Our Senior Leadership Team

Dalton Leong, CEO at The Children's Trust

Dalton Leong

| Chief Executive

Following a career in financial services and banking, Dalton became a founding Trustee of The Shooting Star Children’s Hospice and subsequently Chief Executive. 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 charities of Heart, Capital and Classic FM, amongst others. He is currently Chair of the Council for Disabled Children (the umbrella body for the disabled children’s sector in England) and a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute.
Maggie Clancy, Director of Clinical Services at The Children's Trust

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.
Paul Farthing, Director of Income Generation & Communications

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 nearly ten years in agencies, becoming Managing Director at Target Direct, a direct marketing agency based in Cheltenham. During this time, he worked with many of Britain's largest charities including The National Trust, The Royal British Legion and the Red Cross. His charity experience began at Cancer Research UK holding the posts of Legacy Fundraising Director and then High Value Relationships Director. He joined Age UK as Fundraising Director in 2010 and then joined the NSPCC as Director of Fundraising in April 2013. Before joining The Children’s Trust, he was CEO- Fundraising at the The Aspinall Foundation. Paul is also a Trustee of The Fairtrade Foundation and The Elizabeth’s Children Charitable Trust.
Colin Kerr, Director of Finance at The Children's Trust

Colin Kerr

| Director of Finance

Colin has recently completed an interim role as 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. 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 at The Children's Trust

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 at The Children's Trust School

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.
Nicola Smith, Director of Strategy & IT at The Children's Trust

Nicola Smith

| Director of IT & Facilities

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.

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