The Board of Trustees of Rainbow House, the conductive education centre based in Mawdesley,
have appointed a new Chief Executive as the charity moves into the next phase of its development
with a three year strategy and plan to become a centre of excellence for children with disabilities.
Ben Blackman, 38 from Croston, will be responsible for the ongoing development of the charity,
where his past experience, which includes years developing services for unpaid carers will be
invaluable. With 16 years experience in senior management positions in the not-
for-profit sector, he has worked for local, regional and national organisations including
Weston Spirit, Plaza Community Cinema, RSPCA, Carers Central and the Roy Castle Lung Cancer
Foundation where he was Director of Strategic Development.
Rainbow House President Bill Ainscough and Chair of the Trustees, Pauline Clare CBE, said, “we are
delighted to announce the appointment of Ben Blackman as Chief Executive and are sure that his
background and experience will bring significant benefits to our organisation and our service users.
His mix of not-for-profit expertise coupled with his Business Studies degree and experience working
in the private sector through his own Strategic Development Consultancy offers a unique style and
focus. ”

Ben Blackman added, “Rainbow House captivates everyone who comes into contact with it and this
has certainly been the case for me. Having worked with the Trustees, staff and parents to develop a
3 year strategy for the organisation during 2017, I am delighted to be taking over from Carole in the
long-term and look forward to fulfilling our mission to make Rainbow House a centre of excellence
for children with neurological conditions & disabilities. The plans we have include developing a wider
array of services and support for those children & young people we work with, as well as providing
more for their parents and family members. Being a father myself, with a strong health & social care
professional background, I understand how our services can impact on the whole family and, if we
can achieve that, it is incredibly powerful. I am lucky to see the benefit of our work on a daily basis,
and incredibly proud to lead our team of staff who achieve life changing steps thanks to their
professionalism and the hard work of the children & young people we support.”
Legacy Rainbow House, based at Mawdesley, Lancashire, was founded 14 years ago and currently
provides over 250 hours of Conductive Education each week. Conductive education is a
therapy which aims to develop the physical and cognitive abilities of children with disabilities and
brain injuries. The charity has no statutory funding and raises all of its own funds through donations,
grants and fund-raising activities.
Ben replaces Carole Cochrane, CBE who was Chief Executive for two years during which time she
created a stable environment and put the charity in a strong position with good financial backing
and the development of the three year plan. Having decided it was time to retire she leaves with
the thanks of and all good wishes from the Board of Trustees and staff.
Carole quotes “I spent two fantastic years at Rainbow House creating a stable environment and putting the
charity in the strong position it now enjoys with good financial backing and a three year plan to take it
forward to become a centre of excellence. It is a very worthy charity with a great team achieving amazing
results for children with disabilities and I am sure that Ben will take it forward to even greater strengths
with their support and that of the Board of Trustees. I am now looking forward to spending time with my
husband in our new home in Spain.”

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