Transforming the lives of
severely disabled children
and their families

About The Big Splash Trust

The Big Splash Trust is an independent charity which has its origins in Jack Tizard School  in West London, an Ofsted-rated “outstanding” school for children with severe and multiple learning difficulties and complex needs.

Our work is underpinned by the following values:

  • Supporting the whole family including siblings.
  • Providing practical and hands-on support.
  • Securing fun based activities with wider learning opportunities.
  • Involving families in shaping the support offered.

Why is this important?

  • Local leisure facilities such as swimming pools are often not accessible to disabled children so families cannot play together.
  • Ongoing illness can mean that severely disabled children miss out.
  • We can give specialist support to children with challenging behaviors which can be hard to come by.

Our Priorities 

Our priority is to secure funding so that all local severely disabled children and young people and their families can continue to enjoy our state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool, other play facilities, and arts based activities after school, at weekends and in the holidays. We call this, Making a Splash.

Meet the Trustees & Associates

Transforming the lives of severely disabled children and their families

Clare Shields

Clare has spent the majority of her career as an in-house solicitor for major news organisations. She has recently retired from full-time work.

Clare is a former Chair of Governors at Jack Tizard School (2009-2014). It was during that time that the hydrotherapy pool was built at the school.

Clare and Cathy Welsh, the former headteacher, set up the Big Splash Trust in 2010.

Clare is Chair of the Big Splash Trust.

Francesca Smith

Francesca is the Headteacher of Jack Tizard School, where the Big Splash Trust activities are based.

Francesca has been a senior leader for 14 years in a variety of settings, including mainstream secondary, residential and special schools.

Roger de Montfort

Roger is currently the Managing Director of UCL Consultants Ltd and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

Roger graduated from UCL with a degree in Latin, and then joined PwC where he worked for 27 years, the last 14 years of which as a public sector advisory partner fulfilling a variety of roles based in London, South Africa, SE Asia and Canada.

Roger is Treasurer of the Big Splash Trust.

Gemma Blackie

Gemma Blackie is the Family Link worker at Jack Tizard School.

Gemma works closely alongside class teachers and other school based professionals, in order to maximise pupils' wellbeing.

Gemma also works extensively with families - providing advice, support and information.

Gemma also runs the Schools Sibling group (SIBS) and works on Sleep Therapy Programmes for Jack Tizard families.

Fiona McGlinchey

Fiona works in Research Strategy at Generation Investment Management, a sustainability-focused investment fund.

Fiona was also a client engagement manager in the financial services practice at Axiom, a leader in technology enabled legal services.

Prior to that Fiona spent several years at GLG, which provides primary research to investors, where she managed relationships with key buy-side clients and developed political and economic content for hedge funds, private equity firms and asset managers. She also ran her own production company for a number of years.

Fiona has acted as a mentor for teenage girls through charity 'The Girls’ Network' and has previously been involved in arts projects for adults with intellectual disabilities and arts programmes with female prisoners.

Magda Jurczak

Magda is the Senior Admin Officer at Jack Tizard School. She has good understanding of the needs of disabled children and sees on a daily basis how important hydrotherapy is in their lives.

Magda has a degree in English Language and Literature and previously worked as an ESOL tutor.

She also loves yoga and hopes to undertake a yoga instructor’s course in her spare time.

Magda is Administrator for the Big Splash Trust.