Our organisation and structure

How we're organised to take on the fight for every childhood

We're the leading children's charity in the UK, specialising in child protection and dedicated to the fight for every childhood. We're the only UK children's charity with statutory powers and that means we can take action to safeguard children at risk of abuse. 

Our royal charter

We are governed by a Royal Charter and bye-laws, first granted by Queen Victoria in 1895. You can download a copy:

Our Chief Executive and Executive Board

Our Chief Executive, Peter Wanless, brings a wealth of experience and passion for children needed to lead the largest and most trusted children's charity in the UK.

The executive board is made up of 9 members – including Peter – who together lead the implementation of the overall strategy agreed by our board of trustees.

Our Executive Board

Peter Wanless


Peter joined as Chief Executive in 2013, after running the Big Lottery Fund for 5 years. Before this he worked as a Director at the Department of Education. As Chief Executive, Peter is advancing the NSPCC’s vision to end cruelty to children in the UK. 

Ali Jeremy

Director of Marketing and Communications

Ali has 20 years’ experience working in senior roles within communications, marketing and digital. Previously at the BBC, she is a strong advocate in campaigning for young people’s voices to be heard. Ali has helped ensure the NSPCC is at the forefront in the fight for every childhood. 

Sherry Malik

Director of Children's Services

Sherry joined the charity in 2014, with over 24 years’ experience leading and managing a diverse portfolio in public, voluntary and commercial settings. Under her leadership we’ve developed, tested and evaluated innovative services across the country and scaled up those proven to be effective.  

David Roberts

Director of Corporate Services

David is responsible for the Finance, Information Systems, Property, Risk, Internal Audit, Data Protection and Legal functions. Before coming to the NSPCC, David worked at Tyco Fire & Security as the Chief Financial Officer for EMEA.

Kate Stanley

Director of Strategy, Policy and Evidence

Kate’s career is focussed on trying to bring about social change for children and families. Before joining NSPCC in 2012, Kate worked at the think-tank IPPR, Save the Children, and other international NGOs in the UK and overseas. 

Claire Johnson

Acting Director of National Services

Claire joined the NSPCC in 2003 following a career in hotel and finance management. She has become a lead on the continuous improvement of services, many of the NSPCC’s commercial offers and driving value for money.   

Jo Swinhoe

Director of Fundraising and Engagement

With over 17 years’ experience in voluntary sector fundraising, Jo has worked in Executive and Non-Executive roles in both public and private sector healthcare. Jo is focused on ensuring the supporter is at the heart of everything we do.

Brett Terry

Director of People

Brett joined the NSPCC in January 2018, with 20 years in senior strategic and operational HR roles. Passionate about people and volunteering, he hopes to help create a workforce of active, authentic ambassadors who inspire and compel others to play their part in our vision.

The role of our trustees 


Our board of trustees is responsible for the overall control and strategy direction of the charity. There are currently 15 trustees, including 6 divisional trustees who provide an important link with our valued supporters and volunteers across the country.  

Our board delegates some of its powers and responsibilities to committees. These committees are: Audit and Risk, Divisional Trustees, Finance, Fundraising, Nominations and Governance, Policy, Remuneration and Service Delivery.

Neil Berkett

Chairman from October 2019.

Neil has supported the NSPCC for over fifteen years including seven as a trustee. He returned as a Trustee and Chair elect in October 2018.

He is chairman of the Guardian Media Group and a non-executive Director of Sage Group PLC. His career spans a range of sectors and geographies in both the consumer and enterprise facing businesses with an emphasis on managing significant change. He was Chief Executive of the NASDAQ listed Virgin Media where he oversaw the successful turnaround, restructuring, and growth of the UK cable company. He then led the sale of the company to Liberty Global in June 2013.

Neil has also served on the boards of the Bank of Queensland and Virgin Unite along with many subsidiaries of the companies he worked for during his executive career. His previous roles included senior positions at Prudential Assurance, St George Bank in Australia, Citibank, East West Airlines and ICL Australia.

James Bailey

Divisional Trustee for North West and Cumbria; Trustee since March 2013
Member of the Divisional Trustees and Audit and Risk Committees

James is a Managing Director in Julius Baer International, a global wealth management business. James previously worked with Barclays Wealth and Merrill Lynch, both in London and Manchester, and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investment.

James became a volunteer with the NSPCC in the 1990s, and went on to chair the first Business Board in Manchester. Prior to assuming the Trustee role, James was a Divisional Vice President with a particular focus on the links between the Society and the business community. He is an Honorary Member of Council.

Dr Joanna Begent

Joanna Begent studied medicine at Oxford and St Mary's before training as a paediatrician at several London hospitals including the Royal London and Great Ormond Street where she did two years research into children with cancer.

