Meet the teamPartnership for Children is based in the United Kingdom, but has a global perspective. Its small office in Kingston upon Thames, south west of London, is the hub of a large international wheel of partners, all concerned with the emotional wellbeing of children and young people.
The agency is governed by a Board of six Trustees
Randi Talseth - ChairRandi is Secretary General of the Norwegian NGO Voksne for Barn, which promotes children's and adolescents' mental health. Her organisation provides a range of services, champions children's rights, and manages Zippy's Friends in Norwegian schools.
Simon Armson - Vice-ChairSimon was Chief Executive of Samaritans for 15 years. He is now a psychotherapist in private practice and is also a Mental Health Act Commissioner and a member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal.
Rachel has been Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre at King's College, London, and Principal Medical Officer for Mental Health at the UK's Department of Health. She served as a school governor and has wide international experience of mental health policy development.
Prof Rachel Jenkins - Trustee
Marion Panis - TrusteeMarion Panis is a psychologist and heads Kids and Emotional Competencies (KEC), the agency which runs Zippy’s Friends in the Netherlands.
Tony Skrzypecki - TrusteeTony is a Chartered Accountant and a partner of the UK firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the world's largest professional services organisations. He specialises in Mergers and Acquisitions.
Marianne Ubbe - TrusteeMarianne has been involved with Zippy's Friends since the first pilot study in Denmark. In 2002, she set up a new school and made Zippy's Friends an integral part of the curriculum.
Partnership for Children has four staff, and two other people help as consultants.
Chris Bale - DirectorChris is a former Director of Oxfam Hong Kong and Befrienders International.
Caroline Egar - Programme DirectorCaroline is a trained teacher and has also worked in educational publishing. She oversees all Partnership for Children's programmes, and has travelled extensively to promote Zippy's Friends.
Caroline Lifford - Programme ManagerCaroline is a psychology graduate who has supported many children with special educational needs. She coordinates various projects including Zippy's Friends in the UK and for children with learning difficulties.
Helen Danby - Print and Web DesignerHelen designs all our printed materials, from teachers' booklets to fund raising leaflets, and also designs and maintains this website.
Hayley Maurice - Events PlannerHayley works as a consultant, and also helps with a range of administrative and clerical tasks.
Richard Micallef - AccountantRichard is a chartered accountant, with extensive commercial experience, and has been Partnership for Children's accountant since its inception.