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Meet the team

Kay Atkins

Family Support Manager

Kay started her career in care work where her calm and caring nature made her a hit with the patients and staff. Kay left nursing to join the A-T Society in 2001. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience about the condition. Kay provides a listening ear, information about living with A-T and practical support of all kinds including advocacy, attending meetings with schools and liaising with doctors and local authorities. Outside of work Kay enjoys spending time with her family and walking her dog. She loves to relax with a hot cup of tea, a good book and a bar of milk chocolate.

Anne Murray

Family Support Co-ordinator

Anne joined the A-T Society in 2015 to work alongside Kay in Family Support. Anne has always worked in health and social care in a variety of roles and has vast experience working within the constraints of the statutory sector. She most recently worked as an Occupational Therapist within a disabled children’s team. Living and working abroad for a number of years provided Anne with valuable experience working with people from different cultures and backgrounds. Her compassionate nature and her ability to get things done means that she is a great addition to the Family Support team. In her spare time she loves nothing better than going out walking no matter what the weather! A Northern lass at heart she has a good sense of humour and is partial to spending good old fashioned quality time with her family and friends.

Emma Lukins

Family Support Administrator

Emma joined the A-T Society in May 2019 as a fundraising intern and she soon proved to be an invaluable member of the team. Emma moved over to the Family Support team just before Christmas and now works alongside Kay and Anne 3 days a week. Before joining the charity Emma worked in a nursery as a Senior Practitioner and lead in SENDCO. Outside of work Emma enjoys going to the gym with her best friend and eating out. She also loves spending time with her family and walking her Welsh Collie dog who she rather dotes on.

Susie Norbury

Head of Fundraising

Susie joined us at the end of April 2019 as our new Head of Fundraising. Susie has a broad range of skills gained from over 20 years’ experience in a senior fundraising capacity. She is extremely passionate about working with the A-T Society and raising valuable funds so that the vital support the charity provides to children and families can be maintained, and our essential research continues. Susie has three children and outside of work is involved in their different clubs and activities. She also has a very greedy but gorgeous Labrador who she enjoys walking with her family!

Sarah Ajder

Community and Events Fundraising Manager

Sarah joined us in July 2017 and brings a wealth of experience as a Community and Event Fundraiser having worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and a local Hospice in Hertfordshire for a total of 14 years. Sarah loves nothing more than supporting fundraisers and is full of admiration for the many mad, marvellous and magnificent events, challenges and activities people undertake to raise vital funds. From cakes sales to six week solo pilgrimage treks, Sarah has enjoyed supporting them all. Not one to sit on the fence, Sarah gets active alongside her fundraisers too! She raves about the exhilaration of tandem skydiving and organised and accompanied a fundraising trek to Nepal. Sarah enjoys walking holidays with friends, live music concerts, visiting museums and pushing herself outside her comfort zone to try a new adventure and make new friends.

Sophie Arnold

Fundraising Co-ordinator

Sophie has a background in psychology but her love of books and reading led her to pursue a career in Publishing. She worked as a Marketing Manager at a large book publisher in London before joining the A-T Society fundraising team part-time. Sophie has two young children and a very cute dog. When she is not spending time with her family she still enjoys reading and talking about books.

Jo Reader

Registry Co-ordinator

Jo started her career in the travel industry testing and managing database systems and training team members. In 2015 a change in career direction led to Jo joining the A-T Society. Jo’s in depth knowledge of database systems has been put to good use at the A-T Society and her organised nature means the office runs more smoothly. Jo is an avid film buff who loves watching films and taking her young family to the cinema.

Kate McEleney

Communications Officer

Kate joined the A-T Society in 2015 following a 15 year marketing career in blue chip companies. She has substantial experience running marketing campaigns, writing copy and corporate networking. A change in career direction led her to the A-T Society where she works part-time as our Communications Officer looking after our website, social media and newsletters amongst other things. Outside of work Kate enjoys spending time outdoors with her dog and children and exploring the Lake District where you can experience 4 seasons in one day.