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 governed by a Board of six Trustees

Randi Talseth - Chair

Randi TalsethRandi 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.

Tony Skrzypecki - Vice Chair

Tony SkrzypeckiTony 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.

Simon Armson - Trustee

Simon ArmsonSimon 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.

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.

Marianne Ubbe - Trustee

Marianne UbbeMarianne 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 one other person helps as a consultant.

Chris Bale - Director

Chris is a former Director of Oxfam Hong Kong and Befrienders International.

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.

Caroline Lifford - Programme Manager

Caroline LiffordCaroline 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 Designer

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

Richard Micallef - Accountant

Richard Micallef - AccountantRichard is a chartered accountant, with extensive commercial experience, and has been Partnership for Children's accountant since its inception.


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