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Our Trustees

Nick Allan

Chairman


Nick worked in the finance industry for over thirty years in London, Asia and the USA. For the last twenty of those he specialised in Asian investment. His main business interest now is in Indian hotels.

Nick lives in Devon and was happy to become a trustee of Families for Children, because he felt that it was providing the chance of a fulfilling life to children whose prospects without adoption would be very depressing indeed. He has been involved with the charity for over ten years and continues to be amazed by the dedication and love of the families who we support in their adoption journey.

Nick’s particular interests include walking and classical music.

Roger Lake

Vice Chairman


Roger is retired but has a background in Social Work, business and management. He has worked in a variety of practitioner and management roles for Local Authorities in London and Bristol. He has experience of chairing Adoption and Fostering Panels, Child Protection Committees (safeguarding). He established a successful Independent Fostering Agency and has been involved in other business ventures. Roger is originally from South Devon, but lives in Bristol with his wife and dog, Paddy. He has two adult children. He enjoys music, painting, walking, travelling and reading.

Terence Connor


Terry retired as Chief Executive of Cabrini Children's Society in 2012. He has extensive experience as a practitioner and manager in the public and voluntary sectors and is registered with the Health Care Professions Council. He was decision maker for Cabrini's adoption panel for many years.

Terry is a former Chair of BAAF (British Assn. for Fostering & Adoption) and served six years in that capacity. He was also the founding Chair of Caritas Social Action.

He was a Board Director of Cafcass (Children & Family Court Advisory & Support Service) from 2010-2014. Terry was awarded a Master of Arts in Creative Writing with Merit from Exeter University in 2014 and has earlier academic awards from Newcastle and Kent universities and the LSE. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Terry is married and has two daughters and a growing number of grandchildren.

Tina Cook QC

Barrister


Tina read jurisprudence at Exeter College Oxford and has practiced as a barrister since 1988. Her practice is public law child care, which involves many areas which are very relevant to the work of FFC, including child abuse, emotional, sexual and physical and adoption. Her chambers are in London but she often works in the Southwest. She lives on a farm on the Somerset borders with her husband and young children.

Sue Lucas


Sue lives in Somerset with husband Richard, a daughter who recently returned from university and a cat who adopted them. She has regular visits from her older daughter who lives locally. Following their own adoption experience Sue became passionate about campaigning at both a local and national level to ensure adoption is done well for all concerned. So she is delighted to be a trustee of Families for Children. Sue heads a large nursery attached to a primary school and also works as an early years adviser for an academy chain of schools. Sue and her husband are active members of their local church. Sue enjoys swimming in the sea (on a sunny day!) walking and meeting with friends.

David Wakely - Honorary Treasurer


David, who has a background in Corporate and Investment Banking, first worked with Families for Children in 1999 before it became established as separate charity in 2002.

Having become a founding Trustee he remained as the charity’s treasurer through it's early years until 2014. He was then pleased to be able to resume that role late in 2018.

David is now married to Helen and has two daughters both of whom live with their families in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. David and Helen are blessed with six delightful grandchildren.

Charm O'Kelly


Charm is a qualified Primary School Teacher with a qualification to teach children with specific learning difficulties. Her involvement with Families for Children began 17 years ago when she and her husband adopted their five children through the Charity. The on-going support that Families for Children offered, and continues to offer, was invaluable. Charm feels very privileged to have been asked to be a Trustee and hopes to be able to offer her support in return. Charm lives in Devon with her husband, Frank and their youngest daughter.

Louisiana Lush


Louisiana has a political science PhD and has worked for 25 years in global health, specialising in maternal and child health and HIV/AIDS as well as how to fund and implement effective healthcare.

She has worked as an academic, a senior civil servant and most recently as an independent consultant, providing strategic advice and evaluating the impact of international organisations and non-government organisations on health outcomes.  She has previously lived and worked all over the world but these days works mainly in London.

She also lives on a farm in East Devon and is married with three children at school and university.  She advises several international organisation boards and co-Chairs the Board of the Maggies Centre, Taunton.

She enjoys walking and riding in the Devon and Somerset hills and has recently discovered wild swimming.

Jackie Saunders


Jackie is a qualified Social worker who has worked all her career in child care and adoption. As a social worker she has recruited adopters and placed many children with families. She has experience of direct work with children and families including Life story work and therapeutic parenting. Jackie is passionate about placing children at the heart of all our work. She remains interested in the development of innovative practice to ensure the well being of children and their family.

Jackie has experience as a manager in social work leading a team in of all aspects of adoption work including recruitment and assessment of adopters, development of and management of support services, adoption counselling, and adoption panel.

Jackie is now retired from practice but keeps her interest in Adoption as a member of Adopt South West Adoption Panel. Her other interests include walking her dog visiting her two grown up children swimming travelling skiing surfing and she has recently started to learn to play the saxaphone.

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