President, Trustees, Governors, and Coram Senior Management Team
Sir David Bell
Appointed president: September 2015
Knighted for his longstanding services to industry, the arts and charity, Sir David is a non-executive director of The Economist, former director of Pearson plc and former Chair and Chief Executive of the Financial Times. Sir David’s involvement in public life and service spans many years. For ten years he was Chair of homelessness charity, Crisis, and continues to chair a number of organisations, including Sadler’s Wells and Cambridge University Press. He is also an active trustee of several organisations and is a member of the Honorary Council of the Royal National Theatre.
Sir David succeeds Alderman Sir Michael Bear as Coram President.
Appointed Trustee: January 2006
Paul is Vice Chairman for Coram's Board of Trustees, he is a member of the Finance Committee and is Chair the Adoption Sub-committee, CoramBAAF and Coram Family and Childcare. Paul has had an extensive career in social work as practitioner and manager and has advised on developing Coram's relationships with the public sector. Paul was Director of Children's Services in Islington until 2009, he then led the implementation of the national safeguarding peer review programme for the LGA. He was involved in a number of improvement programmes with local councils and was appointed as an independent chair for safeguarding and improvement boards.
Appointed Trustee: March 2012
Geoff was introduced to Coram during discussions with the Advisory Centre for Education. He is currently the Treasurer of Coram, a member of the Nominations and Governance Committee and the Investment Committee, and Chair of the Finance Committee. Geoff worked as a senior manager at IBM for a number of years, leading IBM financial services and IBM Business School. Subsequently, he set up his own consultancy business helping create education strategies for a range of both private and public sector clients. Geoff is the Chair of Trustees of Hampstead Wells and Campden Trust and former Chair of Governors of Hampstead School. He was also a director and trustee of the Camden Arts Centre, and of the Advisory Centre for Education.
Appointed Trustee: September 2012
Ade is a Trustee of Coram, Chair of the Children Services Committee and the Chief Executive Officer of Bromley Council.
Prior to joining Bromley Council in January 2017, Ade worked in several senior positions within local authority and transformed services in both the City of London and Lambeth Council. He has also held senior management roles within health, private and statutory organisations. Ade is an experienced Social Work Director with vast expertise in the delivery of services to vulnerable children, adoption, looked after children, child protection, advocacy and children in need. He is a school governor and was part of the team charged by the Charity Commission to review safeguarding arrangements of Oxfam.
Ade was awarded an OBE in 2013 by Her Majesty the Queen for his contribution to public services. As a recognised leader in his field, Ade was identified as one of the 100 most influential business leaders in the United Kingdom in 2019 and was runner-up in the MJ Chief Executive of the Year award in 2020.
Appointed Trustee: June 2017
Celia is a Circuit Judge sitting at Norwich and Ipswich County Courts dealing with complex children’s cases in adoption, public and private law. She previously worked as a District Judge in East Anglia, Stratford and Wells Street Family Proceedings Court, where she dealt with some of the first concurrent planning cases, pioneered by Coram.
She qualified as a solicitor in 1985. Before her appointment as a District Judge in 2004 she specialised in children’s cases in the family court and also defending young people accused of criminal offenses in the Youth Court.
She was a trustee of the Children’s Legal Centre based at Essex University before it became part of the Coram Group. She has since then served as a trustee of Coram Children’s Legal Centre. She has a keen interest in training professionals and judges and has served as a judicial college tutor and trained judges on children’s law and practice in Tanzania and Zanzibar, as part of a joint initiative between UNICEF and Coram International.
