CreateCATT was pioneered and founded by CEO Caroline Essame and is co-run by two Directors and supported by a team of global consultants and advisors that help bring best practice to the children who need it most.
Caroline Essame - CEO and Founder
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.
Caroline Clay - Director UK
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.
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
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.
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.
Shoba has a background in psychology and a Masters degree in Medical and Psychiatric Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai with 35 years of professional experience in Mental Health, Development, Disability and Health of which over 20 years have been in leadership positions. She has worked in India and internationally and served as an invited member on a number of Global Mental Health expert committees and advisory bodies including theWorld Bank-WHO Advisory Group on Scaling Up Mental Health, Mental Health Innovation Network and BasicNeeds representative in two leading global mental health research consortiums: PRIME(funded by DFID) and EMERALD (funded by EU).She advises CreateCATT on building strategic partnerships, bridging the researcher-practitioner gap and measuring impact of work on the ground.
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