MEET THE TEAM

Trustees

Karen Okra – Secretary

I am of dual heritage background and have lived in the city of Hull all my life.
I am an effective and resourceful Practitioner and Community Activist with a keen interest and experience in culture, cultural regeneration and as an advocate and champion of the city.

My role as Trustee of TIC (Tourettes – Syndrome) is that of strategic planning supporting the Executive team in its delivery. TIC is deeply rooted in supporting individuals and families and is very much distinctive in providing support to anyone affected by Tourette Syndrome and Tic disorders within Hull and Yorkshire.

I was the voice of the people as a candidate of the Derry Panel, clinching the bid for the UK City for 2017 and the drive to successfully become a Director of City of Culture Board.

I currently champion female and race equality and am affiliated to the Wilberforce Institute of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE) for my work and a Director of Freedom Festival Arts Trust.

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Gary Walker - Treasurer

I am a divorced dad of one son. I have lived in Hull all my life and have worked the last 23 years as the main bingo caller at Mecca Bingo Hull.

I have been passionate about raising money for charities for many years and since 2014 after the diagnosis of my friend’s son, my focus has been on fundraising for Tourettes Syndrome.

Since getting involved I have learned so much about the condition and always take the time to help others to understand more. I have enjoyed being part of T.I.C. since the start and am proud of how far we have come.

Luke Inglis, Trustee

I was diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome at the age of 17. My symptoms started while studying at secondary school with mild involuntary movements and by the time I started college I was suffering with severe symptoms of Tourette’s which included coprolalia and tic attacks (tic seizures).

As a child I was diagnosed with ADHD, auditory processing difficulties and various learning disabilities like dyslexia, dyspraxia etc.

I never let my Tourette’s interfere with what I wanted to do in life, I left school with 10 GCSE’s, college with a BTEC level 3 in sport and a degree in sports science!

I have had a professional full-time contract for Hull fc for 4 years as a young adult! I have worked as a volunteer for Humberside fire and rescue as a fitness coach/personal trainer for 2-3 years!
I work for the NHS at an Acute Psychiatric Assessment ward, as a support worker. I am also a physical intervention trainer for the NHS, teaching nursing staff how to remain safe on the wards etc. I do this alongside my nursing role.

I have featured on the hit channel 4 series ‘The Undateables’ I have been on 2 episodes in series 8 and 9. I have completed various sponsorships raising money for Tourette’s! This includes, Triathlons, tough mudders and pint challenges abroad! I aim to raise as much awareness as possible to eliminate the false stigmas that are out there for Tourette’s and to get the public to understand the daily life of living with Tourette’s.

Gemma Harte - Trustee

I’m a parent trustee at TIC. My role within TIC is to assist with policies and procedures and to assist the charity in considering the views of young children and parents when making decisions.

In my day to day life I’m a technical coordinator for a Civil Engineering company but have also previously had roles in the legal and education sectors, specifically early years and SEN.

I hope together all trustees can share our expertise and support the fantastic work TIC does for raising awareness of Tourettes and supporting those with Tourettes across Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire.

Dr Melina Mali - Trustee

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Gary Jackson - Trustee

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Matthew Kay - Trustee

I became involved in T.I.C through my stepson Alex, who has Tourette's Syndrome.

I currently work in local government and have extensive experience of public affairs having worked in Parliament for an MP between 2006-2015.

I also have experience working in the Health and Social Care sector.

I am an avid, and long suffering, supporter of Hull FC and in my spare time enjoy reading, travelling, and geocaching.

Employees

Kim Mitchell - CEO (co-founder)

My youngest of 5 children was diagnosed with Tourettes Syndrome amongst other conditions at the age of 5 in 2013. There was no local support and limited understanding at the time so I reached out to the National Charity based in London, Tourette Action. They pointed me in the direction of a local support group, the group helped me understand the condition far better than information I had received elsewhere. Within the year the coordinator of the group was taken ill and I was asked to stand in, I continued to facilitate the group for 4 years and in that time I went on various training courses to learn more about Tourettes Syndrome and how to help support children in the classroom.

In 2018, alongside my friend and fellow TS mum Bev, we decided more needed to be done in the local area. Getting a great team of people behind us, T.I.C. was born. We became a registered charity in 2019 and I was able to stand down as trustee and become an employee.

Prior to the charity I worked for 17 years in Health Care with a band 4 NHS qualification, working in residential, dementia and mental health settings.

Alongside by NHS qualification I also have an NVQ in Business and Administration, a degree in Education studies, special needs and Inclusion and HABC Level 3 Award in Education and Training.

Beverley Wright-Sims - Support Service Manager (co-founder)

I am mum to 3 children, my eldest was diagnosed with TS in 2013 aged 8 years. Not long after his diagnosis I attended the support group run by Kim.

I am passionate about supporting others through the challenges we face and delivering awareness of TS and its many co-occurring conditions, so when I was approached by Kim to help set up the charity, I jumped at the opportunity.

My job role is to assist in the day to day running of the charity and delivering awareness to the community, I also developed the sibling support service which has been very successful.

My previous experience was in early years as a nursery practioner, since beginning at the charity I have attended many training courses, developing my knowledge in areas such as ADHD, ASD, Sensory Processing and sibling support. In 2021 I enrolled at the University of Hull to study a BA (Hons) Working with Children, Young People and Families.

Volunteers

Susan Green - Volunteer fundraiser and tea maker

I am Kim's mum, I spend much of my time raising funds for the charity and collecting raffle prizes. You will also see me at events and groups making drinks and selling raffle tickets.

Charlotte Hunter-Mitchell - Sibling support lead

My role within T.I.C. is to run the sibling support group alongside Bev. Occasionally you will also see me at monthly meetings entertaining the children.

I am a newly qualified primary school teacher currently working in early years alongside studying for my Masters degree in Education studies, special needs and Inclusion.

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Yasmin Bartle - Volunteer Youth Support worker and media support

Yasmin assists in the office a few hours each week helping to manage the social media and any creativity roles.
Yasmin has also just joined the team volunteering with both the Youth group and Sibling support. Yasmin has experience and qualifications in forest school skills and sensory play.

Ambassadors

Bethany Nash - Ambassador

I study Performing Arts at Hull College, along with Tourettes Syndrome I am also diagnosed with Autism and Epilepsy. I love raising awareness and volunteer with T.I.C. at any opportunity.

Bea Wood - Ambassador

Bea is a transgender lady who has dedicated her adult life to supporting those in the transgender community. Having won Miss Transgender UK back in 2017 she was given the opportunity to put her fame to good use and used the social media platform to fight for the cause. In the last few years Bea has also been diagnosed with Tourettes Syndrome, ADHD and Autism. in 2021 Bea delivered her first TedX talk and i am sure there will be more to come. As an Ambassador Bea delivers awareness at any opportunity.

Lacey-may Horton - Ambassador

Lacey bravely put herself forward to take on the role of Ambassador in 2021. She is always the first to welcome new members and will happily volunteer to help at events. Lacey is about to embark on her next big adventure - secondary school - we wish her all the look, she is a super star though so we know she will do amazing.