Trustees & Staff


For Us Too’s trustees are volunteers. The board of trustees sets the direction of the charity’s work, writes strategies and keeps a track of progress, performance and finances. It is important to us that the majority of our trustees are, and always will be, parents or carers of disabled children / young people. We can have up to 12 trustees, and any member of For Us Too can apply.  If you are interested in volunteering as a trustee, please contact Anna, our Head of Charity, who will put you in touch with a member of the board.

Our Treasurer: Richard Tippett

Richard is a retired civil servant and qualified chartered accountant. He retired from the Home Office in 2019 having spent the final 10 years of his career working in finance, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 2014 with the Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountants. He is married to Diane and has two daughters and one granddaughter. In his spare time he watches sport and is a season ticket holder of West Ham men’s and women’s team, and watches Chatham Town when he can. Richard is also a member of Essex County Cricket Club.

Karen Huckstep

Karen lives in Margate and has recently retired after running her own business for the past 18 years. She also has qualifications in counselling and volunteers in the For us Too Hub.

Jen Austin

Jen lives in Ashford and has two sons with learning / behavioural disabilities. Jen knows it is sometimes a struggle to get professionals to listen to parents and understand, and she wants to help more families get their voices heard.

Laura Carlin

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Laura lives in Broadstairs and works in Marketing full time. She enjoys volunteering locally, in particular co-running the Mental Health Swims group in Margate.

Our staff

Head of Charity: Anna Syplywczak

Anna joined For Us Too in January 2018. She has many years’ experience of working in the charity sector and with people with disabilities.

Family Support Officer : Lisa Kaya-Catchpole

Family Support Officer : Rachel North

Family Support Officer : Lauren Bower

Youth Worker: Tracey Rea


About us

For Us Too is a charitable company, limited by guarantee. The charity is governed a Board of trustees (or directors) who are all volunteers, and employs a number of members of staff.

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