Stripey Stork was established in 2013. We are a charity based in Surrey started by a group of mums who wanted to see the items their babies and children no longer needed re-used in the local community.
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Karen’s role on the Trustee Board is to ensure Stripey Stork meets its legal and commercial obligations. She acts to broaden awareness of the charity’s values and priorities; and increase its visibility across a wider audience. Karen is Chair of the Partnerships Committee.
Karen is a lawyer with 20 years experience and is a partner at Healys law firm in Brighton. Much of Karen’s work involves buying and selling businesses. Karen also works closely with start-up businesses, helping them with their ownership structures and early stage fundraising.
She met Nicola when Nicola was setting up Stripey Stork and couldn’t help but be caught up by her enthusiasm and drive. What she really enjoys about working with Stripey Stork is helping to give back to those in need as she feels strongly that those who are in a position to help, even if in small ways, should do what they can and sees herself very much as sitting within this group.
The Treasurer oversees the financial affairs of Stripey Stork and ensures they are legal, constitutional and within accepted accounting practice. Jenny is a pensions actuary at Willis Towers Watson. Jenny is Chair of the Finance Committee.
When her daughter started school, she decided to spend the spare hours she had working with a charity, and having previously donated to Stripey Stork, she saw they were looking for volunteers. After she had a chat with Nicola, she ran Santa Stork 2014, then became the Treasurer and hasn’t looked back since! She loves the fact that Stripey Stork is completely different to her day job and finds it provides a good balance. She also gets to express her creative side – turning our fabulous logo into a toy stork was great fun!
Her personal highlight has been Santa Stork, especially Santa Stork 2015 when she had almost 500 children’s presents in her house in the run up to Christmas. She felt a bit like Father Christmas when they went out to the referral sources! In addition, she is proud that her work with Stripey Stork means that her young daughter has a great understanding of charity, and enjoys having a good clear out of her toys and books, putting them into a Stripey Stork pile, as well as acting as a great ambassador for the charity, telling her friends and classmates about it.
As Secretary, Margarida ensures that board meetings are properly administered and keeps the Charities Commission records up-to-date. She also ensures all policies are fit for purpose and that the charity and its people are adequately insured. Margarida is Chair of the Operations Committee.
Margarida holds a degree in Maths and Business Administration and worked for over 20 years in the insurance industry as an actuary, working for a long period as a consultant for Willis Towers Watson. She has since left to dedicate more time to her young family but has been involved with several projects and organisations, including over three years as the Treasurer of the PSA at Holmesdale School. She was drawn to Stripey Stork as she wanted to ensure that some of her time was dedicated to the local community. As Stripey Stork was a local charity and dealt with children, it seemed like a perfect match! She feels the most rewarding part is knowing how much all the hard work put in is going to be beneficial for families who are going through a rough time and it allows her to take stock, and realise how lucky most of us are with security we have in our lives. The best moments have to be Santa Stork related as the campaign gives such joy and a real sense of love to so many families.
Lynn is our HR Trustee, advising on the practical and legal implications of employing our amazing staff and looking after our hardworking team of volunteers. Lynn is Chair of the HR Committee.
Lynn has extensive experience of HR within professional services organisations but recently had itchy feet to put her knowledge and ideas to even better use, in a charitable capacity. She has supported Stripey Stork for a number of years, initially donating her young children’s outgrown toys and clothes, but more recently as part of the Caterham WI, who supported Stripey Stork as their chosen charity for two years in a row. When an opportunity arose for Stripey Stork to appoint another Trustee, Lynn found her calling and now relishes being part of such an engaged Board of Trustees, for a cause that is close to her heart.
Charlotte’s role on the Trustee Board is to ensure Stripey Stork meets its commercial obligations; she also gets involved in the financial and governance responsibilities supporting other Trustees. Charlotte is Vice Chair of the Finance Committee.
The contribution she brings is based on over twenty years experience in corporate banking across Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and London and she has looked after businesses and charities from SMEs to FTSE 250. She became aware of Stripey Stork via social media pages and was really struck by the ethos of the charity so when the opportunity presented itself for her to become a Trustee she immediately took it up. She is appreciative of having the opportunity to be part of a charity that can make such a difference in our local community and beyond and she very much enjoys the ability to support the community in which she lives.
Simon is our Trustee with a specific interest in process and technology. His focus is on ensuring our operations are robust and fit for purpose as we grow. Simon is Vice Chair of the Operations Committee.
