Meet our Staff

Peter Ackland – Chief Executive

Peter Ackland – Chief Executive

Peter was appointed as part-time Chief Executive in 2018  to provide leadership to the charity and to be responsible for its management and administration, within the strategic policy and accountability framework approved by the Board of Trustees.

Jenni Herrett

Jenni Herrett – Fundraising Manager

Jenni works part time and is one of our Senior Managers.  Jenni is one of the founders of the charity and is responsible for generating  income primarily from Trusts, Foundations and Local Authorities and maintaining effective relationships with them.

Lorna Herrett

Lorna Herrett – Activities Coordinator

Lorna works full time and has been part of the office team since 2013. Lorna is responsible for coordinating, developing, researching and planning activities across all age groups for Kangaroos members. Lorna is also Deputy Safeguarding Lead and leads some groups.

Samantha Norgate

Samantha Norgate – Fundraising Coordinator

Samantha  has been with Kangaroos since 2012 and works full time.  Samantha is responsible for all of our Business, Community and Events fundraising. Samantha helps to raise awareness of the organisation’s work and raises funds by the use of targeted external communications and events, as well as PR, marketing and business networking.


Lauren Stoney – Individual Giving Fundraising Coordinator

Lauren joined Kangaroos in August 2019 to oversee our individual giving fundraising programme. She looks after our lovely supporters and manages general donations coming into the charity as well as regular gifts, gifts in Wills, gifts in memory of a loved one, and gifts made via company payroll schemes. Lauren also looks after major gifts and anyone wishing to support the charity in this way.


Denise Tester – Operations Assistant

Denise works part time and joined Kangaroos in 2019. Denise is responsible for supporting the Operations and Quality Manager and the Activities Coordinator to deliver our clubs and activities. Denise is also responsible for recruiting and training volunteers.


Julia Trevett-Smith – Communications Coordinator

Julia joined Kangaroos in Oct 2019 and works part-time. Julia is responsible for all of our PR and communications, including upkeep of the website, blog writing, and the production of members and business newsletters, as well as supporting the team and contributing to a range of projects. Julia helps to raise awareness about Kangaroos across multiple channels.


Clare Beard – Finance Coordinator

Clare joined Kangaroos in Nov 2016 and works part-time. Clare  is responsible for our day to day finance function including payroll, invoices, expenses and financial data input

Sessional Staff

We have a bank of more than 40 sessional staff who run our clubs and activities and ensure the safety and support of our Members attending the sessions. It is the dedication, experience and knowledge of our sessional staff that underpins Kangaroos success and which results in such positive feedback from our members and their parent carers.

Many of our sessional staff work in local SEN schools or care organisations, bringing with them knowledge and experience to meet the needs of our members. Some of our staff have gained their experience by volunteering with Kangaroos and have been promoted to paid positions due to their dedication and commitment to our members.

Our sessional staff are trained in:

  • Safeguarding
  • Food Hygiene
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Manual Handling
  • First aid
  • Epilepsy awareness and emergency medication administration
  • Team Teach
  • Complex needs which includes tube feeding, oxygen, oral suctioning and catheterisation