Who’s who at the infant trust?
Founder and Chief Executive
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.
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 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 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 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 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.