Appointed Trustee: March 2011
In 2010 Jonathan introduced a key volunteer, Almudena Lara, who has helped Coram’s Research and Policy team develop its social finance capacity. He has advised Coram on a number of matters of policy. Jonathan is a member of the Children's Services Committee, and a donor to Coram. Jonathan is a Professor of Economics at King’s College London. Previously, he held the roles of Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research and Chief Economist at the Cabinet Office, where he advised the Cabinet Secretary, Gus O’Donnell, and Number 10 Downing Street on economic and financial issues. Before that he held a number of other senior economic policy posts in UK government, including as Director for Children and Poverty at the Department for Work and Pensions. His particular interests include immigration, labour markets, poverty and social mobility. He writes regularly for the national and international press, is on Twitter at @jdportes and blogs at notthetreasuryview.blogspot.com.
Appointed Trustee: October 2013
Judith is a trustee of CoramBAAF and Coram Voice. Judith is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist formerly working at the Tavistock Clinic. Judith is also a professor of child mental health in the West Midlands, based at Worcester University. In addition she is a psychotherapist and has undertaken clinical outcome studies to explore the better outcomes for abused girls and depressed young people amongst other studies. More recently, Judith has consulted to organisations for troubled and abused children and is conducting research on what helps to produce the best outcomes. Judith is a trustee and founder of Young Minds.
Appointed Trustee: September 2016
Jenny qualified as a social worker in 1986 and has been a senior manager in Local Authority Children’s Services since 1997. She has worked extensively in children’s safeguarding, looked after children and quality assurance, and has also managed integrated youth and youth justice services. Jenny moved from Luton Borough Council to take up the post of Director of Children’s Services for Hertfordshire County Council in 2010. She is the lead DCS for Sector Led Improvement in the Eastern Region and is the chair of the ADCS Families, Communities & Young People Policy Group.
Appointed Trustee: June 2016
Yogesh is currently Director Corporate Sustainability at Tata Consultancy Services, a global technology, consulting and business solutions company. Yogesh previously worked as the BBC’s Chief Adviser on Corporate Responsibility and Environment. He is also chairman of the Corporate Responsibility Group (CRG), the UK’s practitioner network and emerging professional body for those working in the field of corporate responsibility and sustainability.
Mr Kim Johnson
Kim Johnson is Chairman of Coram Life Education Trustees, Trustee of Coram Beanstalk and also serves on the Coram Board. He has worked in teaching and wider education for 40 years as a University Visiting Lecturer on Behaviour, an OFSTED Team Inspector, President of the National Association of Head Teachers and Principal of a SEND Academy for students with complex learning needs and autism. His roles have also included membership of the Bercow Report ‘10 Years On’ Review Group, Multi-Academy Trust Directorships, Speaker at Westminster Forum and All Party Parliamentary Groups on SEND, Education Adviser for 3 Free School Projects and International School Ambassador for the British Council. Now retired his interests include Wildlife Conservation, fundraising for Prostate Cancer UK and the Movember Foundation, walking in the Yorkshire Dales and motorcycle riding.
Appointed Trustee: November 2018
Jill’s background is business management in advertising, the private medical sector, the Employment Department and the House of Commons where she worked for 18 years. Jill was the first woman to be appointed as Serjeant at Arms in 2008, a formal job with a very formal uniform.
Jill’s passion is to help people to develop, grow and succeed, from primary school children who are struggling to learn to read through to entrepreneurs finding their way in business and female senior managers who are seeking to crack that ultimate glass ceiling.
Jill is Chairman of Trustees of the Coram Beanstalk literacy charity and she is a Reading Helper in a primary school in Battersea where she works with three children encouraging them to love reading and books.
Jill is a founder and an active member of Pink Shoe, a businesswomen’s network affiliated to Parliament that recognises, develops and celebrates women’s unique talents and skills that complement those of their male colleagues. She leads on the development of the UK Economic Blueprint for Women, designed to stimulate the growth of women-owned businesses across the UK.
Jill is a qualified business practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming and an experienced coach and mentor.
