The Sunflower staff team all have children of their own and all believe that the children going through the Sunflower Programme deserve the most we can possibly give - and the fact that it is a health and wellbeing programme for children helps us walk the talk and maintain a positive attitude and a healthy work-life-balance: all of us exercise, get outdoors, eat well and challenge the left-right thinking of our brains just like the children on our programme.
We are empathetic and understand the anxiety that parents may feel.
Nichola started her career in the academic world at the Faculty of Science at the University of Surrey before moving to an engineering firm on the research park. She moved into radio, working at the then County Sound as Head of Promotions & Publicity before becoming a director of the research and development arm of UK Radio Developments. Successfully securing more radio licences than the holding company could fund, Nichola was allowed to split off the R&D company, taking the external clients where she continued with her own radio consultancy. She coordinated and wrote over 50 radio licence applications for companies such as Capital Radio, Saga Radio, Planet 24, BAA, and Absolute Radio, to name but a few. December 2006 saw the last analogue radio licence submitted with the industry converting to the digital spectrum.
In January 2007, Nichola became Head of Governance & Project Manager of a charity for physically disabled adults being responsible for royal patronage, quality assurance, governance, fundraising, marketing and PR.
Nichola joined the Sunflower Trust in June 2009 and has successfully established the charity with her wealth of management experience and a wide range of skills, recently securing funding for an innovative patient portal to be developed.
Nichola is a mother to four boys.
Kim is an experienced, well-organised and confident administrator with an emphasis on high-standard customer service and communication.
With a strong background in high demanding administration roles and customer focused businesses, Kim is very able to cope with the high volume of parent calls received at the Trust and speaks at length to parents with compassion and understanding.
Kim is the mother of a boy and a girl
Katherine has a background in HR, customer services, administration and accounting. In 2011, she joined Sunflower from St Dominic’s School, a well-known and highly regarded special needs school in Surrey, which has achieved Autism Accreditation.
Fully aware of the challenges that children face, Katherine combines her accounting and office experience with sympathy and thoughtfulness.
Working alongside Nichola as the Sunflower Programme became computerised, Katherine has an in-depth knowledge of different stages of the Sunflower Programme.
Katherine is the mother of two boys.
With a degree in marketing, communications and business, Emma has previously worked with the NSPCC where she was presented with a Significant Contribution Award for her work in helping the charity better measure its impact in ending cruelty to children. She has also spent time working for Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) in Mozambique in the capacity of building grass-root organisations. She has been a Trustee for Brockwell Community Greenhouses in Brixton and in between all of that she has been responsible for business planning and project management within various public sector bodies.
Emma joined the Sunflower Trust to help it reach out to children and families who may benefit from the Sunflower Programme.
Emma is the mother of two girls.