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 seven 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.

Simon Armson - Vice-Chair

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 Margaret Barry - Trustee

Prof Margaret BarryMargaret is Professor of Health Promotion and Public Health at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where she is also head of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion Research.

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.

Sandra Mak - Trustee

Sandra MakSandra is a leading communication and management consultant in Hong Kong and Mainland China. She has worked with various non-profit organisations and chairs the fundraising committee of Oxfam Hong Kong.

Tony Skrzypecki - Trustee

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.

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 two other people help as consultants.

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.

Hayley Maurice - Events Planner

Hayley MauriceHayley works as a consultant, and also helps with a range of administrative and clerical tasks.

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