Staff

Joanna Buckard, Specialist Projects Coordinator

Joanna Buckard is a specialist FASD trainer and Health and Social Care Lecturer and has been working within the FASD field for 16 years and within the health, social and education sector for 25 years. She founded Red Balloon Training in 2008 to deliver specialist FASD training and consultancy to health, social care and education professionals and has delivered bespoke training and consultancy throughout the UK and Channel Islands. Joanna has been consulting on National FASD projects over the last 13 years including speaking at conferences, delivering training, writing FASD booklets for Midwives and GPs. She has taken part in and consulted on a National FASD film and the awareness raising Pregnant Pause events.  Joanna has presented research on FASD nationally and internationally and has also spoken in parliament as part of the APPG on FASD. She has been on the steering group for an FASD parenting course.  Joanna has delivered all the training for the Preventing alcohol exposed pregnancies project for GMHSCP. Joanna was interviewed about FASD on Sky news and has also written a book chapter due to be published later in the year.

Sandy Butcher, Chief Executive

Sandra Ionno Butcher is Chief Executive of NOFAS-UK. Sandy joined NOFAS-UK in January 2017.  She has nearly 30 years of campaigning, fund-raising and organisational experience, working with diverse networks to create positive change in public policy. Most recently she served as executive director of the international Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, recipients of the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize.

She and her husband are co-founders of the E. Hertfordshire and Area FASD Support Network and are actively engaged in FASD awareness and support via the media, social media, and through a widely read blog – FASDLearningWithHope.wordpress.com.  She tweets at @SB_FASD.