Jeni graduated as a Speech and Language Therapist from the University of Sheffield in 1998. She worked for a few years within the adult SLT team in Sheffield before upping sticks to go and run a campsite in France for the summer. This was followed by a stint of locum SLT work around the UK before she moved to Tokyo where she worked as a SLT within the expat community and as a copy editor for the international publishing house, Springer-Verlag. After a few too many earthquake experiences, she came back to the UK in 2003 and made her home in London. There she returned to the NHS and worked within a range of services as a SLT specialising in the rehabilitation of communication and swallowing impairments in adults following acquired neurological conditions. She completed a Masters in Research Methods and Health Studies at City University in 2007 and realised she very much enjoyed teaching. From this, she continued to work part-time as a SLT and part-time as a clinical tutor within the Speech and Language Therapy departments first at City University and then UCL. Jeni moved back to Sheffield six years ago to escape the crazy pace of London living. On returning to the beautiful city of Sheffield she worked for three years as a SLT within Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and then took a post for a year teaching within the Human Communication Sciences department at the University of Sheffield. Following this she worked at a private neurological rehabilitation unit on the outskirts of Sheffield. Jeni comes to STEPS Rehabilitation Unit with a vast amount of experience and enthusiasm for working with adults following acquired neurological conditions.
When not at work Jeni can be found tinkering with Margot – her latest project of a vintage caravan she is hoping to make beautiful in time for the school summer holidays next year….
Pete completed his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Sheffield qualifying in 2009. Pete always had a keen interested in neuropsychology and neurorehabilitation and has worked in a range of inpatient settings since qualifying, ranging from early post-acute rehabilitation services, challenging behaviour settings, slow-stream rehabilitation settings and outpatient services. Pete completed further training in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Nottingham in 2013, and has achieved the Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology (QICN) by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Pete is on the BPS Specialist Register of Clinical Neuropsychologists.
Pete worked as the clinical lead in an inpatient neurorehabilitation setting from 2010 progressing to the role of Acting Consultant Clinical Psychologist. Pete has experience of working with a wide range of individuals who present with acquired brain injuries, including traumatic brain injury, stroke, encephalitis, hypoxic injuries, and a range of neurological conditions including multiple sclerosis, and motor neurone disease. Pete’s clinical interests include cognitive rehabilitation approaches, and helping clients and families adjust to the circumstances of acquired brain injuries.
Pete joined Steps as Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist in July 2018, and is excited to join such a new, and aspiring service. Pete also works 2 days per week as a clinical tutor on the University of Hull, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme. Pete coordinates all of the neuropsychology teaching on the course, including running several of his own teaching sessions. He is also involved in a range of clinical assessments processes, and examinations, and supervises he trainee clinical psychology doctoral research projects. Pete has also been involved in private practice since 2016 as both an expert witness and treating clinician.
Outside of work Pete loves cooking, music, going to gigs, and continuing to learn and develop his skills on electric guitar.
Andy qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1991, and specialised in intensive care. His career in nursing took him oversees to Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. In 2004, whilst undertaking a MSc in Management at Manchester Metropolitan University he took up his first senior management post as Head of Clinical Services at Nuffield Hospital, Nottingham.
Recently Andy has joined the STEPS board as Non-Executive Director and brings a rich range of skills and qualifications to complement those of the existing directors.
“I was delighted to be invited to join the STEPS board and become involved with a company with incredible drive, ambition and with a clear sense of direction. The team in place at STEPS is committed to providing high quality services and what has been achieved at this early stage is impressive. I am looking forward to being more involved and supporting STEPS to fulfil their vision”.
Andy has worked in several private hospitals as Director, with his most recent being Claremont Hospital is Sheffield, which was awarded an Outstanding rating by the CQC in 2017. Andy’s experience will support the governance and quality agenda, providing guidance with the regulatory framework and patient experience, ensuring that STEPS continues with its long held ambition of being a centre of excellence for neurological and complex trauma rehabilitation. His commercial ‘know-how’ in private healthcare provision at this level is key for STEPS, bringing strong financial governance and longstanding familiarity with large NHS contracts to the mix.
