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Lisa Barker
Director

Lisa has over 17 years experience in the voluntary sector, managing teams and delivering strategy for international, national and local organisations. A Politics graduate, Lisa also has a Masters in Charity Management and has demonstrated success in proportionately scaling projects and organisations, including a modernisation programme for a rural womens' INGO, the rollout of training programmes at a global health charity, building stakeholder networks at various social enterprise start-ups and growing and managing volunteer contributions to local community charities. Lisa also has 11 years experience as a Trustee. Lisa has worked for We Are Family since 2019. As the first ever member of staff, Lisa has been instrumental in growing the profile, reach and impact of We Are Family. Lisa is passionate about strong governance and operational infrastructure underpinning the agile and user-led work of We Are Family. Lisa has three young children.

Sophie Rose
Head of Operations

On Parental Leave

Chris Burton
Community Development & Engagement Manager

Chris studied at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and worked as an actor before becoming a producer at BBC Greater London Radio. He has made programmes for Talk Radio, BBC Radio 2, 3,4 & 5 Live, LBC, Radio Aire and CityTalk105.9. Chris also produced Trisha Goddard for Channel 5 and The Race for Sky1 and was a visiting tutor at the University of The Arts London. From 2014-18 he was Communications Manager for First4Adoption, the DfE funded adoption information service and subsequently worked for the children’s charity, Coram. He has served on two local authority adoption panels and as a member of The National Adoption Recruitment and Matching Forum. In 2022 he wrote, “A Lifetime Of Difference: 50 Years of Coram Adoption” a publication based on interviews with families brought together by the charity. Chris is an adopted person with a passionate belief in the positive power of families. He is excited to bring his personal and professional experience to We Are Family.

Annalisa Toccara-Jones
Programme and Content Manager

Annalisa is an award-winning cultural producer, freelance communications and marketing consultant, and doctoral researcher completing a PhD in Journalism at The University of Sheffield. Annalisa's work as a PhD researcher tackles and deconstructs the effects of the global adoption system on societal narratives, exploring racial disparities, trauma-informed approaches to child welfare, and the life-long aspects of adoption. In 2016, Annalisa founded a leading social enterprise, Our Mel, dedicated to exploring cultural identity, Black history and heritage, and founded Sheffield's first Black History Month festival. Annalisa is passionate about using her skills as a communications and marketing professional to make a positive, sustainable impact in the adoption community. She believes in providing lifelong holistic support and resources for adoptees and adoptive families. Annalisa is excited to bring her expertise in storytelling, strategic communication and community engagement to We Are Family. Through her role, she aspires to foster a sense of belonging and empowerment through creative and engaging content.

Kirsten Barr
Operations Assistant

Kirsten started her career in the world of teaching, working for a charity supporting vulnerable young people who had been excluded from mainstream education. Working closely with such children, and realising the extent of their challenges, Kirsten felt prompted to move into the realm of social work. After initially working behind the scenes assessing referrals and coordinating support for families at a social care charity, Kirsten went on to qualify as a Social Worker and gained an MSc in Advanced Relationship Based Social Work Practice with Children and Families. She has worked across numerous teams in Local Authority Social Care including Fostering and Adoption, Special Guardianship, Safeguarding and Care Planning and Disabilities. Alongside this, she has received specialist training around therapeutic parenting, trauma-informed and systemic practice and Richard Rose’s Therapeutic Life Story Work, through which she supported adopted children and their birth parents. Kirsten is excited to be back in the charity sector and is looking forward to using her knowledge and experience to contribute to the We Are Family mission.

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