Our people

President

Trustees

 Governors

Honorary Vice Presidents

Senior Management Team

Dr Carol Homden

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Carol Homden

Carol is a member of the National Adoption Recruitment Forum & Adoption Leadership Board, CBE

Carol started her career setting up print media enterprises in East Anglia before moving to London as a freelance arts journalist and editor. She then became Director of Marketing and Development at the University of Westminster, later moving to the British Museum in 1999 as its first Director of Marketing and Public Affairs. Her affinity for improving the lives of young people motivated her to accept the position of Commercial Director for the Prince’s Trust in 2003, where she was responsible for all aspects of income generation. Carol became Chief Executive of Coram in April 2007. She is Chair of the National Autistic Society, and a member of the Department for Education’s Children’s Interagency Group (CIAG) and the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales. Carol was awarded a CBE in 2013 for her contribution to services for children and families. 

 

Renuka Jeyarajah-Dent

Director of Operations

Renuka Jeyarajah-Dent

Renuka is a qualified teacher and educational psychologist and was Executive Director of NCH - The Bridge (now part of Action for Children’s consultancy services) before joining Coram. Renuka has worked with the British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering as their first Black Issues Consultant and has served on the trustee boards of Fostering Network, Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO) and Shaftesbury Young People. Renuka has also been a school governor and a member of Local Authority Exclusion Appeal Panels. She has written several serious case reviews, which study inter-agency work in relation to safeguarding issues. She has provided consultancy to children’s services both in the United Kingdom and abroad and is a well respected conference speaker. Her current portfolio includes partnership problem-solving with local authorities to meet the challenge of improving outcomes for children in state care.

 

Velou Singara

Chief Finance Officer

Velou Singara

Velou Singara manages the Coram group’s Finance and Resources. Velou is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering and completed his Master of Business Administration on Finance & Information Systems. Velou further trained for accountancy and is an affiliate member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) UK. Velou has 20 years’ experience in the Finance sector, working in managerial positions in different sectors including commerce, industry, education and the voluntary sector. Velou has contributed to the development of financial regulations for charities under Statement of Recommended Practices (SORP) to the Charity Commission and is also a member of the HM Revenue & Customs consultation group on VAT reforms for charities.

 

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