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.
Jacqui Collins (Co-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.
Adam Land (Co-chair)
Adam Land joined Carefree Kids in September 2018 as co-chair. He currently works as a senior civil servant at the Competition and Markets Authority, where he also plays an active role in promoting positive mental health and well-being in the workplace. Adam has lived in North and East London for around 25 years and has extensive lived experience of mental health difficulties, both personally and supporting others.
Adam says: “I am delighted to be joining Carefree Kids. Giving our young people a safe space in which they can explore difficult feelings and emotions can make a really positive difference both in childhood and in later life.”
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.
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.”
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.”
Alaina Patterson joined Carefree Kids as a trustee in September 2018. She is currently a Philanthropy Manager at The Prince’s Trust, where her responsibilities include securing transformational gifts to support The Trust’s work with young people in the UK. Alaina is passionate about helping others and as a musician enjoys playing in orchestras and experiencing new music. Alaina says, ‘I am very much looking forward to meeting the incredible volunteers and seeing the work of Carefree Kids in action. Allowing children and their families to express and understand their emotions should not be underestimated’.
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.”
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.”