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Founder

Mrs Frances Mary Lower MBE

A Nottingham magistrate, Mary Lower MBE, founded the first child contact centre for private law in 1985. She went on to form the National Association in 1991, continuing her involvement as President until she sadly died in 2017. Read the tribute to Mary Lower here.

Patrons

The Rt Hon Sir James Munby
Our President

The Rt Hon Sir James Munby

Sir James Munby became the President of NACCC in 2016. He was President of the Family Division from 2013 until 2018.

Sir James was called to the bar at Middle Temple in 1971 and practiced as a barrister at New Square Chambers. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1988 and as a High Court Judge in 2000, assigned to the Family Division and authorised to sit in the Administrative Court.

In 2009 Sir James was appointed as Chairman of the Law Commission and Lord Justice of Appeal, receiving the customary appointment to the Privy Council.

The Rt Hon Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division and Chair of the Family Justice Council
Patron

The Rt Hon Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division and Chair of the Family Justice Council

Sir Andrew McFarlane became Patron of NACCC in 2018, the same year he was appointed to President of the Family Division.

Sir Andrew McFarlane was called to the Bar in 1977 and practiced in chambers in Birmingham until 1993 when he moved to specialist family law chambers in London.

In April 2005 he was appointed to the High Court, Family Division and was, for five years, the Family Division Liaison Judge for the Midland Circuit. He was the legal member of the Government ‘Family Justice Review’ Panel.

In 2011 Sir Andrew was appointed to be a Lord Justice of Appeal sitting full time in the Court of Appeal in London. He appeared at all levels of court including the House of Lords and the European Court of Human Rights. He was appointed as a QC in 1998.

Baroness McIntosh of Pickering
Vice President

Baroness McIntosh of Pickering

Baroness McIntosh is a life peer and has been a Patron of NACCC since 2017.

Baroness McIntosh is a former Member of Parliament for Thirsk and Malton and the Vale of York constituencies as well as Member of the European Parliament.

She trained for the Scottish Bar in Edinburgh, before being admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1982. Baroness McIntosh worked as an advocate with the Community Law Office in Brussels, before becoming a political advisor in the European Parliament.

Sir Mark Hedley
Vice President

Sir Mark Hedley

Sir Mark chairs NACCC’s Standards Panel and became a Vice President of NACCC in 2001.

Sir Mark is a British retired judge. He practiced as a barrister for many years in Liverpool.

He was appointed a full-time Circuit Judge in 1992 and from 1997 to 2002 was responsible for judicial training in family law.

Sir Mark was a Justice of the High Court from 2002 to 2013. In 2002 he was appointed a High Court judge, receiving the customary knighthood, and assigned to the Family Division.

Trustees

Chair

Sharon Scott

Sharon joined NACCC in 2024 and brings a wealth of experience from working in the education and children's services arena for 35 years. Her passion is always to secure better outcomes for children, young people, and their families by ensuring that the services required to deliver better outcomes are delivered in the right way at the right time and in the right place.

Honorary Treasurer

Malcolm MacLellan

Malcolm is Treasurer of NACCC and joined in 2016, he is a Broking Ledger Controller at The Clear Group. Malcolm has a wealth of knowledge and has over four decades of experience within the finance and insurance sector, he qualified as a chartered accountant in 1978.

Company Secretary

Elizabeth Tarn

Elizabeth joined NACCC in June 2023. She is a barrister, and was called to the bar in 1995. For most of her career she has worked in combined legal and company secretarial roles, including at private and public companies operating in highly regulated sectors. Elizabeth also has experience of serving as a non-executive director and pension fund trustee.

Wales

Chantal Patel

Chantal is the Regional Trustee for Wales and joined NACCC in 2023. Chantal is a local magistrate, lectures at Swansea University and has devoted her spare time to various local community groups. She has an acute interest in medical law and ethics and supported the Welsh Government during the Covid pandemic. She is the Chair of the Family Glamorgan Development Centre accredited centre in Swansea and volunteers to assist children to reconnect with non-resident parents.

South Region

Lucy Glass

Lucy is the Regional Trustee for the southern region and joined NACCC in 2018. She is also a Director at Swan Family, an independent provider of child contact centres providing supported and supervised services for children and family members in the UK. Lucy oversees ten centres around England and Wales and supports a number of local authorities with their supervised contact services.

