PACT's Executive Board

PACT's Executive Board is made up of trustees who voluntarily govern the charity's operations. Many of the trustees also sit on sub-committees responsible for various aspects of PACT's activities.

  • Wes Cuell

    Chairman, Executive Board

    Wes has over 40 years of experience working in social care, primarily in services for children and young people as a qualified social worker.
    He worked for many years in local authorities including Luton, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire as the Head of Services and was Director of Services for Children and Young People at the NSPCC until 2011. He has a special interest in the support of vulnerable children and families and in Safeguarding which included chairing a Local Children’s Safeguarding Board and being a Board member of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Service (CEOP).
    Wes chairs the Hertfordshire Adoption Panel and, having been adopted as a child, has a lifelong interest in and commitment to the role of adoption in transforming the lives of children.
    He lives with his partner in Woburn and has two grown up children and grandchildren who live in the USA. Wes is a keen long distance walker, sailor, trombone player and fly fisherman and loves to travel.

  • Anthony King

    Member of Communities, HR and Adoption committees, Executive Board

    Anthony became a barrister in 1966 and for the last 20 years has been a Circuit Judge trying cases in the Criminal and Family Courts. He has lived in the Thames Valley area since 1973 and is married with three children and, so far, four grandchildren. He had served on his PCC, Deanery Synod and Oxford Board for Social Responsibility. He has been a PACT Trustee since December 2013. " During my 47 years practising in the law I have been convinced that a secure and loving home is the first essential for ensuring that all children have the best start in life and are able to face the future with confidence. I hope to play my part with PACT in helping children and carers to achieve this." Qualifications MA Oxon

  • Rev’d Timothy Edge MA BSc C.Eng MIET FRAS

    Chair of Communities committee, Executive Board

    Tim Lives in Witney, where he is married with three adult children. He has been in full time ordained ministry for over 14 years in parishes, plus over six years as a Prison Chaplain. When a Parish Vicar, he was a joint founder of "Witney Families Together."  Tim currently serves as chair of the “Communities” sub-committee of the board and has been a PACT Trustee since 2000.

    Currently, Tim is undertaking a Doctorate in Ministry (DThM) at Durham University, St John’s college researching how the faith of Christian volunteers in the community has been affected by their work, and how their churches respond. He is also Chairperson of the “Oxford Diocesan Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing”, a Deanery Vocations Adviser, and assists in ministry within Oxford Diocese, including preaching, group facilitation and tutoring work. Before training for the Anglican ministry, Tim was a Chartered Engineer in Telecommunications, and his hobbies include astronomy.

    “It has been a great privilege to see how PACT has developed excellent care for children and families over the years, and witness the commitment of PACT to respond to families in need by offering practical and innovative local initiatives.”

    Qualifications: MA Theology, Politics and Faith Based Organisations; BSc. Electronic Engineering; C.Eng Chartered Engineer MIET; Certificate in Theology, Westcott House, Cambridge; Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

  • Phil Sapwell

    Member of Adoption Committee and Chair to HR committee, Executive Board

    Phil lives in Hannington, near Swindon. He has been involved in voluntary youth work within the Church of England since the early 1970s. 
    Now retired, he was for many years the Chief Personnel Officer of a London Borough. He has dealt with all aspects, good and bad, of people in the working environment. Passionate about equality of opportunity, after retiring he worked as a consultant on Equal Pay Audits. He was also a board member of the Public Sector People Manager’s Association (PPMA) and took part in National Pay Negotiations for Local Government. 
    “It is my vision and belief that every child should grow up enjoying being part of a loving secure family just as I did and as my children have. I believe God has given me the privilege of being able to use my skills and experience to support the wonderful work the staff of PACT are doing to achieve this for an increasing number of children and young people.”
    Qualifications: BA (Business Studies)


  • Philip Lewis

    Member of Communities Committee, Executive Board

    Philip is the Operations & Commercial Director of a company that develops resilience in the cyber and cybersecurity market.  He has over 30 years’ experience leading and motivating teams to maintain and grow businesses that need to adapt quickly to changing requirements. 

