Dick is a leading Kent based communicator with over 40 years’ experience specialising in public sector public relations. His career started with the Greater London Council followed by spells with Basildon District Council and West Sussex County Council before joining Kent County Council as Director of Corporate Communication in 1986.
In 1993 he joined the board of the Electricity Association and from 1997 to 2012 was Director of Public Affairs for the Metropolitan Police Service where he was a member of the Commissioner’s Management Board. He now operates part-time as an independent communication consultant and also assesses public relations apprentices. He was President of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations in 1992 and in 2006 was awarded the OBE for services to policing.
Graham is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Information Technology Professional, a Certified Management Consultant and a Fellow of the British Institute of Facilities Management.
He has worked in many management services roles throughout his thirty year corporate career with Royal Sun Alliance in London, Horsham, Liverpool and Bristol encompassing many roles – project and change management, information technology, quality and customer service management, continuous improvement, transformational change, facilities management, due diligence and office and work relocations associated with company mergers and acquisitions. Graham also covers “Change Management and Facilities Management” pro-bono support to Charity, Voluntary and “Not for Profit” organisations in the south-west and south-east Wales.
Pauline became our CEO in February 2017 and brings with her a breadth of knowledge and expertise in developing high quality education, skills, training, personal development and employment opportunities.
Pauline has held many senior leadership roles across the voluntary and public sectors with an established track record in leading organisations to develop and enhance initiatives to support vulnerable children, young people, adults and families. Her passion for tackling social disadvantage and promoting an ethos of empowerment and support will strengthen CXK’s ability to build on the success and development of their high quality provision of services and programmes.
Pauline lives in Kent and devotes personal time to supporting a number of charities across India.
Barry is a qualified accountant and banker. He has extensive senior management experience, largely in the insurance and healthcare sector.
He is currently the senior independent director of East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust (EKHUFT) which is one of largest hospital trusts in England, with five hospitals and community clinics serving a local population of around 695,000 people and employing 7,000 staff.
He was previously a non-executive director of West Kent Primary Care Trust, vice chair and senior independent director of Kent Community Health NHS Trust, vice chair of Circle Housing Russet Homes and a member of the Council of People Living with Diabetes for the charity Diabetes UK.
Graeme has over 35 years experience in all aspects of the I.T industry. In addition to running a number of commercial companies, Graeme has worked for several central government departments running a number of complex transition programmes, such as international systems & communications networks, biometric collection systems, EDRMS system and a number of recent academic and professional standards schemes within the UK Cyber Security Strategy.
Graeme now provides strategic advice and guidance on data privacy (GDPR) & cyber security, programme management and training services. He is a member of the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP), the Information Assurance Advisory Committee (IAAC) and the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA). He has advised on schemes such as the Certified Cyber Professional, Cyber Essentials, Cyber Apprenticeships, Academic Centres of Excellence for Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR), and Cyber PhD Research programmes and was instrumental in the setup of the government’s flagship student bursary scheme for the cyber industry CyberFirst.
Dominic joined CXK’s Board of Trustees in May 2018 and is currently Head of NFP (Not for Profit) , Executive Search & Talent Leadership Consultancy at Rethink Group. He joined the organisation in 2009 and leads particular focus on innovative talent acquisition, people development, leadership and change.
At Rethink, Dominic leads the provision and innovation of end-to-end talent consultancy solutions within the NFP and Executive Search areas. This involves Workforce Auditing, Contract and Permanent Recruitment solutions, EVP and Brand Development, and Flexible Resource Solutions; through to Leadership & Executive Coaching, Team Consultancy / Mentoring, chairing Senior Executive Thought Leadership Meet, and developing the Search and Selection capability.
Dominic says, “For me it is all about working in partnership alongside organisations and people that do something of genuine value.”
Will has been working within the London insurance market as a global client executive working with risk managers on a day to day basis. This is to ensure that their insurance programme is fit for purpose and delivers great value. During the past three years he has also been involved in many workplace committees, such as setting up the Young Professionals Network. This is a platform which focuses on developing the skills and networks of our young professionals to not only benefit them personally, but also the business units they work for. In addition, Will is actively involved in the workplace mental health initiative which looks to provide support to individuals who suffer from poor mental health.
