Our Governance

Board of Trustees


Spurgeons is governed by its Board of Trustees, which works closely with the Executive Directors of our Management Team, to help guide their decision making. The Trustees are legally responsible for the charity, its assets and activities.

ANDREW CAPLEN Chair of Trustees

Andrew (2).jpegAndrew Caplen has been the Chair of Spurgeons Children’s Charity since December 2017.

He is a Solicitor and Notary Public. From 2014 to 2015 he was the President of the Law Society of England and Wales. He has written and spoken widely on a range of justice issues. Andrew is currently the co-Director of Restored, a Christian Charity seeking to end violence against women. He is also a member of the Law Society’s Human Rights Committee.


Romaine.jpgRomaine joined our Board of Trustees in January 2015, where she is currently Vice-Chair, as well as a member of the Organisational Development and Strategy sub-committee.

Romaine has been a practising solicitor for over 25 years, latterly as a partner. Spurred on by wanting to make a difference, she has worked with many charities both at home and abroad over the years, supporting them through legal changes. She lives in Shropshire and enjoys reading and listening to a variety of music.


Natalie.jpgNatalie joined our Board of Trustees in 2014, where she is currently Vice Chair and a member of the Organisational Development and Strategy and Remuneration sub-committees. She is keen to develop the role of volunteers within the organisation.

Natalie has held senior roles in a number of high profile organisations, working for the NSPCC, The Children’s Society, Unicef, The European Commission and most recently as Chief Executive of the Prison Fellowship. Natalie also has more than 15 years’ experience working as a volunteer with homeless, disabled and older people, asylum seekers, and children in a variety of settings in the UK and abroad.


Safron R.pngSafron was appointed to our Board of Trustees in 2017 and currently sits on the Standards and Outcomes Commitee.

Safron is an independent child protection consultant.  She is a serious case review author and delivers training on a range of safeguarding subjects to multi-agency managers and practitioners across England and Guernsey. 

Safron has over twenty five years’ experience in child protection social work, during which time she has held various operational and strategic roles.  She is a former Director at the NSPCC charity, has been a member of various government task groups and was a visiting lecturer at the Tavistock Centre.


Simon-Beresford.jpgAfter following the charity for a number of years, Simon joined our Board of Trustees in 2014 and currently chairs our External Communications and Fundraising sub-committee.

Simon is a professional fundraiser and has worked in the UK charity sector for more than ten years, currently leading the fundraising department for a Christian international development agency, All We Can. While specialising in corporate fundraising, he also has extensive experience in events, marketing, legacies and trusts work and holds a Masters in NGO Management. Alongside Simon's role with us, he is a committed volunteer at his church, Hillsong Church London.


Sarah P.pngHelen joined the Board in March 2017. Qualified in Social Work, with degrees in Law, and masters level qualifications in Social Policy and an MBA, Helen has worked in senior management roles since 1998 in Youth Justice and Children’s Services in local government.

Helen has worked at Executive Director level since 2008 across Children, Adult and Health and Wellbeing Services in local government before taking on a national role as Director of Strategy in Cafcass.

Helen is currently an Executive Director of Children’s Services.

Helen has Board level experience in education and health related services.


Sarah.pngSarah joined our Board of Trustees in 2017. Sarah graduated at Nottingham University with a BA in Industrial Economics and initially worked for 13 years at KPMG (in both audit and mergers and acquisitions), where she was an associate director.

During this time Sarah also set up a charity Rainbow Farm to support a project for orphaned and abandoned children in Brazil, which she chaired for five years. She helped with the strategic review at the international aid and development charity Tearfund in 2006 and worked alongside the Global and Corporate Citizenship team at KPMG setting up charity partnerships before going on to be the Finance Director at the international children’s charity World Vision UK in 2007 for five years. 

In 2012 Sarah went to do a Certificate in Theology at London School of Theology before becoming the Finance Director at The Fostering Network for three years.  Sarah is now a full time foster carer as well as a Trustee for Viva the International Children’s Charity and a Director of The Evangelical Alliance Developments Trading Company.  In her spare time Sarah has volunteered for TLG, the pupil referral centre for excluded young people and Nightstop, which takes in homeless young people overnight.  Sarah is currently a champion for the charity Home for Good and is on the leadership team of her local church in Hounslow.

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