Also worth noting, is his involvement in expert witness work in his role as Director in private healthcare and he is also a Qualified Mediator in Civil and Commercial Matters.
In his spare time, Andy coaches an U11 Grass Roots football team where his son plays, in their home city of Nottingham.
Anna started her Nursing Career in 2004 when she became a Health care provider in the community. She has then since been to Sheffield Hallam University where she gained her Advanced Diploma in Nursing Studies.
In her time as a nurse she has covered many different areas which include; Cardiac surgery & CICU, Neurosurgery, ENT, MAX FAX, Orthopaedics, Plastics, Vascular, and Gynaecology, and in her most recent employment working in EMI, and challenging behaviours. During this time she has also obtained her Advanced Life Support certification, Venapuncture, and has MUST training. In Anna’s career, she has worked in a mixture of NHS and Private facilities, where she has been a Ward Sister, Unit manager, and enjoys helping departments reach their full potential.
Anna enjoys Downhill Mountain Biking and Baking in her spare time.
Weaknesses – Talking about her babies (2 x House Rabbits) and Harry Potter.
Alison began her career in health and social care in 1992, supporting individuals with complex physical health needs. In 2003 Alison completed an Advanced Diploma in Nursing Studies at the University of Sheffield and went on to work at Oakwood Centre for Rehabilitation Medicine at Rotherham Hospital, gaining experience in neurological rehabilitation.
In 2008 Alison decided to change paths to work for Voyage Care, supporting individuals with learning disabilities and acquired brain injury; areas she developed a personal interest in, as her two sons had been diagnosed with autistic spectrum conditions.
Just over seven years later, Alison was promoted from nurse to registered manager of a service in Sheffield. After a year and a half’s experience as a manager, Alison decided to return to nursing and has now joined us at STEPS as a Senior Nurse.
In her leisure time, Alison enjoys spending time with her husband and her two sons Jack & Billy. Music is a big part of Alison’s life; she sings in a choir with Cast Academy and has previously graced the stage in sections of amateur musical theatre productions of Les Miserables, We Will Rock You & Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to name a few. Alison loves live music, particularly supporting local bands as often as possible.
Annette is a qualified social worker with a wealth of experience in case management. Over the past twenty years, she has worked with both adults and children in the Derbyshire and Sheffield statutory services in mental health, physical and learning disabilities, transitions and palliative care. Annette has provided specialist services for both private and statutory clients and families with life changing and life limiting conditions and has experience of working in hospital, hospiceand community settings. She has competency in providing client centred assessments, carer assessments, care plans, risk assessments, and commissioning of services to provide ongoing support.
In her role at STEPS, she will bring valuable empathy and understanding and will act as a pivotal and sound advocate to our clients and families suffering life changing and difficult circumstances. She is skilled in working with other professionals across boundaries to ensure the needs of the client are met appropriately and brings experience in the recruitment, supervision and management of rehabilitation teams.
Annette is also a qualified practice educator with links to Sheffield Hallam University, working with social work students to provide placements and carries a certificate in counselling skills too!
Annette also works as a consultant case manager and has considerable experience in the assessment and preparation of costed case management reports, adopting an entirely holistic approach in all her work.
Annette has two daughters and one grandson and loves to spend time with her family.
Will also be found : enjoying the great outdoors and walking in the Peak District with the family dog.
As well as bringing this considerable clinical knowledge and expertise to the STEPS Board as Non-Executive Director, Ayman takes the lead role in pain management at STEPS, running our Pain Management Clinic, delivering Pain Management Programs (PMP) and interventional pain procedure sessions.
He leads a busy research team in pain medicine at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and is currently an International Coordinator in Multinational research trials assessing new pain medications. In 2016, Ayman won a national award from Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, for his research in pain medicine.
Ayman is married with two sons but still finds time to play squash, take part in Triathlons and dive.
After graduating from The University of Loughborough in 2014 with a degree in Fine Art, Bethan completed a TEFL course and embarked on an adventure to China, where she taught English and Drama at a secondary school.
