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SHASBAH Committee

Chair of SHASBAH Committee

Michelle Goddard

I joined the committee in the 90’s because I wanted to help this wonderful charity. I only thought I’d be here for a short time, but here we are a few years later – still here, loving all we do to help our members.

It was with great sadness that we said a sad farewell to Barbara Clark, our wonderful secretary, who passed away suddenly at the end of 2019. Barbara was one of the founders of Sheffield ASBAH in 1964. Along with her dear departed husband Les, she did so much to create and develop our small charity, supporting so many families and individuals affected by Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. Barbara is much missed by everyone who knew and worked with her.

SHASBAH Trustees

Bruce Allen (Vice-Chair)

I’ve lived in Sheffield all my life and I’ve been a member of SHASBAH for 55 years. SHASBAH is a great charity for meeting people who are in a similar situation, who understand what you’re going through and want to be friends.

Laura Rose

I’m a Speech and Language Therapist at the Ryegate Children’s Centre, assessing children and young people for an Autism Spectrum Disorder. I also work for the council into their Community Youth Teams across the city, assessing vulnerable young people aged 10-18. More importantly, I’m also an auntie to one of the SHASBAH members.

Jan Tippett

I’ve volunteered for SHASBAH as a trustee for over 30 years. I’m a former secondary school teacher, I’ve been a SENCO and I was a family support field worker for a centre for children with neuro-disabilities. After that, I began working with Shine charity as an education adviser. Most recently, I worked for SHASBAH as the Volunteer Coordinator and Bid Writer, until retiring in June 2021. I am also a parent of someone with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.

Philip Hughes

I’ve had Hydrocephalus for 44 years. I have recently reconnected with SHASBAH and become a trustee. I want to use my experiences of Hydrocephalus to help support our members. I work full time in the NHS in Doncaster. I also taught and coached swimming in Doncaster for nearly 21 years and I’m a member of Sheffield Advanced motorists.

Helen Butler

Patsy Beal

After I retired early at 64 last year, my very dear friends Michelle and Tina asked me if I would like to join SHASBAH. I absolutely love it. Volunteering and being a trustee as and when I am able (due to taking care of my elderly parents) is so rewarding. Thank you to everyone for making me feel so welcome.

If you would like to join the committee of Sheffield ASBAH and make a positive difference to the lives of everyone who has spina bifida and hydrocephalus in the Sheffield postal district, then get in touch by phoning 0780 445228 or 07752 665411


Director of Services

A photo of Nina, our charity's befriending and events coordinator.

Nina Rose

My first child was born with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. When she was two (15 years ago) I started volunteering with SHASBAH. Now, I work for SHASBAH part-time and feel privileged to offer support that helped me back when this was all new. I love connecting with people, so my ‘work’ is a real joy.

Volunteer Coordinator

Jess Williamson

I’ve loved being a member of SHASBAH since the birth of my daughter who has Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus and is now nearly 10. I live in Sheffield with my young family and over the years I have thoroughly enjoyed the events and meeting all the members of the SHASBAH community. I am really excited to be joining the team as Volunteer Coordinator!

Administrator and Befriending Support

Tina Stones

I’ve been with the association for 5 years as treasurer. Presently, I’m working as the Administrator and I’m also a co-opted member of the committee. I was orginally introduced to the charity through a family member who had Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. A fun fact is that I’m twins with Michelle, one of our trustees!

Communications Coordinator

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Beth Hobbs

I started working for SHASBAH in September 2020. I used to work as a PA for someone with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, which is how I found out about the charity. It’s great that I can use my creative side for a really worthwhile cause. Outside of work, I enjoy gardening, cooking and going for walks with friends.

Fundraising Coordinator

We are currently recruiting a Fundraising Coordinator. If you are interested in this position, click here for more information.

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