Meet the Team

The team at Ups and Downs are a dedicated group of people, many have family members who themselves have Down Syndrome, so they can relate to the concerns and issues that you may have.

We would love to welcome you onboard to enjoy being part of this great journey we are making please take a look at our current vacancies. 

Jo Thorn 
Director

Jo Dean - Operations and Business Development Manager - upsanddowns

With overall responsibility for the day to day operations and strategic vision on this vibrant and busy charity, Joanna has over 18 years of experience in family support, working with volunteers, liaising with professionals, the third sector and the design and delivery of training.

Michelle Sugg 
Fundraising and Public Relations Officer.

Michelle Sugg - Fundraising Officer - Ups and Downs

In short, we have Michelle to blame for all the marathons, cake sales, skydiving and abseiling – if it raises our profile and much-needed funds, she will have us all doing it!  Initially a family support worker, again she has been able to use her personal parenting experience for a child with Down Syndrome to the benefit of others. Michelle’s passion for Ups and Downs is simply unstoppable.  Michelle heads up all of our event for families, children, and professionals, and forms vital links with our local communities and businesses.

Lucy Campbell-Morgan
Family Support Team Leader

Lucy is joining the team as our new family support team leader. Lucy has over eleven years experience in family support and more recently completed her masters in play therapy. She is excited to be joining such a passionate team.

Jackie Lawrence
Finance and Administration Assistant

With over 30 years finance experience and a keen eye for detail, Jackie joined our busy team in June 2017. Working 24 hours a week, she is the backbone of our office administration, communications, and financial systems.

Jacqueline Sims
Family Support School Liaison Worker

Jacqueline has recently joined the team having taught in special schools and mainstream primary settings for over 30 years. She has a wealth of experience supporting parents and pupils with a range of special educational needs and can provide advice regarding educational issues and training.

Jackie Andrews
Family Support Worker

As a parent of a child with Cerebral Palsy, Jackie has a wealth of experience of caring for a child with severe learning and physical disabilities. Offering one-to-one support to parents, she is able to help navigate the minefield of benefits, statements, and health care.

Lindsay Bailey
Family Support Worker

Liz Chilton - Administrator - Ups and Downs

Lindsay has a daughter with Down Syndrome at primary school as well as three other children. Lindsay is a brilliant advocate for families especially when dealing with educational matters.

Mandy Skinner
Youth Club Leader

Mandy with a background of Special Educational Needs, as a youth club leader and her personal experiences of her own child with Down Syndrome, she oversees the vibrant and energetic youth club sessions taking place in Weston-Super-Mare.

Don't Be Shy. Get In Touch.

If you are interested in working together – maybe:

You would like to volunteer.
You have a fundraising idea.
You are a business that would like to work with us as your charity of the year.

send us an inquiry and we will get back to you as soon as we can!