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Professor Simon Baron-Cohen

Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, Autism Researcher

Simon Baron-Cohen is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, University of Cambridge and Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is Director, Autism Research Centre (ARC) in Cambridge. He has a degree in Human Sciences from New College, Oxford, a PhD in Psychology from UCL, and an M.Phil in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London, and he held lectureships in these departments. He is author of Mindblindness, The Essential Difference, Prenatal Testosterone in Mind, and Zero Degrees of Empathy. He has edited scholarly anthologies including Understanding Other Minds, Synaesthesia, and The Maladapted Mind. He has written books for parents and teachers including Autism and Asperger Syndrome: The Facts, and Teaching Children with Autism to Mindread. He has celebrated autism in An Exact Mind. He is author of the DVDs Mind Reading and The Transporters, to help children with autism learn emotion recognition, both nominated for BAFTA awards. He is author of >450 scientific articles. He has supervised 32 PhD students.

Dr Fiona Godlee

Dr Fiona Godlee, Editor in Chief of the BMJ

Fiona Godlee has been Editor in Chief of The BMJ since 2005. She qualified as a doctor in 1985, trained as a general physician in Cambridge and London, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.
She first joined The BMJ in 1990 and has written and lectured on a broad range of issues, including health and the environment, the ethics of academic publishing, evidence based medicine, access to clinical trial data, research integrity, open access publishing, patient partnership, conflict of interest, and overdiagnosis and over treatment.
As Editorial Director for Medicine from 2000-2002, she helped to establish the open access publisher BioMedCentral. She is on the advisory or executive boards of Alltrials, the Peer Review Congress, the International Forum for Quality and Safety Healthcare, Evidence Live, Preventing Overdiagnosis, and the Climate and Health Council.
She was a Harkness Fellow (1994), President of the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) (1998-2000), Chair of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) (2003-5), and PPA Editor of the Year (2014).
She is co-editor of Peer Review in Health Sciences and a senior visiting fellow at the Institute of Public Health at the University of Cambridge. She is an honorary professor at the Netherlands School for Primary Care Research (CaRe).
Fiona lives in Cambridge with her husband and two children.

Tim Bryson

Tim Bryson, Healthcare Consultant

Tim is an independent healthcare consultant working on a variety of projects including the East of England Mental Health Clinical Network, the Health Foundation and with Social Finance on a range of children's services projects. Tim has worked on projects with Cambridge University Health Partners (CUHP), Camden & Islington NHS FT, and NHS London.
From 2002 to 2012 Tim was Executive Director of nursing for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust leading on children's services, learning disability services, healthcare governance and clinical risk. He was also the Trust's lead for safeguarding children.
Tim has a Masters in Social Research and a Masters in Health & Social Care Management, he is also a qualified mental health nurse with a broad range of clinical and management experience.
Tim worked with Amanda Langford and a number of other colleagues to found Blue Smile because of his passion for providing quality services for children and young people that will enable them to overcome challenges and realise their full potential in life.

Graeme Menzies

Graeme Menzies, Head of International Litigation and North America Desk, Mills & Reeve

Graeme is a former senior dispute resolution partner at national law firm Mills & Reeve, where he continues as a consultant. He has over 30 years' experience of advising boards and governors on risk management, governance and other legal issues. He has a strong interest in the firms' healthcare, charity and education practices. Graeme is an accredited mediator, a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and leads the firms North America Desk.

Ali Nuttycombe

Ali Nuttycombe, Finance Manager, SportsAid

Ali is a Chartered Accountant who completed her training at PEM, Cambridge's leading independent firm of Accountants, Tax and Business Advisers, where she previously worked as an Audit Manager. She is now Finance Manager and Company Secretary at London-based charity SportsAid, where she helps the next generation of British sports stars by giving them financial support and recognition during the critical early stages of their careers.
Ali is a member of the ICAEW's charity and voluntary sector special interest group and holds its Diploma in Charity Accounting. She is a graduate of the University of Southampton and CASS Business School.

Shirley Jamieson

Shirley Jamieson, Head of Marketing, Cambridge Enterprise Limited

Shirley is Head of Marketing for Cambridge Enterprise Limited, the University of Cambridge's commercialisation office - in October 2013, Cambridge Enterprise was named University Venturing Unit of the Year at the Global University Venturing annual ceremony in London.
Shirley co-authored the successful bid on behalf of the University of Cambridge to create the Cambridge Entrepreneurship Centre. She has extensive experience working with start-up companies with more than fifteen years' experience in executive search, first for Egon Zehnder International as a Researcher and then for six years as Managing Director of Scientific Resources, part of the Generics Group (now renamed Sagentia). Shirley has run her own consultancy firm specialising in senior appointments for technology based companies and was the Cambridge Evening News' Business Woman of the Year. She was a Governor of Anglia Ruskin University from 1993 to October 2012. Currently Shirley is Chair of Cambridge Meridian Academies Trustand sits on the Advisory Board for the newly created Future Business Centre.

