Committee members

Eloise Palmer

Web and Social Media Co-ordinator (joint)

Eloise qualified as a Conductor in 2012 at the National Institute of Conductive Education and completed her PGCE to become a Conductor - Teacher in 2014. Since then she has been working in a Local authority special school for children with physical disabilities in Staffordshire primarily where they follow a Conductive Education ethos. Previously, Eloise has worked privately for a family as well as a sessional CE provider and for a short time at NICE. Eloise is very passionate about combining her teaching in class with the Conductive Education pedagogy which is one of the reasons she joined the PCA committee. She is also currently completing her MA in Education in order to further her knowledge within the field. 

Erika Juhasz

CEAW Coordinator (joint)

Erika qualified as a Conductor- Teacher in the Peto Institute in Budapest in 2001 and she started working in Rutland House School and School for Parents in 2002. Having had the opportunity to work with young children and their parents together in a Conductive Education setting, Erika discovered her passion for learning together with families and enhancing the children’s learning via supporting their parents. She joined the PACE Centre in 2007, where she was the Team Leader of the Parent and Child services and enjoyed working as part of their transdisciplinary team. Erika returned to School for Parents in 2009, for a new opportunity and challenge, as they were transitioning to become a fully independent charity. Initially in the post of the Manager, now working as the Lead Conductor Erika continues to enjoy working in partnership with the parents. Erika is keen on continuing her studies in the field of CE, exploring networking opportunities between CE settings within the UK, which was one of reasons for joining the PCA Committee in 2016.

Joanne de Castigllone

CEAW Coordinator (joint)

Jo trained with Keele/Peto/Scope and graduated  in 2003. Since then, she has worked as a Conductor-Teacher in Local Authority Special Schools (for children with Physical disabilities) in Staffordshire. She now has the privilege of being Headteacher of Greenhall, a Special Nursery for 2-5year olds. Her heart is in Early Years and early intervention and she believes it is an honour to support children and families at the start of their education - to see them developing independence and fulfilling their potential. 

Josie Reeder

Workshop co-ordinator (joint)

Josie finished her conductor training in 2001 and commenced employment at the Pace Centre in September of that year. In the up-coming academic year she will be working across 2 'core' groups, as well as having an 'over-seeing' role; supporting the other conductors in the centre and positively influencing CE practice across our nursery/primary services.

Within her career she has gained experience in training; both on a practical and theoretical level and am a member of the 'Training Team' at the centre, which consists of a range of professionals.

Josie is currently doing her Masters in CE and finding that studying the field at this level is reigniting her passion and commitment to the CE approach! She hopes that this passion will transcend to the professionals she works with in the Transdisciplinary Team and help them to truly see the positive influence of CE as an educational approach for the students.'

Jules McDonald

Chair, Web and Social Media Coordinator (joint), Conference Coordinator (joint)

Jules has been working as a Conductor since qualifying in 2004 at The National Institute of Conductive Education.  Nearly all of her working life as a conductor has been spent working at Rainbow House in Lancashire where she is now Lead Conductor. Jules is very passionate about the importance of Conductive Education and developing our profession and has recently begun her masters qualification in Conductive Education. She has been on the PCA committee since 2014 and in June 2016 she became Chair. She hopes that the PCA and CEPEG can build on and develop a dynamic and valuable network of conductors and CE providers to continue in their aim of 'Moving CE Forward'.

Mel Brown

Membership Secretary, Treasurer, Conference Coordinator (joint)

In 1987, Mel started her conductor training in Hungary. From 1990, she began to specialise in older children and adults and has remained in this area since that time. Mel is currently involved in both adult work and training of new conductors and professionals at The National Institute in Birmingham.  In 2001 she completed her PhD in the field of CE and Parkinson's Disease. She re-established CEPEG in 2005 and has worked closely with others to form the PCA in 2008. Mel believes that within the UK we need to be unified within CE and sees these organisations as one way of achieving this. 

Theresa Kinnersley

CPD Co-ordinator

Theresa qualified as a graduate nurse in 1986. She then moved to Oxford where she worked in theatres, neurology and then neuro-rehabilitation. Theresa gained management and teaching experience, and completed a Masters, however by then felt she needed a change of direction. Finally in 2002 Theresa came across an advert for conductor training and so moved to Birmingham. Once qualified she worked in the adults department and then in 2013 she joined the training team. Theresa is currently the UG programme director, although she is involved in both under- and post-graduate training. Theresa is currently completing a PhD, the focus of which is exploring conductors’ perceptions of expertise, and the creation of a CPD tool. She has been a member of the PCA committee since its beginning in 2007.

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