Susan has over 29 years experience of working with children, young people, families and professionals in Healthcare, Education, Social Services and the Voluntary Sector. She has been Head of Therapeutic & Specialised Play Services and Manager since 1991.Susan is passionate about leading Play Services and organising events and entertainment to help create positive experiences and healing environments. She likes going to the theatre, fitness classes, music and spending as much time as possible with her family and friends. Above all else as a parent of a young child, Susan is wholly committed to having child centred high quality care for families.
I am a recent history graduate from the University of York with an interest in children's healthcare and the charity sector. I worked as a volunteer at Action for Sick Children and was delighted to be invited to the board of trustees as their youth ambassador. I represent young people on the board.
Annie has worked as a Clinical Psychologist at Alder Hey for almost 30 years. During this time she has been Head of Clinical Psychology and for 8 years was Clinical Director of CAMHS. In the early part of her career she worked in the community with children known to Social Services. In later years her work has focused on the psychological needs of children with chronic/acute illness and their families particularly those cared for by the Oncology Service. Annie has the great privilege of leading a team of hospital based Clinical Psychologists who are in turn part of various medical or surgical multi-disciplinary teams. The team also provides governance through supervision and training for the Hospital Play Specialists and Music Therapist. Annie received the Judith Houghton Award in 2011 for her contribution to Paediatric Psychology. Annie has been a member of Action for Sick Children for over 20 years.
Debbie lives in Lower Stretton in cheshire with her husband, 2 children, 1 dog, 1 cat and several fish!!! She enjoys gardening, keeping fit and reading ans is a member of "virtual" book clue which she finds opens the mind to diverse topics and styles of literature.
She has worked in various sectors including banking, marketing and training but the majority of her working life has been in the IT industry, with Fujitsu.
Currently Debbie is the global service lead, responsible for all aspects of project and service delivery to a global FMCG customer. This involves financial and commercial management, stakeholder /customer relationship management and leading a large virtual team across different geographies and cultures. Previous roles have included operations management, leading large multi-disciplinary teams and business transformation roles.
Debbie is a mentor to graduates and developing service delivery managers and has also mentored young leaders in the not for profit sector and is very passionate about “paying it back”, having been lucky enough to have some great mentors herself.
Debbie is passionate about young people and helping them to be the best they can be. Working with Action for Sick Children she can provide strategic, governance and general business support, enabling the charity to meet its aims and objectives and improve the lives of sick children.
Helen is a lawyer at Hempsons Solicitors. She practises in the healthcare advisory team and specialises in the Mental Health and the Mental Capacity Act. Previously, Helen worked in the legal team at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and has continued her specialty in child law, regularly advising healthcare providers and organisations in relation to issues such as child protection and consent to treatment.
Carole's interest in improving NHS Maternity Services grew after the birth of her children. It progressed as they grew older, to one centred on NHS provision for sick children as they experienced a number of hospital admissions.
She became a member of London CHC, shortly after they were set up, representing the views of women and children. She then became a member of NAWCH and then Chairman of the Cambridge branch. Carole has been Action for Sick Children's national Chairman from 1994 until 1998. She chaired the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Patient's Group from 2000- 2005.
Over the years she has been a spokesman for the health and welfare needs of children and young people on a number of committees. She currently sits as a lay member on the East Anglia Faculty Board of the RCGP and The Society of Radiographers and attends her local PCT's Patient Focus Group.
Carole also works as a volunteer General Adviser at the Citizens Advice Bureau and finds her work very interesting, rewarding and satisfying. She enjoys learning something new at every session and being able to help people find ways to tackle their problems. In her spare time Carole enjoys travelling, going to the theatre, music, books, tennis and badmington.
Honorary Consultant Paediatrician, Kingston upon Thames. He trained in London hospitals and Southampton in adult medicine and paediatrics. In 1973 became a single handed consultant at Kingston upon Thames, and Honorary Consultant at Charing Cross Hospital.
He was one of a group which produced 'The Loss of Your Baby', and became adviser to Surrey SANDS. He held a weekly clinic for bereaved parents and a clinic for those having subsequent babies. He has worked extensively in the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths.
He was one of the Professional Advisory Panel of NAWCH, on the national 'Playboard' and the HPSET. At Kingston he built up the Play Specialist Team, created a Paediatric Outreach Nursing Team, and a Child Development Centre with residential facilities. He was a member of the Spastics Society Child Assessment Team. He was Regional Paediatric Adviser to the RCP and RCPCH and Chaired the RCPCH Report on 'Fabricated or Induced Illness'. He founded the journal 'Current Paediatrics' (now Paediatrics and Child Health).
Now retired, he works with bereaved children in Jigsaw 4U. He is a trustee of FSID and Action for Sick Children, and a Patron of NAHPS. In his spare time he likes to travel, paint and spend time with his family and grandchildren.
Margaret has over 35 years experience of working with children, their families and carers in the health sector, as a Registered Sick Children's nurse. Finally becoming a modern matron for paediatrics in a large district hospital.
Held senior administrative posts before having her family and subsequently worked as a school secretary in several junior and infants schools for twenty years. She has a longstanding family connection with Action for Sick Children. Since retirement she has been a volunteer in the Action for Sick Children office and acts as the Membership Secretary. An active member of her local U3A she spends any free time walking, travelling and visiting her family in this country and abroad.
Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green is the current President of the British Medical Association; served as the first children's commissioner for England 2005 to 2010. He is an internationally recognised authority and expert on children's services, child health and childhood.
Dame Helen Mirren is an actress with an international career that spans stage, screen and television. She has won many awards for her powerful performances, including an Academy Award in 2007 for her performance in The Queen.
Raymond Briggs is an English illustrator, cartoonist, graphic novelist and author who is best known in Britain for his story The Snowman. The cartoon adaptation is televised and the musical adaptation is staged every Christmas.
Tommy began his rugby career for local side "The Blues" (Macclesfield Rugby Club) and was then taken on by Sale Sharks and is also a former England Counties player. Recently he has moved to Wasps Rugby Club and indeed gained his first cap for England in June 2016. We wish him continued succes in 2017.
One of the shining lights in a tough 2012 - 13 for the Sharks, Tommy was a joint-winner of the Young Player of the Year award with his fellow front-rowers Ross Harrison and Henry Thomas. Due to the absence of Marc Jones, Tommy was thrust into the first-team set-up and made more starts in 2012 - 13 (16) than his appearance tally had been before the season started (11).
Action for Sick Children is looking forward to working with Tommy in the future.
Val Joined Action for Sick Children on a freelance basis in November 2012 as PA to the Chairman, she was promoted to senior officer earlier this year and was unanimously voted in as Chief Executive at the recent Action for Sick Children Board of Directors meeting.
“I am absolutely delighted with the appointment and looking forward to working with the charity’s wonderful and dedicated team at our High Lane, Stockport HQ.
“It really is an honour to be promoted to this position in a charity that has done so much for children and young people over the past 52 years. I will be following in the footsteps of some very committed people and am determined to do whatever is required to improve the lot of sick children, young people and their families across the country.”