Sasha Nemeckova

Sasha Nemeckova is a registered dramatherapist and children’s psychotherapist with substantial clinical experience of supporting adolescent client groups, including unaccompanied asylum seeking children, secondary school pupils at risk of exclusion from mainstream education, and young people with multiple and complex disabilities.
Sasha has worked extensively within the UK education sector as well as with different charities, within the UK and internationally. As a therapist, Sasha has sound knowledge of psychodynamic psychotherapy, attachment theory and developmental trauma and their application in the provision of therapy, with a particular interest in intercultural psychotherapy and psychological processes underpinning migration. As a practising theatre artist, Sasha’s main areas of interest and investigation are the perceptions of otherness perpetuated and disseminated within public discourse, with a particular focus on immigration, mental health and disability.
Sasha has a long-standing interest in applied drama and theatre in the community and works as a theatre workshop facilitator in the UK and in India. Sasha joined the Board of BENNU because she is passionate about the potential of creative arts therapies to enable children and young people to overcome adversity and reach their potential in life.

Ian Comfort

Ian Comfort, is an educationalist and lawyer. He started his career as a maths teacher and went on to teach children with special educational needs. He subsequently qualified as a barrister, with a keen interest in education law. As a lawyer, he chairs professional discipline and conduct committees for a number of regulatory bodies. He is also a presiding justice for the youth court in West London He has extensive experience in the direction and leadership of education services gained as a local authority director of education, chief executive of a large and complex multi academy trust and as the chair of Cognus, an education services company. In his work with children young people and schools, he is acutely aware of the need for early targeted therapeutic intervention to address barriers to learning and development and to children and young people’s wider and overall well-being.

Bontia Cattle

Bonita Cattle is a Cultural Producer with over 25 years experience in the ‘Dance and Event’ arena. She currently works for a local Trust, ‘Vision, and her own company ‘ JBP Production LTD’ heading up a fantastic team, delivering a dynamic and diverse portfolio of events; including the historical community event ‘Fairlop Fair’ and one of London’s most popular Caribbean Festivals for the summer season ‘Dream Land’. Bonita is passionate about helping people achieve their goals and live life with fullness and love. She is encouraged by the support that Bennu and its therapeutic intervention can offer, providing children and young people whose well-being and mental health have been at risk with the opportunity to stay in school and adhere to their learning whilst experiencing some of the toughest times in life.