Meet our trustees

Our trustees are a collection of wonderful individuals who work voluntarily to create the

Jolly Josh vision. 

Alex Laidler

Health Visitor

My name is Alex Laidler, I am a trustee for Jolly Josh. I was Josh’s Health Visitor and was honoured to be asked to be a trustee for the charity. Josh has a special place in my heart along with his beautiful family. My background is as a Children’s Nurse working in Neurosurgery and then as a Staff Nurse within the health visiting teams in various team in the Manchester area, 13 years ago I decided to do my health visitor training and have never looked back.


Becky Drury

Teacher of children with PMLD

Hi I’m Becky and was absolutely delighted to be asked by Carole to become a Trustee for Jolly Josh. I’d followed Jolly Josh with interest and then was lucky enough to not only meet Carole, but share a class with her! Carole inspires me everyday with her passion and commitment to raising the bar for children and families of children with complex medical needs and profound and multiple learning difficulties in and around our home town of Rochdale. I have always had a strong interest in special needs having spent much of my childhood and teenage years going to school with mum who was also a special needs teacher. My interest continued to develop and I qualified as a teacher in 2003. My first teaching job was in a wonderful special school in Nottingham where I learnt so much from the amazing staff and therapists I worked alongside everyday. Here my interest in postural management and physical skills was enthused where I was very lucky to have wonderful physiotherapist in my class everyday. She taught me so much ! From there I moved back to Rochdale and worked in mainstream school in Oldham where I lead the Early Years though two successful Ofsted inspections. Missing working with children with complex medical and special needs I returned back to special. I worked with fantastic children and staff in a special school in Bury but due to the demands of family life I needed to work closer to home. This is where Carole and I met We have an adorable class and team and love going to work each day. I hope my skills as a teacher for learners with PMLD will be helpful and transferrable in my role as trustee.


Jane Houghton

Paediatric Nurse


Alison Field

Transformation & Innovation Lead for HMR Children's Services


Carole Kelly

Founder of Jolly Josh & Teacher

I am Carole Kelly, Sophie and Joshua's mummy and Founder of Jolly Josh. ​ I am a primary school teacher and I became Joshua's full time carer in May 2016 until he found peace in August 2017.


Janine Parry

Paediatric Nurse Practitioner

I’m Janine Parry. I’m a married mother of one from Rochdale. ​ I am a Registered Children’s Nurse with over 11 years of experience in both Hospital and Community settings.


Anna Oddy

Specialist Complex Needs Nurse / Palliative Nurse

My name is Anna Oddy (RN (Child) BSc (Hons) Children’s nursing). I undertook the children’s nurse training at the University of Central Lancashire from 1998- 2001.  Once qualifying I worked at Booth Hall Children’s Hospital on ward 14.  Following this I moved to Pendlebury Children’s Hospital and worked on the Bone Marrow transplant unit.


Dr R. Levy

Consultant Community Paediatrician and Patron

I qualified from Manchester Medical School in 1987. Initially I trained as General Practitioner and subsequently then in Paediatrics.


Peter Smith



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