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.
Jonathan de Beer
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.
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.”