Our team

Orlando Arnold

Deputy Director – Business Development

What is your role and expertise? 

I have worked in the voluntary sector for 12 years, having previously worked in the commercial sector for two of the largest companies in the UK. I enjoy the dual role of managing a truly dedicated team of professionals and exploring new business opportunities and finance models - very often in partnership with local authorities and social investment businesses. I am leading on a number of initiatives designed to marry together our practice and associated cost benefits to the 'public purse'.

What do you think are the key issues for the delivery of children's services?

  • ensuring safe delivery of services
  • providing focused interventions that lead to positive outcomes for children and young people
  • ensuring that any service provides value for money and can demonstrate its impact on children and young people
  • effective and robust partnerships between the voluntary sector, local authorities and communities.

Yvonne Campbell

Assistant Director - Business Development (South)

What is your role and expertise?

I have worked extensively in participation, holding posts in local, national and international charities as well as at local and central government level. I joined The Children's Society in 2003.

My experience in child participation includes direct practice, management and policy development. At The Children's Society, I have driven new work in the areas of youth justice, disability and children's centres.

Child-centred planning remains integral to my current post as Assistant Director for the southern region.

I have a BA in applied community studies and I am currently completing a Masters in the sociology of childhood and children's rights, at the Institute of Education.

Nicola Clarke

Assistant Director – Business Development (Midlands and South West)

What is your role and expertise?

I joined The Children's Society in 2006 as a programme manager to develop, set up and deliver work with young refugees and asylum seekers across the Midlands.

This involved developing partnerships, carrying out research, delivering seminars and conferences, and gathering the views of children and young people. The West Midlands Young Refugees Project now supports over 700 children a year. 

I currently work with the Business Development Unit in a regional role across the Midlands and south west. My remit is to develop and set up new programmes of work supporting vulnerable children, young people and their families.

Prior to joining The Children's Society, I worked for Cadbury Trebor Bassett, managing a national community investment programme.

What do you think are the key issues for the delivery of children's services?

  • ensuring Safe delivery of services
  • ensuring children and young peoples voices are heard and responded to in the delivery of services
  • value for money – recognising that we need to work in new and creative ways.

Tracey Thompson

Assistant Director - Business Development (North)

What is your role and expertise?

I have 19 years' experience working with a diverse range of children, young people and families in different communities. I joined The Children's Society in 1998 and have been involved in direct practice, development work and programme management.

Having worked previously within local authority youth services, I understand the processes and outcomes required to manage the provision of specialist services. As Assistant Director (North) at The Children's Society, I manage a range of strategic relationships with external partners, creating opportunities to support children, young people and their families within a rapidly changing external climate.

My expertise covers young people's participation, advice work, child sexual exploitation and young runaways. I have also worked with young refugees, asylum seekers and new migrants, and driven new work in the areas of disability, children's centres, substance misuse, mental health and looked after children.

I have a BA (Hons) degree in psychology and a Masters degree in youth and community work.

What do you think are the key issues for the delivery of children's services?

  • safeguarding
  • diversity
  • the participation of children and young people
  • partnership working
  • business effectiveness.