The Staff, Trustees and Patrons all have different roles but work together to transform children’s dreams into reality. Click on the images below to find out more about our Team.
In 1989, Barbara met a delightful little 4 year old girl Johanna who was very sick, but still managed a smile! Meeting Johanna was inspirational and seeing all the heartache they went through, inspired Barbara to start When You Wish Upon a Star in September 1990. Since then, Barbara has been an active Fairy Godmother and Trustee, granting wishes for hundreds of poorly children.
Barbara loves growing and eating garlic
Carl joined us in 1998 and has been involved in the management of the charity, liaising closely with the senior managers, fundraisers and support teams. Carl is now a regular Team leader on the Santa Express trip and acts as MC and Auctioneer at fundraising Balls.
As a valued volunteer, Carl has been on 15 Lapland visits with the charity.
Mandy is a long term supporter and fundraiser for When You Wish Upon a Star and has tackled many tough fundraiser events.
Mandy is a Wish parent to Abigail one of our former special Wish children.
Davinder qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and specialises in corporate law services. Professionally Davinder has acted pro-bono for over 10 years advising a number of charitable organisations. Most recently Davinder has been involved in organising an exclusive fundraising event at Chatsworth House raising over £3,000.
Dav once did a skydive from 17,000 feet for charity and would do it again!
Trevor is a retired Nottingham GP and NHS Medical Director with extensive governance experience. Trevor has volunteered providing medical support on our Lapland trips since 1994. He now works providing urgent health care services within the East Midlands.
Trevor sings with a barbershop group, The Major Oak Chorus, and he organises their charity fundraising shows.
Karen has been involved with When You Wish Upon a Star Charity dedicating herself for an amazing 18 years, helping to build and establish the charity and support network enabling, 1000’s of Wishes across the country. Before joining the charity sector Karen’s background was in Mortgage and Finance.
Rose is the deputy manager and has been a dedicated team member for 13 years. Rose developed the finance and compliance side of the charity accounting for all generous donations. Rose is the proud mother of two grown boys, who have given her two lovely grandsons.
Rose loves fitness classes and shopping.
Nicola joined the charity in 2016. Nicola’s role includes Compliance, Administration Management and IT co-ordinating, Nicola ensures all our Events, News and Wish stories are shared for our supporters, to see how their donations help make magical memories for our Wish children and their families.
Likes Game of Thrones and Twilight movies
With over 20 years’ experience of working within Fundraising, Diane’s priorities are to build on the excellent work the Fundraising team has done whilst continuing to grow income and the profile of the charity. Diane is thrilled to be part of such a special charity and to raising as much money as possible to grant the wishes of our amazing children.
Diane cannot resist Rose and Violet Chocolate Creams and met President Mandela at his home in South Africa.
After relocating to Nottingham from Wolverhampton two years ago, Anthony has been our Warehouse Manager, which feeds our outlet store.
Anthony better known as Tony loves fancy dress, particularly inside a certain Wish Bear.
Katie has been with When You Wish Upon a star for 8 years. Katie is lucky enough to attend our big events and Wish presentations, capturing all the magical moments on camera, for us to share with our Wish Families. Katie is currently advancing her skills by studying further in advanced Art and Graphic Design.
Katie likes Batman and Star Wars.
Alexa started her fundraising career in 2010, and has recently joined our team after 6 years of fundraising for the Stroke Association. Alexa is married with two teenage boys and was thrilled to join the fundraising team in raising more money, to grant more magical wishes.
Alexa spent over 10 years in the Royal Navy.
Nicola joined the charity in 2006. Throughout her time with the charity Nicola has had the privilege of meeting so many wonderful people, both beneficiaries and supporters who continue to be such an inspiration.
Nicola used to cross crocodile infested flooded rivers to get to her fundraising job in the outback!
Maggie joined the charity in 2008 bringing her Marketing and PR skills to the team but soon found her niche in fundraising as she wanted to help make a difference. Maggie is the proud mother of 2 adorable grown up children and feel very blessed that they are happy and healthy.
Maggie is the Junior Vice President of Vale of Belvoir Rotary Club, and a doting Nannie.
