Our people

Without the hard work and dedication of our staff, trustees, sessional workers, consultants, panel members and volunteers, Parents for Children would be unable to provide the help needed by children in need of adoption, fostering or short break care.

Our Trustees

  • Stephanie Ellis (Chair)
  • Geoff Knox (Vice Chair)
  • Mike Bird (Treasurer & Company Secretary)
  • Vivian Akinboro
  • Bob Bessell
  • Wendy Gill
  • Alan Hardgrave
  • Dr Paul Hassan
  • Terry Nemko
  • Melissa Solomon

Parents for Children’s Director – Edwina Brocklesby

"Welcome to our new website, developed at a time of exciting opportunities in this, the 31st year of our life. 31 years ago we embarked on a pioneering mission to find permanent homes for children who have profound emotional, learning or physical disabilities.

The numbers of children with disability are rising and there is evidence of an increasing number of children with challenging behaviour. At the same time, society is facing an increasing use of alcohol and drugs, eating disorders in young women; and an all-powerful drinks industry is consistent with this culture.

I have had many years experience as a social worker with extensive experience in the fields of adoption, fostering and kinship care. Parents for Children and other voluntary organisations – the 'third sector' – have a vital role to play in continuing to highlight the needs of the most vulnerable children in our society and to optimise their chances as they move towards adulthood. I hope to be able to live up to the justifiably high reputation of my predecessors in continuing our work.

At events such as Parents for Children's 30th birthday party, held at London Zoo last summer, I never cease to be lost in admiration for those who come forward to adopt, foster and offer short break care for children with the most exceptional needs. But come forward they do. Please take some time to look at our website and read about the valuable work we do for some of the UK's most vulnerable children."

Edwina Brocklesby