Who we are

OUR HISTORY

CHaL started as an informal group of London children’s hospice chief executives meeting on a regular basis to share knowledge,discuss issues and look for collective solutions and areas for joint working.

It quickly became clear that working together more formally would give us the opportunity to make our resources go further. Thiswould mean that we could achieve more and help more children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. CHaL was establishedas a charity in 2012, and we’ve subsequently grown to cover all children’s hospice care in London and some of the surrounding areas.

OUR STRUCTURE

CHaL has a diverse board with extensive experience across the charity sector. The board meets regularly to discuss mutually important issues, compare ways of working and ensure that our shared resources are deployed efficiently for the benefit of the children and families that we support.

Our Trustees

Sian Wicks

Chief Executive, Haven House Children’s Hospice

Sian Wicks

Chief Executive, Haven House Children’s Hospice
Siân is passionate about leading high quality children’s services ensuring that services meet the needs of the communities that we serve. She has over 38 years experience in health and social care in the NHS, Independent Sector and the Charitable sector. She brings an eclectic mix of clinical, commercial and leadership experience to Haven House Children’s Hospice. She started her career as a neonatal intensive care nurse and over the years has held Executive Director and Chief Nurse roles, alongside being an experienced Chair of Achieving for Children, a large social enterprise in London and the Southeast.
Chris Baker - Chief Executive, Richard House Children’s Hospice

Chris Baker

Chief Executive, Richard House Children’s Hospice

Chris Baker

Chief Executive, Richard House Children’s Hospice
Chris became chief executive of Richard House in July 2017, bringing with him a wealth of experience gained during a 30 year career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he rose to become a senior partner.

Paul Farthing

Chief Executive, Shooting Star Children’s Hospices

Paul Farthing

Chief Executive, Shooting Star Children’s Hospices
Paul joined Shooting Star Children’s Hospices in September 2021 as Chief Executive, bringing 25 years of extensive leadership experience in both the charity and commercial sectors. Most recently Paul was Director of Income Generation and Communications at The Children’s Trust. Previously he was Managing Director at a charity-specialist marketing communications agency, became High Value Relationships Director at Cancer Research UK and then Director of Fundraising at both Age UK and NSPCC.

Ben Alonso

Interim Chief Executive, ellenor

Ben Alonso

Interim Chief Executive, ellenor
Ben is currently interim Chief Executive at ellenor. Previously, Ben lead ellenor’s Income Generation Directorate and was responsible for driving the charity’s income generation across 14 retail shops and the fundraising team. Ben brings over 10 years of charity sector experience with him. Having previously worked at a range of regional and national charities such at the Church Urban Fund, Hospice in the Weald, Neuroblastoma Children's Cancer Alliance UK and Richard House Children's Hospice. Ben has garnered a wide breadth of fundraising experience including managing organisational change and development.

Sophie Andrews OBE

Chief Executive Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice and CHaL Chair

Sophie Andrews OBE

Chief Executive Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice and CHaL Chair
Sophie Andrews OBE joined Noah’s Ark as Chief Executive in 2020. Prior to that Sophie was Chief Executive of The Silver Line since its inception in 2012, co-founding the national charity with Dame Esther Rantzen. In 2017 she was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list in recognition of her contribution. Before that she was Deputy Chief Executive of the Wave Trust, having previously been Head of Volunteering at the NSPCC.

Lavinia Jarrett

Chief Executive, Demelza Hospice Care for Children

Lavinia Jarrett

Chief Executive, Demelza Hospice Care for Children
Lavinia has worked at Demelza since 1999 and has been part of helping the organisation grow and develop its services over the past 17 years and has been instrumental in developing a culture that strives for excellence and puts children and families at the centre of decision making. Prior to joining Demelza, Lavinia worked in primary care, developing local outreach services for both proactive and reactive healthcare needs and commissioning services from NHS Trusts and providers that best met the needs of local patients.