Who’s who at the infant trust?

Founder and Chief Executive

Lesley Rudd

Lesley Rudd

Lesley trained as a nurse and held several Director posts in the NHS until she was appointed Joint Regional Director of Nursing for the South West of England, and subsequently held the national post of Director of Nursing for the Prison Health Service for a while.

Apart from all her work with the infant trust Lesley is an external supervisor for the Open University and has a passion for rugby; since March 2007 she is also Granny to four divine grandchildren.



Liz Williams

Elizabeth Williams

Elizabeth [Liz] trained as a nurse, midwife, and health visitor and has considerable community health knowledge. She developed a number of child protection services.

Liz  has worked for several years as a trustee and Vice Chair of the Ann Craft Trust; she sings with the Cabot Choir - they raise money for charity - and paints in watercolour and oil; she is currently completing an art course in Bristol in ceramics. Her role at the infant trust is to undertake annual visits to South Africa with Lesley where she is self-funding.


Linda McQuaid

Linda McQuaid

Linda is a nurse who trained at Great Ormond Street and has held a wide range of senior positions, including many years’ experience as Director in acute, community, mental health and primary care services. Linda recently retired and now undertakes consultancy work utilising her years of experience in children’s and mental health services Using her business and management skills Linda’s role in the infant trust is to ensure compliance with all the governance issues related to running a business and a charity.


Les Skipper

Les Skipper

Les joined the infant trust in 2009 following years of working in the communications and media world. He recently retired from being a producer with the BBC and now provides immensely valuable and useful advice on spreading the word about our work, and improving how we communicate with our supporters.


Gay Jennions

Gay Jennions

Gay is an engineer and trainer by background, and has been a Magistrate for years so fully understand the forensic work in child abuse; in addition she has been quietly beavering away from the early days in the background setting up and doing all the technical work related to our website – and subsequently all the social media outlets. We have gained huge numbers of followers due to Gay’s work devising and adapting our role on the internet.  We finally persuaded her to become a trustee.


Mike Brunt

Mike trained as a teacher and taught in London Schools and Colleges for many years. Following this he worked for a major international airline and was a Councillor for the London Borough of Merton including a spell as Leader of the Council.

In 2009 Mike moved, for 8 months of the year, to South Africa to work with AIDS affected children. Mike’s knowledge of and work with vulnerable children in South African townships is invaluable to the infant trust as he is able to advise and guide on partners and projects. In the UK Mike is a Non-Executive Director of his local Primary Care Trust.

Our project locations

Map of South Africa

We are not sending any more toys to South Africa. If you would like to donate then please contact the lovely people at: http://theteddytrust.wixsite.com/home

We are proud and honoured that our work has been recognised by the UK Prime Minister, and that he has given Lesley his Point of Light award, stating
With the Infant Trust Lesley has empowered thousands of women across South Africa to protect and safeguard children in their communities. The education and training she has provided has helped to improve the lives of over 800,000 children, tackling the violence and abuse that affects too many of them in their early years. As we mark International Women’s Day this week I am delighted to recognise all that Lesley has done.”
You can find the full story at https://www.pointsoflight.gov.uk/2268-2/
Why are so many small children abused by male perpetrators in South Africa? Our researcher interviewed 27 perpetrators in prison in South Africa; all are in jail after being found guilty of some of the most terrible crimes against some of the most vulnerable children – some as young as a few days old. Those interviewed are all men aged between 16 years and 84 years old, and all have brutalised and raped at least one child. But the findings aren’t maybe what we might expect – it makes interesting reading.  We have been funding research into this for 5 years and it is finally finished and published .

Our flagship Caring for Crèches programme has reached into some of the poorest communities in five of the nine provinces in South Africa and we have crèche leaders everywhere clamouring for the training. We have now trained over 2,200 people and they in turn have already positively impacted on the lives of over 160,000 children … and will continue to help many hundreds more children for years to come