Our Senior Leadership Team guides our organisation
Armed with the knowledge, experience and expertise of their fields, our directors have the vision and perspective to drive our organisation forward, stopping the vicious circle of fear and harm that destroys childhood and wrecks community living.
Senior Leadership Team members are:
- Matthew Reed, Chief Executive
- Jayne Whitton, Director of Marketing, Communications and Digital
- Peter Grigg, Director of External Affairs
- Joe Jenkins, Director of Supporter Impact and Income
- Liz Walker, Director of Finance and Corporate Services
- Dr Krutika Pau, Director of Children and Families
Matthew joined The Children’s Society as Chief Executive in May 2012.
Matthew is passionate about supporting people to thrive, flourish, and realize their full potential, overcoming whatever challenges hinder or arrest this, and leading organisations to deliver sustainable high impact through novel and leveraged solutions.
He is leading The Children’s Society to focus on addressing the profound challenges faced by many young people, breaking the cycles of disadvantage that impede their flourishing, and unlocking their potential and life chances. Matthew believes that getting these wrong has a colossal detrimental impact on the young people concerned, their communities and our wider society; getting these things right and unlocking young people’s life chances offers enormous benefits to everyone.
To contribute in delivering this Matthew is leading The Children’s Society to make a unique contribution to these challenges by providing targeted direct support for young people, improving the national and local systemic policy deficits that diminish young people’s ability to thrive and tackling detrimental public attitudes that impede flourishing and stunt opportunity.
Prior to joining The Children's Society Matthew was Chief Executive of The Cystic Fibrosis Trust (medical research) and a Director at Christian Aid (international development). From 2015 to 2016 Matthew was the independent chair of the Birmingham Commission on Child Poverty and has been a mentor to graduates and third sector senior leaders for many years.
Matthew has a degree in Theology from the University of Oxford, a degree in Engineering and Management from the University of Nottingham, and a Masters in Management from the University of Surrey.
He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, a Fellow of the RSA, and a Trustee of Children England. He lives in Marlow, Buckinghamshire.
Jayne Whitton leads the Marketing, Communications, and Digital Team, with responsibility for all aspects of external communications.
Career highlights: Jayne has 20 years of experience in the public and not for profit sector, setting up and leading numerous integrated marketing communications teams.
Prior to working with The Children’s Society, Jayne led the Marketing Team at City Hall where she worked for both Ken and Boris, and created iconic campaigns that included: 7 million Londoners, 1 London, Recycle for London and Cabwise.
Jayne has a Masters in Marketing and numerous industry awards for creative excellence and impact including two IPA (Institute of Professional Advertising) Awards and a Cannes Lions. Jayne lives in Surrey with her husband Andy and their young child.
Career highlights: Peter joined The Children’s Society as Director of Campaigns, Policy and Research in September 2013 overseeing work such as the Debt Trap campaign, the Good Childhood Report and coalitions such as Stitch in Time with partner children's charities.
Before this he was Director of Policy, Research and Communications at the Family and Childcare Trust leading policy, public affairs, research and the development of strategy and brand identity of the new charity created from a merger between the Family and Parenting Institute (FPI) and the Daycare Trust. At FPI, work included leading a major year-long research project into the impact of austerity on families and leading the Family Strategic Partnership with the Department for Education and Barnardo’s.
Prior to this, Peter headed up the policy and research function for a campaign to inspire young entrepreneurs – where projects included innovative work with Google and Virgin Media and helping to create and evaluate Global Entrepreneurship Week, which spanned 104 countries. Previous roles included working in education policy, setting up an improvement body for further education and working as a researcher for Lord Gould, a political adviser.
Peter lives in London with his wife and two young children and in his spare time volunteers to support a local community library and local school projects.
Liz is a professional interim and comes to us with extensive experience within the accountancy profession and not for profit sector.
Most recently she was Executive Director of Resources and also Deputy CEO at Livability, which is a national Christian disability and community engagement charity.
Krutika was appointed as Director of Children and Families in January 2017. Most recently she was the statutory Director of Children’s Services for Slough Borough Council and led the work to establish an independent Trust to manage children’s social care services in the borough.
She has previously been Director of Children’s Services in the London Borough of Brent, directing the planning, commissioning and delivery of services including children’s social care, education, youth service, youth offending team, early years and adult education.
Krutika has worked at the Department for Education, brokering and establishing sponsored academies in London and has held a ministerial appointment as a Schools Adjudicator.
Krutika has significant experience of service transformation and improvement and has led local authority children’s safeguarding peer reviews on behalf of the Local Government Association. She has also undertaken safeguarding peer reviews of independent schools in Chile.
She has a Doctorate in Race and Education and a Masters in Business Administration.