The People Behind Round Table Childrens Wish

Meet The Team

Our small but dedicated team of staff grant hundreds of wishes and put the smiles on the faces of children who need them the most. The wonderful family we have are:

Cathy White

Wish Coordinator

Wish Coordinator

“As the Wish Coordinator at RTCW I have had the honour of granting wishes at the charity for over 15 years. No two days are ever the same. It’s always a pleasure to make wishes come true for such incredible children and to work with the families to ensure each wish is handcrafted and unique. It always makes my day to hear how much they enjoy their special wish.”

Fundraising Officer

Leigh Collins

Fundraising Officer

Fundraising Officer

Leigh, mum of 4 is our new Fundraising Officer. Leigh has been a supporter of RTCW for many years due to a close connection to the Round Table family.

“As fundraising officer for RTCW I get to work with our dedicated supporters new and old. Always looking for different ways to fundraise and encourage our supporters to participate in various runs and challenges in the hope we raise vital funds for this fantastic cause. Having a son who was born with a life threatening condition gives me a small understanding of how our wish families feel, this spurs me on to being all things RTCW so we can move forward with our charity and thrive!”

Meet The Trustees

Our Trustees are Parents, Community Partners and current members of Round Table, 41 Club and Tangent.
They do a fantastic job of ensuring that Round Table Children’s Wish can continue to grant handcrafted wishes. Our Trustees are:

Chair of Trustees

Andrew Simmonds

Chair of Trustees

Chair of Trustees

Andrew is a property consultant, based in Bristol and was elected to the Board of Round Table in June 2014.  At this time he joined the Board of Round Table Children’s Wish. A third generation “Tabler”, Andrew is married with two young children.

Andrew was an active member of Round Table for over 19 years. During this time he raised funds for various local and national charities. Most notably, having been the organiser of Bristol’s largest charity firework display for 7 years.

Andrew has been a Trustee of various charities and organisations covering healthcare, children and education and in bringing both his eye for business detail and charitable governance to the board of RTCW is well placed to lead the organisation.

Paula Farnfield

Clerk to Trustees

Clerk to Trustees

National Tangent President 2016-17 and past Ladies Circle National Secretary

Paula has been a supporter of RTCW from its inception through her Ladies Circle connection. She continued to support the charity through her Round Table family connections and jumped at the opportunity of a more proactive role as one of our trustees. Paula has previously worked as a project manager for a multi-national I.T. company. She puts her experience in budget and schedule management, event planning, and team building to use in growing the charity for the future.

Paula is an active member of Tangent following her background within Ladies Circle where she was a National Board Member. She is keen to support the on-going development of wishes and often attends our runs in support of people taking part for RTCW.

Paula is currently serving as National President for Tangent Clubs.

Alan Collins

Trustee

Trustee

Alan, a Senior Customer Engineer working for Hitachi Vantara UK, lives in Coventry with his wife, 4 children and a Beagle (if you know you know), Alan is kept constantly busy with his community work. He is also co-organiser of Skinflint Rally which has raised several thousands for our charity over the last 4 years.

Alan has been a member of Coventry Round Table since 2011. He first started working with RTCW in 2014 when they hosted their charity ball. Since then he has tirelessly campaigned and fundraised for our charity, joining the board of trustees in 2019.

Alan is the National Community Officer for Round Table Great Britain and Ireland 2021-2023. His passion is community and charity, he carried this into his professional life by becoming the first chair of CSR committee at Hitachi Vantara UK.

 

 

Vice Chair of Trustees

Sarah Goodman

Vice Chair of Trustees

Vice Chair Of Trustees

Sarah is a Brand and Marketing Manager for an aerospace engineering company, based in Bournemouth.

She brings her experience of working in the corporate world across governance, operations and risk management to RTCW and is passionate about helping the charity meet its goals –

“For me, the special nature of RTCW is that it creates a truly positive experience for families that are going through their darkest moments. I am humbled and honoured to play a part in such an amazing charity. I feel that in some small way, I can be part of making a real difference to the lives of young people who have the courage to keep smiling every day, no matter what.”

Anton Woodward

Trustee

Trustee

Anton lives in Suffolk with his wife Sharon and their three children and enjoys playing blues guitar.

On leaving school, Anton joined the Royal Air Force and completed a three year avionics apprenticeship. He then spent four years working with the air-to-air missile control system on Phantom F4 fighter aircraft.

Upon leaving the RAF in 1988, Anton began his stage automation career, working all over the world on numerous stage productions and arts venue projects. He founded his company AVW Controls Ltd in 1996 and is a chartered engineer. He is a former trustee-director of the Association of British Theatre Technicians and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. As a result of his contributions to stage automation, Anton was awarded OBE in 2013.

Anton is current Chairman of 41 Club for Bury St Edmunds and former Chairman and President of Round Table in Bury St Edmunds. He joined RTCW as a trustee in 2017.

 

Greg Meadwell

Trustee

Trustee

Greg a past National Membership Officer for Round Table and National Tabler of the Year 2012, is a chartered surveyor and partner in a surveying practice in the West Midlands, a junior school governor and an RICS Assessor for graduate surveyors final assessments.  He lives in Suffolk with his fiancée and two of her three children, one of whom is autistic.

Supporting RTCW throughout his tabling life at a local, area and national level, Greg even completed 80 miles on roller coaters, as well as parachuting and wing walking, he is currently training for an expedition to Everest Base Camp in October 2022.

 

 

Meet The Patrons

Our Patrons do a wonderful job at promoting us.
Our patrons support us because they believe that the work we do as a charity makes a big difference in the lives of the children and families we support. But don’t take our word for it! See what our patrons have to say themselves below:

Harry Redknapp

English Football Manager and Former Player

“This charity is very close to my heart. Whatever the kids want we try and make it happen. To grant a wish and help them fight their illness gives them and their family such a lift.” Visit Harry Redknapp’s website

Chris Jarvis

TV Actor and Presenter

“I’m absolutely honoured to contribute towards Round Table Children’s Wish as a Patron. This is a charity that brings so much happiness to children at a time when they are going through so much.”