The Board of Trustees is ultimately responsible for the governance of our charity and ensures that we are acting in the best interests of parents, who are our beneficiaries. 

They set the strategy, policy and financial framework for our charity and have overall direction and control.

They also have responsibility for ensuring our charity complies with the law and the safeguarding of our charity’s assets, including its money, property and reputation.

NCT's Board is composed of a minimum of nine and maximum of twelve trustees. Up to eight trustees are elected by the membership and up to four are appointed by the Board.

The Board of Trustees is supported in its work by two board committees:

  • Audit, Risk and Scrutiny – covering the adequacy of financial control, external reporting of performance, and budget and risk management.
  • Nominations and Remuneration - covering people issues, inclusion, trustee recruitment and remuneration policy for senior management and other key groups.

Voluntary independent members work alongside trustees on each of the committees to support these specific governance areas. The independent members are not trustees but are appointed as co-optees on the committees to bring additional skills, experiences and perspectives to our governance work.

The Nominations and Remunerations Committee are responsible for assessing the current Board's skills, experience and diversity, and oversee the election and appointment of trustees. In 2020, we took positive action to increase the diversity of our Board and Committees. We were delighted to welcome five new trustees and independent Committee members to support strong governance at NCT. You can read more here.

NCT also has a trading company, NCT Trading Limited, to conduct commercial activities to procure profits for the purpose of paying them to the charity.  An independent director sits on the board of the trading company.

If you would like to contact our trustees, please email

We’re currently recruiting for a new Chair. For more information, please click here.

Our trustees

Stephanie Maurel, Chair of Trustees

Stephanie became Chair in August 2021 after being elected to the board in 2017.

Stephanie is Chief Executive of the Corporation of Church House. Previously, she was Chief Executive of Concordia, a charity promoting international volunteering.

She began her career in the commercial sector before moving into customer focused and strategy roles at Sport England. Stephanie is also a trustee of her county sports partnership.

Stephanie feels strongly about the rights of women and girls and is a trained mentor supporting women working within the charity sector as well as a lead mentor for a charity working with teenage girls from deprived backgrounds.

Stephanie Maurel


Sarah Brown, Vice Chair of Trustees and Board Safeguarding Champion

Sarah Brown is a lawyer, currently working for the Medical Protection Society specialising in regulatory law. She has extensive public sector experience and has previously worked for the General Medical Council, Greater Manchester Police and in local government.

As a parent, Sarah knows from her own personal experience how invaluable support is during the first 1,000 days. Sarah believes that NCT, and the people she has met through it, have provided a lifeline for her on the toughest of days and feels very fortunate to have that support and know how and where to access relevant services. 

Sarah was elected to the Board at the 2017 AGM.

Sarah Brown


Ema Ojiako, Honorary Secretary

Ema is currently employed as the Executive Director of People at Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care System.

She has held senior Human Resources positions in public and private Healthcare. Ema is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, an Employment Tribunals Lay member with Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service and also serves on the board of Directors as a trustee with the charity CAP UK.

Ema was appointed to the Board in 2021.



Charles Richardson, Honorary Treasurer

Charles has more than 20 years experience in senior finance roles in healthcare and financial services; most recently having been Chief Financial Officer of Bupa's businesses in the UK. 

Charles trained as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen, and is also a Chartered Tax Adviser and an Associate Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Charles Richardson, Honorary Treasurer


Sherry Bevan, President

Over the years Sherry has developed strong links across NCT practitioners, volunteers and staff. She’s taken on many volunteer roles including branch coordinator, newsletter editor, and London Regional Coordinator. Plus she continues to volunteer locally at Baby First Aid and Nearly New Sales.

Sherry qualified as a Breastfeeding Counsellor in 2010. For three years she worked for Baby Café while also facilitating sessions in antenatal classes which she continues to this day. She launched Baby Café in her local area in 2022.

With more than 30 years’ experience in technology, Sherry joined NCT staff as User Engagement Lead for the Parentforce project. She took on additional data protection responsibilities and coordinated our GDPR efforts. Sherry was elected to the Board at our AGM in 2019 as President and resigned from her staff role.

