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Tuesday, 27 October 2020


KIDS charity announce new Trustees

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KIDS is delighted to welcome three new trustees, Anna Hamilton, Mary-Rachel McCabe and Diana Sutton to the charity’s Board. The trustees join in the charity’s 50th anniversary year and will help to refresh the charity’s strategy to help and empower disabled children, young people and their families.

Anna Hamilton trained as a cellist at the Royal Academy of Music and did a Masters in International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS before becoming (rather less excitingly) a civil servant. She is currently at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), where she is leading a programme of work to test the safety and feasibility of converting the national gas grid to 100% hydrogen. Before joining BEIS Anna spent over eight years in the Department for Education in a range of strategy, policy and delivery roles, most recently as Head of Regional Delivery for North West London and South Central England.

Anna’s family have benefitted from KIDS’ support; her youngest daughter received portage home-learning and they have all enjoyed the many activities and outings organised by the wonderful team at KIDS Southwark.

Mary-Rachel McCabe

Mary-Rachel McCabe is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers. She specialises in mental capacity and community care law, with a focus on children and disability rights cases. She regularly acts in urgent judicial review proceedings for children who are street homeless or otherwise in need of support or accommodation.  She also represents disabled children and adults in judicial review proceedings relating to their care packages. 

Prior to joining the Bar, Mary-Rachel worked at children’s rights charity, Just for Kids Law. She also sat on the Board of Trustees at Hackney Community Law Centre from 2012-2016, where her interest in social welfare law was sparked.

Mary-Rachel has contributed to Disabled Children: A Legal Handbook (Legal Action Group, Third Edition, 2020).

Diana Sutton

Diana Sutton is an award-winning charity leader with over 30 years in the UK and international disability and children’s charities. Currently Director of The Bell Foundation, a Cambridge based education charity, she has previously worked in a different leadership, senior management, public policy, government relations and campaigning roles in the third sector. Diana was previously Head of Policy and Public Affairs for the NSPCC and prior to that Head of Save the Children’s office in Brussels.  From 2006-2013, she was a Trustee of the Children’s Rights Alliance for England. Earlier in her early career, Diana worked as a researcher to European Parliament’s Disability Group of MEPs and prior to that as a researcher to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Disability. She also has personal experience of disability as a sibling.

Stephen Unwin, KIDS Chairman said:

“I’m so pleased that these three remarkable women are joining the Board of KIDS. They bring enormously valuable and diverse skills and experiences and are also driven by a deep commitment to the cause of disabled children, young people and their families. I’m greatly looking forward to working with them and I know they’ll be very helpful to the charity as it embarks on its 50th year.”

The charity will now be seeking a Treasurer to replace Chris Stefani, Chief Financial Officer at DWF Group plc when his term ends in next year. The executive search firm Society is assisting with the search.

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