Management & Trustees

Mrs Karen Parsons - Chief Executive

Karen has worked and volunteered within the children’s voluntary sector for over 25 years, in sector development including safeguarding, workforce reform, play and early years. As CEO of Children’s Links, and throughout her working life Karen has focused on partnership working and sees it as an integral part of daily work, providing opportunities to influence and develop services, whilst ensuring the voice of local voluntary and the community are heard.

Karen strongly believes in the ethos of an integrated environment, making the best use of resources available to us and adding value to ensure better outcomes for all to achieve this Karen ensures that the performance of the organisation meets needs of beneficiaries and stakeholders by engaging the team through continuous cycle of analysis, strategic planning, monitoring, evaluation and review.


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 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.

Mr Al Wright

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

Mrs Thomasin Nicholds

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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