Management & Trustees
Being a Trustee means making decisions that will impact on children and young people's lives. You can use your skill and experience to help us run efficiently and learn new skills along the way. If you are interested in becoming a Trustee please contact our HR department
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.
Mr Nigel Sisley – Chair of Trustees
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.
Nigel was appointed as a Trustee for Children’s Links in June 2005 becoming Vice Chair in 2006 and Chair in 2010.
Dr Cheryle Berry MBE – Vice Chair
Cheryle joined Lincolnshire County Council in April 2000 as Director of Education and Cultural Services. Her previous post was Corporate Director, Education and Leisure in Middlesbrough.Her career started in teaching in 1971 and from 1984-1989 she was Head teacher at Spalding Gleed Girls’ School in Lincolnshire and then from 1989-1998 Head teacher at High Storrs School, Sheffield, an 11-18 Comprehensive School of 1800 students. She has been a member of a number of National strategy groups, including National Steering Group Investors in People, Member of Steel Industry NTO (New Entrants Panel), Local Government Association Education and Lifelong Learning Core Adviser. She has chaired the Teachers’ International Professional Development Group for the DfES. She has also Chairman of Lincolnshire/Rutland Education Business Partnership, Board Member of Lincolnshire/Rutland LSC, Board Member of Lincolnshire/Rutland Connexions and Governing Body of University of Lincoln.
Cheryle was the innovator behind the setting up of the first Rural Academy in England, launched in October 2001, which promotes Lifelong Learning using 21st Century technology to link schools, colleges and universities in the South Holland District. She also started (in September 2002) the first Coastal Academy in England using similar principles and covering East Lindsey and Boston Districts. The Gainsborough Academy was launched in 2004.
Finally, Dr Berry has also encouraged the development of specialist schools in Lincolnshire. In 2000 there were just four, there are now fifty specialist schools covering a wide range of specialisms: technology, science, maths and IT, performing arts, modern languages, humanities, business and enterprise, sport etc.
Cheryle is proud of the achievements of Lincolnshire’s schools due to the dedication and commitment of staff, governors, parents and the wider community. She has always aimed for “Every School a Good School” and believes that Education and Lifelong Learning are fundamental to the life chances and quality of life for people of all ages.
Cheryle retired from Lincolnshire County Council in 2006 and has been a Trustee with Children’s Links since November 2005.
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.
Mrs Kate Truscott
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