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Our Board and Governance


George Howard, (Acting Chair of Trustees), Businessman, supporter of special needs charities;

Lynne Baker, Director of an employment agency with great experience of business and administration;

Edward Rudd, (Treasurer) Financial Planning Director of Berry Brothers & Rudd;

Ray Canham, Experienced Community Manager and Supported Housing Manager, Member of National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, public health advisory committee member and former registered nurse (RNMH);

Clare Thompson, Experienced charity fundraiser and volunteer with various groups involving children and adults;

Karen Sheairs, (Secretary) Parent of a child with special needs with in depth knowledge of special needs schools and groups. Supporter, Volunteer & Networker across many specific local charities and groups.


ACCOUNTANT: Mill Scott Chartered Accountants, Saffron Walden.

PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURERS: Ansvar, Charity Connect Policy. Individual Laughter Specialists each have public liability insurance with Equity (The performers union).

BANK: The Co-Op Bank.

FOUNDERS AND OFFICIALS: Annie Aris and Patrick Jacobs.

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We would like The Laughter Specialists to visit us because children coming into hospital find it pretty stressful. If they see you once it makes it special and if they see you on a regular basis so they get to know you and look forward to it makes it very special. It would be brilliant if you could come regularly and give the children a special day.

Carol Newman, Children and Young peoples Matron, Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford.