- Trustees & Board
- Suzie – Chair of Trustees
- Owen – Trustee
- Kate – Trustee
- Mark – Trustee
- Simon – Trustee
- Kim – Trustee
- Adam – Trustee
- Nav – Chief Executive
- Operational Team
- Vacant – Head of Mental Health
- Tristan – Operations Manager
- Frances – Community Outreach Manager
- Anna – Court Administration Manager
- Lisa – Schools & Police Families Liaison Officer
- Colin – Monitoring & Performance Analyst
- Adam – Lead Mentor / Co-Parenting Programme / Communications
- Alice – Mentor
The Leadership Team at Dads Unlimited adhere to the Nolan Principles in everything we do.
Suzie – Chair of Trustees
With a career spanning over thirty years in the staffing and recruitment industry, Suzie joined the Board in 2018, and has used her industry knowledge and experience as a successful company Director to guide and support her fellow trustees and provide governance and direction to the Charity.
Suzie is particularly interested in supporting the mental health needs of fathers and is keen to help improve the negative impact that mental health issues can have on the separated family unit.
I am honoured to be a part of Dads Unlimited and I aspire to help as many families as possible.
Kate – Trustee
Having worked in the field of social work for nearly 20 years Kate has experience of working in Adult Safeguarding and Substance Misuse Teams as both a Practitioner and Team Manager within various London Boroughs. Her practice includes working with adults who have had their human and civil rights violated due to abuse in its many forms, including sexual, physical, psychological, emotional and financial abuse.
Kate also has personal experience of the impact that separation can cause to a father going through separation and court proceedings. It is important to her that parental conflict is reduced, ensuring better outcomes for children of separated parents and also to ensure that there is a provision throughout to protect the wellbeing of a father who feels that there is no one out there to support him.
Kate is married and lives with her husband and two sons.
Mark – Trustee
Mark has 20 years’ experience of working in TV Post production for The Farm Group, based in Soho London. In 2007 he set up a family run Charity called “Heathers Cycle of Life”, which involved a charity bike ride around Kent which has raised over £100k for Cancer Research UK / Bobby Moore Fund.
As a Husband and Father, and having supported friends through their difficult separations, and realising that there is so little support for Dads generally; he couldn’t be more excited to get on board and help with this venture, and bring his TV and Broadcast Media skills and experience on board to make a difference to as many Dads as possible.
Simon – Trustee
Biography to follow
Kim – Trustee
Kim has worked with children, young people and their families for over 20 years within the nursing profession. Although a paediatric nurse by trade, she now works within the School Public Health Service. This has given her a wealth of experience particularly in the safeguarding arena.
Dads Unlimited has been a Charity that she has promoted to families that she as worked with, as well as friends who have required the support and advice needed. Kim is married, and has two daughters.
In her free time she enjoys being part of a choir and a running club, both of which allow her some headspace!
Owen – Trustee
Owen’s relationship with Dads Unlimited started in November 2018 when he approached the charity to support him with access to his daughter. With the support of the charity Owen now has a shared-care arrangement and is successfully co-parenting with his ex-wife.
He has been a teacher for 14 years, with the past 6 years as a senior leader. Starting his career at a comprehensive school in Devon, where he was bought up, Owen moved to London to take up the position of ‘Director of Music’ at a popular Boys’ school, where he taught for 6 years. Following this he moved to Kent, taking up a pastoral role at a large school in Folkestone where he was promoted to his first senior leadership position. In January 2018 he took up a position at a popular grammar school in East Kent.
Owen enjoys an active lifestyle and is much happier outside, finding something adventurous to partake in, than being inside.
Adam – Trustee
Adam has lived in Kent for 12 years and been a parent for 17 which includes co-parenting and shared care with respective mothers. His children range from 23 years 3 years old and he is very proud to be called ‘Dad’.
Professionally he has worked across the NHS in public health teams, leading equality and inclusion and also working in service improvement and transformation locally, regionally and nationally. He is a qualified coach and mentor, educated to masters degree level in health and care; and has in-depth health and inequalities research experience with LGBT communities.
Adam has some experience of the legal systems and processes for shared care and understands the effect of family breakdown on children, and parents.
Adam joins the Trustee Board, and is already using his experience as a fitness instructor to raise funds through fitness charity events and hopes to continue throughout the year with spinathons and yogathons.
Nav – Chief Executive
Nav is the founder of Dads Unlimited and a Single Dad. After a fairly tough time with his divorce; and subsequently looking after his son as Primary Carer, he set up Dads Unlimited. He wants to make life easier for Dads in his situation, and provide the advice, support and community he never had. He doesn’t want anyone to have to go through what he had to.