Simon has extensive experience as a business consultant helping organisations achieve their goals through technology, processes and how they are structured. He feels strongly about equal opportunities and giving children the best start in life, regardless of their upbringing and circumstances. He is also passionate about giving back to his community and has previously volunteered as a school governor, Samaritan listener and charity treasurer. On hearing there was a Trustee vacancy at Stripey Stork and what they do, he was hugely impressed by its organisation, values, ambition and the motivated team they have built. He wanted to be part of its future success and feels very fortunate to now be making a contribution of his own.
Nazanin is our Trustee who helps us to ensure we are an inclusive charity and that young people connected with us are involved and represented in the best way. Nazanin is Vice Chair of the HR Committee.
Nazanin was born in Iran, grew up in Ukraine and moved to the UK when she was 14 years old. She has always had a passion to help children, which is why she set up Powertutors in 2016, a tutoring agency focused on children with special educational needs. Nazanin first became aware of Stripey Stork during lockdown when a parent told her about this amazing charity who helps local families who are struggling. Since then, she has been totally amazed by the impact they have within the community. She feels that being part of such an incredible charity is an honour and she loves using her experience to help make a difference where she lives and works.
Trudy’s role as a Trustee is to ensure we continue to meet the needs of children and families, and that our service complements the strategic priorities of the health and social care teams across the county. Trudy is Vice Chair of the Partnerships Committee.
Trudy has over 35 years’ experience working across the NHS in the south east, and is a registered nurse and midwife with a passion to address health inequalities. Trudy’s current role is Executive Director of Children’s Community Services across Surrey. She also leads the health response to Asylum seeking children and families, as well as other pivotal roles to do with family and children’s health in Surrey. She first met Stripey Stork’s founder, Nicola, back in 2015 when she was working for First Community Health and Care and setting up the Health Inclusion team. Trudy was so impressed with Stripey Stork’s response in supporting the Gypsy Roma and Travelling communities, she wanted to be able to give something back when the opportunity arose. In her Trustee role she helps to continue to connect and integrate the charity into the NHS to ensure we continue to reach the most vulnerable and address health inequalities across Surrey.
Lena is the Head of Primary Care Network Development/Refugee and Asylum Seeker Service and an NHS Workforce Race Equality Standards (WRES) Expert. As a health visitor she was one of the original referral partners to Stripey Stork, and her insight and support has helped us to develop our service. She continues to connect us to health partners across the county and most recently to those providing support for refugees and asylum seekers arriving in the area.
Barbara is a Professor of Health Economic at Kings College, London. Her knowledge of data collection, evaluation and how it can shape the design of the work we do has been really valuable. She is a local parent who has donated and volunteered with Stripey Stork since we started in 2013.
Rich is a local teacher and the Chair of Merstham Cricket Club. As someone who is active and valued in the local community, he has great connection with the families we work with. A long-time supporter of Stripey Stork, he ran the virtual marathon for us in 2020 and can often be seen sporting his bright orange Team Stork t-shirt.
Lisa is the Clinical Service Manager for the Gypsy, Roma Traveller and Inclusion Health team which is part of Children and Family Health Surrey. Lisa and her team have been regular referral partners since our service began. Her insight and frontline knowledge of the challenges and needs allows us to adapt and shape the service to achieve the best outcomes for families and children across the county.
Charlotte is the CEO of I Choose Freedom (who provide refuge space and support in Surrey) and is a campaigner for the rights of victims of domestic abuse. Charlotte is a survivor of domestic abuse. Her ex-husband was imprisoned in 2011 for violent offences he perpetrated against her and other women. She and her team work closely with Stripey Stork to ensure that our service compliments the lifesaving support they provide.
Hollie is a local parent whose family have valued the support they received from Stripey Stork. As someone who lives with ADHD, and who supports a daughter with ASD and ADHD, she is well placed to advise Stripey Stork how we might help our volunteers and the families we support who are neurodivergent. She is currently studying Forensic Psychology at the Open University.
Angie is a passionate fundraiser having worked in the charity sector for over 30 years in many charities including The Children’s Trust, British Red Cross, Crisis, Breast Cancer Campaign and Liveability. She is currently the Senior Philanthropy Manager at the Children’s Trust. A local parent who is active in the community, she supports local charities like YMCA East Surrey and Stripey Stork with practical advice and funding insight.
As the Chief Executive, Nicola has responsibility for leading the organisation to fulfil its purpose and for reporting to the Board of Trustees.
She acts as a spokesperson and figurehead for Stripey Stork and is focused on our mission to alleviate the impacts of childhood poverty by providing a practical way for families to help each other with kindness and purpose. Contact Nicola on email@example.com.
