Making Memories… Giving Hope

CHICKS welcomes new Board members


We are pleased to announce the appointment of seven new trustees to CHICKS' Board.

The new members, who were formally ratified at their first meeting in April 2020, share a wealth of experience as leaders in a variety of professions.

The new board has been appointed as interim CEO Victoria Aspinall has agreed a 12 month contract at CHICKS. Previously CHICKS Director of Commerce, Victoria has over 15 years experience in national charity at a senior level.

Chair of CHICKS' Board of Trustees, Stephen Brearley, said: “All seven of CHICKS new trustees bring relevant experience at the highest level and we are thrilled to have them join our organisation. They will be instrumental in guiding our strategic direction and helping to provide happy memories and experiences for as many young people as we can in the future.

 “I am also very happy to confirm the appointment of Victoria Aspinall as our Interim CEO. Victoria has been with us for over two years as our Director of Commerce and brings with her stability, experience and a passionate drive to help CHICKS care for as many young people as we can.”

CHICKS new Board members replace four long-standing trustees, Robin Barlow, Paul Williams, Andrew Fraser and former Vice-Chair Ken Cherrett, who left in April 2020.

Steve said: “I would like to extend my huge thanks to Robin, Paul and Ken for their years of dedicated service to CHICKS. Thanks to them thousands of children have been able to spend happy weeks at CHICKS. They have shown tireless support to all our staff and volunteers and we are enormously grateful for all that they’ve done.”

Among the new trustees to join the charity is Barbara Peacock who will take on the new role of Vice-Chair. Having worked at a senior level in Local Government and the Voluntary Sector over the last 20 years, and a joint statutory Director of Children’s Services and Adult Services for over eight years, Barbara is currently working as a consultant and is a visiting Fellow of London Southbank University. Barbara says: “I have been looking for the right charity to support – and I found CHICKS. I know what a difference breaks in the country can make for some children, giving hope and inspiration that life can be different.”

Barbara is joined by Chartered Accountant, partner at Ernst & Young and CHICKS new Treasurer Richard Wilson, who says: “Helping vulnerable people in our society has been very important to me when I have considered how I would want to spend my time. The work CHICKS does with children is hard to walk away from.”  

Also joining the Board are: Social Worker Team Manager for Children in Care and Care Leavers, Anisha Reed; former Royal Air Force pilot and now Strategic Account Manager at Salesforce, Andy Wright; Director of Legal and Governance in London Local Authority, Dawn McDonald; and entrepreneur Jessica Swinfen.


Read the new CHICKS Board's biographies in full 

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