Cherry has worked extensively in the voluntary sector as a volunteer, trustee and manager. Her voluntary roles have included being a member of the Lewisham Welcare Management Committee, a school governor and Clerk to the Governors of a church school. Cherry has worked as a housing/debt adviser at the Citizens Advice Bureaux, and in strategic and business development at Housing Justice, Shelter, and Action for Blind People. Until the end of 2016, she was the Head of Business Development and Partnerships at Depaul UK.
In her church life, Cherry serves as a licensed Reader at St Nicholas and St Luke’s, Deptford, where she was previously the Lay Chair of the PCC. Cherry is committed to promoting Welcare’s vital work supporting and empowering families across South London and East Surrey.
Mary is currently an Executive Coach and Consultant. She began her working life with 10 years as a primary school teacher, Deputy and acting Head before moving into local government administration, where she was a manager for 28 years in 5 different authorities. Prior to April 2014, Mary was Deputy Director of Children’s Services at Wandsworth Borough Council. This included overseeing the work of the Local Safeguarding Children Board and chairing a range of cross service bodies related to children’s education, health and social care.
Sarah joined the Board in July 2017. She is a qualified accountant with a background in senior management in Children’s Services in London boroughs, focusing on strategic finance and running capital programmes. She is currently working as a senior policy advisor at HM Treasury and, in her spare time, is training to become a barrister.
Chair of the Finance & Development Committee
Sara has a legal background but much of her working life has been spent working in the creative industries with publishing and television companies. Sara is currently CEO of the educational charity the Association of Project Management and she holds a number of non-executive directorships and has experience in legal affairs, HR, marketing and business development.
Megan has a background in public policy with a particular focus on early childhood, adolescence, families, women and working life. She has previously worked in policy and campaigns roles in organisations including Daycare Trust, the Institute of Fundraising and was CEO of the UK-wide charity Early Education.
The Venerable Dr Paul Wright, Archdeacon of Bromley & Bexley
Paul has been a Trustee of Welcare since 2013. He has served much of his ministry in the Diocese of Rochester, and was appointed Archdeacon of Bromley & Bexley in 2003.
Alongside his responsibilities as Archdeacon, he Chairs the Diocesan Safeguarding Executive Committee, which has a responsibility of seeing that training and education is provided for all those in authorised ministry, both ordained and non-ordained (lay). This gives him considerable insight into the considerable challenges facing organisations, which have a duty of care particularly towards children, young people and vulnerable adults.
Debbie has over 25 years’ experience in social work. She has held senior positions in local authority children’s services and the voluntary sector. She currently works as a consultant.
Anne is a freelance editor and writer. Her journalism has appeared in national newspapers and consumer magazines. In 2007 she founded the website Parenting Without Tears which offers advice and information for families as well as reviews and news. Anne is the author of three parenting and four educational books and has experience in heading fundraising projects, communications and safeguarding at her local church. She is the Lay Chair of Dulwich Deanery and a Trustee of Southwark Diocese.
The Venerable Moira Astin, Archdeacon of Reigate
Moira has been Archdeacon of Reigate since October 2016. As a parish priest in the heart of Scunthorpe she worked closely with other organisations in supporting the local community. She has previously enabled churches to employ a youth and a children’s worker to support local children and young people. Moira was one of the founders of the Thatch Young Parents’ Group to support parents who were 21 years of age or younger.