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.
Event and Fundraising Manager
Dominic manages the ever popular KM Big Charity Quiz 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 Betteshanger Park.
Walk to School Project Officer
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.
Jane supports schools with literacy, walk to school and road safety initiatives. She is leading on the development of Norfolk and Suffolk as well as supporting Teacher of the Year Awards.
Kerry looks after the finances of the charity handling invoices, payments and financial reports for both management and Trustees.
Sara manages the IT needs of the charity supporting the websites, CRM database and providing artwork for the team.
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.
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 an active volunteer for GirlGuiding in Faversham.
Education and Administration Project Coordinator
Buster's Book Club Co-ordinator
Kathy 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.
Buster's Book Club Co-ordinator
Kay 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.
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.
Press and Communications
Ben looks after both internal and external communications for the charity in Kent, Sussex, London and East Anglia.
Michael is the grants officer for the charity focusing on literacy for children and the vulnerable. He also delivers the Bookbinders literacy initiative. 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.
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.
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.
Aaron serves on both the Main Board and on the Finance and HR committees of the charity.
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.
Paul is a member of the Service Delivery Committee as well as the Main Board. He currently works for Barclays Bank PLC and is the Global Head for Wholesale Lending.
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 travelled 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 known 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.
Joanna has appeared as an actress in Doctors, Holby City and Little Britain, as well as working as a presenter in the UK and Australia. Since 2015, she has presented The Let's Go Club for CBeebies. She has also spent 13 years working in primary education as an expressive arts practitioner, helping improve the literacy skills of those with English as an additional language.
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.