Annamarie Hassall MBE, Chair of Trustees

Annamarie Hassall is a Director at the National Children’s Bureau, leading a policy and practice agenda that spans early years, social care, education and health. This includes a ten-year multi-agency

intervention programme in some of the poorest parts of Lambeth, funded by A Better Start, to work with families to give their babies and very young children the best possible start in life.

For over 35 years, Annamarie has worked to provide and improve services for children, including roles in local government, the Department for Education, private and voluntary sectors.

She remains an active member of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) and the British Association of Social Workers (BASW), and has worked closely with Ministers and officials at the Department for Education and Department of Health to develop several policy priorities.

Annamarie was instrumental in establishing the Together for Children team in England a successful public and private sector partnership that was a key-player in the national roll out of children’s centres and which promoted inclusion in the early years by giving disabled children access to childcare. Annamarie is a founding director of Together for Disabled Children, and influenced the establishment of the National Network of Parent Carer Forums.

Annamarie was appointed MBE in 2011, in recognition of her contribution to work with children and families.

Ben McNaught, Honorary Treasurer

Ben joined National Deaf Children’s Society in 2010 as their Head of Supporter Marketing. Leading the individual giving, database and legacy fundraising operations, he is responsible for ensuring that NDCS’s services have long term, sustainable funding to support deaf children, young people and their families. Previously, he worked in a number of positions within the Individual Giving teams at Shelter and at Arthritis Care. He has also served as a member of the Executive Board of the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association (PFRA).

Ben became a Trustee of Childlife in June 2013.


Dan Beacon, Trustee

Dan is Head of Fundraising and Communications for Ataxia UK.  He has 14 years’ experience in Direct Marketing and Fundraising and has worked in the charity sector for 12 years.

A passionate fundraiser, Dan has also been a trustee at dZi Foundation UK since 2016, and became a Childlife Trustee in July 2019.



Christina White, Trustee

Christina joined Acorns Children’s Hospice in Spring 2019 as the Senior Individual Giving Manager. At Acorns she leads the individual giving, legacy and in memory fundraising programme.

She is responsible for managing long-term and sustainable income streams, whilst ensuring that supporters receive the best possible experience during their time with Acorns.

She began working in the charity sector in 2008 when she joined the Supporter Recruitment team at WaterAid. She has since held marketing, supporter acquisition and development roles at World Animal Protection and The Air Ambulance Service.

Christina became a Childlife Trustee in July 2019.