Rachel’s role is to organise individual wishes for children and be the point of contact for the family from the outset. Rachel is passionate about ensuring each wish is as special as the child we are granting the wish for. To date, some of these include a themed family holiday to Florida and a trip to Alton Towers.
Loves dogs and has two Labradors called Marley and Wilson
Sam has been a ‘Wish Fairy’nearly 15 years, arranging hundreds of magical wishes across the Northwest, working very closely with each family and ensuring every part of the child’s wish becomes that everlasting memory and the child’s dream come true…
Mother to Anna & Elsa, and famous for daily malapropisms.
After 20 years in HR & Office Management, Claire joined the team in 2017 as a fundraising assistant, having decided a huge change of direction in her career was needed. Claire is now proud to say she is part of the magic which is created for our special Wish children.
Cat lady and biscuit pilferer.
George regularly collects and delivers items and donations from around the county. As an ex Royal Air Force accounts officer, he still enjoys counting, tallying and banking funds raised. George is always on hand to do those time consuming jobs when practical assistance is needed at short notice and may never be allowed to retire!
Helen joined the charity in 2019 and is one of two new fundraisers for Yorkshire and North Lincs. She is excited about getting to know the many supporters in the area, as well as developing new relationships.
Whilst travelling and working as a housekeeper, Helen cleaned Russel Crowe’s apartment on Sydney Harbour
Ruth became part of the team in 2019 and came with a mass of experience having worked in fundraising for just over 19 years, Ruth is excited about fundraising to help create more magical Wishes and is truly amazed and inspired at the lengths supporters will go to.
Ruth lives with her husband, 4 children, a dog, cat and hamster.
Carol joined the North West Wish Team 14 years ago arranging travel and making dreams come true for our Wish Children. Carol also supports our Fundraising Team, with day to day enquires and many aspects of events, including our Winter Wonderland Spectacular each December.
Carol left sunny LA to come and be part of the amazing Wish Team!
Heather left her teaching career to join us in her dream job as our Events Coordinator! She is incredible excited to be working with a team of incredible people and to host brilliant events across the country to help support our Wish families.
Absolutely adores all things elephant related – at her happiest in the zoo!
Jen’s role is to develop long term relationships with partners. Jen looks to work with a company, school or business to understand how we can work together to make a difference, so we can ensure we have the funds to carry on granting magical wishes.
Loves crisps dipped in Nutella - whilst listening to David Bowie
Mel’s role is to develop and maintain long term relationships within the local community. Mel has several years of fundraising and event management experience and understands how we can work together to make a difference, to ensure we can grant all our children’s wishes.
Loves walking her 3 dogs on the beach every weekend
Judith was introduced to the charity by a chance meeting in 2013 and instantly loved the charity and everything that it strived to achieve. Judith’s life moto is you simply must live life in the present and enjoy every minute that you have with your loved ones.
Judith won best dressed at the Brownies Parade in Cardiff in the 80’s dressed as Minnie Mouse.
Neil has been with When You Wish Upon a Star for over 2 years, and is a valuable part of the team, which run the warehouse, Neil also helps with collecting donated goods from sponsors.
Neil relocated from Scotland and he is a member of the Tartan Army and loves Celtic.
Works part time in our warehouse, but is also a dedicated volunteer helping out at the charity events where ever she can.
Likes watching cricket.
Louise has ventured into many careers within photography, PR, fashion and most recently the theatre before joining us at When You Wish Upon a Star. Her days at WYWUAS are spent diving into boxes and searching through rails of clothing in our warehouse to find the best brand bargains for our Ebay Store.
Louise is a qualified solo sky diver, jumping from aeroplanes across the UK and USA.
Pat is the senior volunteer for the region and has volunteered for us since 1995. Pat loves nothing more than to bring a smile to a child’s face by helping to make their dream come true. Pat’s contribution to the Charity has been invaluable over the years and she was presented with the BEM in 2017 as a result of it.
Over the years Wish Bear has gone above and beyond for us, from visiting hospitals to entertaining children on their way to Lapland. He sees first-hand how amazing the charity is and how, even if for a moment, its ability to grant the wishes of seriously ill children can transform tough times for families.
No challenge is too much; he has even hosted an insanity fitness class.