Appointed Trustee: July 2020
Kerry Smith started her career at the Refugee Legal Centre and as a trainee at Bhatt Murphy Solicitors. Moving into international humanitarian work Kerry was posted in Ethiopia and Columbia for the International Committee of the Red Cross before returning to work as a Gender Adviser at Amnesty International UK focusing on trafficking. She then moved to work on children in conflict at Save the Children before joining Plan International UK as Head of Girls Rights and Youth and developing a new area of work on girls rights in the UK. She joined the Helen Bamber Foundation as Chief Executive in May 2018.
Appointed Trustee: July 2020
James is a Trustee of Coram, Chair of Coram Shakespeare Schools Foundation, and also sits on the Campaign Committee. He has been involved with charities working to advance the social mobility of children for over a decade having previously served as a Trustee of Debate Mate and the South African Schools Debating Board. James is a partner at the Brunswick Group where he focuses on Global Health, International Development, and Philanthropy.
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Appointed Governor: June 2002
Maureen has played a vital role in Coram fundraising for many years. She chaired the Grosvenor House Arts and Antiques Fair event which raised over £400,000, and organised City Rocks, the first rock concert held in the City of London, which raised £200,000 for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal. She has played a key role in developing the Coram brand and has introduced numerous contacts and businesses to Coram. Today, Maureen is a member of the Campaign Committee and is involved in extending Coram’s reach and connections. Maureen is founder and Chairman of The Communication Group plc, one of the UK’s leading independent PR consultancies. She was previously MD at BBDO Public Relations and CEO at the Good Relations Group plc, the first PR company to be quoted on the London Stock Exchange.
Life Governor: Appointed: 1959
Peter is a former Chairman of Coram (1975 – 1990) and has been a Governor since 1959. Peter is a life governor, Charter Patron and donor to Coram. He has introduced a range of contacts and has pledged a legacy to Coram in his will. Peter is the Chairman of Synergy Holdings Ltd and has previously been Chairman of Dawson Holdings Plc, the Goldshield Group Plc, Top Pay Research Group Ltd, Associates British Industries, Riverside Press Ltd. Wace Group Plc, and IP Plus Plc. Peter pioneered the idea of a recruitment agency dedicated to the voluntary sector in 1984 and remains Chairman of Charity and Fundraising Recruitment. Peter is a member of the Worshipful Company of Skinners and a trustee of Tomorrow’s Achievers, Young Enterprise, the Politics and the Economics Research Trust. He is the former Chairman of the Fountain Society, the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association and the Hyde Park Estate Association.
Appointed Governor: June 2013
Guy sits on the Appeal Board and is chairman of the Investment Committee. Guy has spent most of his working life in the City. After graduating from H.E.C in Paris (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales), he held senior positions in London and in Paris with Indosuez, Barclays, and BNP Paribas where he was vice-chairman of Asset Management until he retired in 2010. He is a committee member of The Wine Society and a non-executive director of Impax Asset Management.
Appointed Governor: October 2002
Appointed Life Governor: June 2012
Philippa has been central to the development of Coram's events for more than a decade. She has raised over £500,000 through her leadership at the Handel birthday concert. She has championed the development of the Hogarth Dinner and has introduced a range of contacts. She is a member of the Campaign Committee and remains actively involved in Coram events. She and her husband are donors to Coram. Philippa initially trained as a teacher with a parallel life singing choral music. After raising a family of five children, she returned to work as a freelance consultant focusing on education, the arts and charitable projects. Philippa managed a fund for Education in Tower Hamlets on behalf of Canary Wharf Limited for 20 years sponsoring research and implementation into early language and literacy, sport and arts development. Philippa is also a trustee of a composer trust, the Edgar Bainton (UK) Society, and a trustee of The Levantine Foundation, a conservation charity working to preserve the paper based cultural heritage of the Near East.