Anne Kent-Taylor

Anne Kent-Taylor, Head of Operations, National Childbirth Trust

Anne became a trustee of Blue Smile in January 2016. Throughout her academic, professional and personal life, she has chosen to focus her career and interests on education, evidence, effectiveness and equality.
She began her career in science - as a postdoctoral research associate, working for the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust on the genetic basis of disease.
She later changed career direction and has worked in the charity sector for the last eight years. Anne is currently responsible for operational delivery of services for NCT - the UK's largest charity for parents. Her remit extends across the charity's work both directly with parents, and where commissioned by the NHS and Local Authorities.
Anne believes that education is key to empowering individuals to make choices that are right for them, with the education of women particularly crucial in improving equality. With two primary aged children, she is passionate that the right support is put in place for all children to help them fulfil their true potential.

Kate Morris

Kate Morris, Deputy Chief Executive, Youth Justice Board

Following a diverse career within the field of youth justice, Kate is currently Deputy Chief Executive at the Youth Justice Board: an arm's length body which provides leadership to the youth justice system and has oversight of services to young people across England and Wales. Kate is Director of Operations, overseeing performance management of services direct to children in the justice system, and representing the interests of these children across Government. Kate leads on the management of national, strategic relationships with partners in youth justice delivery, including the police, NHS England and local authorities.
Prior to her current role, Kate was responsible for the Effective Practice arm of the Youth Justice Board, leading in the identification and dissemination of effective practice with children in the justice system.
In addition to her career in youth justice, Kate is passionate about contributing to her local community. She became a trustee at Blue Smile after moving to Cambridge from London in 2013. Prior to this Kate was Chair of the Hounslow Youth Counselling Service in West London, a well-established and highly regarded charity, providing vital mental health support to children and young people across the borough.

Jodi Manning

Jodi Manning, International Project Manager, Cambridge Assessment International Education

After graduating Jodi worked for over 10 years in both local and national charities managing a wide portfolio of projects from a national programme of youth volunteering to overseeing the implementation of local advice services in London.
Combining her experience of managing large scale projects with her passion for young people Jodi took a role in a smaller youth justice charity as an Operations Director. In the three years Jodi was in the role she managed an ambitious programme of growth and oversaw the income of the charity grow ten-fold.
After moving to Cambridge with her family Jodi's career took a different turn and she now works as a Senior International Project Manager on educational reform projects with countries such as Kazakhstan.
Not wanting to lose touch with the causes that first motivated her Jodi approached Blue Smile to offer her skills as a trustee. She was inspired by its roots in the community and the passion of the staff to transform the lives of children.

Penny Dryden

Penny Dryden, Commercial Director, Valassis Coupons and Vouchers

Penny became a Trustee in January 2016. She is a Commercial Director with a Masters in Business Administration and a long history of senior commercial appointments in large marketing services organisations.
Following the birth of her two children in the 1980s and with a strong desire to continue her burgeoning career, Penny set out to fill an important gap for good quality nursery day care close to where she lived at that time. She established a large private day nursery in Crawley West Sussex and experienced first-hand the importance of recognising and providing support to children who are experiencing difficulties.
As a mum, and now a grandmother, Penny brings her passion for being involved in such an important charity along with her commercial experience to the Blue Smile project.

Rebecca Wood

Rebecca Wood, Chief Executive, Blue Smile

Rebecca Wood became Chief Executive Officer of Blue Smile in April 2015, following 17 years as Chief Executive of Alzheimer's Research UK. Under her leadership there, ARUK funded over £53m of pioneering dementia research and there was a revolution in public awareness of Alzheimer's disease. From a tiny charity, she oversaw year on year income increase and research investment for ARUK, transforming the organisation.
Rebecca came to Blue Smile because she felt mental health was in the same situation that had faced dementia: a lack of public understanding of the massive economic and human cost involved in the long term. With Blue Smile's model of highly-skilled therapy for children, she could see the enormous proven change that could be made for children's happiness and attainment, as well as the huge saving for society, if emotional issues were resolved early on in life.
Having an adopted child, she feels passionate about the difference that can be made to a child's life with the right care and help and wants all children to have that. When someone understands how Blue Smile can help, they realise that their donation can transform a child's life.

Amanda Langford

Amanda Langford, Clinical Director, Blue Smile

Amanda helped found Blue Smile and now works for the charity as its Clinical Director. She is a Child Psychotherapist who has worked extensively in Cambridgeshire schools, during which she was made aware by Headteachers of the need for specialist pastoral in-school support.
Previously, she was Head of a Youth Counselling service where she discovered the power of communicating with young people through use of the arts. When a suitable arts-based course was developed at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education, she completed another Masters degree there.
Other experience with children, young people and their families has included being a teacher at the Yehudi Menuhin School, a volunteer with Homestart, a Child and Family Worker on Addenbrookes' Children's Oncology Ward and the School Counsellor at Oundle School.
All of this work was undertaken in the belief that the right kind of early intervention for a child facing challenges can dramatically improve their wellbeing and prospects.

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