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Our people

We are a team of passionate people working together to restore young people’s hope for their future. Find out more about what this means to our leadership team, staff and trustees.

Our people

Iryna Pona

Iryna Pona

Policy and Research Manager

It is really exciting and rewarding to be part of policy and research work that shines a light on systems that fail children, identifies gaps in support and advocates for changes to make life better for all children. I associate hope with the ability make things better, of knowing that no matter how tough things are you are not on you own. Hope is important, it is somethings that keeps us going forward even when the road ahead appears challenging and unclear.  

Patricia Cook

Patricia Cook

Retail Support Manager

I’ve been with The Children’s Society for 15 years now and I enjoy working here as much now as I did when I first joined. I feel lucky to work in an amazing retail team who care about making as much money as possible in order to make a difference to the lives of the young people we support. Hope is important. However difficult things get, if there is hope, there is always something to be positive about. 

Clare Livens

Clare Livens

Head of Safeguarding and Quality Practice

As a social worker in my previous role, I was impressed by the commitment, vision and pure determination of The Children’s Society to support children most at risk. It means we continue working with families when other organisations aren’t able to. We build positive relationships - which is crucial for enabling change and making a real difference. 

Craig Weeks

Craig Weeks

Learning and Development Manager

The passion that our staff, volunteers, and supporters bring to improving the lives of young people is awe inspiring and to be able to play a part in supporting their experience with The Children's Society is an honour. For me, hope is the guide that will take us to a society that is safe, inclusive and supported. Hope is essential to create positive, meaningful change that helps to make everyone’s life better. 

Mo Ali

Mo Ali

Well-Being Practitioner and Migrant Advice Project Worker

I support young people with their well-being in school and colleges, help migrants and their families who are applying to The EU Settlement Scheme, and I support young people to get back into education. I love the energy of young people. I know the work I do has a real impact on improving their lives. Hope is essential. If you don’t have hope the belief that the potential for something good to happen disappears and life just becomes a constant struggle. 

Kevin Amponsah

Kevin Amponsah

Philanthropy Officer

I liaise with major donors, trusts and foundations to secure income, taking them on a journey to show the impact their gifts have on the children and young people we serve. Hope to me means a state of mind that acts as an enabler to believe better times will come. It means we all have something worth fighting for in our future. Instilling that hope in a young person is one of the most valuable things anyone can ever hope to achieve. 

Hilda Higiro

Hilda Higiro

Youth-Led Campaigns Officer

I work with young people affected by various situations from being trafficked, missing from home, being in care to fleeing their countries to be safe. This motivates me knowing that all children on the margins of society are supported on a wider scale. Hope to me is giving a voice to those that need it especially when they do not expect it. Being the voice and empowering young people to know that they matter, they are listened to and they can be part of the change. 

George Dunstall

George Dunstall

Coordinated Community Support Programme Manager

I am passionate about addressing the causes of poverty. We address the fragmented and often complex landscape of crisis provision available to those affected by financial crisis. To me, hope means not giving up. Not giving up on families and not giving up on pushing and striving for things to be better and more effective in addressing issues of inequality and poverty.