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Consultants and Advisors

CreateCATT is run by pioneer creative arts therapist , occupational therapist and educator Caroline Essame. Supported by a mixed discipline Board of Advisers and Consultants from Asia and the UK.

 Professor Sue Jennings
Professor Sue Jennings

Professor Sue Jennings is an anthropologist and pioneer dramatherapist, 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 various universities in the UK and has recently been awarded a visiting professorship at Taiwan University of the Arts. She also works as a trainer in neuro-dramatic-play in Penang and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and has published over 40 books. www.playanddramapartnership.org

David Whitebread
Dr David Whitebread

Dr David Whitebread is the Acting Director (External Relations) of the Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development and Learning at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK. He is a developmental psychologist who is widely recognized as a leading international expert in early childhood education. Before coming to Cambridge he taught in early years and primary schools for 12 years, and during his first 17 years at Cambridge he has worked in early years teacher training. His research has focused on self-regulation in young children, and the roles of play and oral language development. He has published widely in academic journals and book chapters, and, has edited and written a number of influential reports and books on play based learning.

Dr Susan Mathew
Dr Susan Mathew

Dr Susan Mathew is the director of Deepti Special School and Rehabilitation Centre in Kerala, South India. She has a PhD in theology from the University of Durham, UK, and is the mother of a child with cerebral palsy who inspired her to develop services for children with special needs and their families at Deepti. 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. www.deepticentre.com

Dr Andrew Duffy
Dr Andrew Duffy

Dr Andrew Duffy is an assistant professor of journalism studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He has worked in communication for 25 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. In the UK, corporate clients have included Chrysler, Thomas Cook and the Automobile Association. In Singapore since 2001, he has trained executives from OCBC, the Singapore Armed Forces, the Ministry of Manpower, and the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre.http://www.createcatt.com

Janine Wright Global Health Consultant
Janine Wright

Janine Wright has a background in Midwifery and Nursing and a Masters in Global Health Policy. She has extensive clinical experience in both the public and private health sector with a dedication to improving maternal and infant health outcomes. She has worked in primary health care and community care in both urban and rural settings in Australia, the UK and Hong Kong. She has developed and designed training programs in mother-crafting, pre and post delivery, parent education and lactation support. She has also worked in the early childhood field developing policy and writing OH&S protocols and procedure manuals.

Leon Toh
Leon Toh

Leon Toh is the Executive Director of an impact investment company, Damson Capital. He supports social entrepreneurs seeking to create sustained positive change through enterprise. Damson focuses on the social impact investments, enterprise development and impact innovation within Asia. Concurrently, Leon serves on the Board for a Renewable Energy company in Sri Lanka, supporting small and marginalized farmers. A  graduate from UWC Adriatic, Leon serves on the UWC Council and as Chairman of the UWC National Committee of Singapore, selecting young Singaporean Change-makers for the wider UWC network.

Sue Allen - Consultant
Sue Allen

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 with Reading University, Department of Psychology looking at mechanisms to support families of children with sensory processing and integration difficulties.

Carrie Herbert
Carrie Herbert

Carrie Herbert is an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, qualified Trainer, supervisor and consultant. As Director of Arts Therapy Services for Ragamuffin International*. Carrie has extensive experience in the following areas: asylum seekers and refugees, mental health, trauma and abuse, conflict & post conflict work, therapeutic training and supervision. Carrie is also a photographer, musician (saxophone/guitar) and singer/songwriter, with an avid interest in all of the arts for expression, social action and change.

Ketna Patel
Ketna Patel

Ketna Patel is a British-Indian pop artist. She lived in Singapore for 20 years and now divides her time between India and the UK. She runs an independent artists’ studio with specific goals to promote dialogue between the third and first worlds using traditional and not-so-traditional channels of art communication. She graduated with a degree from the UK in architecture, and moved into the visual arts while working in Singapore where she won the ASEAN Art Award in 2002. www.ketnapatel.com

Krupa Jhaveri, Art Therapist, India
Krupa Jhaveri

Krupa Jhaveri is the founder and art therapist for Sankalpa: Art Journeys in Tamil Nadu, South India. Born in the US and of Indian ethnic origin she has formal graduate Art Therapy training from the School of Visual Arts in NYC, US and has experience working with children and women with HIV/AIDS, in child protection and in art exchanges between youth/adults from differing backgrounds.  Krupa is a certified Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Consultant. an Ambassador to India for Art Therapy Without Borders and specialises in working with the traditional arts in India. www.sankalpajourneys.com

Ying Li Looi
Ying Li Looi

Ying Li Looi is a film-maker and video maker. She graduated from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, with a Bachelor of Arts in professional communication majoring in TV Production. She has a background in television and advertising in Singapore, initially with TCS (now MediaCorp). She has worked with The Right Angle, a production house where she produced corporate videos for clients including Singapore Airlines, the Media Development Authority, the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, and the Community Development Council. She currently produces and edits adverts and tutorials for an international software company.

Reddy Venkatesh
Reddy Venkatesh

Reddy Venkatesh is a information security manager with a Masters in Business Administration from Murdoch University and industry experience in  business analysis, risk management, IT security, IT audit and project management with diverse industries including banking, pharmaceuticals, telecommunication and systems integration. He is also a passionate advocate of playfulness and training to be a Developmental Play Practitioner with CreateCATT.

Jolie Michelle Ow
Jolie Michelle Ow

Jolie Michelle Ow is the founder and programme director of CANVASS, a yoga and art studio. She graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts and has built a place for the study of art, culture and history; a meditative space for inward reflection and authentic expressions; where children and adults can discover and unlock their creativity through art, yoga and play. She’s illustrated children’s educational books and conducted foundation courses for children and adults with special needs. www.canvass.com.sg

Clive Essame
Clive Essame

The work of CreateCATT is dedicated to my brother Clive Essame who died in October 2017. His life is in inspiration to all children with disabilities and their parents.  He studied Environmental Arts at Bicton College, University of Plymouth. He  worked for Mind (the UK’s leading Mental Health charity); the National Health Service, Magic Carpet (a charity providing therapeutic creative activities for people with learning disabilities and mental health issues) and Devon Social Services. He was a workshop leader and playwright concentrating on issues around disability, discrimination and ‘difference’. Clive lived with a disability since birth and was based in the UK.  http://wildstoriesproductions.com