Meet The Team

Children's Services

Fundraising

Our friends

Senior Management

Simmi Woodwal

Chief Executive simmi@honeypot.org.uk

As the CEO of Honeypot, it has been an honour for me to lead a unique and child-focused organisation where children remain at the heart of everything we do. I am extremely fortunate to be working with a fabulous group of people that are passionate and dedicated to the welfare of children, and this experience is second to none. In the current economy, the challenges facing charities are great, but we strive to continue providing the best possible care to as many children as we can. I am sincerely grateful for the continued support of many individuals, community groups and organisations, the invaluable contribution from our trustees and the tremendous hard work and commitment of the employees and volunteers throughout Honeypot.

Sarah Wallace

Director of Operations sarah@honeypot.org.uk

I joined Honeypot in July 2017. It was such a pleasure to visit our two houses in Hampshire and Wales and see the fantastic facilities available for the children that come to us for holidays. I also enjoyed meeting some of the children and their parents, and understanding what a great impact our services have on them, giving them a chance to make friends and have a fun-filled break away from home.

Peter Suchet

Director of Fundraising & Marketing peter@honeypot.org.uk

A few years ago I moved into the not-for-profit sector and joined Honeypot as Director of Communications & Appeals at the end of April 2016, and was subsequently appointed Director of Fundraising & Marketing in January 2017.

Prior to that, most of my career had been spent in senior roles at leading London marketing communications agencies, particularly Saatchi & Saatchi, where I spent nearly 14 years, firstly as a Board Director and latterly as Managing Director of Saatchi Direct, the group’s database and direct marketing subsidiary. I also set up and managed the Daily Telegraph’s first Sports Marketing Department which was responsible for the creation of Fantasy Football and Fantasy Cricket, voted Promotion of the Century by Marketing Magazine.

Melina Alexandrou

Corporate Partnerships Manager melina@honeypot.org.uk

In July 2017 I joined the Honeypot team as Corporate Partnerships Manager. Prior to joining the third sector I worked in TV broadcast media for large Blue Chip companies and for two music Start-Ups. I am very much looking forward to applying my broad skill set and experience to developing and nurturing strategic key partnerships for Honeypot and in making a big difference to the lives of our Honeypot heroes.

Kate Browning

Regional Fundraising Manager kate@honeypot.org.uk

I joined Honeypot in August 2017 and am loving every minute of it!  I’m responsible for maintaining relationships with our corporate supporters and major donors as well as building new relationships. As Honeypot is solely reliant upon fundraising and donations, it is my responsibility to ensure we get the funding we need to provide the support for the children. Please get in touch if you would like to support Honeypot through your organisation!

Clare Holloway

Children Services Manager clare@honeypot.org.uk

I am the Children Services Manager at Honeypot House, Hampshire. My job involves all aspects of referring children for a respite break and working with partner agencies. I really enjoy my role at Honeypot because I have a fantastic team who are professional, dedicated and always ready to give the children a magical experience. I particularly like working in the community supporting as many families and children as possible through visiting each child within their family home; finding out what they enjoy doing and ensure we recognise them as an individual; this means the respite break we provide is tailor made for them. If you are interested in referring children to Honeypot please feel free to get in touch. I’d be delighted to hear from you!

Dux

Children's Services Manager dux@honeypot.org.uk

I am the Children’s Services Manager at Honeypot Pen y Bryn in Wales. We first opened our doors to children in the summer of 2016 and have been busy ever since creating the perfect recipe for play, friendship and nurture. My role is varied and dynamic – I am building our referral routes by linking and liaising with professional colleagues around the country;  I meet all of the children who are referred to us and during these home visits I try to gain a sense of what is going to make their Honeypot Holiday extra special and finally I lead and inspire our incredible team of Dreamweavers whose job it is ‘ to make each and every holiday extra-special for the children who come’. Together we set about our mission to generate a million smiles.

Rani Johal

Trusts and Grants Manager Rani@honeypot.org.uk

Since I began working for the Honeypot Children’s Charity in July 2010 I have been inspired by the people who work with me. They have tremendous energy, love, passion and care for the services they deliver and the children they support. I feel very privileged to be part of such a team and honoured that I have the job of fundraising for Honeypot . We are very grateful to the trusts and foundations who support us and ensure our work with young carers and vulnerable children can continue.

Cindy Steele-Jones

Playbus & Outreach Manager Cindy@honeypot.org.uk

I am the Playbus & Outreach Manager for the Honeypot Children’s Charity. My job involves managing a small but fantastic team of both play/care staff and drivers who support me to deliver a great service. I really enjoy my role at Honeypot  because we deliver unique and diverse Playbus sessions, which bring so much joy and excitement to children both in their home communities and here at Honeypot House. I particularly like seeing the smiles and hearing the laughter of children who away from their caring roles or hardships, have fun and enjoy their one chance at childhood. If you are interested in driving the Playbus or minibus, like the thought of helping out on a play session or supporting the children in their journeys to and from Honeypot House then please contact me. I’d be delighted to hear from you!

Viv Carter

Regional Community Fundraising Officer viv@honeypot.org.uk

I love meeting and talking to community groups, clubs and schools about the wonderful work of the Honeypot Children’s Charity – Bumble sometimes comes with me too, which is good fun! I feel very lucky to be based at Honeypot House in Hampshire, not only because it’s a beautiful site in the New Forest, but also because during the school holidays I enjoy hearing all the fun and laughter from the children that are here for their first Honeypot respite break. The sound of children being children and having the opportunity to take a break from their circumstances at home is a great motivator as a fundraiser. Please do get in touch with me if you would like me to give a Honeypot talk to your group, or if you are organising an event and would like us to be involved! Thank you.

Bumble

…Bumble is a bee of few words. As our mascot he loves to get out and about representing the charity and he turns up all over the place! If you would like Bumble to visit your school, workplace, or attend your event please let us know, he’d be delighted to come along!

Our Trustees

Caspar MacDonald-Hall (Chairman)
Laurie Oppenheim
Paddy Grafton-Green
Mary Davis
Michael Jolliffe
Hugh Whitaker
David Clark
Verne Grinstead
Carl Leighton-Pope
Mikhail Watford
Michael Steele
Natalie Rebeiz

Founder

Lisa Nelson Stratton (we were initially founded as The Nelson Trust, in 1992)