Appointed Governor: June 2008
The Rangoonwala Foundation has supported the Handel Birthday Concert, and is currently a major sponsor of Coram’s Art Therapy in schools project. Asif is an entrepreneur who founded and eventually sold Eurobuns which supplies baked goods to fast food chains, restaurants and supermarkets. Asif has gone on to start a company called South Street Asset Management providing essential accommodation for students and key workers. He is Chairman of Powerboat P1 and has Directorships in other companies. Asif is the Chairman of the Rangoonwala Foundation which supports marginalised societies worldwide. He is also the Chairman of The British Pakistan Foundation and Chairman of the World Memon Foundation. He is a Trustee of the British Asian Trust and a World Fellow of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Appointed Governor: June 2013
Steve has been heavily involved with Coram’s Cycle To...events both corporately and personally since 2010, and Broadgate Estates will again be the lead sponsor of Cycle to MIPIM in 2014. In 2013 the Broadgate Estates team alone raised £32,000 of the £218,000 total from the event. Steve was appointed Managing Director of Broadgate Estates in April 2010. He has worked with multi-national service businesses in diverse sectors including retail, consumer electronics, automotive and apparel in a variety of commercial and operational management roles. His career to date includes management consultancy with Coopers & Lybrand; operations director of an apparel business; ten years in operational and commercial roles with DHL; and five years on the executive board of the retailer Halfords.Steve is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).
Appointed Governor: July 2016
James is an external (non-trustee) member of Coram Group’s Finance and Audit Committees. James trained as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse, and has over 30 years’ experience in corporate finance and financial management with Coopers & Lybrand, BT plc and OyezStraker. Since 2013 he has been running his own business, Caremark (Wandsworth), providing social care to people in Wandsworth who need assistance to live independently and safely at home. James is a Trustee of Work Stress Solutions, a mental health charity in Surrey, and was a member of Girls’ Day School Trust’s Audit Committee.
Appointed Governor: July 2016
Rob began his career with Laing Management in 1986 as a graduate trainee, following completing a degree in Construction Management at Reading University in 1985. He then joined Heery International (now part of the Balfour Beatty Group) in 1988 and gained experience in all aspects of construction delivery from office and hotel conversion and refurbishments to large scale multi-phase projects. Rob joined Stanhope in 1998 and has delivered a wide range of projects as Development Director. Rob was appointed Operations Director across all Stanhope projects in 2014.
Appointed Governor: July 2016
Ruth is the Deputy Secretary of the Old Coram Association (OCA) and a Governor at Coram. To find out more about the OCA, visit: oca1947.co.uk.
Appointed Governor: June 2018
Trustee: June 2008 - 2018
Alison’s experience has meant she was an invaluable sounding board member for Coram in critical areas of our work. She was a Foundling Museum Trustee, and is now chair of Trustees at Coram Children’s Legal Centre. Alison is a qualified solicitor who has mostly worked in local government. Her most recent position was with the General Social Care Council as Head of Governance and Legal. Amongst her extensive experience Alison spent time working as a child care lawyer meaning she had a high exposure to children's services including Adoption and Foster Panels. She also worked for several years for the London Borough of Camden as Director of Law.
Chair of the Campaign Group
Trustee: June 2009 - 2018
Chair of Coram Life Education: June 1993 - 2018
Simon Russell has been involved with Coram Life Education since 1988, and was its chairman from 1993 to 2018. He helped steer its amalgamation with Coram in 2009, upon which he became a Coram Trustee. Professionally, he was a headhunter for 35 years, latterly as a Partner at Spencer Stuart. He was elected to the House of Lords as a cross bench peer in 2015, having previously served there from 1982-1999. He is an officer of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Adoption & Permanence, a Deputy Speaker in the Lords and a member of the UK delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. He is a trustee of the Foundling Museum and a Patron of the Cavell Nurses’ Trust.