Will says: “Becoming a trustee of CXK is a brilliant opportunity for me to create a positive impact in people’s lives. I hope to add some youthful exuberance and energy to an impressive Trustee Board. It is vitally important for me to feel like I am adding value back to people’s lives and the Trustee role at CXK will enable me to do so.”
Anthony joined CXK in August 2016 in his role as Director of Finance. Anthony is a qualified FCCA accountant and is responsible for finance, human resources, ICT and facilities at CXK. Anthony has worked in the charity sector since 2008 holding senior finance roles. Prior to that, Anthony spent 10 years as an auditor for a top 30 firm of Chartered Accountants.
Craig has fifteen years’ experience of working in the third sector and is proud to be involved in the design and delivery of services that help to improve the lives of children, young people and families. A qualified careers adviser by trade, Craig has been in post as CXK’s Director of Operations and Quality since 2016. Prior to assuming his current position, Craig worked in a range of operational and senior management roles overseeing regional service contracts, corporate services, quality assurance, training & development and finance.
In addition to his role at CXK, Craig serves as a Board member for Careers England, the trade association for employer organisations and traders involved in the provision of products and services promoting careers education and guidance in England.
Christian is Chief Executive of the Essex Police Sports Association (EPSA), a not-for-profit organisation that provides sports, recreational and discounts to police officers and police staff. Christian works closely with all police forces across the UK and until very recently was a Non-Executive Director at the Essex Police Museum. He works in partnership with a wide range of diversity networks and with his EPSA team he continually promotes the importance of health and wellbeing within the Essex Police service.
Prior to joining Essex Police, he was a golf course architect, living in South Africa and working for Gary Player Design, and has designed golf courses across the world.
Sonette was educated in South Africa and completed her education at the University of Pretoria. She spent the first ten years of her teaching career working in Africa in a variety of schools. After immigrating to England in 1993, Sonette initially worked as an English teacher in Kent. She accepted a promotion as Head of English to Chatham Grammar School for Boys in 1997 where she remained until 2000.
In September 2000 Sonette moved to The Cornwallis School in Maidstone where she remained till 2008. In her time at Cornwallis she was Head of English, Assistant Headteacher and Head of School.
Sonette is a Trustee at CXK, a member of the Supervisory Directorate of the KMPF (Kent and Medway Progression Forum) and is a founding member of the Ashford Teaching Alliance where she leads on Initial Teacher Training. She also serves on the Senior Operational Group for the Pixl Organisation, an educational organisation interested in raising outcomes for all.
Before joining CXK as a Trustee Rosemary spent 10 years, resigning in 2017, as Trustee and later Chair of the Robert Thompson Charities. There she led the board through a period of significant change: a renovation project, and improvements to both the charities’ income and governance. As a result the board secured first prize at the Charity Governance Awards of 2015.
Previously Rosemary, along with her husband, Philip, developed and ran a service to business and industry specialising in training managers and professional people in the skills of communication. The business is now known as gouldtraining and is run by their son Alex.
Originally a teacher, Rosemary worked with children and young people at the Word Blind Centre for Dyslexia, afterwards running her own practice of remedial coaching, liaising with schools and supporting parents.
Kelly has been working in strategic communication for over twenty five years. She has held positions as Director of Communications in both Defra and the Serious Organised Crime Agency where she led internal culture building exercises for senior leaders and developed external communications strategy that met stringent targets and won awards. She led the highly successful ‘Hector’ campaign to introduce self-assessment in taxation in the UK and more recently has been working for governments in the Middle East, undertaking various assignments including strategic audits, developing communication strategy, capacity building and coaching and mentoring.
Kelly holds a Masters in Strategic Communication from Leeds University, is a former Master of the City of London Guild of PR Practitioners, and is a former winner of the International Visual Communications Association’ Career in the Industry’ Award.
Charlotte has worked and volunteered in the charity sector for ten years, with experience managing national projects, grant-giving and fundraising.
Having grown up in Bromley, Charlotte returned to Kent in 2008 and is now Head of Charity Partnerships at In Kind Direct, a UK charity connecting not-for-profit organisations and companies to help ensure that everyone has access to life’s essentials and that no usable product goes to waste.
Being a Trustee for CXK gives her a real opportunity to contribute further to a region she has known her whole life.