Kate Adams - Chair
Kate joined Missing People as Trustee in early 2014. After spending eight years as a management consultant in the City helping both private and public sector clients to harness effective workforces, Kate moved her career into the third sector. She currently works at Comic Relief running the Chief Executive’s Office, leading on various key relationships and projects as well as supporting the Executive and Board in the running of the organisation.
Kate has a BA in Geography from University College London and an MSC in Human Resource Management and Organisation Analysis from Kings College London. She lives in London with her husband and children.
Kate was appointed Chair of the Board in May 2015.
Caryl Agard OBE
Doug currently runs a music consultancy ‘Songlines’. He is also a Director of Faith & Hope and a founding board member of the Association of Independent Music (AIM). He is a member of the Music Advisory Panel to the Sector Skills Council to the cultural and creative industries and Chairman of the Music Exports Group - the joint UK Government and UK music industry body.
Over the past twenty years Lisa has led strategic communications for high profile individuals and organisations in the private and public sector.
In 2006 she was appointed as a founding Board member of the Office of the Children's Commissioner for England as the first Director of Communications and Participation. In this role Lisa has successfully promoted and protected the best interests of children and young people, including those at risk of going missing.
Lisa has held senior communications positions within the UK Government, the London Metal Exchange, the Learning and Skills Council, IBM and the Turin Winter Olympics.
Two years later she became Deputy Chief Executive for the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA), responsible for governance and oversight. She led the change programme from the MPA to the establishment of the Mayor´s Office for Policing and Crime. Later the same year she set up her own independent consultancy, providing executive support for chief officer teams and consultancy advice on strategy, change management and support services.
Jane has a BSc, MSc and MBA. She enjoys skiing and trying to keep fit and has completed three London marathons, as well as two triathlons.
Sarah became involved with Missing People in 2009 as a volunteer Family Representative; she has also been a member of the Trustee Development Board and the Counselling Project Group and has spoken at various conferences and events on behalf of the charity. As the mother of Quentin Godwin, who went missing in New Zealand in 1992, she has direct experience of ‘missing’; her own family experiences plus meeting and working with other families, has led to a deep understanding of the issues and complexity of the missing scenario. Missing People has achieved so much in the last few years, but there is a desperate need for the services presently offered to be developed and extended still further – this is the vision that excites and motivates Sarah to work within the charity.
In her professional life, Sarah has been a fundraising consultant and worked in the charity sector for 14 years. In New Zealand she taught English as a second language and was a full time mother to 4 children for many years. She now lives in a Surrey village with her partner, has several grandchildren, dog and garden to keep her well occupied.
Justin is a reputation specialist with more than 20 years’ experience in policy development, communications and campaign management. In 2002, he founded 8hwe, an agency specialising in campaigns, crisis communications and behaviour change. Prior to this he served in the Cabinet Office and worked in political and corporate communications. Justin has degrees from Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford and Imperial College Management School
Craig joined Missing People as a Trustee in 2017. A Government Relations and PR specialist, Craig leads Grayling’s business across the Southern Region, overseeing the agency’s team in Birmingham, Bristol and Southampton. He sits on Grayling’s UK Management Board, having joined the business in 2012, and leads some of Grayling’s largest accounts including HSBC.
Craig began his career in the professional services sector with Ernst and Young, before moving into politics, firstly as the Liberal Democrat Policy Advisor on Trade, Industry and Economics, and latterly as an advisor to a number of Coalition Minsters including the former Energy Secretary Sir Ed Davey MP, Health Minister Rt. Hon Norman Lamb MP and the former Deputy Leader of the House of Commons Rt. Hon Tom Brake MP.
Craig is a specialist in the charity sector having formerly been Head of Campaigns and Policy at the leading disability charity Scope, and provided consultancy support to third sector organisations including the RNLI. An enthusiastic cyclist and ultra-marathon runner, Craig recently cycled from Liverpool to London in support of Missing People.
Sam became a Trustee in 2017. He is the Founder and Expert Consultant at Obvious Marketing and specialises in working with boards, business owners and senior teams to create practical marketing growth strategies for ambitious growth businesses and organisations around the world. He has served clients in over 50 countries across 5 continents.
Sam is also the Founder of the personal branding consultancy, Obvious Candidate and the Co-Founder of ProBLife, a biotech startup pioneering probiotic solutions. He has previously held branding and commercial positions at The Healthy Marketing Team, Design Bridge, Procter & Gamble, Kraft Foods and Walgreens Boots Alliance. He has a BA in Financial & Business Economics from Newcastle University Business School and a Masters in Entrepreneurship from Durham University Business School. In 2015 he qualified in Marketing Strategy from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University in the USA.
In 2017, Sam completed the Liverpool to London cycle challenge and the London-Surrey100 for Missing People.