The strategic direction and executive functions of Carefree Kids are the responsibility of the trustees, elected at the Annual General Meeting, supported by committee members who are recruited for their specific expertise.
Trustees and committee members are all unpaid, voluntary positions.
Veronique Jochum (Acting Chair)
Veronique Jochum currently works for NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) where she manages a research programme on voluntary sector trends. Prior to joining NCVO, she worked for a number of management consultancy firms in Paris and London. Veronique has been involved with Carefree Kids since 2012, firstly as a volunteer and then as a trustee. She was appointed Vice-Chair in 2014.
Jacqui Collins (Acting Chair)
Jacqui Collins has retired after teaching for 35 years which included work in early years and with children newly arrived in the country. She has a Post-Graduate Certificate in Emotional Factors in Learning and Teaching from the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and University of East London. Her involvement with Carefree Kids started when she was the first Chair of Trustees for five years, and since retirement she returned as Trustee with responsibility for Safeguarding in 2015.
Moira Fell is moving into educational consultancy following thirty years working for London Borough of Waltham Forest. She was a special educational needs teacher in a number of junior and secondary schools, finishing as a teacher at the LBWF-run children’s home. After working as acting Co-ordinator of the new Looked-After Children’s Education Project, she became SEN Designated Officer for LAC and then SEN lead for the Virtual School for LAC. She has worked with Carefree Kids in a professional capacity and became a trustee in September 2016.
Lucille joined Carefree Kids in 2005 and has worked as a therapeutic play worker in a variety of schools since. She qualified as a dramatherapist in 1991. In addition to being a Carefree Kids committee member, she volunteers as the official Carefree Kids photographer and offers a range of administration support to the office. “I love being part of this organisation and seeing how it has grown over the years.”
Nana is a senior finance analyst at Thomson Reuters. She has worked in technology, healthcare and housing industries for over 10 years and held a number of roles within finance. She is a qualified accountant (ACCA) and became a trustee and treasurer of Carefree Kids in 2016.
Rachel’s background is in HR advice and management and volunteer management. She current works for Community Service Volunteers, a national charity placing volunteers in a variety of community and social projects throughout the UK.
Delia has spent over 20 years in Marketing, PR and communications in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, and is currently Head of Marketing at the operating company which delivers the Motability Scheme for disabled motorists. Delia also has experience in change management and strategic planning. Delia says: “I believe Carefree Kids does an amazing job in helping children achieve their true potential, and overcome significant life challenges. I’m pleased to be part of this truly inspiring organisation.”
Beatrix has volunteered with Carefree Kids since 2012 and has worked with a number of children in Walthamstow and Redbridge schools. She is now retired but was a senior manager in a large East London 6th Form College for several years. “I feel really privileged to work therapeutically with children and see their work, their courage and their progress in play therapy sessions and I value very much the organisation which is making this work possible.”
Rachel Roberts is both a Transformational Life Coach and Professor of Viola at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Rachel is passionate about helping others to give voice to their passion and purpose and believes that creativity gives unique access to personal potential. Having grown up on the social services register, Rachel feels strongly about the importance of creating a safe space in order to support a child’s needs.
Zelda joined Carefree Kids as a volunteer in 2014 and with the experience and insight this gave her, went on to become a trustee in 2017. She is an ESOL tutor and is currently studying for a postgraduate certificate in humanistic and psychodynamic counselling. Zelda says, “CFK is a highly tuned, respectful and caring organisation. Within a sector that is challenged and challenging, I thoroughly respect the work it does.”
Christine has been a committee member for Carefree Kids since 2014. Christine retired in 2012 after 27 years working as a teacher and Special Needs Coordinator at a large primary school in Walthamstow. Christine is a governor of a primary school in East London and works once a month in an academy in Staffordshire assessing children with special needs. Christine says “I am delighted to be a committee member of Carefree kids to be able to provide support and advice to the valuable work they provide.”