Our Senior Leadership Team
Dalton Leong | Chief Executive After a career in financial services, Dalton became a founding trustee and then chief executive of The Shooting Star Children's Hospice. He was then managing director of charities & communities at Global, the UK's largest commercial radio group. He was also vice chair of Children's Hospices UK (now known as Together for Short Lives). He is currently Chair of the Council for Disabled Children (the umbrella body for the disabled children’s sector in England) and a trustee of Cancer Care Foundation. Dalton is also a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
Maggie Clancy | Director of Clinical Services Maggie was previously the head of paediatric and gynaecology nursing at Kingston Hospital. She is a registered paediatric nurse with over 30 years of experience ranging from intensive care to community nursing. She has managed nursing and multidisciplinary teams caring for children in a variety of settings including hospital, school and the community.
Valerie Lee | Director of Finance & Operations Val is a qualified accountant with many years' financial and operational management experience, covering both the charitable and commercial sector. Most recently, Val was Director of Finance and HR for St Bede’s School Trust, where she was responsible for financial strategy, business development and operational planning and efficiencies. Val is an experienced Director and Company Secretary and is currently completing a part-time Masters in Business Administration at the University of Sussex. Val is also Treasurer for the Institute of Directors, South Region and outside of work she enjoys keeping fit and watching Brighton & Hove Albion FC.
Mike Maddick | Director of People Mike has 15 years' HR experience gained within the Financial Services and Charity sectors. Prior to The Children’s Trust, Mike 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’s remit at The Children’s Trust includes our Human Resources function and our Volunteers Department. Prior to financial services, 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 Gareth has a wide experience of medical and academic management. Most recently, while Dean of the Medical School at Swansea University he also directed an NHS immunology laboratory. Prior to this he was head of a Medical Research Council field station in The Gambia where he was responsible for a rural primary health facility and also clinical director at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Gareth continues his practice in paediatrics and is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Paediatrics and Child Health, Physicians and Pathologists.
Sam Newton | Headteacher Sam has 14 years’ experience in complex special educational needs and has proven successful leadership and management experience at a senior level. A teacher since 1996 and Assistant Headteacher between 2006-2013. Sam has led, developed and managed both primary and secondary phases. With three boys, Sam’s interests are centred around outdoor pursuits that generally involve mud. She makes good use of her family National Trust membership and her escapism is a bout of horse riding.
Nicola Smith | Director of Strategy & IT Nicola joined The Children’s Trust in 2014 after 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 is focused on working with the Senior Leadership Team to drive our organisation forward, including ensuring our IT and technology is fit for purpose.
Claire Wood Hill | Director of Fundraising & Communications Claire was previously director of fundraising at Sense, a national charity supporting those who are deafblind. Claire has a wealth of experience in the sector, having been a fundraiser since 1993. She has worked across a range of fundraising disciplines within both large and small charities and spent seven years at Marie Curie Cancer Care.