Who we are

A lifeline when someone disappears

We are a team of caring, highly skilled staff and volunteers working around the clock to support anyone affected by missing, alongside our partners and supporters across the UK.

Find out about the people who lead and support Missing People.

Diversity and Inclusion 

Missing People is committed to diversity and to equal opportunity.  See our Diversity and Inclusion policy for more.

Give time

Use the Search Directory to find out who is missing in your area or volunteer for Missing People.

Give socially

Join the Search by following us on Facebook or Twitter. The more people who share our missing people appeals with friends online, the more chance we have of finding them.

Give anything

Let us know how you are supporting Missing People! Call us on 0800 MISSING (647 7464) or email supporters@missingpeople.org.uk and tell us how you can help.

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

John Reiss - ChairmanCaryl's early working background was in urban regeneration where he acted as an adviser to the Upper Lea Valley Partnership Executive Board on a selection of projects from the voluntary and community sector, with a particular focus on skills acquisition, professional development and lifelong learning. He later went on to head up the Progress Trust (Manchester). More recently he served on the Cabinet Office non departmental public bodies Futurebuilders and Capacitybuilders as a non executive board director. Caryl is a strong advocate of the principles of social justice and was instrumental in the establishment and also chaired Voice4Change England.  He is currently Executive Director of the Social Business Company, which as a social enterprise develops the capacity of local communities, particularly young people, to establish community businesses that provide the answers to social and economic deficits still prevalent in many of the areas that they live in. 

Doug D'Arcy

Doug D'ArcyDoug began in the music business in 1968 as a booking agent and manager at the Ellis-Wright Agency, which later became Chrysalis. He worked at Chrysalis Records as the Managing Director and then President, and as a main board Director and shareholder of the Chrysalis Group Ltd.

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. 

Chris Rollings

Chris Rollings

Chris Rollings is Vice Chair of the board. He is a Performance Improvement Specialist for Mindspan Global Ltd, a proven cognitive-based training company that develops people and the organisations they work for to achieve higher levels of performance and fulfilment. He spent over 3 years as a Head of Housing and Customer Services for a social housing provider in the East Midlands, and prior to this had a 32 year career in policing. He retired as a Chief Superintendent with Leicestershire Police where he was the Strategic Lead for missing persons for over ten years. Following a HMIC inspection in 2007, Chris achieved an ‘excellent’ rating for missing persons investigations - Leicestershire Police was the only police force in the country to do so. 
Chris continues to chair a national police group whose aim is to improve practice in missing persons investigations. He was previously an active member of the national Strategic Oversight Group for Missing with a remit to improve missing persons prevention, investigation and support.  Chris has an MBA and a degree in psychology and is a keen runner. In 2011 he ran the London Marathon for Missing People!  
Lisa White
Lisa WhiteLisa joined Missing People as a trustee in December 2011.

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.  

Jane Harwood

Jane was previously at Surrey Police from 1996 to 2004 as Director of Corporate Development, responsible for corporate planning, performance management, corporate communications and strategy development. During her time at Surrey Police she led the research into Reassurance policing that led to the introduction of neighborhood policing across the country. Having completed the Strategic Command Course, Jane became Director of Corporate Development at Centrex, the organization responsible for delivering police training. She then moved to the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council as Deputy Chief Executive, leading the development and delivery of all national policy and programmes.

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.   

Simon Moss

Simon joined Missing People as a trustee in early 2014. Simon has spent 29 years in Retail Management in a variety of different roles working his way across a wide number of positions, across the country also taking on wider roles on retail forums and tenants associations. Simon works for BHS as the Head of Retail Operations, liaising with the Head Office teams and leading the communications to the store and regional network as well as co-ordinating the company annual conferences. Simon along with his wife Sarah passionately supports Manchester City Football Club whilst living in a village just outside Banbury and working in London.  

Sarah Godwin

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 McLaren

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 Ling

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 Waterfall

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.

Paul Boughton - Treasurer

Paul Boughton, a chartered accountant, has worked on international acquisitions and business development for more than 30 years.

Currently he is Non Executive Chairman of Quartix, a vehicle tracking and driver analytics business, and Business Development Director of Aventics, a German industrial pneumatics manufacturer. He served as Corporate Development Director of industrial companies including IMI, Spectris, Consort Medical and Brammer. Paul has also been a Non Executive Director of other technology companies. Paul is also a Trustee and Treasurer of Shooting Star Chase, the children's hospice charity.

Paul lives in Esher, and is married with two adult children. He is a keen squash player, rugby supporter and sailor, being a member of Harlequins Rugby and Sandown Sports Clubs



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