On returning to the UK, she decided upon a career in rehabilitation therapy. She comes from a family with a medical background and has herself developed a strong desire to help improve the lives of individuals. She brings her artistic skills to STEPS with a particular interest in psychology and rehabilitation through creative practice. Bethan enjoys painting and photography and is a keen swimmer.
Will also be found: walking in the beautiful countryside
Weakness: a mojitos or two whilst listening to jazz and old soul.
With her 20 years of practice and teaching expertise and a unwavering commitment to excellent patient care, Bev will guide our facility team at STEPS, Alexander House from January next year.
She joins us from the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust Neurorehabilitation Team where she has been Case Manager since 2012. Her role there covered both clinical supervision as well as ensuring compliance with statutory training requirements. She also handled specialist patient assessments, liaised with families, ward and medical staff to ensure the gathering and sharing of accurate information and had additional responsibility around budget and resource management.
Up to 2012, she has been Outreach Sister at the Neurorehabilitation Unit, Kendray Hospital, Barnsley covering assessments of individuals, Staff Nurse for Barnsley PCT (NHS), a 20 bed care home for residents with learning disabilities and complex health needs, overseeing care plans and risk assessments and Team Leader for Sheffield Community Health (NHS) in a community based role providing support for patients with learning difficulties and sensory impairments to transition from long term residential placements to home.
Bev has training in Dysphagia Management and Recognising Metastatic Spinal Cord Compression to add to her many strengths.
Weakness : a passion for homemade cake
Can also be found : walking in the woods with her family and her dog
Bronwen qualified in medicine from the University of Leicester in 1990 and began her specialist training in rehabilitation medicine in junior doctor posts in Sheffield in 1995.
She has worked in neurorehabilitation in Rotherham since 2003 gaining extensive experience in a wide range of neurological conditions as part of a multidisciplinary team. Her special interest areas are management of brain injury, spasticity, including the injection of botulinum toxin, and multiple sclerosis.
She lives in Sheffield with her husband and three sons, a labradoodle Lewis, her chickens and two guinea pigs. She loves to run and cycle through the area’s many parks, woodlands and moors.
Weakness: secretly disappearing to her allotment to enjoy some peace and quiet
Will also be found: sitting in the gardens of the Druidstone Hotel, Pembrokeshire watching the sunset over St Brides Bay on her family holiday
Chloe left Barnsley College after completing a BTEC in Health and Social Care. She has always had a passion for caring for people and helping them achieve their full potential. She has experience in neurological health due to illness within her family and this is what brings her to STEPS.
After finishing college Chloe has worked in different places, including retail, hospitality and catering. Now she has found her feet in doing something she loves.
Will also be found – Finding new things to learn and places to go.
Weaknesses – Talking about her puppy Frankie and cheese.
Edd went to Silverdale School where he achieved A levels in Business, Design and Technology and Sociology. He is a great believer in the benefits of strong, professional interpersonal relationships with clients and has worked as a support worker since 2011 promoting the independence of people with challenging behaviour. Has supported people in the community, in their houses and at day care centres.
Edd enjoys a wide taste of music from classical to hip hop and enjoys walking in the countryside in search of the perfect pub.
Jackie is an occupational therapist with over 15 years’ experience. She has a wealth of experience of working with adults and children within a variety of different settings and has spent the majority of her OT career working with children and young adults with complex needs.
Jackie has worked in the independent sector since 2008, working with catastrophically injured adults and children. She has held senior management positions within the case management and independent OT Industry, and has been responsible for the support and supervision of highly skilled case managers and Occupational Therapists, ensuring quality provision.
She has a wide range of post qualification training and CPD activity, including motivational interviewing, moving and handling training, and specialist seating and postural management.
More recently, Jackie has joined the STEPS team and has been involved in the delivery of high quality brain injury rehabilitation through occupational therapy. She is passionate and driven to improve the quality of OT interventions ensuring that injured clients achieve the best possible outcomes. She is passionate about ensuring that therapy is incorporated into everyday life, ensuring her client’s needs and wants are heard, and working towards goals that are of importance to them.
Weakness – Baking cakes and eating them!