Appointed Governor: July 2019
Anthony Douglas was Chief Executive of Cafcass, the national agency charged with articulating the voice of the child in family courts throughout England, from 2004-2019. Cafcass employs the most number of social workers of any UK organisation and is responsible for 140,000 children annually. Anthony was an economist and a journalist prior to becoming a social worker and has written 4 books on UK social care and is now writing a fifth on the importance of social care globally. He is a Visiting Fellow of the Universities of East Anglia and Plymouth and until April 2019 was a member of the Family Justice Board and the Adoption Leadership Board. He was awarded a CBE in 2008 for services to family justice and adoption, and was made an honorary Doctor of Law by the University of East Anglia in 2018. He was given the ‘outstanding contribution to social work’ award at the Social Worker of the Year Awards in November 2018. He now chairs the Suffolk Safeguarding partnership for vulnerable children and adults and has an additional portfolio of work comprising short-term and long-term projects aimed at improving public services.
Appointed Governor: July 2019
Jamie joined Burmah Castrol in 1991 and rose to become Chief Executive of Burmah Castrol Chemicals before leading the buy-out of Foseco in 2001 and its subsequent flotation in 2005. He was Chief Executive of Foseco plc until it was acquired by Cookson Group plc in April 2008. He is currently non-executive Chairman of Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc and Cobhamplc. Jamie was formerly non-executive Chairman of both Tyman plc, and Ibstock plc and a non-executive director of RMC Group plc, Kelda Group plc and the Defence Support Group. He was also Chairman of a US plastics recycling business, MBA Polymers Inc and Lafarge Tarmac Holdings Limited.
Honorary Vice Presidents
Appointed Chair: 2005
Appointed Hon VP: October 2008
Sir Christopher was appointed President and Chairman of Coram in 2005, before these roles were split, and became Honorary Vice President in 2008. He has introduced a large number of contacts to the charity, and he is currently a donor to Coram. Sir Christopher’s career in business has spanned 50 years. His previous positions included chair of large international companies such as MEPC plc, The Boots Company plc, Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance Group, Costain plc, London Docklands Development Corporation, Cross London Rail Links (Crossrail) as well as others in the retail and construction industries. Sir Christopher is a Liveryman of the Worshipful company of Chartered Surveyors and Chair of a regeneration project in Salisbury, Salisbury Vision. Sir Christopher was the High Sheriff of Wiltshire in 2002 and was knighted in 1988.
Appointed Governor: 1983
Appointed Chair :1995
Appointed Honorary VP: 2001
Carolyn became a Trustee of Coram in the 1980s and was Chair of Coram from 1995 to 2001 during which time she oversaw the separation of Coram’s child care work from the historical art collection. The campus at Mecklenburgh Square was developed during her chairmanship and Coram moved to carry out its child care work there. The Foundling Museum was set up as a separate charity and The Coram Collection is housed within the Museum at Brunswick Square. She was a Trustee of the Museum from 2001 to 2012. Carolyn is now an Honorary Vice President of Coram and Honorary Vice President of the Old Coram Association. Carolyn is a Chartered Psychologist working with Psychology4Law, a consultancy specialising in the assessment of children and families both in the public and private sector. Her previous appointments include senior educational psychology positions in various London Education and Social Services Authorities.Carolyn has devoted much of her life to working within the voluntary sector as a Trustee in many child care and arts organisations including The Rainer Foundation, Touch Down Dance The Music Therapy Charity and a housing association, The Britannia Royal Naval College Museum and a housing association. She was a magistrate in Willesden and a District Councillor in Devon.
Appointed Governor: January 2006
Chair: 2008 - 2014
Edward has brought enormously influential contacts to Coram over many years. He has been central to the Coram Campus redevelopment and chairs the Campus Development Committee. He is a Coram donor and attends many events. Edward, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, had a distinguished career in the property departments of major insurance companies, and 23 years as City Surveyor to the City of London Corporation. He chaired cross-industry working parties which led to the creation of both the Property Services National Training Organisation and the Sector Skills Council which replaced it. He has been President of the former General Practice Division, Honorary Treasurer of the RICS and President of the Association of Chief Estates Surveyors in Local Government. Currently Edward is a Trustee of the University of London. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors and was Master in 2003/2004 during which time he was awarded his OBE for services to the Corporation of London and surveying.
