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 five Trustees

Tony Skrzypecki - 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.

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.

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.


Partnership for Children has six staff, and one other person helps as a consultant.

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.

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.

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 - 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.

Shirleen Clarke - Office Manager

Shirleen ClarkeShirleen joined the team in late 2015 and has almost 15 years’ experience of working in finance, accounting and administrative roles in the voluntary sector.

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