Kent and Medway Charity Team contacts
Listed below are the key people from the KM Charity Team that can help and advise you on our services to assist the charitable sector and initiatives to support and promote healthy lifestyles.
Simon is Chief Executive and the founder of the KM Charity Team. He comes from a business and journalism background having served as news editor at the East Kent Gazette series in the 1990s and running a tourism business in east Kent prior to this.
Karen is the charity’s Team Manager leading on educational services. Karen can assist schools and parent groups to launch walking buses, Super WoW! and Green Footstep schemes and advise sponsors on the benefits of supporting the project.
School Project Officer
Charlotte is a school Project Officer and event manager. Charlotte can assist schools with their home reading initiatives such as Buster's Book Club and Reading Bug. She helps stage events such as the Kent Literacy Awards and Kent Teacher of the Year.
Event and Fundraising Officer
Dominic manages the ever popular KM Big Charity Quizzes and Charity abseils which take place across the county, the annual KM Dragon Boat Race staged at Mote Park, Maidstone and the KM Assault Course Challenge which takes place at Fowlmead Country Park.
Event and Fundraising Officer
Maxine manages the KM Big Bike Ride and the educational events of Kent Cooks, Kent Cooks Professional and the cool school science showcase - KM Bright Spark Awards.
Walk to School Co-ordinator
Sarah supports schools using the green travel schemes of Active Wow and Green Footsteps as well the road safety skills package. She also supports schools using the short term walk to school initiatives of Hedgehog Hikers and Social Netwalk.
Kerry looks after the finances of the charity handling invoices, payments and financial reports for both management and Trustees.
Debbie provides support to team members delivering both educational and charitable events and initiatives organised by the KM Charity Team. Outside of work she is the Division Commissioner for GirlGuiding in Faversham.
Buster's Book Club Co-ordinator
Charli co-ordinates the children's literacy initiative Buster's Book Club and handles all elements including new school sign-up and supporting Literacy Leaders to ensure the scheme is a success.
Sara manages the IT needs of the charity supporting the websites, CRM database and providing artwork for the team.
School Project Administrator
Gabi supports schools in the Bexley and Bromley area using either green travel or home reading initiatives operated by the KM Charity Team. She also supports schools in Kent and Medway using either scheme.
Event and Fundraising Officer
Sophie is in charge of the annual KM Charity Walk and leads on organising the bulk of the charity's competitions. Sophie also manages Buster's Birthday Club, which provides regular offers and rewards for families using our walk to school and literacy initiatives.
Press and Marketing Officer
Liz looks after all media and communication stories used internally, through KM Group and by partner organisations. Her expertise is social media including Twitter and Facebook. She also supports the monthly KM Link e-newsletter sent to our mailing database.
Michael is the grants officer for the charity focusing on literacy for children and the vulnerable as well as road safety. A former creative writing teacher at the University of Kent, Michael also brings with him a wealth of experience working with charities and helping them to write grant applications and funding bids.
Kate co-ordinates the Bookbinders initiative that supports vulnerable groups to boost their literacy skills. The initiative is used by homeless charities as well as organisations supporting teenagers not in education or training, as well as parent groups linked to schools and community centres.
May provides support to the senior administrator and aids the many annual events and lifestyle initiatives organised by the KM Charity Team. Previously, May worked in insurance as a team leader and she uses her superb organisational skills, efficiency and attention to detail to great effect in her current role.
Alexander films and edits video reports for the charity which are used for news or to create toolkits used by partners associated with its educational or charity challenge events.
Denham is the KM Charity Team's IT Assistant and is developing his skills to support the configuration of the organisation's CRM database, Wordpress website and also assists generating artwork for leaflets and posters.
Bob is in charge of cleaning up the data in the charity's database. He is a former Project Officer for the KM Charity Team and was previously Energy Efficiency Officer at Hamilton Council in New Zealand.
Martin is Chairman of the Trustees and is a founder member of the charity. He is a Kent county councillor and is keen to ensure KCC supports the charity's work in reducing the number of car journeys to school and encourage healthy lifestyles.
Stuart is a consultant with 45 years experience of transport planning, specialising in local and community transport. He is Director of Thanet Community Transport. Stuart has been involved with the charity since 2003, originally representing Thanet District Council prior to his retirement.
