Senior Management Team

The senior management team have day-to-day responsibility for leading WellChild.

Colin DyerColin Dyer, Chief Executive

Colin was appointed Chief Executive of WellChild in 2010 having joined the organisation two years earlier. Prior to joining WellChild, Colin spent five years heading up the Steve Redgrave Trust, a charity providing inclusion opportunities for young people across the UK. A qualified senior journalist and former news and sports editor, Colin spent 10 years directing and consulting on sports marketing and sponsorship accounts in the UK and across Europe – including work to incorporate cause-related and charity-focused elements in major sponsorships alongside organisations such as Comic Relief and the World Food Programme. Colin is passionate about ensuring that children and young people have access to the best possible opportunities. One of his proudest achievements has been leading on a change in direction at WellChild from grant funding to the direct, practical support programmes, which are now proving so vital for thousands of families every year. However, in his words, ‘there is still much to do’.

Linda PartridgeLinda Partridge, Director of Programmes

Linda trained in both children’s and adult nursing at Booth Hall Children’ Hospital in Manchester and spent her early career in the paediatric intensive care unit at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital and then at the Royal Brompton Hospital London. After spending over 15 years on the front line, Linda completed post graduate training in health education at Kings College, London and took up a number of senior roles within the voluntary sector, which also saw her lobbying and campaigning on children & young people’s rare disorder and health issues across the UK and Europe. Linda joined WellChild in 2005 and has responsibility for all strategic programmes. Passionate about children and young people’s health, and advocating for families, one of her proudest achievements has been overseeing the creation and growth of the WellChild Nurse programme. Follow Linda on Twitter: @lmpartridge

Vanessa SnellVanessa Snell, Director of Operations

Vanessa is an ex-Commissioned Officer with the Royal Air Force who has worked in many sectors but most recently in business management roles for not for profits and a School Business Manager/Bursar before joining WellChild in 2011. Formal training has included the Institute of Legal Executives, National College for School Leadership and the Institute of Administrative Management. Vanessa works across the organisation and manages the operational and support services activities including HR, business processes, finance, IT, Health & Safety, Data Protection and front of house to ensure that WellChild runs smoothly, efficiently and effectively. Vanessa is also Company Secretary of WellChild.

Matt JamesMatt James, Director of Communications & Marketing

Matt joined WellChild in 2015 following over ten years marketing in the technology industry. Prior to joining WellChild, Matt co-founded Eccomplished, a consultancy advising early-stage retail technology companies on marketing, growth and fundraising strategy. Matt was previously responsible for UK demand generation at MessageLabs (now part of Symantec) and ran marketing across Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean and Africa for Websense. Matt leads the marketing and comms team at WellChild, ensuring that the charity continues to punch above its weight in getting the issues faced by thousands of families across the UK firmly in the public eye. Matt has an MBA from Cardiff Business School and has a keen interest in the transformative potential of digital technology in the non-profit sector. Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattjames00