Hazel Gearing – Chair

24th February 2022

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,

Samantha Davies McCardle – Vice Chair

24th February 2022

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

20th February 2022

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

Margie Thomas – Treasurer

6th November 2021

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

Amelia Thompson

30th September 2020

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

30th September 2020

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.

Nicky Brown

5th July 2020

I have always worked with children, having been a childminder.  My recent lifestyle is as a kinship carer for the last 15 years, so I have much understanding and empathy for Kinship Carers and their young people.

Abbie Wells

6th November 2019

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

Sue Cunningham

24th February 2019

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

Sharon Lee

24th May 2018

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.

Pauline Thornley

24th May 2018

Pauline  has extensive experience and expertise working in communities, developing and delivering projects led by need.  With over 20 years experience working as detached youth worker within the City and as Project Coordinator for Kinship Carers Liverpool – campaigning for

Eva Dean

23rd May 2018

Eva has worked for Kinship Carers since May 2015.  She has experience in Administration, working for over 20 years with Liverpool City Council and other local charities.

Laura Wharton

26th January 2017

I have always worked in communities, and have experience of youth work, employment and training and working with families. My most recent post was working in a credit union, so I understand financial difficulty. I am a single parent with