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The CreateCATT team of global consultants and advisors

Bringing best practices to the children who need it most

Caroline Essame

CEO and Founder

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Caroline is a British Occupational Therapist and creative arts therapist with a Masters Degree in education specialising in play-based learning. She has worked for over 35 years in the field of creativity and human development, with experience in health, welfare and education services in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, the UK, the Philippines and India. Based in Singapore she is the pioneer of CreateCATT Developmental Play and works with pre-school children and school-aged children with special needs as well as  teaching at Singapore University of Social Sciences.  She is a consultant for Deepti special school in Kerala, India, a Playfutures Explorer for the LEGO Foundation and an award winning international trainer and author. 

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Caroline Clay

Director of Operations 

Caroline is an Occupational Therapist with over 35 years’ experience in disability, welfare, health, education and management.  She has worked as a senior manager and has won a leadership award for innovative practice within health and social care. She works with children with extreme challenges in the UK, is a trained neuro-linguistic practitioner and sensory processing specialist. Caroline is Chair of the Candle for India Charitable Trust which supports special needs services in India and a global consultant with CreateCATT training across Asia.

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Dr Andrew Duffy

Director of Communications

Andrew is an assistant professor of journalism studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He has worked in communication for over 30 years, and has a PhD in communications and new media from the National University of Singapore. His undergraduate degree is in English from the University of Oxford, and he worked as a journalist and editor for 15 years.  He is the Director of Communications for CreateCATT.

Advisors, consultants and affiliates 

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Christy Davis 

Christy is  a ‘social innovator’, advocating for the public, private and social sectors working together to solve social challenges none could do by themselves. She has three decades of Asia experience across these sectors and most recently served as Executive Director of Lien Centre for Social Innovation at Singapore Management University. She holds two master’s degrees: a Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration from Singapore Management University, and an Executive MBA from a partnership programme between Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago. She serves on the board of Transformational Business Network Asia.  Her experience spans multinational business, humanitarian & development work with UNDP and international NGOs, the social enterprise community, and academia.  She is partnerships and business development advisor for CreateCATT.

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Monaliza Guce

Monaliza is the Director and owner of Kaleidoscope Therapy & Learning Center. She is a licensed occupational therapist in the Philippines and Oregon, USA. For the past 20 years, Mona has devoted her career working with exceptional children and promoting inclusion of these children into our society, as an occupational therapist and early educator. She worked in Singapore for seven years and was the head of Early Intervention Programme for five years. Mona is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Occupational Therapy and is involved with research into inclusion programmes and Developmental Play.

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Dr Susan Mathew

Susan is the Director of Deepti Special School and Rehabilitation Centre in Kerala, India. She has a PhD in Theology from the University of Durham, UK, and is the mother of a child with cerebral palsy who was her inspiration for developing services for children with special needs and their families at Deepti, which started in 2009. Based in India, she teaches at the Department of The New Testament at Faith Theological Seminary in Manakala, Kerala, with a special interest in theology from a disability perspective. Susan has a Bachelors in Special Needs Education from India, and has been working for the past seven years integrating creative play and innovative integrated practices into the work at Deepti.

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Ruth Barcelona

Ruth is a Digital marketing professional specialises in publishing, media / advertising and Loyalty. She has a Masters in Journalism and Communications and over 15 years experience focused on delivering results using consumer and market insights, technology and creativity in FMCG, travel, retail and education. She supports organizations that drive education, income and health to empower individuals and uplift communities in countries where she lived in the Philippines, US and Singapore.  She is a marketing and communications consultant for CreateCATT, with focus in the Philippines and Asia.

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Dr Suvi Pitkola

Suvi is a Finnish Occupational Therapist and Music Therapist based in Singapore. She is Director of Mighty Oaks Pre-School, the first  Floortime School to be registered in Asia and also Co-Director of Kaleidoscope Therapy Centre. She has a Masters in counseling, the Advanced Level Certificate in DIR Floortime and a Ph.D. thesis on sound therapy and autism.  Caroline and Suvi developed the first creative arts therapy network in Singapore in 2002, working on the launch of the Art Therapy Masters in 2004 and the first Creative Arts Centre for children with autism in Malaysia 2013.

Ying Li Looi

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Ying graduated from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia with a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication majoring in TV Production. She produces corporate videos for clients including Singapore Airlines, SingTel, Singapore Tourism Board (STB), Media Development Authority (MDA), British High Commission, SingHealth, Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) and Community Development Council (CDC). A scriptwriter, director and editor she mixes her interest in social media as a multi-channel tool to craft forward-thinking and creative productions and develops the online content for CreateCATT.

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Barnaby Duffy

Barnaby Duffy is British artist raised and educated in Singapore who studied English (with film) at the University of Exeter in the UK. Illustrator of concept art and comic strips, with completed commissions ranging from professional companies to student magazines and previous work for a documentary crew . He is the animator and illustrator of all CreateCATT graphics. 

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Professor Sue Jennings

Professor Sue Jennings is an anthropologist and pioneer drama therapist, play therapist and storyteller based in Malaysia and the UK. Her work for the past 40 years has mainly been developing play, theatre, and attachment-based interventions with people with special needs, especially those at the margins of society. Her doctoral fieldwork was in the Malaysian rainforest where she lived for 18 months with her three children, studying the Senoi Temiar people. She has held academic appointments at universities in the UK and was recently awarded a visiting professorship at Taiwan University of the Arts. She also works as a trainer in neuro-dramatic play in Malaysia, and has published over 40 books.

Sue Allen

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Sue Allen is a Children’s Occupational Therapist, postgraduate lecturer, clinical researcher and author. Based in Singapore her clinical work aims to increase participation in home, school and community environments and she specialises in working with families and children with developmental challenges. She is studying for her PhD  Reading University, Department of Psychology looking at mechanisms to support families of children with sensory processing and integration difficulties and she is also a published author of several books and articles. She was awarded the Sensory Integration Network (UK and Ireland) Fellowship recognising her contribution to the field.

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Dr David Whitebread

David Whitebread was the founding  Director of the Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development and Learning at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK. His contribution aa a developmental psychologist is widely recognized as a leading international expert in early childhood education.  His research focused on self-regulation in young children, and the roles of play and oral language in its development and he is published widely in academic journals and book chapters on play-based learning. He was a great inspiration to the CreateCATT team and was the keynote speaker at the Ist International Developmental Play Conference in 2019.

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Clive Essame

Clive Essame is the inspiration for much of the work of CreateCATT. Born with a disability he was a passionate advocate for life in all its diversity. A horticulturalist, a playwright and an artist he also worked with people with challenges through the arts and nature constantly bearing testimony to the tenacity of the human spirit and the right of everyone to creativity and play. As his sister I dedicate my social enterprise to his memory.

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