Meet the team

Partnership 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 currently governed by a Board of Trustees

Caroline Spicer - Chair

Caroline SpicerCaroline is a qualified accountant (CGMA, ACMA) and a former Executive Partner with IBM. She is an experienced consultant in business transformation and leadership, with over 30 years of advising clients in the public and private sectors and running significant projects.

Mark Boulding - Trustee

Mark BouldingMark Boulding was appointed to the Board for a three-year term. Mark is Director of Strategy in the London office of an international healthcare communications agency, and has also held senior positions in charities working in mental health and international development.

Juliana Fleury - Trustee

Juliana FleuryJuliana runs her own consultancy in Brazil and has an MBE in Social Responsibility and the Third Sector. For the past 10 years she has been helping ASEC, the agency that runs Zippy’s Friends and Apple’s Friends in Brazil, to build and nurture their strategic supporter network and governance structures.

Prof Rachel Jenkins - Trustee

Rachel Jenkins - TrusteeRachel 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.

Marion Panis - Trustee

Marion PanisMarion Panis is a psychologist and heads Kids and Emotional Competencies (KEC), the agency which runs Zippy’s Friends in the Netherlands.


Prof Panos Vostanis  - Trustee

Panos VostanisPanos is Professor of Child Mental Health at the University of Leicester and Visiting Professor at University College London. Panos has published extensively on the impact of trauma on child mental health, evaluation of interventions and services for traumatized children, including those living in war zones. He has long standing clinical experience with vulnerable children.


Partnership for Children has six staff.

Wendy Tabuteau - Chief Executive

Wendy TabuteauWendy has worked in the international charitable sector for over 20 years, most recently as Director of an NGO working with disabled children in Russia. 

Caroline Egar - Programme Director

Caroline EgarCaroline 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.

Lizzie Poulton - Programme Manager

Caroline LiffordLizzie is managing a large-scale evaluation of Zippy’s Friends in 70 English schools. She has worked as a project manager for national literacy charities and is a qualified teacher of English as a foreign language.

Helen Danby - Design and Web Manager

Helen DanbyHelen manages the design and print of all our printed materials, from teachers' booklets to fund raising leaflets, and also designs and maintains this website.

Shirleen Clarke - Office Manager

Shirleen ClarkeShirleen joined the team in late 2015 and has a lot of experience of working in finance, accounting and administrative roles in the voluntary sector.


Hannah Craig - Programme Officer

Hannah CraigHannah is a psychology graduate with experience working within early years settings and as an Assistant Psychologist in the NHS. Before joining us, Hannah worked on a quality improvement project for Inpatient Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.


Partnership for Children has some honorary advisers

Chris Bale

Chris BaleChris was the Director of Partnership for Children from 2002 to 2016. He is a former director of Oxfam Hong Kong and Befrienders International and former Chair of the Trailwalker Charitable Trust, and was awarded the MBE for services to charity.

Sandra Mak

Sandra MakSandra is a leading communications and strategy consultant in Hong Kong. A former Trustee of Partnership for Children, she takes a special interest in our programmes, in particular the China programme where she has taken part in teacher training.

Doro Marden

Doro MardenDoro has many years of experience as a trainer in parenting education. She co-authored ‘Raise Happy Children’ in the ‘Teach Yourself’ series which has been translated into Polish, Chinese and Arabic. She is a former Chair of Partnership for Children and advised on the development of our Zippy at Home programme for parents.

Partnership for Children, 26-27 Market Place, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 1JH, England
Telephone : 00 44 (0) 20 8974 6004 - Registered Charity number: 1089810