Our Senior Leadership Team

Dalton Leong, CEO at The Children's Trust

Dalton Leong

| Chief Executive

Dalton had a 21-year career in the private sector, in financial services and banking. In 1995, he became a founding Trustee of The Shooting Star Children’s Hospice and was subsequently appointed Chief Executive in 2004. He was also Vice Chair of Children’s Hospices UK (now known as Together for Short Lives). Dalton then became Managing Director of Charities & Communities at Global (the UK’s largest commercial media entertainment company) where he led the corporate social responsibility programme and the charities of Heart, Capital and Classic FM, amongst others. He is an Ambassador of CharityWorks, the UK non-profit sector’s graduate programme; and a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute.
Jayne Cooper, Director of Clinical Services at The Children's Trust

Jayne Cooper

| Director of Clinical Services

Jayne has been a registered children’s nurse since 1996. She was previously Chief Executive of Woking and Sam Beare Hospices, having initially joined them as Director of Nursing. She has also held the roles of Associate Chief Nurse for Integrated Medicine at Buckinghamshire NHS Trust and Head of Nursing for Neurosciences Clinical Unit at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. She was awarded the Florence Nightingale Foundation Children and Young People Leadership Scholarship in 2011.
Paul Farthing, Director of Income Generation & Communications at The Children's Trust

Paul Farthing

| Director of Income Generation & Communications

Paul has over 25 years’ experience in marketing and fundraising. He began his career with campaign group Charter 88 and children’s charity Young Minds.  He then spent 10 years in agencies, becoming Managing Director at Target Direct, a direct marketing agency. His charity experience began at Cancer Research UK as Legacy Fundraising Director and then High Value Relationships Director. He worked both at Age UK and NSPCC as Director of Fundraising. He was also CEO - Fundraising of the The Aspinall Foundation. Paul is a Trustee of The Elizabeth’s Children Charitable Trust.

Colin Kerr

| Director of Finance

Colin was interim Group Finance Director for the Avenues Group, a Learning Disability charity. Previously, he was a Director at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, covering finance, IT, information, facilities and external relations. He has also had extensive experience in education as Director of Finance of the Specialist Schools & Academies Trust and the Learning Skills Network and in the NHS covering a Health Authority and two NHS Trusts. He is a member, and Chair of the Charities Panel of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Scotland.
Mike Maddick, Director of People at The Children\'s Trust

Mike Maddick

| Director of People

Mike has 15 years' HR experience gained within the Financial Services and Charity sectors. He has worked in a number of significant global roles within corporate HR departments, with a focus on Business Partnering, Talent, Graduate Resourcing & Development and Senior Hiring. Mike was a youth worker and community volunteer providing support to children and young adults via sport and independent living projects.
Professor Gareth Morgan, Medical Director at The Children\'s Trust

Professor Gareth Morgan

| Medical Director

Gareth is an experienced clinician and medical manager. He joined The Children’s Trust from the Medical School at Swansea University where, as Dean, he helped establish the school which is currently ranked 3rd in the UK. He has also been clinical director of an NHS immunology laboratory and at Great Ormond Street Hospital. As head of a Medical Research Council field station in The Gambia he was responsible for a rural primary health facility. Gareth continues his clinical practice in paediatrics and paediatric immunology and is a Fellow of three Royal Colleges - Paediatrics and Child Health, Physicians and Pathologists.
Sam Newton, Headteacher at The Children's Trust School

Sam Newton

| Headteacher

Initially a mainstream teacher, Sam then moved into the field of Special Educational Needs in 1998. She has since held a variety of leadership posts across both primary and secondary settings for pupils with a range of needs but most specifically for those Multi Disabled Visually Impaired, Deaf / Blind and with Complex Education, Health and Care Needs. Sam has 20 years’ leadership and management experience with experience in both school education and residential settings.
Nicola Smith, Director of IT & Facilities at The Children's Trust

Nicola Smith

| Director of IT & Facilities

Nicola spent 16 years working in the corporate sector for Accenture, a management consultancy. She has a wealth of experience in delivering change projects and shaping large outsourcing deals. Her role covers the management of our 25-acre Estate, ensuring our technology is fit for purpose as well as driving forward our programme of capital projects.

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