Kim Mitchell, CEO (co-founder)
My youngest of 5 children, Sam, was diagnosed in 2013 aged 5 years with Tourettes Syndrome, OCD and anxiety. I joined a local support group in Hull soon after diagnosis and went on to take over the running of the group the following year. Seeing the gaps in support for individuals and families living with TS, myself and co-founder Bev went on to set up the charity in 2018. I stood down from trustee to take on the paid role in 2019 after landing lottery funding. My background is Health & Social care (17 years). I have NVQ qualifications in Health & Social care and Business & administration. I have an Associate Practioner foundation degree (Band 4 NHS) and am currently on my final year of a BA (Hons) Education studies, special needs and social inclusion, and have been accepted on a Masters in September for the same course. I am passionate about gaining as much knowledge I can to support our members and make life easier for those living with TS.
Beverley Wright, Executive Assistant (co-founder)
I am a mum to 3 children, my eldest was diagnosed with TS in 2013 aged years. I accessed Kim's support group not long after receiving a diagnosis. Myself and Kim attended many courses on delivering awareness in Schools after seeing a need for them locally. Our school talks where the start of TIC becoming a charity and the need continues to rise. My job role is to assist Kim in the day to day running of the charity, overseeing all of our support groups and delivering awareness to the community. My background is in early years but attend any course I can access in order to develop my knowledge and skills.
Sue Green - Volunteer fundraiser
I am Kim’s mum. I spend my spare time arranging donations for Tic in the community. You will also see me at the front desk during meetings welcoming the members, signing people in and selling raffle tickets.
Ronan Ingram, Youth Group Volunteer Coordinator
I am an enthusiastic and passionate individual, but particularly passionate about my work within the Early Years and Care sector. My role as the volunteer Youth Coordinator comprises of merging and leading a team of dedicated volunteers, as well as planning a range of inclusive activities for children of all ages. I hold a level 3 Extended Diploma in Childcare and am currently completing a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood studies. I also hold a range of additional qualifications such as Forest School, First Aid, Safeguarding, SEND and BSL. I currently work at a private day care nursery as a Nursery Practioner and have previously volunteered within primary schools and children's centres.
Charlotte Hunter-Mitchell, Youth Group Volunteer
I am a newly qualified teacher with an interest in working with children with SEN. I currently work in Early Years as a Nursery Practioner whilst waiting to complete my Master in Education Studies with Special Needs. I enjoy using fun activities to develop essential skills with children who may struggle in some areas of learning. This is something I have found useful when supporting my younger brother who has TS amongst other things. I got involved at TIC due to my mum running the charity, I am very grateful for the opportunity to develop my skills and meeting some fantastic children in the process.
Georgina Brier, Volunteer Sibling Support worker
I am a single mum t seven year old boy/girl twins. my son has been on the waiting list for an ASD and sensory processing assesment for sometime now and has been experiencing difficulties since he was ages 3. his twin sister has found the adjustment very difficult and i have found no support for her or other siblings. so as the proactive mum i am, i made my own. Most of my working life i have worked with children with autism, i was a support worker in Australia and offered drama and dance therapy for children with ASD. as well as supporting parents of Autistic children in a support group in central London. I have studied Psychology at Hull University and am now doing a BSC Degree in Education sudies with TESOL.
Bea Wood, Volunteer awareness facilitator and Ambassador
I am a transgender femaile with TS, ADHD, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia. I am proud to say i won the national pagent Transgender UK in 2017. I am a qualified further education and higher education teacher and work closely with Humberside Police doing awareness training for people with TS/ADHD. I am also part of the team running Doncaster Pride and do a lot of transgender awareness for equality. My tics took me quite by suprise and at one point i feared i would struggle to get work. That was until i landed my perfect job, i currently work as a chrisis worker/peer support worker and trainer at PFG People Focussed Ggroup).
Bethany Nash, Volunteer awareness faclitator and Youth Ambassador
Iam 21 years old and study performing arts at degree level at Hull college. I have TS and Autism and am passionate about raising awareness. I am proud of who i am, i see things differently and my brain works differently, i have good attention to detail and can be quite shy untill i get to know you.
Jane Ingram, Chairman
in January 2020 I was honoured to be asked and delighted to accept the position of Chairman by T.I.C. Trustee's. I am in awe of the passion and the hard work our CEO Kim Mitchell and her assistant Bev Sims have, in ensuring adults, children and their families are supported in their lives when living with TS and in educating local schools and other outside professional agencies to understand TS and the complexities this can sometimes bring. For the past twenty years I have had a career in Health and Social care, managing nursing and care homes, domiciliary care and day services in supporting older people and specialising in dementia and acquired brain injuries. I have worked in the private, voluntary and local authority sectors. I have been on committees for privately run clubs holding the position of secretary and I have also chaired parish council meetings. On a personal level I have brought up 7 children, a blended family, 5 children being my own and which include a set of triplets. with trials and tribulations of having brought up 7 children, mostly as a single parent, and a career spanning over 2 decades, I am sure I can bring knowledge and experience to this wonderful charity, to grow with it and see it prosper into something truly magical in supporting people and families.
Karen Okra, Trustee.
I am listed as one of Hulls 68 most influential people. I am a community worker and have enjoyed an active role in our City of Culture celebrations. I am also a director of the Freedom Festival. I was born of dual heritage (Jamaican and English) and understand the struggle to find acceptance from others.
Gary Walker, Trustee
I am a divorced dad of one son. I have lived in Hull all my life and have worked that last 23 years as the main bingo caller at Mecca Bingo Hull. I have been charity fundraising for many years. I started fundraising for TS about 5 years ago after my dear friend’s son was diagnosed. Since getting involved I have learned so much about the condition and always take the time to help others to understand more.
Richard Smith, Trustee
I was diagnosed with TS over 40 years ago, I also have OCD, ADD, Sensory Processing Disorder, misophonia and lots of autistic traits. I work as part of a multi award winning team of gardeners at the University of Hull. I spend my spare time travelling to support TS groups around the country.
Luke Inglis, Trustee
I was diagnosed with TS in 2016 aged 17. I work for Humber NHS trust as a support worker. You may have seen me on TV in the undatables show, but are more likely to see me now delivering awareness on TS.