The Team

The Kids Network is passionate about connection and driven by fun, commitment and diversity. Meet the team that makes the magic happen.

Ops & Fundraising Team

To learn about how you can connect with TKN to donate to the work we do, you can reach out to the below team members

Jonjo Warrick Trusts Fundraising Manager

Adam Jack – Development Officer

Natalie Worms – Managing Director

Lyza Koshy – Operations Officer

Programmes Team

If you are a school or interested in becoming a volunteer mentor, please connect to one of the below team members for your borough in London

Delivery

Ruth Simmonds– Head of Programmes

Priya Nagda-Swainson – School Partnerships Manager

Joni Warner – Team Leader

Hend Abushowayb Team Leader

Hawri Ahmed – Programme Manager

Nikki Dolby – Programme Manager

David O’Rourke– Programme Manager

Niamh Lynch – Programme Officer 

TRUSTEES & CEO

Louise Johns-Shepherd

CEO

Before coming to The Kids Network, Louise was the Chief Executive of the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, the headteacher of two London schools and also worked in national education policy. Louise serves on the board of Brixton House TheatreDolly Parton’s Imagination LibraryOscars Book Prize and is a founding governor of Kings Cross Academy. Louise has a career long commitment to making sure that children have the very best experiences in their youngest years so that they can be happy and confident about themselves and their futures.

Neil Hunt

Chair

Neil’s first full time role was as teacher to children of traveller families in the West Midlands. Despite a teaching qualification he spent many years in social care working with children in need of care and protection. He joined the NSPCC, becoming Director of Child Protection. After a stint at the Home Office he became CEO at Alzheimer’s Society and then the Royal College of GPs. He has chaired many project teams and committees. Following his executive experience he is now determined to support the marvellous team at the The Kids’ Network to increase its scope and impact. “It’s incredible work’ he says.

Simon Lucey

Simon Lucey

Simon is the founder of Hype Collective, a student marketing agency that creates opportunities for young people. Over the last 3 years Hype Collective have directly employed over 600 students and funded 100+ grass roots groups. Hype Collective’s clients include Co-op, Adobe and Warner Brothers.

Naa is a Trustee at The Kids Network

Naa Acquah

DEPUTY CHAIR

Naa got involved with The Kids Network as a mentor in 2018. She works in the education charity sector managing programmes for the Transformation Trust. She was elected as the first Black Woman General Secretary of the University of Manchester Students’ Union (UMSU). She was a director of both the University of Manchester Students’ Union and the University; chairing the Board of Trustees. Naa loves spending time with her mentee every Saturday and seeing London through a child’s eyes.

Kary Van Der Horst

Kary first became involved with The Kids Network as a mentor in 2020. She currently heads People and Culture departments in the financial sector with previous experience in Corporate Affairs, both in UK and abroad. She served as Executive Vice President of the national exporters association, where she implemented initiatives for economic growth in small and medium businesses in the Dominican Republic, and is a former member of the Global Shapers Community, a World Economic Forum initiative. departments as an auditor at the National Audit Office.

Charlie Foster is Trustee at The Kids Network

Charlie Foster

Charlie works in finance and currently leads a team of 12 at RBS focussed on providing funding solutions for large companies operating in the Real Estate sector in the UK.  Banking has been an ideal setting in which to hone her skills in managing a breadth of stakeholders and in bringing together teams of individual subject matter experts, and effective people management is of particular interest to her.

Luke Hollander

Luke is a charity accountant who currently works for the City of London Corporation. He provides due diligence, training, and technical guidance relating to the Corporation’s significant grant-making portfolio, including the City Bridge Trust.  He previously built experience working with charities and government departments as an auditor at the National Audit Office.

Lucy Halton

Lucy is a former TKN mentor, and international child rights advocate. She has worked for organisations in Geneva and London advocating for the rights of children in the most vulnerable situations, all the way from local council level up to the UN. Lucy is currently Advocacy & Campaigns Manager at Lumos Foundation, where she advocates for all children to live in safe and loving families. Lucy is passionate about The Kids Network after mentoring in Hackney in 2020-2021, and cares especially about the child-led approach. In her spare time, Lucy loves spending time with her dog, Nessa, and reading.  

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