Since becoming a consultant paediatrician at University College, London Hospital in 2007 Jo has been the lead paediatrician for child protection and developed a special interest in child safeguarding. As well as providing acute paediatric care, her clinical work focuses on teenagers, dealing particularly with young people with medically unexplained symptoms. She thrives on working in a multidisciplinary team and in her safeguarding role has participated in numerous multi professional meetings and peer reviews. She sits on the local safeguarding children's board.

Through her role as governor of the GOSH / UCLH hospital school, Jo has become passionate about the value of education in health and safeguarding.

Elizabeth Brash

Divisional Trustee for the North of England

Liz has been involved in fundraising for NSPCC for 28 years, initially as a district member on the Retford (North Nottinghamshire) fundraising committee, before becoming Chair 24 years ago. She has held the position of North Nottinghamshire Branch Chair for the last 12 years. In 2011, Liz joined Central Task Force as the East Midlands representative, allowing her to liaise with the volunteer network and better understand the longer-term strategy of the society.

Liz feels very fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend time at home supporting her family as they grew up. During this period, Liz helped the NSPCC raise funds and built relationships with local businesses to gain their support.

Liz also contributes to her local community as a school governor allowing her to have regular contact with young children and their parents. This has seen her involved in finance, strategic planning and policy in the school.

Andy Briggs

Chair of the Fundraising Committee

Andy has been a staunch NSPCC supporter for over 10 years and was recently appointed as the Chair of our Fundraising Committee.

He is chief executive officer of Aviva UK Life with over 25 years' operational and executive experience in the insurance industry across life assurance and general insurance. He also has extensive knowledge of the UK regulated environment combined with experience in capital and risk management.

Andy is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and is Chairman of the Board of the Association of British Insurers.

Pippa Gough

Member of the Policy Committee 

Pippa has a varied career as a nurse, health visitor, senior manager and development consultant in both the public and voluntary sectors at local and national levels. She was Director of Policy at the Royal College of Nursing and latterly Senior Fellow at the King’s Fund in both the Policy and Leadership Development Directorates.
She has experience of being an elected Trustee in a leading charity, the Alzheimer’s Society, for 6 years (two terms of office) from 2011-2017. For the last two years of office Pippa held the position of Vice Chair.

In her work as a Health Visitor, Pippa’s practice was mainly with families in adversity and where child protection was a major concern.

Pippa is an experienced coach, both with individuals and teams. She is also experienced in designing, commissioning and delivering innovative leadership and organisational development programmes within the health service and other parts of the public sector.

She is the author and editor of a number of books on nursing and policy and numerous articles and other publications on leadership, change, development and health workforce.

In her personal life, Pippa is married and lives in London and Herne Bay where she and her husband are restoring a Georgian house by the sea. She is also an award winning fiction writer and has had short stories published by both Virago and Fish Publications.

Clem Brohier

Member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Clem was formerly the Chief Operating Officer at The National Archives, recently moving to be Executive Director Finance and Operations at the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Clem has been a co-opted member of the NSPCC's Audit & Risk Committee for almost 5 years. In addition to fulfilling this role, he has also provided extensive advice on a range of issues.

Professor Tanya Byron

Member of the Policy Committee

Tanya is a clinical psychologist specialising in working with children and adolescents with 20 years' experience. She is also a journalist author and broadcaster.

Tanya is an independent national and international government advisor on children, young people and digital media. Her TV presenting and on-screen credits include the BBC series Lose Weight for Love, The Truth About Child Sex Abuse, as well as Bedtime Live for Channel 4.

Tanya also writes a weekly column for the Times and a monthly column for Good Housekeeping.

Andrew Kerr

Member of the Policy Committee and the Service Delivery Committee

Andrew has a background in local government and has been Chief Executive of four major local authorities and 33years experience of public sector management. He is currently Chief Executive of the City of Edinburgh Council.  Andrew is also a former bronze medal-winning 400m sprinter, and represented Great Britain in international athletics.  

Fiona Curteis

Divisional Trustee for Wales; Trustee since March 2013
Member of the Divisional Trustees Committee

Fiona became a volunteer with NSPCC in 1984 when she was asked to help with a flag day and has been closely involved with the society ever since. She formed a new district committee in her village in 1991 and went on to chair the Cardiff branch from 1995-2013. She was volunteer chairman of Central Task Force from 2006-2012.

In addition to her various roles within NSPCC she has been a school governor since 1997 and has four very lively grandchildren to keep her busy and remind her that childhood is very important and precious.

Sarah Ridgway

Member of the Service Delivery Committee and the Divisional Trustees Committee 

Sarah is a fully qualified teacher and has worked in senior roles in the Education sector for over 20 years. As a Head of Student Services and Assistant Principal in an inner city Sixth Form College she was responsible for students’ pastoral care and progression.

After being seconded to the Local Authority to support the development of a 14-19 collaborative partnership, Sarah took up a national role with the Specialist Schools Trust. Working as an Operational Director and acting as Programme Director she led a consortium of public and private sector partners to deliver large scale, complex, multi million pound Government education and teacher training contracts.
After spending a number of years commuting into London from the Midlands, the need for more flexibility and to spend time with her family led to the founding of a software development company specialising in Educational management and appraisal systems. The business has been established for over 6 years with customers across the UK and abroad.

