Dr Naomi Dale, Chair of Trustees
Naomi is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and an Associate Professor/ Reader in Paediatric Neurodisability at UCL Institute of Child Health. She has been associated with the Mary Kitzinger Trust since 1995 and is now Chair of the Trustees. She is very honoured to be representing the Trust, having known Mary in her youth and remembering her as an exceptional young clinical psychologist.
Naomi graduated with degrees in psychology and clinical child and developmental psychology from University of Manchester (BA Hons), University of Nottingham (MA) and University of Cambridge (PhD). Since then Naomi has worked with children with vision impairment (and other neurodevelopmental disabilities) and their families for many years.
She is a leading clinician and researcher in the field, leading a grant-funded research programme at GOSH/ UCL which has worldwide recognition. She now provides national and international consultancy to help translate research into best practice.
She enjoys relaxing with family and friends, countryside and urban walking, cooking, theatre, arts and always a good cup of coffee and a chat.
Robert has been a Trustee since 1985.
After graduating with a degree in French and Spanish from the University of Southampton, Robert had a career in corporate finance with 3i, as Chairman of First Independent Corporate Finance and a director of EFG Private Bank. Robert became a cricket umpire with a special interest in youth cricket. He is President of the Somerset Association of Cricket Officials.
Mary Kitzinger was Richard Kitzinger’s aunt. He is proud to continue the family connection with the Trust and its important work. Richard qualified as a secondary school teacher with a PGCE from the University of Exeter, having graduated from there with a BA in French. After many years teaching languages, both in the UK and Australia, where he was Head of Languages at The King’s School, Parramatta, Australia’s oldest school, and working as an examiner and marker for the New South Wales Board of Studies, he returned to England’s West Country. Richard has become a freelance travel writer and the editor of a magazine in Taunton, where he lives. He is currently undertaking an MA in Travel and Nature Writing from Bath Spa University, and in his spare time sings a bit, plays cricket and follows Exeter Chiefs rugby team home and away.
Dr Jenefer Sargent
Jenefer Sargent is a Consultant Paediatrician within the Wolfson Neurodisability Service at Great Ormond St hospital. She has particular interests in the developmental consequences of severe visual impairment, and assessment of functional vision in children with significant movement disorders.
Dr Reenee Barton
Reenee Barton is Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for National Deaf CAMHS in the South West of England. Her mission is to identify, understand, and manage, challenging behaviours and emotional distress in children with sensory and communication impairments.
She firmly believes that the key is to understand the needs of each child holistically; promoting the integration of mental and physical health, with education, social care and special educational needs services.
Graduating with honours in medicine, she is a member of both the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. She has worked in the NHS for over 20 years, including posts at Manchester Children’s, The Maudsley and Great Ormond Street hospitals.
As well as her medical commitments, she is the Chief Instructor at her dojo, teaching children and adults the Japanese martial art of Aikido.