Meet the team
We are leaders, innovators, and problem solvers.
Our team is a mix of lived and professional experience leaders who work together to solve problems for children’s services. We have a wide partnership of consultants, associates, trainers, and do-gooders who all want to see children leave services in a better place than when they entered them.
Meet our team
Alexandra Rudman, a dedicated leader at The Care Leaders, draws upon her personal journey to fuel her passion for enhancing children's social care. Having experienced kinship care, foster care, and residential care during her upbringing, she intimately understands the challenges faced by vulnerable children and families. Her lived experiences serve as the cornerstone of her commitment to effecting positive change in their lives. With a decade-long tenure in the charity sector, Alexandra has achieved significant professional milestones. She made a profound impact during her seven years at Shelter, a renowned organization focusing on housing and homelessness issues. Her contributions there involved not just skill refinement but also the development of innovative strategies and enduring partnerships. These experiences deepened her dedication to social causes and paved the way for her influential role at Become, where she played a crucial part in establishing corporate giving initiatives. As a seasoned, resilient, and purpose-driven fundraiser, Alexandra excels in building, training, motivating, and retaining high-performing fundraising teams. Her unwavering passion, coupled with her life experiences, serves as an inspiration for others to become empowered change agents. You can connect with Alexandra Rudman here. Alex leads on The Care Leaders Fellowship - A 12 month leadership programme.
Britt is a Business Assistant & UX Designer/Researcher based in the Scottish Highlands (originally from Boston), with a background in Executive Administration, Data analysis and Sales Support. Britt's professional career has always involved positions in which she excels in a very versatile role within a small to mid-sized company to adapt to their changing needs. Through that Britt has gained a broad range of experience, from legal assistance to sales to finance to executive assistance to administrative support. This versatility has honed her organisational skills as well as fulfils her need to find ways to improve experiences for all of her colleagues and clients.Britt finds purpose in supporting those who can then focus on supporting others.
As a Lived Experience Leader, Luke has a passion for and expertise in creating projects that benefit the lives of care-experienced people, ensuring their experience is at the heart of all projects and training facilitated by The Care Leaders. By understanding and giving a voice to lived experience, we gain the knowledge to develop our services to best serve young people. This is a translation process, where stories are turned into strategies, ensuring children’s social care is developed from the lives of the people who have experienced it. As founder of The Care Leaders, Luke has led work in the USA, Europe, and nationally in the UK, working with leading organisations in the children’s sector including The Fostering Network, the University of Oxford’s Rees Centre, as well as a wide range of local authorities, fostering agencies and the Department for Education. Luke has won recognition for his work that includes ‘Entrepreneur of Excellence’ in 2015 from the National Diversity Awards, the ’Young Social Entrepreneur Award’ in 2014 from Unltd, and ‘Children’s Achievement Award’ in 2013 from Children and Young People Now. Luke’s commitment to improving outcomes for young people and families was recognised through the award of the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, and in 2020 he was invited to be a Fellow at the Saïd Business School, Skoll Centre for Social Enterprise at the University of Oxford.
Sharz, is a seasoned Digital Marketer with a career spanning over six years. With a focus on crafting and executing comprehensive digital marketing strategies, Sharz has consistently driven brand awareness and revenue growth for diverse clients and organizations. In Sharz's current role as a Digital Marketing Consultant, she leads a dedicated team that plays a pivotal role in supporting overall business operations while delivering exceptional customer care. Her expertise has been instrumental in developing and managing an online e-learning platform and training program, facilitating the successful onboarding and engagement of more than 5000 learners. Through these efforts, Sharz has empowered individuals with valuable knowledge and skills in Children's Social Care. Adept in social media management, content creation, and strategic communications, Sharz has significantly elevated The Care Leaders' digital presence and brand recognition. Collaborating closely with leadership teams, she have successfully designed and implemented impactful communications and marketing strategies for prominent clients, including Suffolk County Council. Notably, their contributions played a crucial role in the successful launch of The Family Business, an apprentice program for care leavers. Beyond their core responsibilities, Sharz has been a driving force in various projects, including The Care Leaders Fellowships, where they designed and facilitated marketing modules, contributing to the empowerment of lived and professional leaders through a comprehensive leadership program.
Karylle is an experienced educator and trainer. As a care experienced leader, author and graduate Karylle has focused her research and professional development on areas of; the promotion of children's rights within services, authentic youth participation, youth justice and its impacts on the black care experience and raising the attainment for care experienced learners. Karylle has worked with many leaders in the field of children's social work and is a keen sharer of knowledge.
Sarah is an Illustrator, Animator and Designer from Oxford. Her aim is to work with people to visually communicate their ideas in the best possible way and create work with purpose. Sarah has worked on projects for organisations including Ashmolean Museum, The Wildlife Trust, London Natural History Museum and Bloomsbury.
Matthew Sayle is a graphic designer with over 25 years experience working for global brands, independents, charities and local authorities. He built a successful design studio partnership in northern England and more recently works freelance under the moniker TWIIST. Alongside design projects he also assists artists to produce screenprints and other creative and technical requirements. When not obsessing over art and design, he can be found walking Cooper around the rural north east.
Sarah Jo is a senior HR Consultant with a passion for helping organisations achieve their vision by strengthening their ability to drive transformative change in their leadership, culture, and employee experience. She is an experienced Employee Relations specialist, accredited mediator, and HR lecturer. Sarah Jo is a London Chamber of Commerce and Industries (LCCI) Member Expert (HR) providing HR services to the LCCI's members. She is a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a Fellow of the Institute of Consultants, and an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She is the founder of peopleknd., a London-based HR consultancy that helps organisations on key HR and People & Culture matters such as employment law, performance management, People Strategies, ED&I, staff engagement, HR policies & procedures, restructuring & redundancy, workforce planning and organisational development. Sarah Jo is a lifelong supporter of children's rights and education. A former children's rights charity founder & CEO.
Emma is a freelance writer and editor. Originally from Sussex, she has written for a range of digital and print publications including Courier, Metro, Women's Health, and Intrepid Travel. She also regularly writes for print supplements distributed alongside The Guardian, The Sunday Telegraph, and the Evening Standard. You can see some of her other writing here and follow her on LinkedIn here.