Management & Trustees

Mrs Karen Parsons - Chief Executive

Karen has worked and volunteered within the children’s voluntary sector for over 25 years both in sector development and workforce reform. Karen works on a variety of local, regional and national forums and is an active member of local and regional VCS consortia. Karen represents the sector on a number of the Children and Young Peoples Strategic Partnerships and Local Safeguarding Boards and strives for voluntary sector engagement in strategy and policy development. With many years working in the delivery of training and qualifications, one of Karen’s areas of work is in the field of Safeguarding and supporting organisations to understand and apply their responsibilities in keeping Children and Young people safe. Karen has been a strong advocate of Safe Network since its first beginnings.


Mrs Kate Truscott - Chair

Kate has recently retired from Director of HR & Diversity Humber Foundation Trust. She has 18 years’ experience as a Director of Workforce and HR in the NHS and brings that with more than 35 years as an HR professional. Kate first joined us as a Trustee in November 1999 and was our Chair from December 2003 for six years. She was re-appointed in July 2013

Mr Nigel Sisley

Over 30 years ago Nigel saw an early end to a promising career in professional football through injury and turned his hand to business management. For the next twenty years this took him around the world on various projects firstly within the media sector and then engineering and construction.
Further health issues led to another change of direction and introduced Nigel into the Third Sector in which he has spent the last 14 years as a school governor and then becoming a Justice of the Peace in 2003, assisting various local charities and also being appointed to the Board of Children’s Links in 2005.
Married to Linda with two grown up children, Nigel has a passion for cooking and is a part trained chef. He trains young people that cooking is fun and creative whatever their abilities, enjoys watching sports, films and anything that can make you laugh.

Mr Tony Maione

Tony is a solicitor and the Monitoring Officer and Group Manager of Legal and Democratic Services for North East Lincolnshire Council. Tony has over 5 years’ experience as a senior manager within the legal services function of local government.

Tony was appointed as a Trustee in March 2009.

Ms Rachel Croft

Rachel Croft has 14 years experience within the Learning and Skills sector and is currently a Relationship Manager with the Skills Funding Agency. Outside of work, Rachel is a keen swimmer and enjoys reading and in looking to carry out some further volunteering work. She joined the board of Children’s Links in December 2012.

Mrs Susan Fletcher

Susan is Head of HR and Learning in Lincolnshire County Council. She has a Human Resources and Organisational Development background having worked in the Public Sector for more than 25 years. Susan originally worked in Boston College and with people with learning disabilities then in Mental Health, Acute, Primary Care and East Midlands Ambulance Service before becoming an independent consultant and then commencing with the Local Authority as Head of HR in Children’s Services. Children’s Services is her passion – having been a Governor at her daughters’ primary school. Susan was appointed in December 2012.

Mr Al Wright

Al is a Senior IT Manager and he has experinece in working with and impletementing new technologies around customer services.

Would you like to make a difference to children, young people and families? Do you have skills and experience that could help us? if so, please get in touch about becoming a trustee


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