Nicola grew up in Northumberland and was the first person in her family to go to university. After university she settled into a career in banking and financial services that saw her live and work in Australia and Norway as well as in various cities in the UK. The roles she held always had a focus on transformation and change, and she brings that experience to her work in the voluntary sector.
She founded Stripey Stork after trying to find a home for all the baby clothes, toys and other items her children no longer needed. She realised there was a gap for someone to act as the conduit between those who had items to give and those who so desperately needed them.
Nicola has always envisaged Stripey Stork as being a real community venture – local families helping local families – but managed and developed in such a way that other communities can be inspired to adopt the concept in their area too.
In June 2021 Nicola was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant for Surrey. More details about the Surrey Lieutenancy can be found here.
Sara is our Operations Manager, leading the growing team of Team Stork staff and volunteers in our warehouse.
Her job is ensuring that the day-to-day operations are delivered effectively, and helping to plan for the organisation’s future. Contact Sara on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sara has worked in the not-for-profit sector for almost twenty years as a manger of projects and people. From running festivals and managing events, she eventually moved into team and programme management, being a key part of the development and growth of a number of charities and their diverse teams of staff and volunteers. During her career she has worked extensively with under-represented groups including LGBTQ+ artists, refugee groups and those from low income or working class backgrounds. She is passionate about alleviating childhood poverty and supporting families, and for the last three years she has been a Trustee for another small baby bank in West Sussex. This experience introduced her to the fantastic work of Stripey Stork, admiring the way they offered their support to other organisations. She is absolutely delighted to be leading the Operations Team at Stripey Stork, and feels privileged coming to work every day knowing that she is having a real impact on the lives of local families. Sara lives in West Sussex and has two young daughters. She loves reading, plants, and drinking too much coffee.
Nancy is our Office Manager, responsible for the smooth running of the Stripey Stork office.
She supports the core team, co-ordinates resources and organises our office workspace. Contact Nancy on email@example.com.
Nancy’s love of of decluttering and space planning was born from project managing her own house build in Redhill, which she describes as “interesting” especially when living on site, with her husband and young daughter, during the build with no roof! Prior to this, she worked at Willis Towers Watson (also one of our corporate partners) providing project management support for de-risking pension schemes. Nancy loves organising and supporting the Stripey Stork team in all that they do. She was looking for a role which would contribute to making a real difference in people’s lives. She feels motivated by seeing people give their time (through volunteering) and/or possessions (through donations), that they have once loved, to a new home. At the end of each week, she feels fantastic in knowing that she has been part of something very positive and worthwhile. Nancy lived in South African for 20 years but loves the community feel of the area she now lives.
Lydia has responsibility for stock management. She puts together the monthly wish lists and is the point of contact for anyone wishing to make a donation.
Contact Lydia on firstname.lastname@example.org.
She loves meeting the families who bring the items their families no longer need along to our donation events. Before coming to Stripey Stork, Lydia had been working in magazine publishing for over 15 years and was the Production Manager on Good Housekeeping magazine. She feels really lucky in her role as she gets rewarding moments on a weekly basis, saying it’s always lovely to be able to re-home a more unusual item like a triple buggy or have just the perfect Peppa Pig duvet cover when the request comes in. She feels very fortunate that Stripey Stork always receive such great quality donations and that she can see the difference they can make to a family in need. She also loves being part of a team that makes a real difference to people’s lives.
Elaine’s role is to oversee the Referrals Team, as well as liaise with new referral partners that might need our service, whether they be local, regional or one of our potential delivery hubs.
Contact Elaine on email@example.com.
Elaine first came to us as a long time volunteer, so you could say she’s Team Stork through and through. She then worked alongside Sonya as a Referrals Co-ordinator where she was instrumental is setting up our regional delivery service, before progressing to Referrals Team Lead.
Elaine lives in Reigate with her husband, two children and their dog, the newest addition to the family. They run their own family business, Crumbs Brewing, which uses leftover bread from Chalk Hills Bakery to make delicious craft beers. Prior to having children she worked in market research on brands such as Pringles, Clearasil and E45. She loved getting to know the consumer and understand their needs, a principle which will serve her well as she fulfils orders for our referral partners and their supported families. In her spare time, Elaine loves travelling and discovering new places with her family.
Sonya – along with her job share (Hannah) – are the first point of contact for all the referral sources who use our service.
They are responsible for managing the end-to-end referral process including ensuring that orders are prepared ready for collection. You can contact them both on their shared email firstname.lastname@example.org or Sonya individually on email@example.com.