President: May 2012 - July 2015
Appointed Governor: July 2008
Sir Michael chose Coram as the main beneficiary of his Lord Mayor’s Appeal in 2011, which raised substantial sums towards Coram’s work and transformed Coram's profile in the city. Sir Michael is currently President of Coram, the Chair of the Campaign Committee and a member of the Campus Development committee. He is leading on the property and construction sector for the Coram Campus Appeal and is Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Paviors who supported Coram during Sir Michael’s year as Master. Sir Michael is a non-executive director of Arup and former Managing Director of Balfour Beatty Property and Regeneration Director at Hammerson plc. Sir Michael was Lord Mayor of the City of London 2010- 2011. He is Vice President of RedR, a Governor of Clifton College and Emeritus Trustee of Spitalfields Music Festival. He was Chairman of the public/private City Challenge Programme in the Borough of Tower Hamlets and a Director of its successor body Cityside Regeneration. Sir Michael was awarded Knights Bachelor in 2012 for his services to regeneration, charity and the City of London.
Senior Management Team
Chief Executive Officer
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.
Chief Finance Officer
Velou Singara manages the Coram Group Finance and Resources. Velou is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering and completed his Master of Business administration in Finance and Information Systems. Velou has 20 years of Financial sector experience, working in managerial positions in different sectors including commerce, industry, education and the voluntary sector. Velou is Qualified by Experience and also a part qualified member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in UK. Velou has contributed to the development of financial regulations for charities under the Statement of Recommended Practices (SORP) to the charity commission and was a member of the HM Revenue & Customs consultation group on Vat reforms for charities.
Coram Divisional Director - Education and Early Years / Managing Director, Coram Beanstalk
Ginny Lunn has been Managing Director of the national children’s reading charity Coram Beanstalk since June 2015. Ginny led the integration of Beanstalk into the Coram Group in early 2019 and now has the additional role of developing the Education Division for the Group. Ginny’s career started as a primary school teacher in Leeds, where she witnessed first-hand the importance of strong literacy skills in enabling young children to reach their true potential. She then spent seven years developing Youthreach, a programme across the Republic of Ireland providing education, training and work experience programmes for early school leavers.
On returning to the UK she joined The Prince's Trust where, after several years developing new programmes to help address youth unemployment, she became their Director of Strategy & Policy. Before joining Coram Beanstalk, Ginny was UK Programmes Director at Save the Children. In this role she had responsibility for developing Save the Children's partnership with Beanstalk.Ginny was shortlisted in the Rising Chief Executive category at the Third Sector Excellence Awards in 2017. She is the co-author of a chapter in Reading by Right: Successful strategies to ensure every child can read to succeed, which provides a collection of chapters from international experts covering aspects of overcoming reading difficulties or reading reluctance in children and young people.
Rachel began her career with 15 years in the retail sector achieving the role of Area Manager responsible for stores bringing in around £1m each per annum in the east of England. After achieving her MBA she moved to work for BT as a Client director working with top tier clients bringing in over £100m. In 2004 seeking a new challenge and wishing to apply her skills in a role that would be of direct benefit to society she made the conscious decision to join the NGO sector. She went on to fulfil roles formulating and executing fundraising and marketing strategies for an array of charitable organisations including Duke of Edinburgh’s Award as Head of Fundraising, Marie Curie as Head of Corporate and Statutory income where she ran among other charities of the year the Tesco charity of the year bringing in £6.8m. She then spent 6.5 years at Parkinson’s UK where she was Head of Business Development. Before she joined Coram Rachel spent 3 years working as the Director of Income Generation and Marketing at St Elizabeth Hospice creating new brands and increasing awareness and funding, expanding the service especially with regard to the care of young people.