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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Divisional Trustee for the Midlands, South West and Channel Islands; Trustee since September 2015
Member of the Divisional Trustees Committee
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.
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.
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.
Divisional Trustee for Yorkshire and Humberside and the North East; Trustee since October 2016
Member of the Divisional Trustees and Finance Committees
Antonia is a member of the Committee which organises the annual Duncombe Park Christmas Fair – one of the largest fundraising events for the NSPCC in the North. She is also a member of a Committee that organises a week-long Art Exhibition in Yorkshire for the charity UK Youth.
Antonia has also been involved in the charitable sector through her career in finance and in particular her current role as a private client investment manager.
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.
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.
Divisional Trustee for South & East; Trustee since October 2009; Vice-Chair since November 2010; Chair of the Divisional Trustees Committee; Member of the Fundraising, Nominations and Governance and Remuneration Committees
Ann first became involved in fundraising for a children's charity in Hong Kong, where she lived for four years. Shortly after returning to England in 2000 she became a volunteer with the NSPCC, initially chairing the young NSPCC District in Chorleywood. She became chair of the Mid and West Hertfordshire Branch in 2001 and held that position until 2009.
Ann then became the divisional trustee for the South and East of England where she attends a wide variety of events and seeks to maintain a high profile for the NSPCC.
Sir David Normington GCB
Trustee since December 2011; Vice-Chair since October 2012
Chairman of the Policy Committee; Member of the Nominations and Governance and Remuneration Committees
Sir David retired in March 2016 as First Civil Service Commissioner and Commissioner for Public Appointments, responsible for ensuring that civil service and public appointments are made on merit. Previously he was Permanent Secretary at the Home Office from January 2006 to December 2010 and at the Department for Education from 2001 to 2005. In his earlier career he had a range of jobs in the Departments of Employment and Education, including Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Employment, HR Director and Director General for Schools (responsible for the English schools system).
David is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He received a KCB in 2005 and was appointed GCB in the 2011 New Year's Honours list.
Dame Esther Rantzen DBE
Trustee since February 2006
Member of Policy and Service Delivery Committees
Esther Rantzen's career in broadcasting began with BBC Radio as a sound effects assistant. From there she moved into television as a researcher/reporter for Braden's Week and then in 1973 as producer/presenter of That's Life, which ran for 21 years on BBC Television. Esther has made a number of pioneering programmes on subjects such as British women's experience of childbirth, stillbirth, mental health and child abuse.
Esther founded Childline in 1986 and chaired the charity for 20 years. After the merger of Childline with the NSPCC in February 2006, Esther became President of Childline and a trustee of the NSPCC. She contributes regularly to the Daily Mail and other publications, wrote a book to celebrate Childline’s 25 years, “Running Out of Tears” (royalties to Childline) and is the only trustee so far to have appeared on Strictly Come Dancing. In 2012 she set up a helpline for older people, The Silver Line.
Trustee since May 2010; Chairman since October 2010
Chairman of the Nominations and Governance Committee; Member of the Finance and Remuneration Committees
Mark Wood began his career with Price Waterhouse in London, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, then at Commercial Union’s Investment Department becoming Treasurer, before moving to Barclays as Global Head of Cash Management with a desk in London and New York. Mark’s previous positions include Managing Director of AA for Financial Services, Chief Executive of AXA UK and Chief Executive of Prudential UK and Europe in 2006. Mark founded and was Chief Executive of Paternoster, following the sale of which he has worked with several Private Equity investors and with Jardine Lloyd Thompson.
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 variety of ways for over 13 years and has been a co-opted member of our Finance Sub Committee for 7 years.
He has held a number of senior financial roles within the banking and insurance sectors, including Chief Financial Officer of two listed insurers and previously as Group Financial Controller at Barclays PLC.
John has recently been appointed as CFO of The Co-Operative Bank.