Sonya has worked in the voluntary sector most of her working life, starting with the Surrey Domestic Violence Project and then Surrey Women’s Aid before moving to Breakthrough Breast Cancer/Breast Cancer Now. In her role at Stripey Stork she hears stories about families in desperate need on a daily basis which can be challenging, but she feels lucky to meet so many incredible people doing incredible work to help them which makes it so rewarding. What keeps her inspired is hearing stories of what happened to donated items that we’ve sent out and the real difference it’s made to someone’s life.
Hannah – along with her job share (Sonya) – are the first point of contact for all the referral sources who use our service.
They are responsible for managing the end-to-end referral process including ensuring that orders are prepared ready for collection. You can contact them both on their shared email firstname.lastname@example.org or Hannah individually on email@example.com.
Hannah started her career as a primary school teacher. After taking some time out to raise her family, Hannah discovered Stripey Stork through a friend and started volunteering with us. She instantly loved the sense of community in the warehouse, as well as always being kept busy with new opportunities for learning. It’s a cause that she feels so passionate about, so when the opportunity arose to join the Referrals Team she jumped at the chance. She loves being part of a charity that’s close to her heart and playing an integral role in helping so many local families.
Ruth’s role is to lead the Volunteer Team to help ensure our volunteer resources are used effectively and it’s a positive experience for all. As we expand our reach across Surrey, we will increase our opening hours to ensure that volunteering with Stripey Stork is accessible to all who want to give up their time to help.
Contact Ruth on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ruth has had a varied career, but for the last 20 years her passion has been supporting families and individuals who are struggling for a variety of different reasons. Initially as a foster carer while her children were young, then supporting families who foster across Surrey, and more recently as a social prescriber in GP surgeries.
Motivated to make a difference in the local community, she has volunteered with local charities such as Welcare and Renewed Hope and since being elected as a Green party borough councillor in 2019 has particularly enjoyed the opportunity to connect with and support the amazing work done by local charities and individuals. Ruth has previously referred families to Stripey Stork and been impressed with the quality, care and thoughtfulness put into everything.
Ruth lives in Earlswood with her husband and enjoys making sourdough bread, long-distance walks and printmaking projects. Their two adult children have moved away from the area so visits to see them are always enjoyed.
Laura is responsible for managing our volunteer sessions.
Laura is the first point of contact for anyone looking to volunteer at Stripey Stork, and oversees the day to day activities of our regular volunteers. She also arranges and manages our corporate volunteer sessions. You can contact the Volunteers Team on the shared email email@example.com or Laura individually on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laura has volunteering in her blood and a passion for giving children the best possible start in life, so Stripey Stork was the natural choice when she was looking for a new volunteering venture in 2019. She’s not looked back since! She takes great pride and pleasure in organising the generous donations we receive and loves turning them into amazing packages for families experiencing hardship. She originally started out in the travel industry working in training for KLM and Intercontinental Hotel Group, before retraining as a primary school teacher. Teaching mainly in inner city London, but also working at schools in Tanzania and Taiwan before joining Roehampton University’s Initial Teacher Training team, mentoring student teachers at schools across London. Having worked closely with children and families from disadvantaged backgrounds, she’s seen first hand the difference that the level of support we give can make to these families and feels this is where she needs to be, making a difference to people’s lives. She lives in Reigate with her partner and their little boy and besides a love of all things food, they enjoy muddy walks and trips to the seaside, whatever the weather. A true northern soul!
Victoria is responsible for recruiting, planning and co-ordinating after school Duke of Edinburgh Award volunteering placements for young people who are looking for a rewarding experience supporting and working with Stripey Stork.
Another area of her work is to involve pupils from local schools in the work that we do. If you are interested in one of these opportunities, contact Victoria on email@example.com.
Victoria has a background of 26 years working in education in many different settings. She has always had a passion for improving the lives of all the children and families she has worked with. Victoria was introduced to Stripey Stork when she was a referral partner in a previous role. She explained she was always very humbled by the care, consideration and detail that went into the wonderful gifts that Stripey Stork provided for the families she was working with at that time. Victoria was thrilled to be offered this new and exciting role. She lives in Nutfield with her husband, they have three grown up daughters and two grandchildren. Her interests include yoga, pilates, salsa, travel and spending quality time with her family.
Sophie’s role is to develop partnerships with our current funders, identifying new funding opportunities and building new relationships with potential funders.
