Trustee Board

The Board of Trustees has overall responsibility for ensuring our charity achieves its mission. Our Trustees are all specialists in their fields of expertise, bringing a broad range of experience and knowledge to help guide our charity towards bigger and better outcomes for our beneficiaries.


Dick Fedorcio OBE FPRCA - Chair of Trustees

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. 

Suzanne O'Brien

Suzanne O'Brien  CTA, ACCA, MA, MCMI - Vice Chair of Trustees

Suzanne is a qualified accountant, specialising in taxation.  With over twenty years’ senior management experience working in Dublin and in London for multinational financial services companies, she currently works as a principal lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University.  There, she is Director Student Recruitment & Student Experience, a role she loves as it gives her the opportunity to lead by example and to inspire the next generation. 

Alongside her role at CXK she is the Vice-Chair of the Board of Cross-Keys Housing, an organisation that delivers high quality and affordable housing while building communities in the Peterborough area.  She is also a trustee for BeChange, a charity that works with adults who need support to make lasting change to reach positive futures.  Passionate about excellence, committed to leading by example, she believes that both education and housing can make a positive and ongoing difference to the lives of those that want it. 

Suzanne is delighted to be the Vice-Chair of the Board of CXK.  As Chair of the Development, Fundraising and Marketing Committee, she is committed to delivering excellent oversight for our future development strategy ensuring CXK’s continued success. 


Cathy Beare

Cathy is CFO at Holiday Extras.  She joined in 1999 and her role has grown alongside the business.  When Cathy was taken on in 1999 as Financial Controller, the company had a £40 million turnover. Today, Holiday Extras operates across Europe and turns over £220 million.  

Cathy joined the board when the team conducted a management buyout in 2005.  It’s a growing business, with an entrepreneurial culture, where a talented and enthusiastic team make working in the business a real pleasure. 

Cathy was involved in fundraising £1.3 million for the MS therapy centre in 2012 and 2013, which resulted in the centre moving into its much needed new premises in January 2015.

Cathy says: “I would have benefited from some careers advice that suggested finance in an entrepreneurial environment would work well for both my skills and personality. It’s great to be able to give a little back to the local community.”

Lauren AnningLauren Anning

Lauren is currently the Dean of Higher Education at Canterbury College and is responsible for the strategic delivery of all Higher Education programmes. Prior to this role, Lauren held the position of Director of Development for the Kent Association of Further Education Colleges (KAFEC). She led the strategic planning and delivery of overarching objectives that supported the collaborative partnership between the five Kent FE colleges.

Lauren joined KAFEC in 2012 after 18 years in careers related professions, including Head  of Information & Deployment for the Connexions Service in Kent. Later, with the devolution of the service, Lauren accepted the position of Director of Delivery Support for CXK Limited. She began her career as a careers adviser, specialising in working with young people with special education needs and the NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) group.

Alongside her work as a Trustee for CXK Ltd, Lauren is also a Director of Children & Families Ltd, a Swale based charity.

                              Graham Briscoe

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. 


Jane Spurgin

Now retired from full-time employment, Jane has over 22 years’ experience in the further education sector within colleges:  at West Kent College as Head of Management Information Systems (and Clerk to the Corporation) for thirteen years and, most recently, as Director of Planning & Funding at MidKent College).  In between these posts Jane was a Partnership Director at the Learning & Skills Council and a former Director of Development for KAFEC (the Kent colleges principals’ group), roles which both embraced strategic partnership engagement and the promotion of further education across Kent & Medway.

In addition to her role as Trustee, she is the secretary of the Royal Tunbridge Wells Dance Festival (RTWDF) which organizes an annual dance competition running for eight days each February at The Assembly Hall, attracting young people from across the whole of the South East.


Sonnette Schwartz

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 till 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 when the school federated with another two schools in difficulties.

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.


Kelly Freeman

Kelly has been working in strategic communication for over twenty five years working across the public and private sectors. She 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 where her thesis was centred on measuring the effectiveness of integrated strategies in both public and private sector organisations. She 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.  She also currently sits on the Board of two charities, mentors a Communications Director in a related field through the Media Trust and is an advocate of and regular contributor to - Getting on Board – an organisation that encourages senior practitioners to sit on Boards in both the public and private sectors. She is hugely experienced in leadership communication which delivers behavioural change and business benefit. 


Christian Robinson

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. Christian has designed golf courses across the world and has always enjoyed the project management aspect of golf course design contracts. Christian is committed to ensuring that every young person receives the support they need to be able to achieve their full potential.


Sal Wilson

Sal's early career was in residential social work and therapeutic care for vulnerable young people. In the last 17 years she has specialised in successful delivery of public infrastructure projects and complex capital programmes, including a £9bn government secondary school rebuilding programme.

More recently Sal has served as a Governor of City College Brighton, supporting the financial turn around of the College which secured a "Good" Ofsted in 2016. She is the Vice Chair of the West Pier Trust.


Rosemary Gould MA Lond 

Rosemary is Chair of ‘Robert Thompson Charities at Saltwood’, which comprises of 8 almshouses (low cost housing for those in need) and its village hall. A trustee since 2007 and chair since 2011 Rosemary has led the board in bringing about significant change to the charities’ governance. She has project-managed improvements to the almshouses and since 2013, the refurbishment and re-launch of the village hall’s activities. The hall is now an attractive, popular and successful venue for the community.

Previously, Rosemary, in partnership with her husband and latterly their son, developed and ran a service to business and industry offering management training. Specialising in training managers and professional people in the skills of communication the business is now known as Originally a teacher, Rosemary worked with children and youngsters with dyslexia at the Word Blind Centre for Dyslexia, and then ran her own practice of remedial coaching, liaising with schools and supporting parents.

Rosemary says: “I love collaborating with others to make things better, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to do just that with CXK.”


Charlotte Walshe

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 now works with Canterbury Cathedral Trust securing funding for a wide range of projects, including education. Being a trustee for CXK gives her a real opportunity to contribute further to a region she has known her whole life. 



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