Meet The Team

Children's Services


Our friends

Senior Management

Simmi Woodwal

Chief Executive

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.

Irene Collins

Children Services Respite Co-ordinator

I have been at Honeypot since February 2002, ensuring that we are able to bring 100’s of children to Honeypot House each year. This involves liaising with Social Services, Child Protection Agencies, Schools and families themselves to ensure that each child is safe and feels at home during their stay. The best bit of all is being able to write and post all the birthday cards to our Honeypot children.

Nicky West

Community Fundraising Manager

I work with a variety of groups and clubs including Schools, Sports Clubs and Faith groups. I am available to come and talk to your group/ school about fundraising opportunities and can also provide fundraising resources. Additionally I coordinate sports events, sporting challenges and social events; so I’d love to hear from you if you would like to get involved in an upcoming event or if you would like to organise your own challenge or event. Please feel free to contact me and I will endeavour to help!

Clare Holloway

Children Services Manager

I am the Children Services Manager at Honeypot Children’s Charity. 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!

Laura Coleman

Regional Fundraising Manager

I joined the Honeypot Children’s Charity in April 2016 as Regional Fundraising Manager, based in Hampshire.  With over 20 years experience in the charity sector delivering specialist support services to vulnerable individuals and extensive experience of managing staff, volunteers and projects, I am keen to ensure the continuation and development of Honeypot through fundraising activity and financial support.  My role includes supporting corporate partners, community groups and individual donors within the southern region. 

Rani Johal

Trusts and Grants Manager

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 The Honeypot Children’s Charity. We are very grateful to the Trusts and Grants who support us and ensure our work with young carers and vulnerable children can continue.

Sue Leppington

Office Administrator and Volunteer Co-ordinator

I have worked with The Honeypot Children’s Charity since 2008. I undertake all things financial but can also be found supporting the Regional Team with events. I just love working in this environment and seeing the Children’s faces light up when they are here.

Cindy Steele-Jones

Playbus & Outreach Manager

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 The Honeypot Children’s Charity 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 of 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 journey’s to & from Honeypot House then please contact me. I’d be delighted to hear from you!


…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


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