Meet The Team

Children's Services


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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 young carers, 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.

Anthony Cummings

Director of Income and Communications

After over 25 years in the non-profit sector working for small, medium and large charities, in the field of children and young people, Community Development and as Executive Director of a Specialist NHS Hospital Foundation, coming to Honeypot was like a homecoming. I feel deeply privileged in knowing that every day I am working for an organisation that supports and transforms the lives of thousands of the most disadvantaged young carers.

Over the coming years the Fundraising and Communications team at Honeypot will be raising its sights to secure the additional funds needed to develop the impactful services for thousands more young carer’s to meet their ever changing needs.

I invite all Honeypot’s supporters, actual and potential, to discuss how we can work together in partnership for the benefit of many thousands of young carers.

Jenny Ray

Director of Operations

I joined the Honeypot team in June 2019 as Director of Operations. Prior to joining Honeypot I worked for over 25 years in the Education sector. I am very much looking forward to applying my experience and skills to enhance and develop the services Honeypot provides supporting the thousands of young carers referred to us.

Melina Alexandrou

Corporate Partnerships Manager

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.

Clare Davis

Regional Fundraising Manager (North West, Midlands and Wales)

I joined Honeypot in February 2018 with 12 years experience  in the fundraising sector across all areas of income generation. I am thrilled to be working with a great team of people making a difference to the lives of young carers on our programme through our respite house, Pen y Bryn, in Mid-Wales. The majority of my role is focused on new business whether it be gaining new corporate partnerships, introducing new events or engaging with community groups. If you would like to learn more about how we support young carers from across the North West, Midlands and Wales and how you can help us , drop me an email!

Kate Browning

Regional Fundraising Manager (Hampshire)

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!


Senior Team Leader

I am the Senior Team Leader 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.

Naomi Zervas

Children's Services Coordinator

In 2018 I started working for the Honeypot Children’s Charity as Children’s Services Coordinator in Honeypot Pen y Bryn. Although I work behind the scenes, I am extremely proud to say I play a part in providing many children from Wales and the surrounding areas with happy and treasured memories!

Nikita Anthony

Team Leader

I started my Honeypot journey in April 2019 as a Team Leader here in Wales. From that point on I’ve used my knowledge and experience to plan extra special breaks for a range of children, ensuring their needs and wants are at the heart of everything I do. I get an insight of individual children from home visits that feed into my plans to guarantee their time with us here at Honeypot sticks with them forever; most importantly, giving the children chance to be children. I am honoured to work for such a magical charity, giving children extraordinary memories that’ll last a lifetime.

Viv Carter

Regional Community Fundraising Officer

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.

Jenny Grace

Team Leader

I joined the Honeypot Hampshire team in June 2018 as a Team Leader. Prior to this I worked as a youth worker supporting children and young people around emotional issues for over ten years. My main role at Honeypot is managing the breaks, planning a variety of different activities and and carrying out home visits. I feel privileged to be part of the Honeypot team and love being involved in something that gives children positive and long lasting memories. 


…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)
Paddy Grafton-Green
Verne Grinstead
Laurie Oppenheim
Michael Steele
Natalie Rebeiz
Hugh Whitaker
Mary Davis


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