Will also be found – walking her dog in the woods with a head torch.
As Non-Executive Director, Ian brings a unique perspective to STEPS; on the one hand, with his extensive experience in managing and running successful companies and on the other, as he is currently rehabilitating from a T3 incomplete spinal cord injury as a consequence of a motorcycle accident in 2016.
As Chief Executive Officer since 2012 at CAP HPI, a successful Automotive Data business based in Leeds, Ian headed the sale and transition of ownership by Montagu, a leading European private equity investor. Under Montagu’s ownership, Ian’s leadership created and unlocked a high growth performance culture. So much so, that by late 2014 it was snapped up by American listed company, Solera. CAP HPI is a business with a strong culture, with values which reflect collaboration, openess and great integrity, sharply reflecting those of Ian.
However, in June 2016 Ian prematurely retired from corporate life due to a high speed motorcycle accident during the Isle of Man TT. After four weeks in intensive care and a further three months of rehabilitation at the Regional Spinal Injuries Unit at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield, Ian has invaluable experience that he can share with the team at STEPS.
“When I first learned about what the facility in Sheffield had to offer, the attitude and approach of the management team together with the coordinated intensity of the therapies on offer, it made me wish that I had spent my rehabilitation there. I’m so very pleased to be able to contribute in a meaningful way to such a wonderful project”.
Ian lives in Malaga, Spain with his partner Pâriś and has two grown children in Edinburgh.
Care is a core STEPS value and it is as important in our catering as anywhere else. With over 15 years professional cooking experience, James will oversee all things edible in his role as Head Chef, but will also bring to the mix his huge experience in nutrition and health.
James’s interest in food began when he became the family household cook as a teenager, following a family bereavement. He continued to cook through University, and then afterwards, used his culinary skills to earn a living whilst pursuing his passion for skiing in the Alps.
A period living and working in New Zealand further consolidated his commitment and on returning to the UK he focussed on a becoming a chef, working in fine dining restaurants at Michelin star level and high-end restaurants including successful restaurant launch. James expanded his knowledge and experience with time spent in Australia working in some of Sydney’s most progressive restaurants before returning to Europe to work in luxury tourism in Switzerland and Corfu.
James began taking a greater involvement in his client’s individual needs and preferences and saw the evolving relationships that people were forming with their diets. He focussed on his nutritional knowledge and delved deeper into the role food plays in our lives.
Together with his team at STEPS he intends to elevate the role of food to a new level, passionately believing in its power as a contributor to successful recovery, rehabilitation, vitality and happiness.
James lives what he preaches. When he isn’t in the kitchen he loves to spend time in the mountains. He is an avid skier and ski tourer, he climbs when he can and trains Cross-fit as much as possible to keep himself ‘mountain ready’. He lives with his partner Holly who is also mad for the mountains and arguably a better skier.
Will also be found: taking photographs and reading Hellboy
Jason began his work in construction in 1986 and spent twenty years as a bricklayer for Sheffield City Council. Following that, he set up his own construction business, widening his skill base across all associated trades. He has worked in many healthcare settings including care homes for the elderly and hospital wards, widening his experience to maintenance as well as building.
His solid practical experience together with his team skills will ensure STEPS reaches opening smoothly and efficiently and is run like clockwork!
He lives in Grenoside with wife Lisa and three children.
Will also be found : cycling for charity – keeping fit and raising money at the same time!
Jess is currently studying at Hull University reading clinical psychology.
Jess’ passion for helping people runs in the family as both her mum and grandparents worked in the NHS in a variety of different roles.
She started working for Steps in April 2017 and since then has also helped out as a receptionist as she was also interested in an Administrative role in the company. Her favourite thing about Steps is being a part of someones rehabilitation and helping them achieve their goals.
In her free time Jess can be found playing music, volunteering for the Exodus Project or just sleeping.
Her weaknesses are Glee, any free food and her bed.
After finishing college Jess worked locally as a nursery nurse and gained her advanced diploma in
Early Years Education. She then decided to follow her lifelong passion to become an archaeologist
and went to Bangor University in North Wales to study History and Archaeology. After travelling to
Taiwan to teach English, she took a job as an archaeologist based in the Peak District, where she
worked for 8 years managing sites all over the country and finally getting published in 2009.
