Guiding our membership is our Partnership Board. They’re a group made up of elected members who are there to provide leadership, support and coordination to all members of CDC.
The Board helps to plan, facilitate and contribute to the work of CDC Members' Meetings. Our chair is Dalton Leong, CEO of the Children’s Trust, and Vice Chair is Caroline Stevens, CEO of KIDS.
Chair at CDC and Chief Executive, The Children's Trust
Dalton is chief executive of The Children’s Trust, the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury, which provides rehabilitation, care, therapy and education from its national specialist centre in Tadworth, Surrey. The organisation also runs a non-maintained special school for children with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) and offers Brain Injury Community Services across the UK.
Dalton moved to the charity sector in 2002 following a successful career in financial services. He was a founding trustee and then chief executive of The Shooting Star Children's Hospice before moving on to Global (owner of radio stations such as Capital, Heart and Classic FM) as managing director of charities and communities. He has held several trustee posts including vice chair of Children's Hospices UK (now Together for Short Lives) and vice president of Fair Play for Children’s Hospices, a campaign which helped achieve £27m funding for children’s palliative care.
Vice Chair at CDC and Chief Executive, KIDS
Caroline is the Chief Executive of KIDS, which provides play and leisure activities to over 8,000 children and young people every year.
Caroline has extensive experience in the health sector having worked as a pharmacist before then operating theatre manager before becoming managing director of a large hospital.
She's worked in the voluntary and community sector for over seven years, championing the right to an inclusive community for disabled children, young people and their families. As well as acting as Vice Chair for the Council for Disabled Children, Caroline sits on the trustee board of the Royal Surgical Aid Society.
Partnership Board Members:
Amanda Batten, CEO, Contact a Family
- Anne Ross, CEO, ADD-vance
Bernadette McLean, Principal, Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre (representing the Dyselxia SpLd Trust)
Clare Kassa, Network Development Manager, Family Fund
Jane Harris, Director of External Affairs & Social Change, National Autistic Society
Kate Williams, Director of External Affairs, Ambitious about Autism
Linda Lascelles, Chief Executive, AFASIC
Shaun Walsh, Director of External Affairs, Together for Short Lives
Maureen Morris, Co-Chair and rep for the North East and Cumbria, National Network of Parent Carer Forums
Meg Fassam-Wright, Business Development Manager, Barnardos
Octavia Holland, Director, The Communication Trust
Steve Huggett, Director, Autism Education Trust
Tara Flood, Director, Alliance for Inclusive Education