UpsideDowns
Helping kids with Down syndrome find their voice.
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Our Team

Giving the gift of speech

Our Board


Chairperson

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Adam Barker

Adam Barker has been the chair of the UpsideDowns Education Trust since 2015 and part of the board since 2012.  He lives in Auckland with his wife Fiona and is father to three children including Kieran who has been the beneficiary of speech therapy supported by the Trust. Adam runs his own management consultancy business with offices in Auckland and Hamilton. He is occasionally found running, swimming or orienteering and is particularly partial to good hamburgers. 

 

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Operations manager

Sarah Paterson-Hamlin

Sarah joined UpsideDowns in 2017 after completing a PhD at the University of Glasgow thanks to the William Georgetti Scholarship. She was born in Dunedin but now lives in Auckland with her husband and son. She has worked for the Otago Museum and Policy Scotland, and volunteered for UN Youth NZ, Maryhill Integration Network, and Auberge des Migrants. She is also a poet and has been published in literary journals such as Quotidian, Takahe, Deep South, Typewriter, the poetry collections Quiach (2014) and Manifesto Aotearoa (2017), and has published two of her own books: Follow the Butterflies (2012) and Aiblins (2016).

 

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BOARD MEMBER

Ruth Young

Ruth is married to Craig and has two children: James and William. William has Down Syndrome and is benefiting from the amazing work of the trust. Ruth has a background in Early Education and also worked as a children's librarian and a children's book shop . At the library she held story times and was very involved with setting up the wriggle and rhyme In the library that focussed on babies getting those first language and literacy experiences of songs and rhymes which incorporated movements to stimulate the body and vestibule system. Language, whether it be signing or verbal, is very important for the future of the children the trust supports .

 
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Treasurer

Paul Batters

Paul has been a member of the board since 2015 and lives in Grey Lynn with wife Rachel and their three boys - Ted, George and Harry.  Ensuring Harry has the same opportunities in life as his older brothers is important to Paul's family and speech therapy, supported by the Trust, is a crucial part in helping achieve this.  Paul is a chartered accountant and is board treasurer.