Jess became interested in hypnotherapy after having two successful hypnobirths herself. She
trained as a breastfeeding peer support worker and a volunteer doula supporting vulnerable women
during pregnancy and birth. This challenging role saw Jess develop a desire to help people who were
experiencing difficulties; helping vulnerable new mothers to regain their confidence and access the
relevant support services.
On a personal level, her own father made a full recovery from a serious brain aneurysm when she
was 16, so becoming part of the team at Steps has been a real insight into his and others
rehabilitation process. She is particularly interested in the speech and language aspect and also how
hypnotherapy, meditation and relaxation can help with the process of relearning speech and
Can also be found: at a music festival with my family and where there is sun and a beach.
Weakness for: prosecco, good period dramas and country houses.
Josh graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a degree in Human Biology, from this degree he became passionate about the fundamentals of the body and how it works. Wanting to pursue a career in physiotherapy, in order to allow knowledge of anatomy and physiology to combine with his passion to help people.
Jules combines her extensive business and health background to head up the management of STEPS.
Initially training as a nursery nurse, she has nannied in the UK and Australia where she gained some invaluable experience in a private maternity hospital. She graduated in Homeopathic Medicine in 1993 from The school of Classical Homoeopathy, London and is a qualified practitioner with experience in Ireland and the UK.
Julia spent four years managing two nursery schools in Surrey and in the last 13 years, she has successfully grown and managed her own network marketing business with an annual turnover of £200,000 taking full responsibility for recruiting, training and motivating a team of 200.
Jules has grown up in a big family working in the health profession. STEPS has enabled her to live out her dream of one day combining her huge experience with her innate desire to establish a care business with her sister Toria.
Jules lives in Oughtibridge to the northwest of the city with her three sons and two dogs . Now her eldest son has started at Nottingham university, STEPS is the next exciting chapter in her life.
Weakness: dog walks that involve stopping at a cafe serving good coffee and cake!
Will also be found: baking for a house full of family and friends
Karen qualified in 2002 from University of Brighton as a Physiotherapist. She was first inspired to work in Neurological rehabilitation after completing junior rotations at St Georges Hospital, London in Neurosurgery and Stroke rehabilitation. After this first introduction, she moved onto a Neurological rehabilitation role in Wandsworth community team, South London where her passion for this area was set.
From here, a move to New Zealand saw her take on the Senior Physiotherapy role on the Regional Neurosurgery and Neurology Unit of Wellington Hospital where she developed not only her experience in rehabilitation of individuals with Neurological injury but also developed a passion for treating people with balance and vestibular disorders.
After five years in New Zealand Karen returned to the UK and has been based in Sheffield working in Neuro-rehab in the private sector and is an Associate Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University.
Will also be found : donning her running shoes and heading for the hills, the muddier the better. And when not covered in mud she will be hanging out with her family (or hiding from them with a good book and a glass of New Zealand Pinot Noir)
Katherine qualified in 2004 from the University of Hull as a Clinical Psychologist and began her career in Adult Mental Health services in the East Riding of Yorkshire. In 2007, Katherine moved into a neurological rehab setting and developed experience in rehab of individuals with neurological injury, including traumatic brain injury, stroke, meningitis, encephalitis, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. This experience led Katherine to complete further training in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Nottingham and in 2011, Katherine was awarded the qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology by the British Psychological Society.
After several years as clinical lead in an inpatient neurorehab setting, Katherine moved to work part time in the NHS, with individuals diagnosed with dementia. Alongside the NHS, Katherine has been working in neurorehab in the private sector since 2008, predominantly with individuals who have sustained traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries.
Katherine’s specific interests include cognitive rehabilitation, interventions to assist in managing the emotional and behavioural symptoms following an acquired brain injury and work to support families with issues surrounding adjustment and loss.
Katherine lives outside of York with her husband, two young children and boxer dog. In an attempt to manage the chaos of home, she enjoys running and ping pong!
