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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

Luella Goold

Luella Goold

Include Service Manager

I believe every young person has the potential to achieve in life. But the situations they find themselves in may mean they don’t believe they can. Working for our national young carers programme means I have the opportunity to allow young people to realise their potential. We listen to them and give them a platform to share their ideas, views and experiences.

David Graham

David Graham

Safer Families Volunteer Coordinator and Admin Assistant

I am passionate about working with Refugee and Asylum Seekers. Hope is so important as it gives people a sense of purpose. Without hope, mental health becomes a bigger issue. You can see how important it is with the families we work in Lancashire. They need to have hope that their lives will get better living in the UK.

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. 

Suraya Skelland

Suraya Skelland

Corporate Participation Manager in the Youth Engagement Team

I empower young people who face injustices beyond their control to make a difference. It's a privilege to work with young people who are so passionate and committed to be the leaders of tomorrow. We give them space and work alongside them at their pace, enabling them to share their views and experiences. Hope to me is enabling young people to thrive and follow their hopes and dreams. 

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. 

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. 

Emma Sharpe

Emma Sharpe

CHHAT Practitioner

I support young carers aged 8-19 who have a parent or family member that is using drugs or alcohol. I’m motivated by the young people I work with. They are incredibly brave and resilient, they inspire me everyday and encourage me to try and reach more young people who need support. Working for The Children’s Society empowers me to feel that change can happen for children.