Our Trustees

The Children's Trust is governed by our board of trustees, which meets six times a year. Our trustees are responsible for overseeing our corporate governance and strategic direction, ensuring our operations are managed effectively and efficiently, and taking all major decisions involving policy and spending commitments.
Duncan Ingram, Chair of Trustees at The Children\'s Trust
Duncan Ingram  |  Chair of Trustees Chair of Paym. Non-executive director of the Hyde Group and Laurence King Publishing. Trustee of YMCA St Paul's Group and of the World Alliance of YMCAs. A former managing director at BT.
Mike Gercke, Trustee at The Children's Trust
Michael Gercke  | Vice Chair of Trustees and Honorary Treasurer Retired Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers Business Recovery Services; Honorary Treasurer at Guildford Town Centre Chaplaincy.
Melissa Grigsby Trustee at The Children's Trust
Melissa Grigsby Melissa has over 20 years of education experience within the SEND sector across the UK and is passionate about ensuring the SEND landscape meets the needs for all young people and their families whose lives are impacted by disability.  Melissa is currently CEO for COINS Educational Services Social Enterprise, who help to achieve excellent access to Education for young people who are currently forgotten or misplaced by disabilities. She is also Vice Chair of Trustees of the National Association of Independent Schools & Non-Maintained Special Schools (NASS).
Sarah Baker, Trustee at The Children's Trust
Sarah Baker Sarah’s clinical background is as a children’s nurse and health visitor. Sarah brings a wealth of experience as a Director of children and family clinical services and as a Director of Quality and Nursing. Sarah has held a variety of independent chairing roles working with partnerships across health, social care and the voluntary and charitable sectors.
Tim Davies, Trustee at The Children's Trust
Tim Davies Chairman of BlueSpark Foundation, a charity supporting the education and development of children and young people. He was formerly a corporate lawyer with multinational law firm Fieldfisher LLP where he was a partner, head of the corporate department and board member.
Denise Matthams, Trustee at The Children\\\'s Trust
Denise Matthams Independent Nurse Member for a Clinical Commissioning Group in East Sussex, with Chairing responsibilities for the Quality and Safety Committee.  Also, a Specialist Advisor (children, safeguarding, clinical leadership) for the Care Quality Commission.  Former Senior Nurse and Director  level roles at  Western Sussex NHS Trust, included responsibility for the provision of safe, effective services, most specifically for  the Women and Child Health Division.
Toby Mullins, Trustee at The Children's Trust
Toby Mullins  Principal and proprietor at Mount House School, Barnet. Toby's career history in Education spans 32 years, including a former position as Headmaster of Seaford College, a nationally recognised college for SEN education. Toby is a keen sportsman, coaching cricket and more notably hockey.
Nigel Scott, Trustee at The Children's Trust
Nigel Scott 25 years' involvement in charity finance at Director and Trustee level, including 14 years lecturing on Charity Finance and Management MSc Courses. Currently, Consultant to Moorfields Eye Hospital Charities and a Trustee of the British Dragonfly Society.
Sam Thomson, Trustee at The Children's Trust
Sam Thomson Sam has 20 years of corporate experience in Marketing and General Management, as UK Marketing Director and interim Managing Director of The Body Shop Western Europe, and Senior Brand Manager of Procter & Gamble. His passions in work are People, Product and Purpose. Away from the office, he is a keen deep-sea diver.
Anne Walker, Trustee at The Children's Trust
Anne Walker Anne was Chief Executive of Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Ambulance and Paramedic Service NHS Trust – the first female chief executive of any Ambulance Trust. Over the last 13 years, she has held a number of chief executive roles, most notably at NHS Surrey (2010-13), which has given her extensive leadership, governance and commissioning experience. Anne is also a management consultant in the health and charity sectors.

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