Martin Coles – Chair of Committee
Accountant – Now Retired
I became interested in Stepping Stones through my wife (Sheila Coles) when she was Playroom Manager. I joined the Management Committee around 2002 and became Chair in 2005. During that time I have seen:
progression to the current professionally run team under the leadership of Debbie Wickham
the transfer of Stepping Stones from the old building in Polebarn Road to present purpose build setting in 2010
Negotiation of Annual (now 3 yearly) Contracts with Wiltshire Council
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 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.
Hello I am Yvonne Stutchbury a Stepping Stones Committee member. My association with Stepping Stones is long as I worked as their Speech and Language Therapist for 5 years before retiring from the NHS. I was lucky enough to have my dream job at the nursery to finish my long career and was happy to join the Committee to eek out a link with the staff and families there.
Stepping Stones provides an excellent service through dedication and determination, and I am proud to promote their work and ensure the service continues for Wiltshire Families.
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.
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.
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.
Stepping Stones is registered with Ofsted and received a rating of Outstanding from our most recent inspection in 2020...