Meet the Team
Kitty Nabarro, Trustee
Kitty co-founded Nip in the Bud together with her husband Daniel in 2015 and is the Chair and administrator of the charity. Previously Kitty worked as a teacher of modern languages in secondary schools and adult education. After retiring from the classroom she became an active volunteer for OCD Action, with particular focus on the OCD at School programme, giving awareness talks prepared by the Maudsley Hospital.
Dr Gordana Milavić, Trustee
Dr Milavić is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital, London.
Dr Milavić specialized in child and adolescent psychiatry at Guy’s and St Thomas Hospitals in London. She has been a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in London, UK since 1980 and Fellow since 1996. She has near 40 years’ experience of clinical practice.
From 2006 to 2012 she was the Clinical Director for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.
Dr Milavić’s interest in the organisation of child and adolescent psychiatry services led to her post of Co – Chair of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Section of the World Psychiatric Association (2011 to 2017). She has been a member of the Psychiatry Council of the Royal Society of Medicine in the UK from 2014 to date. More recently she was appointed to the Board of the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, UK taking on the role of International Development Director.
Michael Caro, Trustee
Michael is a retired corporate lawyer who was a partner at Baker McKenzie. He became a Trustee of OCD Action in 2012 and was responsible for ‘converting’ OCD Action from an unincorporated association into a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Michael was responsible for setting up Nip in the Bud and registering it with the Charity Commission as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
Lisanne Stock, Trustee
Lisanne is a junior doctor who is currently working at Great Ormond Street Hospital. She has previously worked at University College Hospital and The Royal Free Hospital. As a student, she was President of the Oxford Society of Medicine and the Oxford Society for Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences. She is currently on a core psychiatry training programme in North Central London.
Jeffrey Ward, Trustee
Jeff is a chartered accountant who for many years was a corporate finance partner at BDO. He has a master’s degree in mathematics from London University and has been very active, as a volunteer, in the charity sector. He is currently a Director and Treasurer of The Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation (based in USA), mentors candidates for two London based charities for the unemployed and for those setting up new businesses and is a Trustee of a family trust.
Nick Winters, Trustee
Nick is a chartered accountant and is currently a partner at Moore Kingston Smith where he heads their Technology Sector Group. Nick is heavily involved in mentoring – he mentors candidates at a London based charity helping people back into employment and also provides mentoring and advice on strategy to individuals at both Virgin StartUp and London & Partners Business Growth Programme. He has an Economics degree from the London School of Economics.
Denman Rooke, Trustee
Denman is a television producer. He spent 25 years at one of the UK’s leading TV production companies, October Films, based in London and New York. He was the company’s managing director for ten years and the executive chairman for five. As director, producer and executive producer he has produced hundreds of hours of factual programmes, mainly domestic and international documentaries, including programmes about disability and mental health. During Denman’s time at October Films the company was the winner of over 100 major awards, including Emmys, Royal Television Society, BAFTA and Broadcast Awards.
Samantha Wrightson, Executive Film Producer
Samantha Wrightson is an Executive Producer of film and television. She has produced and directed over 100 hours of documentaries and factual entertainment for BBC, ITV, Channel 4, The History Channel and UKTV. As an Executive Producer, she has developed and sold formats around the world. Samantha’s short films have been shown in over 50 countries, winning Official Selection for Sundance, Best Film awards at Paris, San Francisco, Austin and Palm Springs.
In addition to her roles in film and television, Samantha has worked in the arts, producing educational films for Senate House Library, World Monument Fund and Stowe House, as well as producing for BBC New Talent, and The Birds Eye View Comedy Lab.
Samantha is very interested in the topic of mental health in primary school children and is currently governor of a primary school.
Alis Rocca, Educational Consultant
Alis is Co-Headteacher at a two form, urban, Primary School in Hertfordshire for 3 days a week and runs her own consultancy and wellbeing business. She has been a Head Teacher for 9 years.
Alis is passionate about teaching children and young people the skills to become effective, life-long learners. She believes that children should continue to love the process of learning with curiosity and excitement in the way they did when very young.
Alis combines the work and ideas of Professor Guy Claxton, Bill Lucas, Professor Carol Dweck and Sir Ken Robinson to use an approach that encourages children to build learning power by developing skills such as collaboration, creativity, curiosity, commitment, craftsmanship, communication and confidence. Her approach empowers all adults to model and teach a growth mindset, helping the development of staff and children alike.
Alis has a clear focus on the importance of mental health and wellbeing and establishes a coaching culture in the schools in which she works or consults to this end.