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Meet our team of Consultants, Advisors and Partners

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 and working alongside partners in Philippines, India and Singapore. All experts in their field and committed to support ALL children to reach their full potential.

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. She is the first Indian partner for Developmental Play.

Monaliza Guce
Monaliza Gude

Monaliza Guce is the Director and owner of Kaleidoscope Therapy & Learning Center. She is a licensed occupational therapist in the Philippines and Oregon, USA. She passed the certification exam of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists in 2011. 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 PhD in Occupational Therapy and is involved with research into inclusion programmes and Developmental Play. She is the Philippines partner with CreateCATT Developmental Play.

 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. 

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 A