Meet the Team

Hello from all of us at ACTION FOR SICK CHILDREN

Val Jackson
Val JacksonChief Executive
Val joined Action for Sick Children in 2012 as PA to the then Chairman of the charity and when the opening came up for a Chief Executive the Trustees had no hesitation in recruiting Val into the role.
She says “I am thoroughly enjoying my time as lead at Action for Sick Children and look forward to doing so for the foreseeable future! Working within the charity sector is fantastic; it’s extremely rewarding to see the improvements and impact we make on the lives of children and their families. I am really looking forward to the exciting future Action for Sick Children has; we have fantastic projects, a great team and the enthusiasm and commitment to continue to grow!”
Gillian Boardman
Gillian BoardmanOffice Manager
Gill has been part of the team at Action for Sick Children for 10 years now and her role has evolved somewhat over the years. Gill joined as an administration assistant and now as Office Manager is responsible for the administration team along with the day to day running of the office.
Gill looks after us all in many ways; we always know where to go when we need taking care of! She says “Running an office means you never have two days the same! I am always learning something new as you have to be able to turn your hand to absolutely anything”.
Kerry Hill
Kerry HillSenior Facilitator
Kerry joined Action for Sick Children in 2011 as a Dental Playbox® Facilitator; and has been delivering sessions to children throughout Greater Manchester on a regular basis since then. We estimate that she has educated 10,000+ children about the importance of good oral health, visiting the dentist and making healthy choices! She has recently been promoted to Senior Facilitator and says: “I enjoy my role as Senior Facilitator because the position is so varied, one day I can be in the very centre of Manchester, and the next I could be driving around the country roads of Derbyshire. I love meeting all the children and hearing their stories about visiting the dentist as well as helping them with any anxieties and fears they may have about visiting the dentist. I also love being part of a team and working alongside everybody at Action for Sick Children and The Dental Playbox® Project to make a difference. Action for Sick Children is a wonderful family friendly place to work.”


Sarah Lynch
Sarah LynchOffice Administrator
Sarah’s key role is to support the Dental Playbox® team which she does with enthusiasm! Sarah says:
“I love working here, as the job is varied and fun and it is fantastic to know that what we are doing is making a positive impact on children’s lives. Everybody here is passionate about the work we do and we work hard together to make a difference. Action for Sick Children is also a family friendly employer so I can do the school run every day, and never miss a school assembly. I feel incredibly lucky to work for Action for Sick Children”


Andrea Henry
Andrea HenryFacilitator
Andrea is one of our most experienced facilitators and is always smiling! She never fails to brighten our day here at Action for Sick Children.
We asked Andrea what she most enjoyed about her job and she told us “The best bit of my role is the fun I have in the Dental Playbox® sessions with the children. I see the benefit of our sessions and hope that it goes some-way towards reducing childhood tooth decay.”
Kath Shaw
Kath ShawFacilitator
Kath has a wealth of experience in working with children and young people of all ages and brings with her a fantastic creative spark!
We asked Kath what she enjoys most about her work, she told us “I love meeting new children and I feel like I am really making a difference educating them about dental hygiene, it’s so sad to see the amount of tooth decay in young children.”
Cheryl Howarth
Cheryl HowarthFacilitator
Cheryl has worked in Oral Health for 35 years, firstly as a dental nurse, then as an Oral Health Promoter.
Cheryl is based in the Oldham area and we are so lucky to have her working with us; especially with all of her experience and enthusiasm for improving children’s oral health.


Lucy Sawdon-Molloy
Lucy Sawdon-MolloyFundraising and Development Manager

Children are our future,
it’s up to us to take care of them