His experience straddles all facets of separation, from Court / Legal proceedings, Police assistance, Social Services, Education/Schools, NHS (Primary Care), and CAFCASS.
Nav brings to Dads Unlimited his vision, his values and a wealth of experience from having helped set up the Independent Police Complaints Commission; Senior positions from the NHS Chief Executive Scheme, as well as a host of strategic, tactical and operational roles from across Central Government, including the House of Commons, House of Lords and the Home Office.
Nav regularly speaks on BBC Radio Kent, the BBC Asian Network, across BBC Local Radio, BBC Radio 5 Live, and Radio Ashford; and has appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme. He has also written articles for The Independent and The Huffington Post.
Frances has come from a sales and marketing background and she was keen to have the opportunity to give back to society and make a real difference.
Dads Unlimited is a charity close to her heart having been through divorce and subsequently co-parenting with her ex husband, as well as her own parents divorcing when she was a child. Within her working career, Frances has met so many families that are going through or have been through divorce and she can empathise with how hard it is to pick up the pieces.
In her spare time, she is an avid runner being part of a local running club, and has completed 2 marathons in 2017. She has been a singer in a local band and gospel choir and enjoys the outdoors. Frances is extremely proud to be part of Dads Unlimited and she is keen to help grow the Charity so that we can help so many more dads and enhance the well-being of their children.
Colin has worked in education management for almost two decades. His various roles combined with an earlier career in hospitality, have allowed him to drive the development of customer focused IT solutions and support friendly systems to enable and facilitate the aims of the charity, instead of getting in the way of their vital work.
Helping to create an organisation that can demonstrate successes; is easy to fund and support; and is able to optimise successful interactions with current and future service users and partners is behind Colin’s motivation to join Dads Unlimited.
Colin is married and has two teenage children and is keenly aware of the important contribution both mum and dad play in the raising of their children.
Adam has lived in Kent for 20 years and has two children which he co-parents with his ex-wife.
He is the Senior Mentor for Dads Unlimited, is one of our Support Workers for One
Ex Senior Consultant for a Sponsorship Consultancy, providing strategic and creative support to some global brands on how to use sponsorship to integrate their marketing, sales, and employee engagement activities.
Adam is also a Director of a local Mind – the mental health charity locally affiliated with Mind, the national charity and he curates a charity Arts project: Coffee Sleeve Art, curating doodles and sketches from around the world to auction for charity.
Alice’s background for the last 13 years is within retail management, through this Alice has gained many skills over the years working with and meeting all different kinds of people. Coming from a close knit family, having a stable family unit is high within Alice’s values.
Over the last 5 years, experiences with her partner have brought Alice a first hand understanding into the struggles the dads go through with co-parenting issues. Having experienced both the legal and emotional difficulties, Alice jumped at the chance to be part of this vital team.
Alice enjoys contributing to co-parenting with her partner and his 7 year old son. They enjoy spending time as a family, being out and about exploring new places or re-visiting old favourites- like the beach!
Alice is proud to be part of the team, being able to help other parents and give back to such a worthy and rewarding charity.
Tristan is a dad and primary carer for his daughter. He understands completely how divorce and custody arrangements can be complicated and protracted. His own experience lasted nearly 5 years and was extremely painful and stressful.
His daughter now lives with him full-time and he now has a new partner and step-daughter.
He comes from a business background, having been a director of two business in Kent for the last 25 years. He brings his commercial experience to Dads Unlimited and hopes to help a charity that he is passionate about and believes makes a huge difference.
Lisa is our Family Liaison Officer and will support with any school and parenting issues. She has three children who she co-parents with her ex-partner. Lisa has been working with families for over 20 years and previously to that owned a car leasing brokerage.
Lisa has extensive experience working with family conflict and supporting through tough and uneasy times.
Lisa felt very complimented when asked to be part of the Dads Unlimited team, helping to support parents through conflict and uncertainty.
Anna is qualified lawyer from Russia, where she grew up and worked. She has been living in the UK since 2006; and has experience working in commercial property lettings, assets management and the energy sector.
Through personal experience Anna understands the impact of family breakdown, and would like to make a practical difference to people, and provide support to those needing help with separation, divorce and adjustment to a new life as smoothly as possible. Anna’s great passion is to help people and is proud to be a part of the Dads Unlimited team.
Anna is married with 2 children.