David Howell


David is the Chair of the Families for Children Board of Trustees and has been a trustee for over five years. He joined FFC in the hope that his wide ranging business experience would be of benefit to “the remarkable work of the agency”. He runs a business development consultancy, is the Chief Executive of a tourism trade association covering the UK, Chair of Tarka Housing (a Bideford social housing provider), non-exec director of the Tarka parent Westward Housing Group, a Bideford Town Councillor, Vice Chair of the heritage group Bideford 500 and a past President of Bideford Chamber of Commerce.

Roger Lake

Vice Chairman

Roger is retired but has a background in Social Work, business and management. He has worked in 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 been involved other business ventures. Roger is originally from S 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


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.

Bruce Duncan

Canon Bruce Duncan chaired the Families for Children Trustees from 2006-2010 and then became a Trustee again in 2016. Before ordination as a Church of England priest he worked with Displaced Persons in Germany and Austria and founded the Northorpe Hall Families and Children Trust. In 1993 he was awarded the MBE for services to children and young people. Bruce has served as Chaplain in Vienna, Prague and Budapest; Rector of Crediton in Devon; and then as a Residentiary Canon of Manchester Cathedral before moving to Salisbury in 1995 to be the Founding Principal of Sarum College in the Cathedral Close. For several years in retirement he was the Lazenby Chaplain of Exeter University. He and his wife Margaret enjoy locum work in chaplaincies throughout the Diocese in Europe. They live in Salisbury and have three daughters and six 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.

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