Chief Executive Officer
Sarah joined us in 2021 as Chief Executive and is responsible for the strategic development and leadership of Whizz-Kidz. Sarah joined following six years as Chief Executive of Heart of Kent Hospice. Before this, she spent 15 years leading fundraising teams in charities including Breast Cancer Care, The National Autistic Society and RNID as well as five years in the commercial sector. Sarah is a Trustee of CoppaFeel! In her spare time, Sarah loves running and walking, and particularly likes ‘bagging peaks’ in the Lake District with her husband and two daughters. Sarah is passionate about ensuring young people continue to have a central voice in the development and work of Whizz-Kidz.
Director of Finance
Frank was appointed Director of Finance in January 2010, with additional responsibilities for Information Technology and Administration. Frank joined Whizz-Kidz following a lengthy and varied career with the healthcare company Bausch & Lomb, where most recently he held the post of Finance Director for their UK and Ireland marketing subsidiary. Frank is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Director of Services
Jon Sawford joined us in October 2016 as our Operations and Services Director. He has responsibility for Clinical services, young people’s life skills services and our NHS Services at Tower Hamlets and Southend Wheel Chair Services. Jon joined from a lengthy career in the private sector working in FTSE 100 companies across Automotive Services, Financial Services and Utilities in senior operational roles. Jon is an advanced open water diver and has a keen interest in the welfare of our oceans and the sea life they support.
Director of Strategy and Innovation
Malcolm brings over 20 years’ experience in the not for profit sector, specifically within fundraising, marketing and communications. He joined Whizz-Kidz in January 2017, coming from the British Lung Foundation. Malcolm has worked across a range of not for profit organisations, after a ten year career in the political sector, working as a party agent for the Conservatives. Malcolm is working with Whizz-Kidz to further develop partnership and innovative projects that engage and excite our donors and add value to the lives of those with whom we work. During his spare time, you can find Malcolm and his dog Roxy patrolling the canals of North London.
Director of Fundraising
Matt spent more than 20 years working in corporate banking before moving into the Not-For-Profit sector nine years ago. He has developed specialisms within partnership fundraising through roles at various organisations and now uses his wealth of experience and passion for staff development to lead Whizz-Kidz’s award winning fundraising team. He also sits on Missing People’s Fundraising Advisory Committee as well as mentoring people who are looking to transition into the fundraising sector.
Director of People and Engagement
Following a long stint in HR in the Publishing sector, Tania decided to broaden her horizons. As a result, she joined Whizz-Kidz as part-time Director of People and Engagement for Whizz Kidz, while continuing to coach individuals, and deliver leadership programmes in a variety of sectors. Previously, Tania led the HR function of Nature and Macmillan, one of the world’s most renowned scientific, academic and education publishers, during a period of transformation from a regionally organised, traditional, print-based business to a global digital and data-driven information provider. She is passionate about helping individuals reach their full potential, and in so doing, creating an environment where all colleagues can thrive.