A successful textiles entrepreneur and Projects Director in the private sector, since 2000 Trudi has been the driving force at the UK charity, Caudwell Children.
Taking John Caudwell’s pioneering vision, over the past 21 years Trudi has orchestrated the charity’s continued growth, developing it from a small local charity to a national pan-disability organisation helping over 65,000 children, and has become an influential voice within the voluntary sector.
It was Trudi’s foresight which led to the development the award-winning Caudwell International Children’s Centre (CICC) in Staffordshire, a project she personally design managed, and which is now home to the innovative autism assessment, intervention and research service.
As a champion for the rights of disabled children and families and a passionate advocate for inclusivity, Trudi sits on several APPG’s and the Board of the Design In Mental Health Network, the Children’s Activities Association, and the steering committee for building guidelines at the British Standards Institute. She regularly contributes to debates in the United Nations Human Rights Council and represents Caudwell Children on the steering committee of the Children First Alliance to campaign for a cabinet-level minister for children and young people.