Dr Pui-Ling Li
Appointed Chair: June 2017
Dr Li is a Trustee of Coram and a member of the Children’s Services Committee, and has recently been appointed Chair of the External Affairs Group. Dr Li has spent many years working as a public health physician in the NHS. Also qualified as a GP, her roles have included the regional Consultant in Public Health Medicine for the NHS in London from 1997 to 2000. She was also the Head of the Chief Medical Officer’s Corporate Development Unit for the Department of Health from 2000 to 2002; and from 2003 to 2009 she was the Director of Public Health in Waltham Forest, a deprived London borough. More recently Dr Li has taken on the position of Deputy Regional Director – System Delivery in Public Health England (London). She is also the founder and Chair of the Chinese National Healthy Living Centre in the UK.
Appointed as Treasurer: November 2012
Simon is an accountant with a background in professional services. His family has fostered for a number of years and along with his husband been a foster carer since 2013.
Simon trained in IT before moving into finance and has worked in a number of law firms and accountancy practices specialising in performance management. He has been an active member of the Chartered Management Institute for a number of years and works to champion outstanding and sustainable management practices. Simon became a trustee to provide his business skills to support Coram Voice and the many children who need their help.
Appointed Trustee: March 2016
Roger has degrees in Architecture and Business Management. He brings a wealth of experience to the Coram Voice board through his background in business. He is currently a creative Director within the real-estate industry. He has specialist skills in corporate strategy, leadership, communications, product design and branding.
Appointed Trustee: September 2016
Jenny qualified as a social worker in 1986 and has been a senior manager in Local Authority Children’s Services since 1997. She has worked extensively in children’s safeguarding, looked after children and quality assurance, and has also managed integrated youth and youth justice services. Jenny moved from Luton Borough Council to take up the post of Director of Children’s Services for Hertfordshire County Council in 2010. She is the lead DCS for Sector Led Improvement in the Eastern Region and is the chair of the ADCS Families, Communities & Young People Policy Group.
Appointed Trustee: June 2017
Jonny is a 32 year old care leaver. He has three children and was a social worker in Scarborough in North Yorkshire until July 2017 when he left to manage a Leaving Care Team.
Jonny helped to set up the charity A National Voice when he was 18 and was a trustee of the charity and chair for 8 years until it became a part of Coram Voice in 2017.
Between 2003 and 2013, Jonny was a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Looked After Children. From 2011 and 2013 he was a member of the Social Work Reform Board which worked to change Social Work and develop the College of Social Work.
Jonny continues to advocate for and with young people in and leaving care. He was presented with an award by Tony Blair in 2005 for his work with young people; received a “Making a difference” award by North Yorkshire County Council; was named in the 2009 “who’s who” of Britain’s youngest directors and in 2016 was a finalist in the Social Worker of the Year Awards.
Appointed Trustee: March 2012
Rosemary has wide-ranging experience in management in the education sector, latterly as Director of the Open University in London and as Chair of the London East Thames Gateway Aim Higher Partnership. For Rosemary the power of education to transform lives has been evident throughout her working life, especially in these two roles which both provided her with inspirational examples of what individuals can achieve with the right support and encouragement.
The main objective of Aim Higher, to encourage young people from non-traditional backgrounds to enter higher education, also gave Rosemary the opportunity to oversee a number of projects aimed at care leavers and to learn more about the obstacles faced by them in progressing to university study. It was this experience that gave Rosemary a real interest in this area and she was therefore very pleased to become a Trustee of Coram Voice.
Appointed Trustee: June 2014
Tim retired after a career in management consultancy, corporate affairs and community and charity relations management in major public companies.
He has been involved in many charity programmes involving helping young people suffering from some kind of disadvantage to make the best of their lives. I created a charitable Trust within Balfour Beatty, ‘Building Better Futures’, and managed its relationships with a number of charities. For 10 years he ran the organisation’s relationship with the London Youth Games, which offers sporting opportunities to many young people suffering from disability and social disadvantage. In addition to being a Coram Voice trustee Tim is also a Trustee of the Luol Deng Foundation and a Fellow of the Brathay Trust.
Tim brings to the Board a broad background in business, significant experience in the community and charity sector and a passion for helping young people to overcome their challenges.
Appointed Trustee: April 2017
Kevin Venosi worked in the public sector for over 35 years originally in the commercial arena but later leading on major government projects and programmes. Kevin worked for 15 years at the Youth Justice Board as Director of Operations and Commissioning providing strategic leadership for the effective provision of youth justice services across the secure custodial estate. Kevin is passionate about improving services delivered to children and particularly those who come into contact with the youth justice system and he is a strong advocate for the safe and appropriate care of children held deprived of their liberty.
Kevin is also the Chair of the Feltham Community Chaplaincy Trust which is a charity dedicated to providing community mentors to young people leaving custody to support their effective resettlement.