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It is a pleasure to introduce The Children's Sleep Charity Trustee Board.

My fellow trustees and I are proud that our professional experience within our individual fields is able to support such an important cause as The Children's Sleep Charity.

Should you be interested in further information on the work of the trustees. Please feel free to contact me on info@thechildrenssleepcharity.org.uk

Chair of Trustees

Prof Heather Elphick MB ChB, MRCP, MD.
Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, Sheffield Children's Hospital.


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I have been a consultant in Paediatric Respiratory and Sleep Medicine since 2008 and Professor of Child Health since 2014, in recognition of my collaborative work in research and innovation in the field of technological solutions for children with long-term respiratory conditions.  I lead the sleep diagnostic and non-invasive ventilation services at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, managing a comprehensive range of sleep conditions including complex sleep apnoea and the largest narcolepsy clinic in the North of England.  I have been awarded two National Institute of Health Research grants as principal investigator for development of innovative technologies and have collaborated on other nationally funded projects including the PLEASANT asthma trial, investigation of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea in Down Syndrome and a systematic review of pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments for sleep disorders in children with neuro-developmental disorders.  Recently I have been awarded three Small Business Research Initiative grants as clinical lead and a grant from the Health Foundation to develop a city-wide strategy for implementation of a Sleep Practitioner service in Sheffield. I am passionate about helping families to get a good night’s sleep and have supported The Children’s Sleep Charity since its foundation. I am proud to be Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Prof Heather Elphick MB ChB, MRCP, MD
Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Dr Sivaramakrishnan is a Consultant Paediatrician working at Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust since April 2013.  Prior to that she was a Consultant Paediatrician in Mid Yorkshire Trust since June 2002.  Dr Sivaramakrishnan is a neurodisability paediatrician mainly working with children with neurodisabilities including autism, cerebral palsy, various other syndromes and developmental difficulties.  She has a keen interest in sleep difficulties in children with neurodisability and has done sleep surveys on families who have attended neurodisability clinics to assess the scale of sleep difficulties and how it impacts on children and their families.  

Dr Sivaramakrishnan qualified in Mumbai, India in 1986 and has been working in the UK since 1991.  She has worked in various hospitals in the Midlands, North East and finally settled as a Consultant in Yorkshire.  She is also keen on teaching and has got a PG certificate in Medical Education.  She is the Deputy Director of Medical Education at Barnsley Hospital Trust.  She is also a Honorary Senior Lecturer at Leeds University and contributes and teaches in Post Graduate Diploma for  Paediatric speciality trainees.  She is also on the Executive Board for the Post Graduate Neurodisability course at Sheffield Hallam University and a tutor for the same.

Dr Sivaramkrishnan has been involved with the children’s sleep charity since 2011 and she became a trustee with the charity in 2013.  She is promoting the work of the charity and has been instrumental in setting up sleep workshops in Wakefield in 2011/2012.  She can be contacted via email on shobha.sivaramakrishnan@nhs.net

Dr Sivaramakrishnan
Consultant Paediatrician
Stuart McQueen

Working with the Children's Sleep Charity in the role of Secretary provides a great balance against my role as Head of Supply Chain within the Utilities industry. Being involved with an organisation that positively impacts the lives of many children and families each year is a fantastic antidote to corporate life! Vicki and the team have made tremendous progress over the last couple of year, and I am proud to be part of that team. I have two young daughters who are very close in age, so I fully understand the importance of an embedded and successful bedtime routine and the benefit this brings to the whole family.

Emma Leonard

I'm Kath Hope, the founder of the Hope2Sleep Charity who specialise in sleep disordered breathing conditions, the most common one being sleep apnoea.  I understand completely what it is to live with sleep deprivation which almost ruined my life before I got diagnosed with the root of my problem which was severe sleep apnoea.  Sadly 1 in 30 children suffer from sleep apnoea - most undiagnosed and Hope2Sleep are committed in raising awareness of this.

Good, safe, quality sleep is so important to everyone, whether they live with a sleep disordered breathing issue or not.  Therefore I was delighted to accept the role of Trustee for the Children’s' Sleep Charity as I am passionate in providing support to sleep well and as a result, to feel well.

The Children’s' Sleep Charity do fabulous work in tackling such an enormous challenge in training and providing information for families with children who have sleep issues. Unfortunately good support is lacking in this area.  If you or anyone you know is suffering right now, please contact the charity because families who have done this have gone from tired, worn-out wrecks to become the happy family units they were destined to be

Kath Hope