The Team

The Kids Network is passionate about connection and driven by fun, commitment and diversity. Meet the team that makes the magic happen.

Sarah Woodcock, CEO and Founder of The Kids Network

Sarah Woodcock

CEO & FOUNDER

Sarah has significant experience in the strategy and delivery of a number of programmes at a national level. Prior to founding The Kids Network, Sarah has developed capacity building projects for UK Youth and Save the Children on topics such as employability, social action, digital skills, literacy and safeguarding. Sarah also currently sits on the board of trustees for the Coop Foundation. She has been a mentor for the last four years and describes it as the best use of her time.

Carole Muriithi is Project Manager at The Kids Network

Carole Muriithi

PROJECT MANAGER

Carole has experience working for innovative, socially impactful start-ups that share her commitment to equality and education. She previously worked for a charity supporting teenage girls by connecting them with female role models and a network of professional people and organisations. Before that, Carole was part of a young education-technology start up that aims to improve student results and confidence by identifying key misconceptions in any given subject and providing detailed insights in student understanding.

Derya is our Project Coordinator

Derya Miralay

PROJECT COORDINATOR

Derya is a recent graduate where she studied Education, Culture and Society. She has excellent knowledge on young people and issues they are confronted with in contemporary society. In the past, she has volunteered in schools with children who have autism as well as previously volunteering as Social Media Manager for The Kids Network. She is extremely passionate about mental health and contributing towards a greater and more inclusive future.

Jadon Guthrie

PROJECT COORDINATOR

Jadon has experience in managing youth social enterprises and in digital marketing. Having worked with vulnerable children internationally, he enrolled at the University of Kent where he founded and managed a community action group which empowered socio-economically deprived children in Canterbury by connecting them with a network of university students and young professionals. Prior to The Kids Network he was a Project Manager at a creative marketing agency developing digital strategies.

TRUSTEES

Clare Laxton is Chair of the Board of Trustees at The Kids Network

Clare Laxton

CHAIR

Clare is a policy and influencing professional with over a decade of experience in the charity sector. She is currently Assistant Director of Policy and Influencing at CLIC Sargent. Previous to this role she led policy and campaigns work at Women’s Aid, the national domestic abuse charity and Parliamentary Affairs for sexual health charities FPA and Brook. Clare is also currently a trustee of the National Children’s Bureau (NCB).

Doug Huges is Treasurer at The Kids Network

Doug Huges

TREASURER

Douglas is an accounting and finance professional with 20 years of experience in the real estate investment industry.  His role model growing up was his mother, who raised two boys as a single parent while also maintaining a successful career in public relations. Douglas has been involved with a number of charitable originations supporting vulnerable youth and the homeless, including coaching youth baseball. 

Subul Ashan

Subul is easily distracted and is therefore a trained solicitor, chartered accountant and tax advisor. She has worked with a number of humanitarian and animal charities both in the UK and in Pakistan where she grew up. In her spare time she loves cooking up a storm and being active whilst attempting to convince her partner that they should adopt a plethora of animals and/or open an animal shelter.

Charlie Foster is Trustee at The Kids Network

Charlie Foster

Charlie works in finance and currently leads a team of 12 at RBS focussed on providing funding solutions for large companies operating in the Real Estate sector in the UK.  Banking has been an ideal setting in which to hone her skills in managing a breadth of stakeholders and in bringing together teams of individual subject matter experts, and effective people management is of particular interest to her.

Nigel Phan is a Trustee at The Kids Network

Nigel Phan

Nigel is the Founder and Managing Director of the start-up venture Whirli. His prior professional experience was with McKinsey and Company as an Associate Partner where he specialised in Consumer Goods & Retail and commercial topics such as Growth Strategy, and Marketing and Sales. A keen entrepreneur, Nigel enjoys helping early stage organisations grow. Apart from managing his own venture, Nigel is also an avid small-time investor in other business-to-consumer start-up companies.

Amy Henderson is Trustee at The Kids Network

Amy Henderson

Amy works in the Child Safeguarding team at a large NGO; and oversees a psychological support programme that aims to educate, monitor and support staff who are exposed to trauma as part of their role. She has been involved with numerous charities for children and young people over the years and has developed a wonderful talent for making a mess, playing games, creating silly stories and tidying up messes.

Natasha Friend is Trustee at The Kids Network

Natasha Friend

Natasha Friend is Director of Camden Giving, a charity that works with businesses and communities to overcome inequality, she has a background in corporate partnerships. ‘When I was growing up my role model was a family friend called Ludmilla, she had come to the UK from the Czech Republic and I was inspired by her spirit for adventure and I loved seeing my home country through her eyes.’