The children clearly enjoy their treatments – to watch a child of four who has never walked take his first steps, initially aided by the parallel bars and then to launch off unaided is truly wonderful
Val Jourdan MBE - Chair and Founder Trustee
Val trained as a paediatric physiotherapist. In 1983 she spent a year with The Leonard Cheshire Foundation as a foreign volunteer paediatric physiotherapist working with The Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation then situated in Bethlehem itself. When she returned to the UK she founded ABCD with Georgina Mortimer.
Alastair Harris - Chair of Finance
Alastair Harris is a risk manager and accountant working in the City of London. He and his wife Deborah live in south west London and have three grown-up children. Alastair first visited Bethlehem on a pilgrimage in 2001 in connection with ABCD and was delighted to become a trustee in 2016.
Anthony Glaister - Chair of Fundraising
Anthony Glaister FCI Arb is a commercial mediator, arbitrator and adjudicator and has been involved in resolving disputes since qualifying as a solicitor in 1980. He qualified as a mediator in 1994, and as an adjudicator in 1999. He is recognised as a leader in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).
Born in Bethlehem, Bassam Aburdene is Chairman and co-founder of the Capital Trust Group. In addition to being a trustee of Action around Bethlehem Children with Disability (ABCD), he is a member of the Board of Trustees of Bethlehem University and is active in supporting many Palestinian and other international charities.
Carol Godsmark, a journalist-PR, originally from Canada via other countries, has written about the Middle East for the media and has been a past and recent visitor to the camps and other ABCD work venues on behalf of the charity. She writes the newsletter and other ABCD publications.
Canon Claire Tillotson G.L.C.M. (Hons) MA
Claire Tillotson is a state registered Music Therapist and is also a lay Canon at Rochester Cathedral. She is in charge of ABCD's music therapy projects.
Claire is married to James and has 2 children: Rachel and David and they live in Bromley in Kent. At present Claire is a freelance music therapist and also Director of Music at St Mary’s Shortlands.
Reverend Daniel Burton
Daniel Burton is an Anglican Team Rector in Salford, Greater Manchester. In the mid ‘80s he worked for two years in a Palestinian Children’s Home in Ramallah. For 20 years he was a trustee of the charity “Embrace the Middle East” – formerly known as BibleLands. He has led many pilgrimages and visits to the Middle East.
Firas Sarhan - Project Manager
Firas Sarhan is the Director and lead academic for the Centre of Excellence for Telehealth and Assisted Living. He was previously Senior Lecturer in the School Advanced & Continuing Practice at Buckinghamshire New University. He has more than 20 years experience in acute, rehabilitation and continuing care of people with spinal cord injury.
Jane trained as a physiotherapist at the Middlesex Hospital, London. She continued her career working for several years in a busy central London hospital (now the Chelsea and Westminster). Jane has been a Trustee of ABCD for two years and has made regular field visits to the projects on the West Bank.
Lara, who has been a part of the ABCD family for a long time, has visited the projects on many occasions and engages enthusiastically in all our fundraising activities. Lara was honoured to become one of the Trustees in 2018.
Alison was ABCD's administrator for over ten years. Her name is now synonymous with ABCD, having fostered relations with so many church communities and taken part in many pilgrimages. She is also an accredited Methodist preacher and administrator to the charity Living Stones.