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It is a pleasure to introduce The Children's Sleep Charity Trustee Board.

My fellow trustees and I are proud that our professional experience within our individual fields is able to support such an important cause as The Children's Sleep Charity.

Should you be interested in further information on the work of the trustees. Please feel free to contact me on info@thechildrenssleepcharity.org.uk

Chair of Trustees

Prof Heather Elphick MB ChB, MRCP, MD.
Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, Sheffield Children's Hospital.


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I have been a consultant in Paediatric Respiratory and Sleep Medicine since 2008 and Professor of Child Health since 2014, in recognition of my collaborative work in research and innovation in the field of technological solutions for children with long-term respiratory conditions.  I lead the sleep diagnostic and non-invasive ventilation services at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, managing a comprehensive range of sleep conditions including complex sleep apnoea and the largest narcolepsy clinic in the North of England.  I have been awarded two National Institute of Health Research grants as principal investigator for development of innovative technologies and have collaborated on other nationally funded projects including the PLEASANT asthma trial, investigation of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea in Down Syndrome and a systematic review of pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments for sleep disorders in children with neuro-developmental disorders.  Recently I have been awarded three Small Business Research Initiative grants as clinical lead and a grant from the Health Foundation to develop a city-wide strategy for implementation of a Sleep Practitioner service in Sheffield. I am passionate about helping families to get a good night’s sleep and have supported The Children’s Sleep Charity since its foundation. I am proud to be Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Prof Heather Elphick MB ChB, MRCP, MD
Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Dr Sivaramakrishnan is a Consultant Paediatrician working at Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust since April 2013.  Prior to that she was a Consultant Paediatrician in Mid Yorkshire Trust since June 2002.  Dr Sivaramakrishnan is a neurodisability paediatrician mainly working with children with neurodisabilities including autism, cerebral palsy, various other syndromes and developmental difficulties.  She has a keen interest in sleep difficulties in children with neurodisability and has done sleep surveys on families who have attended neurodisability clinics to assess the scale of sleep difficulties and how it impacts on children and their families.  

Dr Sivaramakrishnan qualified in Mumbai, India in 1986 and has been working in the UK since 1991.  She has worked in various hospitals in the Midlands, North East and finally settled as a Consultant in Yorkshire.  She is also keen on teaching and has got a PG certificate in Medical Education.  She is the Deputy Director of Medical Education at Barnsley Hospital Trust.  She is also a Honorary Senior Lecturer at Leeds University and contributes and teaches in Post Graduate Diploma for  Paediatric speciality trainees.  She is also on the Executive Board for the Post Graduate Neurodisability course at Sheffield Hallam University and a tutor for the same.

Dr Sivaramkrishnan has been involved with the children’s sleep charity since 2011 and she became a trustee with the charity in 2013.  She is promoting the work of the charity and has been instrumental in setting up sleep workshops in Wakefield in 2011/2012.  She can be contacted via email on shobha.sivaramakrishnan@nhs.net

Dr Sivaramakrishnan
Consultant Paediatrician

Dr Ruth Slate (nee Kingshott) is a Paediatric Sleep Physiologist at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. She has worked in the field of sleep physiology since 1994. She undertook her PhD in obstructive sleep apnoea and daytime functioning. She has worked in both clinical and research roles within her field of sleep physiology and in the area of paediatric sleep since 2003. She also has obtained her RPSGT sleep scoring qualification in Sydney, Australia in 2001.  Throughout her sleep career, Ruth has seen many families who have struggled to get a good night’s sleep. The sleep support offered by The Children’s Sleep Charity is so important and life changing to families. It is a pleasure to be a trustee of this fantastic charity.

Dr Ruth Slate

Gibson Mutale is currently in independent financial management consultancy practice. He has previously worked for the Audit Commission and Wales Audit Office (WAO). He is a Fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). He also holds MSc Banking and Finance degrees from Sheffield Business School (Sheffield Hallam University).

Gibson considers it to be a great honour and a privilege to be a trustee (as a Treasurer) and be part of this fantastic charity’s noble aims.

Gibson Mutale

Working with the Children's Sleep Charity in the role of Secretary provides a great balance against my role as Head of Supply Chain within the Utilities industry. Being involved with an organisation that positively impacts the lives of many children and families each year is a fantastic antidote to corporate life! Vicki and the team have made tremendous progress over the last couple of year, and I am proud to be part of that team. I have two young daughters who are very close in age, so I fully understand the importance of an embedded and successful bedtime routine and the benefit this brings to the whole family.

Emma Leonard