Cerebral Palsy


Louise White (Conference Chair)


Louise White

Louise is a broadcaster and friend of Bobath Scotland.

Richard Davenport

Chair of National Advisory Committee for Neurological Conditions (NACNC)

Richard Davenport

As well as my role as Chair of NACNC, I am a Consultant Neurologist at the Western General Hospital and Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. Since 1999, I have also acted as a Speciality Advisor on Neurology to the Chief Medical Officer.  

I qualified from Nottingham in 1987, completed general medical training in Stoke-on-Trent, moved to Edinburgh in 1992, and after my DM thesis in stroke spent a year in Australia, before returning to Edinburgh as one of the last Senior Registrars. I was appointed consultant in 1999.

Whilst very much a general neurologist, I have dabbled in various sub-specialties over the years; I undertake first seizure, movement disorder, MND and HD clinics in addition to general neurology. 

Heather Read 

Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, Royal Hospital for Children Glasgow

Heather Read

The highlight of my school education was attending George Heriot’s School in Edinburgh for my last two years when they saw the light and became co-ed. My medical student tour took in picturesque St. Andrews, industrial Manchester and then Edinburgh. Surgical training in the East of Scotland was followed by a fellowship in Oswestry which stimulated my interest in cerebral palsy orthopaedic management and gait analysis.

I started as a Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon in 2002 at Yorkhill Childrens’ Hospital and now work in the new Royal Hospital for Children Glasgow with five other colleagues. Multi-disciplinary team working with colleagues from physiotherapy, medicine, bioengineering and orthotics has been both inspirational and led I hope to providing improved holistic Orthopaedic care.

Currently I contribute to the National CPIPS project for lower limb surveillance in children with Cerebral Palsy and am Clinical Lead for the SDR ( Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy) service with neurosurgical colleagues in Scotland. I feel very fortunate to be working in Scotland now among so many motivated talented professional groups with patient centred care at their core.

Dawn Houston

Paediatric Physiotherapist, Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow

Dawn Houston

I joined the Paediatric Physiotherapy team at Yorkhill Children’s Hospital in 2001 and have came full circle to re-join the motor disorders service as part of the multi-professional SDR Team at the Royal Hospital for Children Glasgow.

I graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University in 1999, working within the NHS and private sectors in the community, Child Development Teams, and Children’s Hospitals across Lanarkshire, Grampian and Glasgow.

I am grateful to have gained extensive experience of working with children and young people with a wide variety of neurological and musculoskeletal conditions, involvement within specialist combined, botox and orthotic clinics, and contributed to the impending SIGN guideline on the Management of Chronic Pain in Children.

Val Kennedy

Paediatric Physiotherapist, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh

Val Kennedy

Val is a Bobath trained paediatric physiotherapist working within the department of neurosciences at Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh. She has a special interest in children and young people with movement disorders, spina bifida and those requiring neuro-rehabilitation following surgery or injury.  

Val has been part of a multiprofessional group who, since 2011, have been working towards setting up a Scottish Service for Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy as an option for tone management.

Kim Hartley Kean

Head of Scotland Office, Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists

Kim Hartley Kean

Kim Hartley Kean BSc (Hons) MBA Cert. RCSLT is Head of Scotland Office of the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists, Chair of the AAC Collaborative, and a member of the AAC National Advisory Group. Kim has been the Scotland officer for the RCSLT since 1999 and became Head of Scotland Office in 2014. She promotes the interests of SLTs and their clients to Scotland’s government and parliament.

Kim leads on all RCSLT campaigns in Scotland in partnership with user organisations and other key stakeholders. Current campaign work is focused on the intergenerational cycle of communication disadvantage, AAC, inclusive communication and AHPs in health and social care.

Kim graduated as an SLT in 1988 and before her current post worked as an SLT for adults with learning disability, a health project manager in Edinburgh and a Scottish parliamentary researcher.

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