Graduating from Nottingham Trent University in Modern European Studies, Kathryn began her career in the contract publishing division of Pearl and Dean.
She has worked in various settings in moving from publishing to marketing, both in house and as a consultant, setting up her own communications agency in Surrey 28 years ago. Having created the STEPS brand and served as Communications Director at STEPS until February this year, she now takes a more strategic role as NED on the board, providing direction on brand management and planning.
Kathryn has known Jules and Toria for over 20 years and was in on the idea of STEPS from the beginning. Being part of this focused team of dedicated and caring professionals and creating this much needed and long awaited neurological rehabilitation facility in South Yorkshire has definitely been her career ‘high’ to date!
Kathryn has three daughters, her eldest in her first role in communications after graduating from KCL with an English Literature degree, one studying Politics at Bristol and one still at school in Reigate, Surrey.
Liz graduated from the Human Communication Sciences Department at Sheffield University in 2007 with a masters in Clinical Communication Studies. She is a fully qualified Senior Speech and Language Therapist who has worked as a specialist in Derbyshire for several years, supporting adults with a range of neurological conditions, including strokes, Parkinson’s and Motor Neurone Disease. Liz has had experience as a specialist in a community brain injury service in Sheffield, when she was involved in developing the service. Prior to qualifying as a Speech and Language Therapist, Liz undertook an undergraduate degree in Psychology. She became interested in Speech Therapy whilst working as a support worker on a brain injury rehabilitation unit. This experience steered her towards establishing a career in supporting people to get back to doing the things that are important to them. In addition to direct therapy with people to rehabilitate language, Liz is keen to ensure that the Steps environment continues to be accessible to those with acquired communication challenges such as aphasia.
Liz is also trained to assess and manage swallowing disorders, and has been supporting adults with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties for several years. She works closely with the dysphagia trained nurses at Steps, and with the catering team, to ensure that eating and drinking is safe and enjoyable for those with swallowing difficulties.
Liz can also be found playing 1st violin in the Endcliffe Orchestra and playing the piano at Steps, watch this space for the Steps Choir! She is currently getting to grips with crochet and is set to get everyone making scarves in the near future.
Her two children keep her busy the rest of the time.
After a year out spent working in the ski resorts, hotels and campsites of France and Switzerland, Lottie settled down to a French and Business Studies degree at Leeds University and worked in Leeds General Infirmary as a Medical Secretary in the Department of Genetics.
After bringing up her four children back in Sheffield, she returned to work at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Weston Park, as a Support Worker on permanent nights and then as a Ward Clerk.
After four years and in desperate need of some daylight, she moved to the administration side of the NHS based on the Teenage Cancer Unit at Weston Park. In her last role, she was a Data Quality Coordinator, working in the Directorate of Specialised Medicine (Haematology) monitoring of their eighteen week patient pathway and keeping to the Government guidelines on timescales. This included accessing patient records using Excel spreadsheets and referencing data quality reports.
Lottie has older children living in Glasgow and Bristol as well as two still living at home.
Will also be found : at her happiest, running in the Peak District in a pair of muddy trainers.
Weakness : just ask her to compete in a running challenge – she just can’t say no!
Lucy qualified as a Physiotherapist from Sheffield Hallam University in 2007. She began her Band 5 rotations in Walsall PCT where she predominantly worked in musculoskeletal out-patients. Due to a health condition Lucy took a break from her career as a physiotherapist and went to live and work in Spain.
There she worked as a Choreographer whilst undergoing continued treatment and rehabilitation for a vascular and neurological condition. When able, she returned to working as a physiotherapist, this time in the private sector.
Her experience as a patient had fuelled an interest in Neurological Rehabilitation and inspired Lucy to return to the UK where she completed an MSc in Advancing Physiotherapy Practice.
Lucy has a passion for dance, and after working as a choreographer, she now teaches dance. She is a regular at the gym and uses a balance of exercise and rest to manage any ongoing health issues.
Will also be found: in the gym
Weakness: much good wine with a high standard of cuisine!