Sherry is mum to two daughters and has been married to Tony for more than 30 years. She’s a runner and a successful leadership coach.

Sherry Bevan - President


Chi Evi-Parker, Trustee

Chi has over 13 years’ experience working in marketing, digital marketing, and strategy in the private sector, with over 5 years in leadership positions driving business growth.

Chi is an advocate for equality, and a founding member of Tesco’s African, Black & Caribbean (ABC) Network in 2011. She sits as an advisor and mentor for a number of Black, Asian and minority-ethnic organisations, supporting junior marketers as they progress through their career.

She is passionate about ensuring any parent can educate themselves, no matter who they are or where they’re from.

Chi was also elected to the Board in 2020.

Chi Evi-Parker


Julien Haye, Trustee

Julien’s background covers strategic planning, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI), finance, risk management, and non-profit leadership. He has actively advised NCT on EDI matters, shaping our strategy, mission, and values.

As a parent to a toddler, Julien deeply understands NCT's vital role in supporting parents. He brings a unique perspective as an LGBTQ+ parent and is dedicated to advancing NCT's mission. He has a passion for empowering parents and advocating for underrepresented voices. Active in Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion initiatives, Julien supports organisations like The Diversity Role Models and Stonewall, bringing a strong voice for comprehensive support and recognition of all parents within NCT.

Julien was elected to the Board in 2023. 

Julien Haye


Franciane Husbands-Chevot, Trustee

Franciane is a scientist and businesswoman, and has worked in development for a pharmaceutical company in Northern Ireland. Her passion for science and research to drive improvements for everyone led her to become a STEM ambassador, regularly engaging with young people and promoting science in the context of diversity and inclusion.

She has also sought to encourage young members of Black, Asian and minority-ethnic communities to pursue a career in science.

Having had a baby herself during the pandemic, she is keen to bring new perspectives to NCT.

Franciane was elected to the Board in 2020.

Franciane Husbands-Chevot


Elaine Lambe, Trustee

Elaine was elected to the Board at the 2017 AGM, and has been an NCT member and volunteer for over 15 years in a variety of different roles including eight years as the West Midlands Regional Coordinator and six years as a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter. She was a founding member and volunteer of Southam & Villages branch.

Elaine is currently working as the manager of a charity running a community centre in south Warwickshire. Previously, she ran her own business and taught children with autism. Elaine has volunteered in a variety of roles with different community groups and charities over the years and is currently volunteering as a Special Educational Needs and Disability Parent Carer representative.

Elaine Lambe


Mikayla Pencross, Trustee

Mikayla has been an NCT antenatal practitioner and breastfeeding counsellor since 2020. She is based in Birmingham and played a pivotal role in the early days of the Sutton Coldfield Baby Cafe.

Mikayla has a diverse career history which includes communications, and managing projects from healthcare reconfigurations to private sector transitions. She has served on the management committee of a national Quaker youth theatre organisation and brings lived experience of homelessness and neurodivergence.

She is committed to NCT's equity, diversity, and inclusion priorities.

Mikayla was elected to the Board in 2023.

Mikayla Pencross


David Shanks, Trustee

David is a lawyer, currently working at Airwallex as the head of product and commercial legal. Previously, David was a senior counsel at Google and an associate at Freshfields in the City.

He has significant experience in managing risk and has knowledge of the digital and tech industries. 

After experiencing his first antenatal course, it was the support and network he and his partner found through NCT that inspired him to apply to become an NCT trustee.

David was appointed to the Board in 2017.

David Shanks


Vikram Sundarraj, Trustee

Vikram brings over 17 years of experience in leadership, strategy, and business development. His career spans diverse industries and regions, encompassing North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

He had a successful career in management consulting transforming businesses across different industries on topics such as growth strategy, operational excellence, business transformation, M&A, GDPR, amongst others. He most recently led the outdoor and seasonal decor businesses in Europe for Wayfair, an e-commerce marketplace.

