Our Senior Leadership Team

Dalton at desk
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.

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.

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.


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.

Judith Tidnam, Director of People & Organisational Development

Judith has 20 years' HR experience and has run her own consultancy business for the past two years. Judith's past roles include Interim HR Director at The Loddon School, Director of HR at Shooting Star Chase Children's Hospices, and Director of HR and Training at the Club Company Ltd. Judith places a high value on working in partnership with employees at all levels whilst keeping a firm understanding of basic HR foundations, and a general proactive approach to people issues. Judith also places equal importance to being a Mum to her 3 young children.

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.

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