Sarah has been a Secondary School Governor and is a Lay Adviser with the Leicestershire and Rutland MAPPA (Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements), which coordinates and oversees the risk assessment and multiagency management of violent and serious sex offenders on release into the community.

Sarah has been an NSPCC Childline Volunteer Counsellor for 6 years and works a regular evening shift at the Nottingham base. Talking with 100’s of children and young people over this time and listening to the increasingly complex issues and demands they are facing has reinforced a belief in the need for and importance of the Childline Service.

Derrick Mortimer

Member of the Finance Committee, the Service Delivery Committee and the Divisional Trustees Committee

Derrick has been a volunteer for the NSPCC's Schools Service since 2013, delivering assemblies and workshops across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Bedfordshire. He is involved in recruiting, training and supporting new volunteers, a role he particularly enjoys. He has also been a Sessional Volunteer Co-ordinator with the NSPCC, supporting the Area Co-ordinator in the administrative work associated with school bookings and ordering resources. 

Derrick worked in the local NHS for over 20 years and was involved in planning, commissioning and ensuring the delivery of services in both rural and urban settings. This included acute and community-based services for children, minority ethnic communities and 'hard-to-reach' groups.

Tom Toumazis MBE

A portfolio director, investor and adviser, focused in technology, media and the arts. He is a founder investor and Chair of three start-ups, Tagsmart, Fusebox Games and TVbeat. Tom has worked in the media and entertainment industry since 1983, spending the first 18 years within advertising sales at ITV, Eurosport and Emap. He made the transition into TV and film programme distribution in 2001 leading Disney’s European business. In 2009 was appointed Chief Commercial Officer of Endemol Worldwide. He was Head of Partnerships EMEA for Yahoo and prior to that, CEO of Mecom Group. In July 2018 he was appointed as an External Director to the Executive Board of the Performing Rights Society.

Tom is also Chairman and Founder of the Childline Board and a member of the charity's National Volunteer Board. The Childline Board has raised over £13m since it was founded in 2005. Tom’s wife Helen is a volunteer Councillor of Childline. He was awarded the MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in 2015 for services to Children. In 2016 he was appointed Visiting Professor at London South Bank University and in 2017 awarded an Honorary Fellowship from London South Bank University. Tom is a public speaker, sharing his work/life experiences and encouraging young people to explore careers in the world of media and entertainment. He supports Speakers for Schools & LSBU.

Tarek Khlat

Trustee since December 2014
Member of the Fundraising Committee

Tarek has been a passionate supporter and patron of the NSPCC since 2006, joining and then chairing the Rebuilding Childhoods Board as well as the National Volunteer Board. He is co-founder and Group CEO at Crossbridge Capital, a leading wealth management advisory firm. As Group CEO, and from offices in London, Singapore, Monaco and Malta, Tarek leads the businesses that serve the needs of high net worth families and entrepreneurs in Emerging Markets. Prior to launching Crossbridge Capital, he was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse and a Vice-President at JP Morgan. Tarek has also worked for several leading media companies, including CNN and Fox TV.

Tarek received his BA degree in Economics from Georgetown University and his MBA degree from Harvard Business School.

Lady Brenda McLaughlin CBE

Appointed as a Trustee in September 2011; took up Trusteeship in May 2012;
Divisional Trustee for Northern Ireland
Chair of the Service Delivery Committee; Member of the Divisional Trustees Committee

Lady McLaughlin CBE is a qualified social worker. She is a former Director of Ulster Bank and was Pro Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast for nine years. She served on the Departmental Board of the Northern Ireland Office, was Chair of the Civil Service Commissioners for Northern Ireland and also a member of the Public Services Commission.

Her background has been predominantly within the Health Service in Northern Ireland, having served as Vice Chair of the Eastern HSS Board and Chair of S&E Belfast HSS Trust.

She recently retired as Vice Chair of the Board of the Ulster Orchestra Society and is a former Board member of Business in the Community, the BBC NI Broadcasting Council, Action Cancer and NI Chest Heart and Stroke. In 2008 she received an Honorary Doctorate (LLD) from Queen’s University Belfast.

John Worth

Trustee and Honorary Treasurer since October 2016; Chair of the Finance Committee; Member of the Audit and Risk and Remuneration Committees

John has supported the NSPCC in a fundraising capacity since 2003 and has been a co-opted member of our Finance Sub Committee since 2008. He has held a number of senior financial roles within the banking and insurance sectors, including Chief Financial Officer of three publicly listed financial services companies.  

He was previously Group Financial Controller of Barclays PLC, a Partner at Ernst & Young LLP and has worked in senior roles at Prudential plc, Barclays Capital and PwC. He is currently the CFO of MS Amlin plc.