Sharon worked in HR in London for 28 years and now runs an HR consultancy business. She's a Parish Councillor, volunteers on the Kent County Council Independent Remuneration Panel and serves as Chairman of the HR Committee of the KM Charity Team.
Jeremy is a member of the HR and Finance Committee as well as the Main Board.
Caroline is a member of the Service Delivery Committee and is passionate about the power of education to transform lives. Over 25 years she has worked to innovate and lead change in post compulsory education and training as Head of Adult Learning for Kent County Council and leading Kent Adult Education.
Graham serves on the HR and Finance committees as well as the Main Board of the KM Charity Team. He comes from a background in local government and recently worked for the Co-operative's charitable wing for six years.
Rebecca serves on the HR and Finance committees as well as the Main Board of the KM Charity Team. She comes from a background in HR and fundraising and advises the charity on both areas.
Mark has worked for 25 years in education and training. In 2014 he retired due to ill health from Kent County Council. He campaigns for the Motor Neurone Disease Association to improve services for people with the disease, and provides consultancy services to support post-16 curriculum development.
Neille is a partner at Furley Page Solicitors and has been a Trustee of the charity since 2007. He specialises in claimant industrial disease and personal injury compensation, including road accidents, accidents at work and injuries involving animals.
Ellenor Poole is a member of the HR and Finance Committee as well as the Main Board of the charity.
Aaron serves on both the Main Board and on the Finance and HR committees of the charity.
Neil Oldfield is a freelance Management Consultant, interim HRD and Change Management specialist who has worked with private, public and not-for-profit organisations for 35 years. Now semi-retired, he devotes his time to charities and serves on the Service Delivery Committee.
Barbara's passion within the charity is children's health and well-being. She actively supports the charity's new initiatives - Bright Sparks, Literacy, and Kent Cooks - as well as its range of walk to school events and services staged across Kent and Medway.
Brian Portanier launched and still operates Kent's longest running walking bus scheme at Minster Primary School, Thanet. His hands on expertise and knowledge of walk to school schemes is used across the charity.
Angela serves on both the Main Board and Service Delivery Committee.
Paul is a member of the HR and Finance Committee as well as a member of the Main Board.
David is an ex-banker with over two decades of experience managing operations and business development. Following a successful banking career, David worked as a business consultant heading the advisory arm of APEX Consults until he quit to start up a business focused on black sub-sahara Africa.
Terry Waite CBE was the Assistant for Anglican Communion Affairs for the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie, in the 1980s. As an envoy for the Church of England, he traveled to Lebanon to try to secure the release of four hostages. He was himself kidnapped and held captive from 1987 to 1991. He is president of Emmaus UK, a charity for formerly homeless people.
Phil Gallagher is best known for playing the lead part in the CBeebies Mister Maker children's television show but he is also well know for his panto roles at Canterbury's Marlowe Theatre. Phil is an active ambassador for the charity's literacy and walk to school initiatives in Kent primary schools.
Singer and television presenter Cheryl Baker had a string of hits with Bucks Fizz - the group that won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981. Her varied career has included musicals and TV work - including Celebrity Masterchef. Her career also included her own cookery series called Eggs N Baker which encouraged children to cook.
Former England rugby Captain, Catherine retired from international rugby in 2011 after winning 63 caps and scoring 18 times for her country. She won three championship titles at the Six Nations and a European Cup. Catherine is also Patron of the charity Tag Rugby Trust; sits on the Grants Board of the Women’s Sport Trust and is an ambassador for Legends Rugby.
Actor and performer Ben trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. Since graduating he has worked extensively in all areas of the profession including theatre, radio, television and film. Ben has appeared in over 100 productions in theatres UK wide and played the role of pantomime dame at the Marlowe Theatre for more than a decade.
Nick's creations include books about Percy the Park Keeper. Percy also appeared in his own animated TV series. He has written and illustrated other children's books including Thud!, The Whisperer and two books about Q Pootle 5, a space-dweller whose friends include Oopsy, Planet Dave and Tiger. Nick is a founding partner of Snapper Productions, producers of the CBeebies series Q Pootle 5.
Trevor is chairman of the Kent-based recycling company Countrystyle and was invited to become an Honorary Patron because his passion for green issues and his company's environmental innovations.