Our lovely committee is made up from a variety of people from different backgrounds. Here's a little bit of information about them.
 
All committee members sign up to a trustees code of conduct and we have a conflict of interest policy in place. At the beginning of each committee meeting trustees are asked if they have any conflicts of interest regarding the agenda and any changes within their circumstances.
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Carol Nice MBE
Hello  my name is Carol and I am Chair of the committee. I am the founder of Stepping Stones Play and Learn Group and I have over 30 years of knowledge and experience in early years education.
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Paulina Rangel
Hello - my name is Paulina and I am the Secretary of the committee. I'm from Venezuela. I have raised my family here in U.K. Before being a mum I used to work in Media, now I am committed to supporting Stepping Stones with volunteering at the nursery and supporting the charity as a committee member.
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Sean Plummer
Hello - my name is Sean. I am the Treasurer of the committee and have been involved with Stepping Stones since my son who has additional needs attended Tots group. I'm CIPFA qualified. That's chartered institute of public finance and accountancy.
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Theresa Higgins
Hello my name is Theresa, I have been a trustee for 15 years. I was Colchester mayor 2015-2016 and Stepping Stones was one of my chosen charities. I am a local councillor representing New Town and I was a Essex county councillor for 16 years. I'm a mum of 4, grandma of 3. My hobbies include running, embroidery and family history. 
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Emma Handley
Hello - my name is Emma and I have been a trustee for over 10 years. I am a SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) at a local school. 
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Jo King
Hello - my name is Jo. I have been a trustee for over 10 years and have been part of the committee ever since my son who has additional needs attended Tots group. 
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Pete Lambert
Hello - my name is Pete  and as a parent of an SEN child at the nursery, we have benefitted greatly from the support and knowledge that the Stepping Stones team were able to provide at what was a difficult time. By joining the committee I hope to be able to help the charity provide this same invaluable support to many more parents in the years to come.”
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Laura Ivaskericius
Hello - my name is Laura and I have been a trustee since 2019. I have several children with additional needs.
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Paul Handley
Hello - my name is Paul and I have been a trustee for 8 years and served as Chair for 5 years.  Both of my children attended the nursery and I’m keen to help this wonderful group continue to offer services to children and their families.
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Sue Townsend 
Hello - my name is Sue I am the Nursery Coordinator and I have been a trustee for 11 years. Three of my children attended Stepping Stones, my eldest son has Downs Syndrome.
Donna McWilliams 
Hello - my name is Donna I am the Deputy Coordinator. I started the group alongside Carol and have been a trustee for 8 years. Two of my children attended when we first opened in February 1991.
Jade Stephens 
Hello - my name is Jade I have been working at Stepping Stones since 2009 and have been a trustee for 7 years. Being on the committee has given me a better insight into the support needed to keep the group thriving. 
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Liz Taverner
Hello - my name is Liz. I have worked at Stepping Stones since 2002 and have been a trustee for 8 years. I have been married to Nigel for 36 years and have two daughters Rebecca now 25 and Melissa 23. Melissa has autism and learning difficulties and came to Stepping Stones as a toddler.  I am the Senior Administrator here at Stepping Stones and have a background of administration and marketing. I am honoured to be able to pass on my knowledge and experience as a SEND parent to new families facing the challenges to get the right support for their child.
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Dr. Nicola Don 
Hello - my name is Nicola I joined the committee in 2020. I have a good repertoire of knowledge in the Nursing and Caring profession. Initially I worked in my family’s care homes which specialise in learning disabilities with severe challenging behaviour. I then trained and worked as a General Nurse at our local hospital. Wishing to challenge myself further, and to make a dream come true, I returned to university. Here I obtained a BSc in Biomedical Science and ultimately achieved my PhD in Molecular Biophysics, specialising in cancer research. I am currently on a career break to look after my little boy, William. My hobbies include watercolour painting, sewing and reading whodunnits.

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 Stepping Stones Play and Learn Group,
Wilson Marriage Centre,
Barrack St, Colchester CO1 2LR

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