Lucy graduated from Southampton University in 2001 with a degree in physiotherapy. She worked within the NHS for several years becoming a specialist in Musculoskeletal conditions before leaving to work in private practice. There she uses hands on manual therapy and exercise prescription to help rehabilitate clients to reach their goals.
She trained in acupuncture provision in 2008 and has used this in her musculoskeletal practice as well as for the last 5 years in her Clinical specialist role in pain management. Here pain is treated from and medical and biopsychosocial perspective bringing many different approaches to managing pain. These skills in addition to her musculoskeletal and acupuncture skills bring a wealth of experience to helping those in pain and help clients reach their rehabilitation potential.
Her most recent training is in teaching Pilates. She has completed all three levels of the APPI (Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute). These skills can be used on a 1:1 or group class, focusing on posture, alignment, optimising strength and control to achieve functional outcomes.
Mary graduated from Sheffield University in 1981 with a degree in Zoology in keeping with her love of nature and the outdoors. After graduating, she worked for Liverpool City Council whilst also being a weekend volunteer Country Park Ranger, taking an active part in conservation of the environment. Originally from Wirral, Sheffield became her home in 1980, where she has worked in various accounting and finance roles ever since.
She has been friends with Toria for over 20 years and having known about STEPS since its conception, she is honoured to join the team as financial administrator.
When not working or seeing to her family’s needs, and cat, Jess, Mary is to be found knee deep in muck in her varied role as a volunteer farm hand for a local Farm Charitable Trust.
Can also be found : in the heart of the Peak District on her many rambles into the nearby Derbyshire hills, moors and edges, or climbing the peaks of Snowdonia, The Lakes and The Yorkshire Dales
Nic worked for JS Parker Ltd, a firm of Case Managers, from 2005 to 2016 with a client with spinal injury. Her experience with people who have suffered spinal injury is extensive, having supported individual clients as well as working with larger groups. She has been involved in clients’ transition to and ongoing care at home, getting involved with purchasing property, adapting it for complexed needs, as well as being responsible for clients’ finances.
From 2016-2017, Nic worked with clients who have suffered brain injury, both on the Spinal Unit of The Northern General Hospital and those living in their own home.
She is qualified at level 2 in British Sign Language and uses SSE for communication.
Weakness: classic cars and the stories they tell
Can also be found: snapping away and creating the old style black and white photos of yesteryear
Ray is the business bedrock of STEPS. Having spent all of his working life in financial services starting in accounting and stockbroking, he is currently Senior Technical Manager for John Charcol, the UK’s leading and original independent mortgage adviser, where he has worked since 1989.
He lends his vast experience not only of economic matters, strategy and finance, but extensive PR work with broadcast and print journalists, including frequent TV and radio interviews for BBC, Sky, ITN, Channel 4 and LBC and has his own blog. Ray is on the Board of the Association of Mortgage Intermediaries (AMI), having been a founder member in 2003.
As our sole male Board member, Ray allows us to already meet the Government diversity target for FTSE 350 companies which requires each sex to have at least 25% representation on the Board!
Ray and his wife, Lana, married in 1968 and have 4 children, including Julia and Victoria, and 10 grandchildren all living in Sheffield.
Weakness: Campari and orange on the beach
Will also be found: hunting for bargains in Poundland
Rebekah qualified as a HCPC registered music therapist in 2003 gaining her postgraduate diploma in music therapy and soon after completed a masters degree. She has promoted and developed music therapy in a multitude of settings and worked with adults and children with a variety of complex needs around Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Yorkshire. In 2017 she became an NMT (Neurologic Music Therapy) affiliate after completing her international NMT training.
Rebekah works for Chroma an award winning national provider of specialist neuro-rehabilitation therapeutic services, who work closely with our team at STEPS. Rebekah uses NMT techniques with patients to rehabilitate motor, speech/language and cognitive function. She is integrating NMT into the interdisciplinary context by working alongside our therapists at STEPS towards shared goals for patients.
Outside of work Rebekah loves spending time with with family & friends. She has two step children and an antique dealer husband, so no wonder she has developed an interest in all things antique, retro and vintage!
