About Us

The Professionals behind Bridges

Catherine Pownall

Founder / Director
Specialist Speech And Language Therapist
B.Sc.(Hons) (Speech Pathology)
MRCSLT (UK) HCPCreg. (UK) MSALTS(Singapore)


Catherine graduated with a B.Sc (Hons) in Speech and Language Pathology and Therapeutics in the UK.

She has worked in the field of paediatrics throughout her career and has specialised in autism spectrum disorders, including Asperger syndrome for the past 20 years.

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Mary Yong

Founder / Director
Specialist Speech And Language Therapist
B.App.Sc (Speech Pathology)
MSPA (Australia) MSALTS


Mary graduated with a B.App.Sc (Speech Pathology) from the University of Sydney, Australia and has been working in the field of paediatrics for more than 30 years.

She has over 20 years experience specialising in autism spectrum disorders, including Asperger syndrome.

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Ashley Attwood

Graphic Designer
BA (Hons)
First Class: Graphic Design


Gaining a First-Class Honors Degree from the University of Wales in 2012, Ashley went on to win the “Best New Blood Award” at the D&AD exhibition in London in the same year.

He began designing and illustrating for Bridges in 2013 and has been behind the creation of our unique characters and images ever since.
In his capacity as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator, we are delighted to have him as part of the Bridges team.

Chris Ong

Technology Adviser

B.App.Sc (Computing Science), NSWIT
TOGAF Certified


Chris is a seasoned software architect and full-stack developer with over 25 years’ experience architecting and building large-scale enterprise applications.

He is currently focusing on providing technical leadership and developing cloud services. He specialises in unlocking new sources of value
through the use of internet related technologies, such as blockchain and intelligent business process management.