Our People

The Team in The UK

Linda Walker - Executive Director

Linda founded the charity in 1995 and has coordinated its activities since then. She visits Belarus four times a year to review progress on ourprojects and also makes regular visits to our local groups. In recognition for the work of CCP(UK) she was awarded an MBE in 2006.

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Cath McElholm - Treasurer and Groups Coordinator

Cath joined CCP in 2000 as coordinator of our very successful group in Solihull. In 2006 she became our National Treasurer and Group Coordinator and plays a very active role in all aspects of the daily management of the charity.

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Geoff Wright - Training Coordinator

Geoff is an experienced social worker who has worked for the Children and Armed Conflict Unit of the Childrens Legal Centre, UK and UNICEF. He has worked in numerous ex-Soviet countries developing services for children in conflict with the law who are in closed institutions and children abandoned by their families. Geoff also has experience of working with children with limitations linked to developmental delay and disability.

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Mags and Ken Whiting

Mags and Ken joined the charity in early 1995 and drove an ambulance with humanitarian aid out to Belarus just a few weeks later. They then led several aid convoys to Belarus. Mags and Ken have always played a key part in the management of the charity and co-ordinated the Glossop group for many years. Mags is a trustee of the charity.

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John and Julie Gator

John, who is Chair of theTrustees, established our Endon and Stoke group in 1996 with Julie and joined the Management team in 2002, whilst continuing to co-ordinate one of our most active groups.

Julie has co-ordinated the Endon & Stoke group with John and was also our National Co-ordinator for 7 years. She continues to play an active role in the management team.

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Nigel and Ingrid Boulton

Nigel and Ingrid have been involved with CCP since 2005. They have hosted mothers and children, children and teenagers as well as being very active in fundraising for their local group, Endon and Stoke-on-Trent. They are both members of the management team and Nigel is a trustee.

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Margie Haslop

Margie is a member of the management team and has been Group Coordinator for the Stafford Group since 2010. This group hosts children in the age range 10 – 12 years old, all of whom are in remission from cancer.

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Denis Moors

Denis has been involved with CCP UK since 1997. He hosted groups of mothers and children at Christmas time for many years and played a key role for 20 years in our Buxton and Longnor group, which hosted diabetic children for recuperative holidays.

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Lynne Murphy - Volunteer Coordinator

Lynne Murphy first went to Ptich Sanatorium in 2008. Since then she has spent two weeks every summer at Zhuravichi Boarding Home and has encouraged many other volunteers to travel out to Belarus too. Lynne continues to work tirelessly to raise funds and awareness about the sanatorium holidays and the need to support young people with disabilities living in institutions.

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Brian Hardwick

Brian is a trustee of CCP (UK) and has volunteered with Lynne and the team at Zhuravichi Boarding Home for the last four years and is also responsible for the charity’s website. 

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