    Philip lives in Berkshire with his wife and his son, who was adopted through PACT.  He has three older children who are now all adults and have ‘flown the nest’ and through which he has his first grand-daughter.  Having adopted through PACT, Phil wanted to give something back to the charity that gives so much to others; both through adoption and their work with on community projects.

  • Stephanie Gibbons

    Member of Adoption Committee, Executive Board

    Stephanie lives in South Oxfordshire and is married with two daughters and five grandchildren. At various times she has been a member of her PCC and Deanery Synod, run a youth group and childrens’ church, and been the administrator for the Anglican Church in Versailles. 
    After living in Brussels and Paris where she worked as a journalist and was a board member of the British School of Paris, Stephanie returned to the UK and qualified as a social worker, working in hospitals and the community. She then became a GP Practice Counsellor following which she qualified as a Psychotherapist. She was a member of the board of her professional association, Chair of their Training Committee and she currently sits on the National Ethics Committee Psychoanlytic section of the UK Council for Psychotherapy.
    “My work over many years in the health and social services field has convinced me that the most important gift for any child is a stable and loving home. It is a privilege to be able to offer my experience to support the staff of PACT in their efforts to achieve this for so many children.”
    Qualifications:  CQSW,  Diploma in Counselling, BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor,  BACP Senior Accredited Supervisor, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist UKCP/CPJA 

  • Liz McAuley

    Member of Adoption Committee, Executive Board

    Liz originates from the seaside town of Bangor in Northern Ireland but has lived in the Reading area for 23 years.  She is married to Justin and has two teenage children.
    Liz qualified as a social worker in 1989 and since that time she has worked in a number of local authorities in various roles within Children’s Services. She has specialised in Child Protection and Safeguarding and currently works as a Designated Officer, managing allegations for a Local Authority in Berkshire. Over the years she has also been involved in both placing children in care and reviewing the care plans for children in care and is aware of the need for children to have permanency and for his to happen in a timely way so that they are not drifting in the care system.
    Since moving to Reading, Liz has been an active member of Greyfriars Church in Reading town centre and has been the Safeguarding officer for the Church for the last 6 years. This role has also led to an opportunity for Liz to do some freelance work for the Oxford Diocese Safeguarding team.
    Liz said; “I have been aware of PACT as an adoption agency for many years as a result of working locally and since applying to be a Trustee, I have been impressed by the range of other work PACT does to support children and adults in the community… I am really excited about getting involved as a Trustee for PACT". 

  • Bob Kapp

    Executive Board, Executive Board

    Bob has spent over 20 years in commodity trading with director experience across multinational and start-up companies in the US and the UK. Currently, as director and founder of Edgewater Investments, he is involved in a variety of different projects ranging from property development, energy market disruption technologies to film production.

    Bob is serving as a Non-Executive Director for Wiltshire Wildlife Community Energy, which develops and manages community-owned renewable projects. He is also involved with several other sustainable and social business projects.

    Bob lives in Berkshire with his partner, Lisa, and their two children who were adopted through PACT.

  • Anna-mai Andrews

    Trustee, Executive Board

    Anna-mai has committed the last 16 years to working with vulnerable children. She has spent 11 years in leadership positions, including six years as the Director of Homeless Child, a Brazilian NGO working to tackle challenges faced by street children and their families.

    Since joining Chance for Childhood, Anna-mai has led the organisation through a successful rebrand and merger obtaining a 200% increase in income and winning the Collaboration Award at the BOND International Development Awards 2017.

    Anna-mai has specific expertise in gender and disability and she looks forward to utilising her experience to support the future development of PACT.

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    Edgars Smatovs

    Trustee Treasurer, Executive Board

    Ed is originally from Riga, Latvia and currently lives in London. He has been in the UK for the best part of 10 years and studied at the University of York and the University of Padua in Italy as part of his ERASMUS exchange programme.

    Ed is a CIMA qualified accountant and has spent the last 7 years in various Finance roles, including Financial Reporting, Business Partnering and FP&A. His current role is in the financial services sector, working as an FP&A Manager in the largest private-sector pension scheme in the UK. He has been involved with charitable organisations mostly in a fundraising capacity and is looking forward to his role as a Trustee at PACT.

    In his free time, Ed enjoys playing football, cycling, running and snowboarding.