Meet Our Trustees

Hazel Gearing – Chair


Hazel is currently chair of the Trustees, a role she is very proud of.  She is a Kinship Carer, a retired Social Worker/Mental Health Practitioner and has over 40 years’ experience of working with Kinship families for the Local Authority, Barnardo’s and the NHS. For the past 7 years Hazel has been involved in the ‘Kinship Nans Together’ group, a small support group originally set up by CAMHS, Alder Hey in 2006 which is still going strong!


Samantha Davies McCardle – Vice Chair


Sam is a previous kinship child and currently works in LCC Targeted Services with the local authority and also has vast experience with Youth Service.   She has been involved with Kinship Carers Liverpool for over 15 years.

Colette Cadwallader – Secretary


Colette has many years’ experience working in the Troubled Families & Early Help Teams at LCC, and Youth Services across Merseyside.

Margie Thomas – Treasurer


Margie is a Kinship Carer who has 5 grandchildren 3 of whom she and her her husband have raised,  2 have since moved on, she still has her  15 year old grandson living with her.  Margie is a very active carer inside and outside Kinship Carers Project, she takes the lead in fundraising events and many other activities within the group.

Amelia Thompson


Amelia Thompson LLB (Hons) Solicitor (Family Law)  works for MSB Solicitors and is a very busy young mum.  Amelia has a great deal of knowledge of issues faced by Kinship Families.

Elle Kielty


Elle is one of our youngest Kinship Carers who raises  two of teenage sisters.  Elle has a Master in Child Psychology and secured a job in the field of Mental Health.

Abbie Wells


Abbie was a kinship child and and is very active in campaigning Westminster.  Abbie took part in the first ever Young Persons Voice Conference and spoke to an audience of Social Carers and Educational professionals.  Abbie  now supports our young people to get their voices heard, most recently this included the Parliamentary Task Force report.

Sue Cunningham


Sue is now retired after a 38-year career in Local Government, Health/Social Work; Public Administration and Management. Kinship Carers is close to her heart with lived experience of the challenges facing kinship families. With two elderly parents, and a dad with dementia, her mission is to continue to support them at home.

In her fun time, Sue is involved in writing groups and performing poetry and is about to undertake a scriptwriting project with the Everyman. Her mantra is ‘Just keep going, show up, and be positive.’

Sharon Lee


Sharon is Centre Manager of Ellergreen Community Centre with wide ranging knowledge and experience of grass roots projects, as well as roles in the Youth Service.