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I am the Founder and CEO of The Children’s Sleep Charity and passionate about supporting families to get a better night’s sleep.  I am on the Board of the British Paediatric Sleep Association as Lead for Sleep Practitioners.  I’m also a member of the British Sleep Society and involved in a number of research projects in the UK around sleep.  I lecture at a number of universities to Post Graduate Medical students and was honoured to be awarded the Duke of York’s ‘Outstanding Leadership Award’ in 2017

I regularly provide expert advice for a number of leading organisations such as The Sleep Council, Contact a Family and the government’s Early Support project. My book that was co-written with Antonia Chitty was published last year ‘Sleep and Your Special Needs Child’.

I’ve been supporting families with sleep issues for over a decade now. I trained as a teacher and specialised in behaviour management and sleep issues were often mentioned.

I know from first hand experience how difficult sleep deprivation can be for a family, as I’m a mum of two wonderful boys. Thankfully both sleep through the night now

Vicki Dawson

As I am affected by a condition that impacts on my sleep, I know the huge impact that a lack of sleep can have on a person's life.  Learning about sleep and its importance helped me to manage my condition so that I now control it, rather than it controlling me.  I am loving being part of Children's Sleep Charity team, and using my personal experiences to good use, to help others. 


I am passionate about making a difference to people's lives.  I love getting that warm fuzzy glow from helping others, and there is no better feeling than that.  That is why I have worked in the charity sector for over 15 years.  In that time, I have helped to secure funds of over £2million and managed over £8million.  I'm now working to make The Children's Sleep Charity more sustainable by securing vital funds and new business.

Mark Burton
Development Manager
Lauren Slack
Information Officer

I have been a fully trained Sleep Practitioner specialising in children with additional needs for 8 years, but I have spent my entire working life supporting children and adults with disabilities. Alongside Carol, I have co-developed, and I am in my 3rd year of delivering the Sleep Success Project in Doncaster, funded by Doncaster CCG. I have also delivered similar projects in North East Lincolnshire, East Lindsey and Hull and I am part of the team working in co-production with The Family Fund on their Sleep Support Service. I enjoy being part of the team helping to train new Sleep Practitioners.

Having a severely disabled son who overcame his sleep issues by using our cognitive behavioural therapy approach, I feel passionate about supporting families.

Alongside my work in sleep I love to swim, and recently completed the fantastic (but chilly) Great North Swim at Lake Windermere.

Claire Earley
Sleep Practitioner

After being employed in a role supporting parents of children with disabilities, I trained as a Sleep Practitioner 5 years ago specialising in children with additional needs. Alongside Claire Earley, I have co-developed, and I am in the third year of, delivering the Sleep Success Project in Doncaster funded by Doncaster CCG. I have also delivered similar projects in North East Lincolnshire, East Lindsey and Hull, and I am also part of the team co-producing the Sleep Support Service with The Family Fund. I also enjoy being part of the team who deliver training to new Sleep Practitioners from all across the country.

As the mum of a severely disabled young man who experienced his own sleep struggles, I can empathise with parents and families looking for help in resolving their own. 





Carol Batchelor
Sleep Practitioner

I look after our marketing, communications, brand and media relations. I am also a qualified sleep practitioner and member of The British Sleep Society.

Every day is different for me but my ultimate goal to highlight the importance of sleep - and the need for our support and training to be accessible for all families and professionals.

One day might find me working with journalists and production companies who want to share stories of sleep deprivation, and the next I might be supporting commercial partners who ask for endorsement and authoritative content to support products. I am also privileged to work closely with our supporters such as Netmums and PACEY.

When I am not talking or writing about sleep (both of which I do a lot!) I love to hang out with my family and enjoy the gorgeous Yorkshire countryside.

I am incredibly part to be part of The Children's Sleep Charity and I would encourage anyone to watch out videos to appreciate the impact of our work.


Claire Ferreira
Marketing and Communications Manager

I have an extensive background in supporting families when the child has an additional need.  I was delighted to lead the pilot project for children with autism and sleep issues which was funded by NHS England.  I am now continuing to build on this and to offer support to families nationally travel the country delivering Sleep Success training and have recently spending a lot of time in Wales, having been commissioned to deliver ten workshops to CAHMS teams.  

I have supported families with children with significant additional needs for nearly 30 years. For the last 12 years I managed the Portage Service in the North of our County. I am also a Signalong tutor. I like to be busy!

I am, in addition to the above, a mother to four children. To have a smooth running bedtime is essential for maintenance of my sanity. It also means my husband has an easier time on taking charge when I am away working; essential for his sanity!

Helen Rutherford
Sleep Practitioner

For over 15 years I've predominantly worked within corporate finance functions. Being the finance officer at T.he CHildren's Sleep Charity is both extremely refreshing and rewarding. It's great to be part of a small but growing team, everyday bringing different challenges yet we strive and share a common goal to improve the lives of as many families as possible.


Having spent the last 9 years being a 100% home based mum of 2 fabulous children my life is now split between part time finance officer supporting the amazing work being done by T.C.S.C with school runs, swimming lessons and rugby practises. My work / home life balance couldnt be more fulfilling.

Nicola Whittaker
Finance Officer

I absolutely love working for The Children's Sleep Charity. No one day is the same and it's so rewarding being able to support families and train the dedicated professionals we see from all accross the UK. 

My background previously is in Project Management within the Cable TV and Telecoms industry as well as running my own online business. I'm a mum to 2 awesome young teens, a member of our local Rock choir and I'm often found in muddy fields enjoying a good festival or concert.

Kim Larrad-Tye
Sleep Practitioner