General Trustee

Gareth Williams

Gareth is an experienced marketer and consultant. He spent 20 years building brands and leading teams in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Gareth is currently a volunteer consultant with the Cranfield Trust, providing strategic project support to the voluntary sector.

General Trustee

Helen Wagner

Helen joined NACCC in 2021 as a General Trustee. Helen is a family magistrate, community mediator and professional regulatory specialist. She is also a French to English translator and first collaborated with NACCC to assist their French counterpart to share best practice with them on child contact centres.

General Trustee

Julie Tisbury

Julie Tisbury joined NACCC in 2024. Julie has worked in children’s services across Social Care, Early Help, Education and SEND for more than 20 years. She is passionate about ensuring families receive the earliest support possible to bring about improved outcomes for children and young people.

Staff

Elizabeth Coe
Chief Executive Officer

Elizabeth Coe

Elizabeth has been the CEO of NACCC since 2012. Prior to join NACCC Elizabeth was a Director at Cafcass covering the East Midlands and later London for the public body.

She began her career as a Probation Officer before moving to the Family Court as a Welfare Officer. She has also worked as a Guardian ad Litem and served for 6 years on the Derbyshire Adoption and Fostering Panel.

Elizabeth is also a trained mediator and post traumatic stress counsellor and an approved Separated Parent Information Programme facilitator.   She graduated from Bristol University with a degree in social work.

Philip Coleman
Service Development Manager

Philip Coleman

Phil joined NACCC in 2013 working with us as an Accreditation Assessor and in 2018 he became Service Development Manager.

Phil is responsible for the delivery of NACCC’s standards and policies. He manages the reviews of the NACCC’s national standards and ensures the integrity of NACCC’s accreditation system as well as delivering ongoing policy guidance for centres, Phil also leads on safeguarding for NACCC.

He has a degree in Social Work from Staffordshire University. He is also a Qualified Practice Educator and has qualifications in child development.

Phil is passionate about the rights and needs of Children & Young People. He keeps his practice up to date by undertaking paid and voluntary roles with the NSPCC.

Esther Bradshaw
Business Administration Manager

Esther Bradshaw

Esther Joined NACCC in 2019 as Business Administration Manager.

She reports to the CEO and works in partnership with the Service Development Managers to develop effective and consistent support processes that enable the delivery of services to members, government departments, and other relevant external agencies and partners.

Esther ensures professional front-line customer service for users and keeps Head Office running effectively and efficiently.

Communications Manager

Kerrie Oxford

Kerrie joined NACCC in 2024 as Communications Manager. She has a degree in Media and Communications and has previously worked in communication roles which support children’s rights and needs. She is passionate about using her knowledge and expertise to promote NACCC and the work the charity does to support children and young people.

With a background in Public Relations, Marketing and Digital Communications, Kerrie delivers effective communication and engagement strategies to help raise awareness of NACCC. Kerrie works closely with the CEO and the trustees and liaises with a range of stakeholders to promote the charity’s work, ethics and values.

Deputy Business Administration Manager

Donna Ryder

Donna joined NACCC in 2002 and is the Deputy Business Administration Manager.

She provides comprehensive information and support service to internal and external customers of NACCC, ensuring consistency of service delivery. This includes administering DBS checks, Accreditations, Membership, Training events, and assisting the Finance Officer.

Executive Administrator

Ruth Miles

Ruth joined NACCC in 2000. She ensures a professional and effective administration support for the charity, focussing on support, communications on behalf of the charity and customer service.

In addition, she collaborates closely with senior management and performs advanced administrative functions, supporting the charity with the collection of data as required by funding bodies.

Finance & Operations Administrator

Robert Sin

Robert joined NACCC in 2020 and is the Finance & Operations Administrator.

He oversees the maintenance of all accounting records and provides timely and accurate reports and information to the CEO and Trustees. Robert ensures NACCC meets all appropriate and current financial regulations pertaining to a charity, he is CIMA pt-qualified and has nearly 30 years of experience working in finance, for both profit and not for profit organisations.