Contact Sophie on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sophie has always had a heart for social justice, and is inspired by the work of Stripey Stork, helping vulnerable families across Surrey. She has worked for over a decade with international NGOs, fundraising and developing new programmes. Prior to that she worked as a retail buyer, negotiating contracts with suppliers. When her husband’s job took them overseas, she raised a family in Istanbul and Durban, and had the privilege of volunteering with organisations that helped some of the world’s most vulnerable. She has maintained her international interest by being Chair of a charity in South Africa for the last four years. Moving back to Reigate she heard many wonderful stories about the work of Stripey Stork, so was delighted to join the team. Sophie lives in Reigate and is mum to four boys.
Hazel’s role is to process the flow of donations and manage expenditure, ensuring everything is recorded correctly in order to support Sophie, our Funding, Finance and Impact Manager along with Jenny, our Treasurer.
Contact Hazel on email@example.com.
Hazel has a background in banking and finance and started her career in at the deep end, enjoying a challenging role looking after high net worth individuals, many of whom were philanthropists. After having a family Hazel took on bookkeeping roles with several companies and began volunteering within the local community as Chair of PTA at the local school and running the village Brownie group. She is also a keen environmentalist and belongs to an Eco group which aims to encourage and educate others to make changes to support the environment. Hazel had been learning about the value of the circular economy and jumped at the opportunity to put her financial skills to work for Stripey Stork, whose ethos of helping others whilst keeping clothes and toys out of landfill really struck a chord. She loves being part of such a strong team and making a difference to families in need.
Abbie is our Project Manager and is based at our second site in Raven House, Redhill, where she co-ordinates some of our bigger campaigns such as School Days and Santa Stork.
Contact Abbie on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Abbie first heard about Stripey Stork soon after her daughter was born and she helped at one of the initial clothes sorting sessions in 2014. She starting volunteering regularly when both her children started school and instantly loved the sense of community and friendliness at Stripey Stork. When the Santa Stork Project Manager role came up in 2020 she saw it as an opportunity to put her previous project management experience to good use. Little did she know that the team would deliver over 5,000 presents to children and parents that year, far more than planned due to the financial impact of the pandemic on local families. It was an extremely busy, but truly rewarding 10 weeks. She immediately felt part of Team Stork and was thrilled to be recruited as Volunteer Coordinator, from which she has now progressed to Project Manager.
In her previous career she was a project manager and business analyst for 15 years, where she worked for a number of companies including PlayStation & BT, her final project being the launch of the Mothercare website just before going on maternity leave herself! Abbie has hit the ground running, a real people person with a ‘can do’ attitude means she fits right in with our volunteers, we feel so lucky to have her on the team.
Jayne is responsible for the content that is shared across our social media platforms, in our newsletters and on our website.
Contact Jayne on email@example.com.
Jayne has a background in digital marketing, having worked for First Choice Holidays and lastminute.com. She first heard about Stripey Stork when she was looking to pass on some of the baby clothes she had. Each year her family support the Santa Stork campaign by getting the children to choose a gift for a child and donating it to the campaign. Once her children were all at school, Jayne was looking for something and volunteering at Stripey Stork was an obvious choice. Being in the warehouse and checking equipment and making up clothing packs really felt like she was making a difference. When the Marketing Executive role became available it was the perfect opportunity to get back to work and use her previous experience whilst supporting a worthwhile cause. She loves being able to hear the stories of where the donations have come from and who they are going to and knows that it’s important to share these, sensitively, with our supporters. Jayne loves being part of Team Stork and enjoys knowing she’s using her skills to help get the Stripey Stork message out to as many people as possible. Jayne lives in Kenley with her husband and three children. They love travelling and exploring new places at home and abroad.
Dhanuja is a Certified Salesforce Administrator responsible for optimising the platform we use to manage our referrals process and volunteer support. She plays a crucial role in ensuring the smooth running of our operations.
Feel free to contact Dhanuja on firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how we are using Salesforce to make a difference.
Driven by a passion for technology and a commitment to our mission, she brings with her a wealth of experience in designing, implementing and maintaining customised Salesforce initiatives. She has worked on a variety of projects delivering high-quality, technical solutions. Her collaboration with charities like the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Villiers Park Educational Trust reflect her dedication to using technology for social good.
Utilising her experience and aptitude for technology, Dhanuja finds tailored solutions which enable the team to make a difference to the lives of others. Her work ensures that data is managed efficiently and our system is continuously developed to meet demand, allowing us to focus on what matters most – providing essential items for local families. She believes in empowering change, one solution at a time, and we couldn’t agree more.