His passion for early years development aligns closely with the NCT's mission. Being a recent NCT Antenatal course graduate and an entrepreneur in the early childhood development space, Vikram brings a personal understanding of NCT's vital role in supporting parents. He has also been volunteering as a strategic advisor to NCT since early 2024 and brings a fresh perspective that can contribute positively to NCT's mission.



Committee members

Salima Shariff, voluntary independent member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee

An accomplished senior HR leader recognised for building board-level strategies that transform people and culture functions across the international arena. As a passionate leader and trusted collaborator, she helps to build workforces that will create a sustainable future for the world and everyone within it. 

Throughout her career Salima has championed diversity and inclusion. She is currently responsible for developing and executing the strategic vision to identify the best talent in the industry. She supports a network of thousands of employees to reach their full potential and support them on their path to success, regardless of the walk of life they have come from. Salima helps to make people happy in their work – which she thinks makes it the best job going.

Salima has a BSc. in Chemistry from Imperial College and a MA in Human Resource Management from Middlesex Business School and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.

Salima Shariff


Naomi Horsfall, voluntary independent member of the Audit, Risk and Scrutiny Committee

Naomi has been a member of NCT since her first child was born in 2016. Now a mother of 3, she combines parenting with working within business consulting for Grant Thornton. Naomi has been a member of the Audit, Risk and Security Committee since 2018.

Naomi has over 10 years of experience of working with a variety of clients to audit and assess their finances, manage risk and optimise operations.

Naomi is passionate about positive parenting and promoting the important social and peer benefits NCT can facilitate between new parents. She helped establish and run the successful ‘Mondays up the Malverns’ sling walking group and ‘Welly Tots’ toddler walking group. She is also a regular volunteer at NCT Feed and Change tents, including at events such as the Malvern Show.

Naomi Horsfall


Peter Brown, independent director and Chair of NCT Trading Limited

Peter’s involvement with NCT began 14 years ago with an antenatal class in Enfield, North London. Since then he has returned to Scotland and is Membership Coordinator at the Lomond Branch and part of the NCT Scotland Regional Team, working to raise the profile of the Scottish branches and their activities, as well as supporting branches that are struggling for volunteers.

Peter currently works for a telecoms software company and is responsible for creating and communicating the product roadmap for his international customers. Peter is also Vice-Convener of Helensburgh Community Council and a qualified Assistant Scout Leader.

Peter was also NCT trustee from 2018 to 2023.



Faran Johnson, voluntary independent member of the Audit, Risk and Scrutiny Committee

Faran is a highly experienced change and transformation professional, currently she is Chief People Officer at the Motor Insurers’ Bureau. Previously, she was Chief People Officer at the UK Health Security Agency, NHS Test & Trace and Channel 4; and Managing Director of a social movement, Engaging for Success, formed to promote employee engagement as a better way to work that benefits individual employees, teams, whole organisations, communities and the UK. 

Her 30 year career spans both the private and the public sectors, operating in senior executive, consulting and board roles across media, private equity, financial services, entertainment, service, retail and charity organisations. She specialises in transformation - including strategy design and execution, behavioural, cultural and leadership change, and improving organisational performance. She has sat on boards, remuneration and audit, risk and compliance committees of listed and trustee-led organisations.

Faran, whose passions include cooking and creating belonging within communities, lives in London and has two sons.

Faran Johnson


Grace Dalley, independent director of NCT Trading Limited

Grace has over 20 years’ experience providing corporate governance services across a range of companies and industries including finance, insurance, higher education, and the third sector. In 2016 she became the founder and Director of her consultancy GED & Co. Ltd which provides a full range of CoSec services to Company Boards, Committees and their Chairs. This includes advising Chairs on a range of governance issues, supporting effectiveness reviews, elections, AGMs and the drafting of policies and reports. Grace is qualified through the Chartered Governance Institute. She also has an MBA from Bath University and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Prior to setting up her consultancy Grace held a number of roles including Director of Business Services at Yorkshire Housing, Head of Corporate Services at the Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, and Deputy Secretary at the University of Hull. 

Grace has two children. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going for walks with the family cockapoo and in her spare time is studying psychotherapy.

Grace Dalley


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