The cornerstone to our strategy is being an open, diverse and inclusive charity so we can support all parents, whoever they are, and whatever their situation. Our people are at the heart of this strategy.
We believe that every pregnant woman and new parent should have access to information and a supportive network so they can have a safe, informed and empowered experience of new parenthood.
Under the direction of the Chief Executive, the Senior Leadership Team lead and support our employees, practitioners, students and volunteers, in delivering our vision that no parent is isolated, and that all parents are supported.
Our Senior Leadership Team are responsible for day-to-day operational management and strategic leadership. They set plans and goals for the long term, managing the charity’s performance and impact, while monitoring risks.
Meet our team
Angela McConville, Chief Executive
‘Parents coming together in their local communities to support other parents is one of the most impactful and far-reaching effects of the work of NCT.’
Angela lives in Oxfordshire with her young family and is a passionate advocate for the wellbeing of pregnant women and new parents. She also wholeheartedly believes in volunteering and the role of community organising in making a positive impact for local people and local places.
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She joined NCT in January 2020, having been Chief Executive of a number of charities working in community development, social and economic regeneration and heritage management.
After an early career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Angela has spent her working life in charities and not-for-profit enterprises. Angela’s experience ranges from managing a leading visitor attraction and world heritage site, to creating a new strategy for one of London’s largest community development trusts. Angela is a passionate and strategic charity leader with significant governance, strategy and operational experience, and over her career has built a range of dynamic partnerships and enterprises across the leisure, education and technology spaces.
Angela has served on a number of not-for-profit Boards as a trustee and/or non-executive Director, including The London Apprenticeship Company, London’s first group apprenticeship company, City of Westminster College and the London Transport Museum, where she served as a volunteer trustee and Trading Board Director for six years.
Angela grew up in Northern Ireland and found inspiration in the work and efforts of her family and local community to forge opportunity and create provision in the face of social and political turbulence. She studied at both Trinity College Dublin, and Henley Business School, as well as spending a year studying at the University of Paris.
Tope Medupin, Director of Operations
Tope joins NCT with over 15 years of experience in Finance and Operations. In that time, she has partnered with senior leadership teams across publishing, music, technology and non-profit organisations at various stages of their development journey. She joined the NCT leadership team in March 2023.
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Tope started her career as a chartered accountant, spending ten years running financial accounting, planning and analysis processes, and leading teams in London and New York before taking on more generalist business operations roles.
She is excited to bring her experience of supporting ambitious teams to deliver against their goals in sustainable ways. Tope is also looking forward to working with the team at NCT to help improve outcomes for parents and children from every background, especially those most vulnerable to structural inequities.
Tope loves the inner workings of what makes a business run and bridging the gap between big, lofty organisational missions and the real work delivered by incredible humans on the ground. She is passionate about bringing together diverse groups of people to solve complex problems and how people, processes, data and technology converge.
She is a proud first-generation British Nigerian and mother of two daughters. Tope loves plantain, yoga, drawing, and architecture and recently built a house with her husband on a little triangular wedge in South East London.
Emma Cutler, Director of Impact and Engagement
Emma is a marketing and communications specialist with over twenty years’ experience in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. She holds a CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing) qualification and a BSc in Management Studies from the University of London.
Emma joined the NCT leadership team in May 2022.
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Emma’s previous roles include Director of Marketing and Communications for a national patient support charity and Head of Marketing and Communication Services for the RNLI.
She genuinely enjoys bringing people and organisations together to effect change through high impact campaigns and programmes. As a founder of a charity alliance in a previous role, she was delighted that their first joint campaign was nominated for a Third Sector Excellence Award.
Emma cares deeply about people and the planet and is a passionate advocate of holistic health and wellbeing. She is motivated by being part of a team and a community and has undertaken a variety of volunteer roles from teaching English to children and young adults in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to being a Trustee of an environmentally led, community crafting hub in her home county, Dorset.
Natasha Simpson, Director of People, Education and Inclusion
With a drive for social justice, Natasha has dedicated most of her career to working in the people function sector within charities that have a social purpose.
Natasha was delighted with the opportunity to join NCT – a charity which aspires to extend its community and volunteering reach to help and support all new and expectant parents, irrespective of their experiences, identity, background or beliefs.
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With an educational background in psychology, Natasha began working in the people function over 20 years ago. Her work within the charity sector spans numerous national organisations with a holistic focus on social care – primarily supporting vulnerable adults and their families within the areas of substance misuse, criminal justice, mental health, housing and homelessness, skills, education and employability.
Natasha has extensive experience in the areas of organisational growth, development and transformational change within fast changing environments. She has worked with leadership teams to successfully build inclusive cultures, with highly engaged and motivated colleagues.
After her second child and a three-year career break (wonderfully spent as a stay-at-home mum, in southern Spain) Natasha set up her own HR consultancy, before returning to the workplace a few years after that. Her most recent role was within the UK’s leading youth homelessness charity, Centrepoint.
When not working, she is very family oriented and lives an active life in the suburbs of North West London with her husband and two sons. They enjoy the outdoors and share a passion for health, wellbeing and fitness – which includes dabbling in anything from cycling, to obstacle mud runs, to hiking, half-marathons, horse riding, or even surfing!
Michael Barnett, Director of Finance and Planning
Michael joined NCT in January 2022, inspired by its vision of supporting all parents and building a stronger society.
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Michael worked for over 30 years in one of the UK’s largest and most successful consumer goods companies, qualifying as an Accountant and working in numerous countries. After fulfilling various roles in Finance and gaining an MBA from London Business School, he moved into Strategy & Planning where his responsibilities included strategy development, programme management, corporate planning and risk management.
He's volunteered for a range of organisations focused on tackling social inequalities. This prompted him to complete a MSc in Charity Accounting and Financial Management, prior to joining an East London community charity where he was Director of Finance and Operations.
Michael has been Treasurer, Trustee and Finance Committee Chair of various charities. He currently fulfils this role for a south London charity working with disabled adults and a national charity giving a voice to people in the criminal justice system.
He lives in South West London and enjoys spending time with his family; watching shows, films, comedy, sport and concerts, as well as eating and drinking. He also participates in various sports, especially running (to counter the effects of the eating and drinking!)