Management Committee Biographies 

Martin ColesClaire Wells - Chair of Committee

Parent to a child who previously attending Stepping Stones

I initially became involved with the management committee once our son finished a wonderful year at Stepping Stones and started primary school. I was overwhelmed by the holistic support given, not only to our son, but our whole family. I want to be able to ‘give back’ and do whatever is possible to help such an important organisation that supports children with special needs in our local community.

My aims are to facilitate the smooth running of the management committee, increase the public’s awareness of this superb charity and support Stepping Stones in any way that I can to ensure its longevity.

Sheila ColesSheila Coles

I started as a Volunteer at Stepping Stones before becoming an Assistant Playleader and then the Playroom Manager.  I retired in 2007 after 10 years at Stepping Stones.


Dr Tim AdlamDr Tim Adlam

Dr Tim Adlam is an Associate Professor at the UCL Global Disability Innovation Hub in London, and Principal Engineer at Designability in Bath, researching technology for people with disabilities. He has worked in disability innovation for over 20 years, and brings his experience and connections in the field to Stepping Stones. He is currently researching dynamic seating for children with dystonia. Tim also has a son with cerebral palsy who attended Stepping Stones in his early years. He says “Stepping Stones was a significant support for our family: a place where people understood what it is like to be a family including a disabled child, and understood how to navigate convoluted health and education systems.”. Tim joined the committee after enthusiastically approaching Debbie Wickham to ask if he could help support Stepping Stones, and give something back to help others.


Gill WilliamsGill Williams

Having worked at Stepping Stones for a number of years as the sensory play leader, I originally joined the management committee as staff representative.

When I finished my working role in the summer of 2018, I became a full voting member on the committee.

I am committed to supporting the setting, Debbie and the team, and to ensure that everything that is decided by the committee is for the benefit of the children and the families that attend Stepping Stones.


Alison GrattonAlison Gratton

I initially became involved in the management committee when our son, Adam attending Stepping Stones from the age of 1 year to his start at primary school. Adam is now almost 26 years old and following a break from the committee I re-joined a couple of years ago.


Sue SpittlesSue Spittles

I have recently retired as a speech and language therapist working with the team at Stepping Stones. I am delighted to join the Management Committee Team to continue working with them.


Clare Love

Fiona Ladd

Natalie Dommett

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