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.
Sarah McMullen, Director of Impact and Engagement
Sarah is a big believer in investing in the start of life for public health and happiness. Throughout her career, Sarah’s work has focused on understanding and improving experiences of pregnancy and early parenthood, recognising the impact on the health and wellbeing of the whole family.
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Prior to her career at NCT, Sarah was a research lead and academic lecturer at the University of Nottingham, where she led a successful programme of externally funded research on pregnancy and infant development, while delivering undergraduate and postgraduate education in public health nutrition and research methodology.
Her passion for translating evidence into practice, policy and systemic change led her to the third sector, where she has gained significant experience in strategy, policy and service development and communications. Sarah is continually inspired by the role that charities, volunteering and community play in reducing isolation, building support networks, and promoting health and wellbeing – all while driving systemic change through partnerships and influencing.
Sarah grew up in County Durham, and now lives in Nottinghamshire with her partner and twin daughters. Her passion for volunteering extends to home life, and she enjoys being event director and a regular volunteer for junior parkrun.
Caroline Star, Director of Courses and Income
Caroline is an advocate for informed choice in pregnancy, and joined NCT in 2017 after more than a decade leading on children’s services policy in government.
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Caroline started her career as a strategy consultant at Boston Consulting Group then moved into government to work in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit. As a Senior Civil Servant Caroline’s responsibilities included setting up the first cross Whitehall Child Poverty Unit, leading on Child Safeguarding and leading on Adoption and Family Law.
Her eldest daughter was born profoundly deaf because of a virus she caught when she was pregnant (CMV). So she set up a charity to support research, educate professionals and the public and ensure that pregnant women have access to information and support. She has also worked with NICE as a lay member on the new guideline for Antenatal care.
Serena Sanghera, Director of People, Education and Inclusion
Serena joined NCT in June 2021 to develop NCT’s People, Education and Inclusion strategies to reflect the charity’s vision of ensuring that no parent is isolated, something she is very passionate about.
She is committed to helping people gain independence, equality and a voice in society, having spent the last ten years supporting children, adults and families with learning disabilities and autism in the health and social care sector.
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Serena graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a Bachelor’s degree in Law and Business and went onto complete her Master’s in Human Resource Management at Derby University.
Outside of work, she lives in the West Midlands and is a mum to two little girls. She she enjoys country walks, bike rides and home baking.
Craig Lewis, Head of Data and Technology
As a dad to a ten-year-old, Craig has experienced the challenges of the early parent role and is delighted to be part of the NCT family. He joined in April 2020, from previously running his own IT consulting business and working in the private and government sectors in technology roles for over 25 years.
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His diverse career started with programming and systems analyst positions, developing machines for testing blood in hospital laboratories then in the games industry. For several years he worked as a consultant defining and delivering customer relationship management (CRM) solutions across government departments.
During the last decade, Craig worked in a global role leading market measurement software and big data projects for the world’s largest manufacturers and retailers.
Craig grew up in South Wales, where a mixture of his parents' working class roots and their contributions to the local community had a big impact on his personal values.
He enjoys participating in local clubs and societies and fundraising for community projects. Craig is keen music lover, wherever watching live acts, running the school disco, organising the PA for village events or playing guitar in a covers band.
Hannah Cook, Head of Finance and Planning
Hannah believes passionately in the charity sector. Having specialised in supporting not-for-profit organisations in her previous role at RSM, she realised she wanted to work on “the other side” and joined NCT’s finance team in 2015.
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Hannah monitors the financial stability of the charity, overseeing strategic forecasting, management information and ensuring the day-to-day finances are managed effectively.
Hannah settled in the South West after studying at Bristol University and loving the city, enjoying access to both the outdoors and the entertainment.
Grace Dalley, Interim Company Secretary and Head of Governance
Grace is a qualified Company Secretary (ICSA) and has been a governance specialist for over 20 years. She brings a breadth and depth of governance experience from several companies and industries, including the third sector.
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Areas that Grace will be undertaking includes supporting the Board and its Committees, providing governance advice and guidance to the Chair, Board members and Senior Managers, supporting the production of the annual report & accounts, Trustee elections and the AGM. Other areas that Grace will be involved in include drafting Board and Committee reports, updating policies and investigating complaints.