Struan Campbell joined the trustee board of We Are Family in 2019. He is Director of Education at The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, one of the four Inns of Court that you must join to become a barrister.... Struan has a background in widening participation in higher education and in improving access to the professions. Struan is also a trustee of the National Justice Museum, which is based in Nottingham and has education centres in Manchester and London. As someone who has recently gone through the adoption process, Struan is keen to see peer to peer support grow. As a specialist in running diversity programmes, he also wants to support We Are Family to reach all families, no matter their background, through an evidence-based approach. Struan is a member of the Board’s Programmes and Strategy Committee.
Liz Hocter has been a member of We Are Family since 2014 and joined the board as a trustee in 2021. She is a qualified HR professional and works principally with organisations that are experiencing significant growth or transformation.... Liz is also a skilled communications specialist with a background in developing strategic and technical content to build employee engagement and create sustainable behavioural change. In 2018, Liz founded a specialist workplace consultancy, advising investment funds on hiring, communications and change management. Liz is studying an MSc in organisational psychology and is an adoptive parent to two children. Liz is a member of the Board’s Programmes and Strategy Committee and the Finance, Fundraising and Resources Committee and is the trustee lead for HR.
Mark Hoult-Allen (Chair)
Mark Hoult-Allen (Chair) joined the board of We Are Family in 2019 and was appointed to the Chair on March 2020. Mark began his career in stage and theatre management and also held a number of roles in arts funding including Head of National Touring and then Director of Business Process for Arts Council England.... Following the Arts Council, Mark spent nearly seven years at Comic Relief, first as Head of Grants Operations and then Head of Business Planning & Process. Mark has been a school governor and has held directorships and trusteeships in a number of not-for-profit arts organisations. Mark is now a freelance consultant specialising in charity governance, compliance, and risk. Mark and his partner have two adopted boys, one in his late teens and one in his early 20s. Mark is the trustee lead for data protection and sits on both the Finance, Fundraising and Resources Committee and the Programmes and Strategy Committee.
Sam Fletcher joined We Are Family as a trustee in March 2018 with over 20 years’ experience in a variety of senior finance roles, the last 9 of which have been as FD / CFO in the online travel sector working for TripAdvisor for 7 years and latterly, for a UK based online ferry travel marketplace.... She has extensive experience of working with multi-disciplinary global teams in fast paced environments along with in-depth experience of audit & compliance, strategy, analytics and reporting. Whilst not an adoptive parent, Sam and her husband have undertaken the full adoption training process and have some experience of the impact of early childhood trauma. Sam is also an approved respite foster carer and chairs We Are Family’s Finance, Fundraising & Resources Committee.
Diane McGrath joined We Are Family as a trustee in 2020 and is the mother of two adopted sons. A British/American national, Diane has 20+ years’ experience in senior business development and global marketing roles for companies including Disney, Procter & Gamble, McKinsey and Reckitt Benckiser.... She has also worked for several nonprofits, such as Sesame Workshop, where she launched Sesame Street in South Africa, Russia and Poland. Most recently, she was on the governing board of Brighter Children, a charity bringing education to impoverished communities around the world, as well as a fellow for Team4Tech, a nonprofit using technology to increase access to education in developing nations. Diane also oversaw fundraising for a local school district in California, raising £3.5M with a team of 60 volunteers. Diane holds a joint MBA/MA from The Wharton School/The Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. Diane is a member of the Board’s Programmes and Strategy Committee.
Stuart Meek joined the board of We Are Family in February 2021, having adopted his son in 2013. He is an operations director in the rail industry and has worked in TfL and train operating companies in the UK and abroad.... He specialises in strategic change, trade union negotiation and crisis management. Stuart is a member of the Board’s Programme and Strategy Committee and Finance, Fundraising and Resources Committee.
Miranda Mercado Gregory
Miranda Mercado Gregory has been a trustee of We Are Family since August 2015 when it became a charity. Miranda was instrumental in the inception of We Are Family, having started an adoption support group in Southwark in March 2013.... She was the founder of WAF Southwark, covering most local authority areas south of the Thames. In 2016 Miranda was nominated for and awarded a Civic Award from Southwark in recognition of her work for Southwark Council and the South London Adoption & Permanence Consortium. In 2016 she began her own online business which allows her to work from home and still be a full-time mum to her adoptive son.
Sobia Shamim joined the We Are Family board as a trustee in February 2021. She is a certified accountant and a commercial and international finance director with over 20 years’ experience in various senior finance roles.... Past employers include British Airways, Cadbury's and Revlon and she is currently working as an FD in the media industry, Sobia has extensive experience in personnel leadership, process improvement and finance & business performance delivery within global blue-chip, FMCG and tech environments, with a strong focus on financial oversight, risk management and internal controls. Sobia is a member of the Board’s Finance, Fundraising and Resources Committee.
Andrew Taylor-Dawson joined the trustee board of We Are Family in 2020. He is Development Manager at the human rights organisation Liberty, where he manages membership and individual giving.... Andrew's core experience is in fundraising, campaigning and communications. He is a co-founder of Fundraising Space, a community that supports learning in the sector and he sits on the board of Board of Global Justice Now as National Secretary. He is an adoptive father and writes a blog about his personal experiences as well the wider issues surrounding adoption and child permanence. Being on the We Are Family board is a way for him to bring together his professional experience and life as an adopter, while helping other adoptive families. Andrew is a member of the Board’s Finance, Fundraising and Resources Committee.
Jody Tranter became a trustee of We Are Family in March 2018, having adopted two children with his partner in September 2017. The local network of adopters and supportive, understanding community that We Are Family has provided has been integral in their adjustment to the early growing pains of their new family.... Jody is an Assistant Head Teacher at an Islington Primary School, responsible for inclusion, behaviour and Trauma Informed practice. He is also a Guest Lecturer in Behaviour Management for PGCE students at Roehampton University and an Intermediate Tutor of Team Teach positive handling & de-escalation. Having originally trained as an actor, Jody likes to keep his hand in by producing and directing fringe theatre, teaching young people performance skills, as well as maintaining a handy sideline in mystery dining and hotel visits. Jody has an MA in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies from the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust. Jody is the trustee lead for safeguarding and also sits on the Board’s Programmes and Strategy Committee.
Stephanie Wong joined the trustee board of We Are Family in December 2020. She is a Digital Strategist, currently driving commercial data innovation at ITV plc.... She has over 10 years Data and Digital Media experience and was previously Head of Digital Targeting at The Financial Times. Her expertise lies in emerging technology and strategy utilising disruptive data, such as AI and Machine Learning. She's particularly drawn to We Are Family's focus on building a strong parenting community network. Adoption and parent-child relationship development lie extremely close to her heart. Although not an adoptive parent herself, Steph's aunt was adopted at a young age and played a significant role in her upbringing. She wants to support the vision to reach more families and supercharge the digital transformation of We Are Family's services online. Stephanie is a member of the Board’s Programme’s and Strategy Committee.