able to find out what caused his non-congenital condition. Sara has sat on various arts boards and brings her experience of both corporate governance and of the role of non-executives within a small charity.

Roger Fielding

Roger lives in Ilkley, Yorkshire and is Owner and Managing Director of Roger Fielding Consulting Limited.  Roger has had 5 children, losing his eldest son Oliver 5 years ago, and having his youngest son Max challenged by the same condition.  Their sibling Louis inspired Roger’s interest in Sibs.  Roger is also an active supporter and fundraiser for Martin House Children’s Hospice in Boston Spa, Yorkshire.  Roger hopes he can bring some benefit to Sibs through his personal family experiences as the father of siblings, and from his professional experience of working with executives, leaders and managers in recruitment, leadership development, coaching and facilitation.

Charlie Simpson

Charlie has over 20 years fundraising experience derived from a variety of fundraising and senior management roles within organisations such as NSPCC, I CAN, Unicef UK and Action on Hearing Loss. As Director of Income Generation at I CAN he transformed the charity’s distribution model through the introduction of a licensing programme which significantly and sustainably increased programme reach. He has two daughters aged 8 & 11 and has an older sister with autism.

Saba Salman

Saba is a social affairs journalist. A former Evening Standard correspondent with 20 years’ experience in media, she writes regularly for the Guardian. Saba is an adult sibling and has a younger sister with Fragile X syndrome. She brings expertise in communications and knowledge of social care. Demystifying jargon and focusing on human stories in her journalism, she also uses these skills in her editorial consultancy work.

Carol McBride

Carol is a Director and Head of the Private Client team at Hugh Jones Solicitors, Manchester. Since she qualified as a solicitor in 2002 she has helped disabled people and their families protect their financial interests.  This can be through setting up specialist wills, trusts or powers of attorney, as well as working with the Court of Protection. She is a full member of Solicitors for the Elderly and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), and serves on STEP’s mental capacity Special Interest Group steering committee. A Dementia Friends Champion she is a vice chair of Salford Dementia Action Alliance and has been named as a leading individual lawyer by the Legal 500. Carol advises Sibs on future planning resources for adult siblings.

Jackie Howell

Jackie has over 15 years experience in marketing in organisations such as UKTI, PA Consulting Group and KPMG.  Specialising in taking complex business issues and making them easily digestible to a busy audience, Jackie is looking forward to using her skills to help Sibs take their story to an audience who may not know there is any support out there for them. Jackie has a young son. Her older brother has cerebral palsy.

Georgia Pavlopoulou

Georgia is Head of School and Family Partnerships at LiLAS Lab at Institute of Education, University College London. She has spent the last 15 years working with people with complex needs in the roles of therapist, teacher, lecturer, Head of Department, Scientific Co-ordinator and Educational Consultant, in the UK and Greece. Georgia has a special interest and expertise in family-centred programmes in Autism Spectrum Conditions. Her PhD research concentrates on understanding adolescent sisters’ experiences growing up with a brother or sister with complex autism. Georgia wants to use her knowledge and experience to help Sibs with future planning resources for older teenage siblings.

Sibs staff

Monica McCaffrey

Monica McCaffrey founded Sibs in 2001 and has been CEO since 2004. She has worked with siblings and their families for over 25 years – delivering direct support, leading workshops and presentations on sibling issues, training professionals on running sibling groups, and working with statutory and voluntary organisations to develop resources and service provision for siblings. Monica is co-author of Special Brothers and Sisters: Stories and Tips for Siblings of Children with a Disability or Serious Illness, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2005. Monica is an adult sibling and has a younger brother who has Down syndrome and autism, and another of her brothers had a life-limiting condition and died in childhood.

Louise Scott

Louise has been working at Sibs for the past seven years, having previously worked in banking. She brings her organisational and finance skills to Sibs as the Administrator and Events Coordinator. She especially loves it when she hears the relief in the voice of a sibling or parent at having found Sibs.

Linda Owen

Linda is our Information Officer for Young Siblings. She has worked in the voluntary sector for ten years, initially working in schools supporting young carers and sibling young carers. More recently she has managed the information service for a regional carers’ charity. She has four children, two of whom have a genetic disorder.

Claire Fraser-Lim

Claire is our Development Officer for Siblings in Schools. She has a background in project management, development and research and for the past 23 years she has worked in the voluntary sector, mainly in the East of England. Claire started her career in the field of adult mental health. For the past nine years Claire has been supporting young carers, including sibling young carers. She developed a unique programme of support for young carers in schools across Suffolk. Claire has four children, one of whom has a severe and enduring mental health problem.

Frances Danylec

Frances is our Development Officer for Adult Siblings. She is an Occupational Therapist by background and has a brother who has severe learning disabilities. She has worked with volunteers and groups over the past ten years, and has always enjoyed volunteering herself. Frances co-founded and facilitated the Nottingham Adult Sibling Group which she still attends. She brings her personal and professional experience to her work to support adult siblings at Sibs.

Sibs advisors

Richard Hastings

Richard is a Professor in the Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research at the University of Warwick and the Cerebra Chair of Family Research. He is a researcher in the field of intellectual disability and autism, with particular interests in families of both children and adults with disabilities. Richard’s research team have carried out several studies focused on brothers and sisters of children with intellectual disability and/or autism, especially young siblings.

Laura Smith

Laura is a Director at Consilium Communications – a PR and communications agency that specialises in the education and not-for-profit. Laura is passionate about promoting the importance and benefits of utilising strategic communications and PR. Laura has worked for BBC Worldwide, I CAN andThe Communication Trust, leading the PR for the Hello campaign (national year of communication). Hello was nominated for the Charity Times ‘Best PR Team of the Year’ award and in 2011 Laura was chosen for the PR Week ‘29 under 29’ initiative highlighting the best young talent in the industry. Laura is the sibling of Katie, aged 29, who is autistic and non-verbal and is an active supporter of Sibs.

Larry Reynolds

Larry is managing partner of Courageous Conversations at work, a company that helps people in business to create high performing organisations where people love to work. He supports Sibs with fundraising, recruitment, staff and volunteer training and strategy advice.