The Demonstration Centre works closely with the Academic Unit, and the Rehabilitation Division of the Rheumatology & Rehabilitation Research Unit.
Both services aim to promote the best practice in enabling people to live optimally, particularly in those of working age (16 -65) with a range of disabilities from multiple sclerosis, stroke and head injury, child congenital limb deficiencies, rarer neurological disabilities, younger strokes of severity and early traumatic brain injury.
Sachin worked as a Consultant in Neurorehabilitation at Rotherham (2011-2014) before joining Sheffield Teaching Hospitals as the Consultant/Clinical lead in Trauma Rehabilitation in March 2014.
Sachin’s specific expertise is in rehabilitation of musculoskeletal and neurological disorders and his special interests include spasticity management, head injury and polytrauma rehabilitation.
He lives in Sheffield with his wife and two children.
Will also be found: playing badminton, cycling and walking through the beautiful landscapes of the Peak District
Senior Rehabilitation Assistant and Technical Instructor
Sophie is the youngest clinical member of staff within the STEPS team at just 22. Graduating from the University of Hull in 2015 as a Sport Rehabilitator, she went on to work for her local football team, Grimsby Town FC, and was the medical lead at Wembley during the promotion final in May 2016.
She has worked with a wide variety of professional athletes in various sports and also with La Cirque du Soleil, providing soft tissue treatment to performers.
During her time as a fitness instructor, her passion to help others evolved; especially when working with people suffering from neurological conditions and traumatic brain injuries. She has a desire to assist individuals in reaching their full potential and relishes the opportunity to work with a highly qualified team of professionals who share her strong values.
Will also be found: being passionate about her health and fitness
Weakness: disappearing on a little ‘Sophie adventure’, exploring new places to eat or run
As Clinical Director, Toria oversees all aspects of rehabilitation at STEPS.
She trained at St Mary’s School of Physiotherapy in London, qualifying in 1993 and has over 20 years of experience working in a variety of specialities and settings, both NHS and private.
Toria began work at Northwick Park Hospital London, completing her junior rotational posts before relocating to Sheffield where she spent the next decade working at two private hospitals, gaining experience in orthopaedics, neurology, surgery and women’s health. She then moved on to work at The Park Hospital, Nottingham and the Alexandra Hospital, Manchester, continuing to build on this experience but also to develop new skills in palliative care and oncology rehabilitation.
On returning to Sheffield 9 years ago, she worked at St Luke’s Hospice where acquired more specialist skills, such as lymphoedema management, with a particular interested in rehabilitating patients recovering from cancer treatments.
In the last few years, alongside setting up STEPS, she has worked for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals in their Day Rehabilitation Unit, elderly rehab wards, intermediate care units and within the community with a very varied caseload including patients with Parkinson’s Disease, neurological conditions, stroke survivors, orthopaedic injuries, falls and complex multiple conditions.
Toria has always relished the challenge of running her own business, researching ideas with her sister in the creation of the vision that is now STEPS. She now plays out her passion for the best possible quality treatment and patient care and cascades these values and philosophies throughout her team. Her other ambition was to design and build the best Physio gym on the planet….almost achieved!)
Toria has 3 children, the eldest, a qualified commercial pilot, a daughter at Glasgow University and her youngest son is a keen climber and a member of the GB Climbing Squad. She enjoys going to the gym, walking in the beautiful Sheffield countryside and hiding somewhere with a good book and a cup of Earl Grey.
Will also be found: at a local climbing wall researching the latest rehab equipment on her laptop.
Weakness: Talking too much! (according to her sister)
Vicki qualified as a nurse in 2002 and worked for 10 years in the NHS mainly in post operative surgical,
HDU and ITU care. During this time Vicki also completed advanced life support qualification, teaching and
assessing qualification and a Bachelors degree in medical science. Since 2012 Vicki has worked in private
hospitals, care facilities and charitable trusts.
Vicki has lots of nursing experience and wanted to improve on her knowledge by adding rehabilitation care
to her nursing career.
Vicki likes to spend her free time walking in the Peak District and taste testing Gin