Sunflower's Trustees

Having worked in education for many years, I take great pleasure in being able to help families, young people and children with the challenges they face.
Val Barnes
Val Barnes

Val Barnes BA (Hons), PGCE, MEd, MBA, FRSA

ACTING CHAIRMAN & LEAD TRUSTEE – EDUCATION

Val holds an honours degree in modern foreign languages and has held several senior posts in education. Her background in education is further supported by a Masters in modern foreign languages and comparative education. She has additional experience in inspection, business and marketing and is a professional writer.

She is Founder and CEO of Quality Guardianship UK Ltd, a validating body which supports UK-based guardianship organisations and educational establishments in the safe and effective delivery of educational guardianship to international students in their care. Val has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts since 2003.

Sharon Ward

LEAD TRUSTEE – FINANCE

Sharon started her career at KPMG, working in Surrey, London and the South-East region before joining Roffe Swayne in 1997, becoming Managing Partner in 2007. Sharon’s focus is on service and relationship excellence and for delivering the firm’s strategy.

Her client portfolio includes businesses from the manufacturing, recruitment, education, software and technology sectors, all of who recognise Sharon’s experience and commitment to their success.Sharon has been a trustee to several charities in the past including being a Governor of Godalming College.

Being a trustee of Sunflower means I can share my knowledge and expertise to help change a child’s life.
Sharon Ward
Sharon Ward

Thea Robson MA

LEAD TRUSTEE - STRATEGY

Thea has a Masters degree in Strategic Management and is an experienced transformation and operations leader, focussing on customer operations, service and change management. Her career has been split between senior roles in industry and consulting and this blend has given her real insight into how organisations really operate. She has worked primarily in regulated industries such as energy and utilities but also retail and the public Sector. Thea’s skillset lies in having a pragmatic and simple approach to change that engages all levels of an organisation as well as excellent influencing and stakeholder management skills. She started her career with Unilever as a member of the research and development team, spent six years with Ernst & Young as a Senior Manager in their Performance Improvement Advisory Practice specialising in operational transformation, five years with BOC in a high profile Emergency Contact programme for the UK government and more recently as a Consultant at Russell Reynolds, theglobal leader in assessment, recruitment and succession planning for boards of directors, chief executive officers and key roles.

As Sunflower is going through a period of change, being able to offer my strategic management skills means a lot to me if I can help the Trust achieve their goals quicker.
Thea Robson
Thea Robson
I thoroughly enjoy being a trustee as the skills taught to the children are so similar to those I need being an actress.
Kristin Corbet-Milward
Kristin Corbet-Milward

Kristin Corbet-Milward, BA

Following university, Kristin went to RADA for 3 years before working in rep, as everyone did in those days - Manchester, Birmingham, Leicester, Coventry, Sheffield. After that, she came to London - the RSC and the National - and lots of fringe venues, as well other small but established theatres in and around London.

She has played abroad and has had major roles: Portia in The Merchant of Venice, Hedda in Hedda Gabler, Petra in The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, Helena in Uncle Vanya, etc. Kristin has recorded a lot of radio plays, appeared in a number of films as well as being on television but she says nothing beats live theatre...

Caroline Gordon-Smith

Caroline has been a Partner and Head of the Family Department at Stevens & Bolton LLP since 1996. Caroline’s knowledge and expertise extends to all areas of family law including cases involving children.

She is ranked in the Chambers UK Legal Directory and is a long-standing member of Resolution and is a trained mediator and collaborative lawyer. Caroline has provided expert comment on UK family law for various publications as well as appearing on CNN Breakfast news.

Having specialised in family law for many years, I fully understand how key the family unit is to the wellbeing of children. I am delighted to offer my expertise to a children’s charity that focuses on health and wellbeing – both physical and emotional.
Caroline Gordon-Smith
Caroline Gordon-Smith

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