Parentkind appoints five new trustees to charity board

28/02/19

Following the charity’s relaunch in 2018 and in its efforts to support parents to engage in their child’s education and achieve positive home-school partnerships, the charity has broadened the expertise and experience on its board through these key appointments.

Parentkind’s new Trustees are:

Joni Alexander

Joni is currently the interim director for NUS Wales. She is a leader and manager in the charity and education sectors with roots in journalism. A mother of two young children, Joni has recently returned from a career break during which she served on boards both as a charity trustee and chair for UNA Exchange - a Welsh charity that builds youth global citizenship through international volunteering. Joni has also been a council-appointed governor for one of the largest primary schools in Cardiff.

Rob Hayter

Rob is currently a director of TPP Recruitment, where he has over 20 years' experience running NfP Executive and Non-executive searches. He has a long history of volunteering including six years’ as trustee/Chair with the National Childbirth Trust and four years as Director of an Academy Trust that opened Ealing Fields High School in 2016. A father of two school aged children, Rob desires parents to be the best they can be, providing children with the best possible support through their early years and hence was attracted to join the board by Parentkind’s ambition in this area. 

Charlie Samuda

Charlie is currently a policy adviser at the Department for Education, working on social mobility strategy. He has previously worked as an adviser to the Labour Party and has worked on education policy research at the UN, the World Economic Forum and the Harvard Kennedy School. In addition to his career Charlie is also Vice Chair of governors at Falconbrook Primary, a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, a mentor at Southbank University and a part-time voluntary youth worker.

Pat Sowa

Pat is currently the managing director of Starfish Health and Wellbeing which works with the education sector to improve mental wellbeing and create suicide-safer schools. Pat brings a wealth of expertise to the board with over thirty years’ experience across the commercial and education sectors. As a former primary head teacher, she provides a valuable perspective to Parentkind and is passionate about parents and carers having an influencing voice in education both locally and at policy level.

Mos Somji

Mos is a KPMG qualified chartered accountant.  He has professional and commercial experience from large blue chip companies to medium sized and smaller entrepreneurial business.  In recent years, he has taken on shorter-term strategic change assignments in schools in East Africa as well as in commercial and charitable businesses in the UK.  Married with three grown-up children, Mos has been a PTA member as well as a Trustee at his children’s’ schools and brings with him a passion for education as well as strong financial and operational experience.

Joe Saxton, Chair of the Board of Trustees at Parentkind, commented:

“We are delighted to have made these key appointments and are looking forward to working with each of our new Trustees.  They will bolster our existing Board and bring an impressive array of professional skills that will help Parentkind to push forward with our mission to see more parents take an active role in their child’s education at school and at home .”

Further details about our board members can be found here.

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