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Our Team

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.

  • Barbara White CIOF OBE
    Barbara White CIOF OBE
    Founder / Trustee / Fairy Godmother
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    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.

    Random Fact

    Barbara loves growing and eating garlic

  • Trevor Mills
    Trevor Mills
    Trustee
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    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.

    Random Fact

    Trevor sings with a barbershop group, The Major Oak Chorus, and he organises their charity fundraising shows.

  • Davinder Jaspal
    Davinder Jaspal
    Trustee
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    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.

    Random Fact

    Dav once did a skydive from 17,000 feet for charity and would do it again!

  • Rose Lycett
    Rose Lycett
    Finance Manager
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    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.

    Random Fact

    Rose loves fitness classes and shopping.

  • Diane Hummerston
    Diane Hummerston
    Head of Fundraising
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    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.

    Random Fact

    Diane cannot resist Rose and Violet Chocolate Creams and met President Mandela at his home in South Africa.

  • Alison Cockerill
    Alison Cockerill
    Finance Administrator
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    Prior to joining When You Wish Alison had worked for a design agency for 16 years and was their Finance Director. Alison has 2 children who have recently finished at university and is excited about this new chapter in her life and feels extremely proud to be part of the charity.

    Random Fact

    Sings as a member of the Loughborough Rock Choir and has a little pug called Archie (despite being afraid of dogs my whole life, I now love dogs!).

  • Amanda Gannon
    Amanda Gannon
    Finance Administrator
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    Amanda comes from mainly a finance background and is also a qualified beauty therapist/nail technician. Amanda is excited to work for the charity and such a great cause.

    Random Fact

    Amanda has 2 sons who take most of her time up but she still managed to climbe mount Snowdon in 2021

  • Kas Clarkin
    Kas Clarkin
    Graphic Designer
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    Kas has been with When You Wish Upon a star for 8 years. Kas 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. Kas is currently advancing her skills by studying further in advanced Art and Graphic Design.

    Random Fact

    Katie likes Batman and Star Wars.

  • Rachel Chambers
    Rachel Chambers
    Wish Coordinator
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    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.

    Random Fact

    Loves dogs and has two Labradors called Marley and Wilson

  • Nicola Langon
    Nicola Langon
    Information Co-ordinator - Wish Assistant.
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    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, along with supporting the Wish team in granting Wishes.

    Random Fact

    Likes Game of Thrones and Twilight movies

  • Pamela Rowbotham
    Pamela Rowbotham
    Administrative Assistant
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    Pam has many years’ experience of working as an administrator within Education and Social Services. Pam has also worked on budgets and was the Personnel Manager with Recruitment & Retention responsibility for a large comprehensive school. Pam is thrilled to be joining the charity and is looking forward to a new challenge.

    Random Fact

    Pam loves travelling, going to the theatre, cinema and reading.

  • Rachel Bradley
    Rachel Bradley
    National Events Fundraiser
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    Rachel joined the team in 2021 with 15 years experience working in the Events Industry Rachel is excited to be a part of the WISH team.

    Random Fact

    Rachel is a life long Boro fan #UTB and once appeared on Bargain Hunt

  • Lucinda Ellison
    Lucinda Ellison
    Regional Fundraiser - Northwest
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    Lucinda started working in the charity sector in 2015. She started working for Wish in October 2021 covering the North West. She cannot wait to develop relationships in the North so lots of new wishes can be granted.

    Random Fact

    Has an obsession with dogs!

  • Alexa Wigfield
    Alexa Wigfield
    Regional Fundraiser Midlands and South
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    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.

    Random Fact

    Alexa spent over 10 years in the Royal Navy.

  • Sarah Hey
    Sarah Hey
    Lincs/Yorks Regional Fundraiser
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    Sarah started working in the charity and not for profit sector in 2003. She joined the When You Wish Upon a Star team in March 2022, and is really excited to evolve the role of regional fundraiser for Yorkshire & Lincolnshire. She wants to ensure we have enough funds to continue granting magical wishes for many more years. Random Fact

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    Hates = being late Loves = dogs, gin and walking (not necessarily in that order!)

  • Jen Hughes
    Jen Hughes
    Regional Fundraiser Northwest
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    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.

    Random Fact

    Loves crisps dipped in Nutella - whilst listening to David Bowie

  • Judith King
    Judith King
    Regional Fundraiser Scotland
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    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.

    Random Fact

    Judith won best dressed at the Brownies Parade in Cardiff in the 80’s dressed as Minnie Mouse.

  • Claire Roden
    Claire Roden
    Fundraising Assistant
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    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.

    Random Fact

    Cat lady and biscuit pilferer.

  • Anthony Pountney
    Anthony Pountney
    Outlet and Facilities Manager
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    After relocating to Nottingham from Wolverhampton two years ago, Anthony has been our Warehouse Manager, which feeds our outlet store.

    Random Fact

    Anthony better known as Tony loves fancy dress, particularly inside a certain Wish Bear.

  • Neil Cowie
    Neil Cowie
    Warehouse Assistant
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    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.

    Random Fact

    Neil relocated from Scotland and he is a member of the Tartan Army and loves Celtic.

  • Hayley Norris
    Hayley Norris
    Outlet Assistant
  • Karen Sorockjy
    Karen Sorockjy
    Outlet Assistant
  • Lorraine Atter
    Lorraine Atter
    Outlet Assistant
  • Wish Bear
    Wish Bear
    Charity Mascot
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    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.

    Random Fact

    No challenge is too much; he has even hosted an insanity fitness class.