Who we are

A lifeline when someone disappears

We are a team of caring, highly skilled staff and volunteers working around the clock to support anyone affected by missing, alongside our partners and supporters across the UK.

Find out about the people who lead and support Missing People.

Diversity and Inclusion 

Missing People is committed to diversity and to equal opportunity.  See our Diversity and Inclusion policy for more.

Give time

Use the Search Directory to find out who is missing in your area or volunteer for Missing People.

Give socially

Join the Search by following us on Facebook or Twitter. The more people who share our missing people appeals with friends online, the more chance we have of finding them.

Give anything

Let us know how you are supporting Missing People! Call us on 0800 MISSING (647 7464) or email supporters@missingpeople.org.uk and tell us how you can help.

Kate Adams - Chair

Kate joined Missing People as a Trustee in early 2014 and was appointed Chair of the Board in May 2015. Her passion is unlocking potential in people and organisations to have a positive and lasting impact  

 

 

 

 

Justin McLaren- Vice Chair

Justin is a reputation specialist with more than 20 years’ experience in policy development, communications and campaign management. In 2002, he founded 8hwe, an agency specialising in campaigns, crisis communications and behaviour change.

Prior to this he served in the Cabinet Office and worked in political and corporate communications. Justin has degrees from Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford and Imperial College Management School  

 

 

Paul Boughton - Treasurer

Paul Boughton, a chartered accountant, has worked on international acquisitions and business development for more than 30 years.

Currently he is Non Executive Chairman of Quartix, a vehicle tracking and driver analytics business, and Business Development Director of Aventics, a German industrial pneumatics manufacturer. He served as Corporate Development Director of industrial companies including IMI, Spectris, Consort Medical and Brammer. Paul has also been a Non Executive Director of other technology companies. Paul is also a Trustee and Treasurer of Shooting Star Chase, the children's hospice charity.

Paul lives in Esher, and is married with two adult children. He is a keen squash player, rugby supporter and sailor, being a member of Harlequins Rugby and Sandown Sports Clubs

Caryl Agard OBE

John Reiss - ChairmanCaryl's early working background was in urban regeneration where he acted as an adviser to the Upper Lea Valley Partnership Executive Board on a selection of projects from the voluntary and community sector, with a particular focus on skills acquisition, professional development and lifelong learning. He later went on to head up the Progress Trust (Manchester).
 
More recently he served on the Cabinet Office non departmental public bodies Futurebuilders and Capacitybuilders as a non executive board director. Caryl is a strong advocate of the principles of social justice and was instrumental in the establishment and also chaired Voice4Change England. 
 
He is currently Executive Director of the Social Business Company, which as a social enterprise develops the capacity of local communities, particularly young people, to establish community businesses that provide the answers to social and economic deficits still prevalent in many of the areas that they live in. 
 

Rachel Eyre

Rachel was appointed as a Trustee in October 2017 and brings corporate experience from the likes of Barclays and Sainsbury’s, where she has worked for the last 10 years. Her experience is predominantly in brand strategy, brand development, strategic marketing planning and communications and customer data, and she currently heads up the Marketing Planning, Propositions and Properties department at Sainsbury’s, sitting on the Marketing Leadership Team. She has also played a key role in designing, implementing and running best-practice corporate governance and operating frameworks, and is passionate about getting the best out of people by creating an environment where they can maximise their contribution and love what they do.  

Rachel holds an Executive MBA at Imperial College in addition to an MPhil in Linguistics from Cambridge University and a First Class Joint Honours degree in French and German with Dutch, from Nottingham University. She is also a reluctant runner, keen skier and pub quizzer and wannabe yogi and a very proud auntie and godmother.

 

Sarah Godwin

Sarah became involved with Missing People in 2009 as a volunteer Family Representative; she has also been a member of the Trustee Development Board and the Counselling Project Group and has spoken at various conferences and events on behalf of the charity. As the mother of Quentin Godwin, who went missing in New Zealand in 1992, she has direct experience of ‘missing’; her own family experiences plus meeting and working with other families, has led to a deep understanding of the issues and complexity of the missing scenario. Missing People has achieved so much in the last few years, but there is a desperate need for the services presently offered to be developed and extended still further  – this is the vision that excites and motivates Sarah to work within the charity.

Sarah is also proud to be a member of the Missing People Choir since it started in 2014. Our appearances on Britain's Got Talent in 2017 gained a huge audience for the charity and for many issues around 'missing'. The choir will continue to reach out with music and promote Missing People at every opportunity.

In her professional life, Sarah has been a fundraising consultant and worked in the charity sector for 14 years. In New Zealand she taught English as a second language and was a full time mother to 4 children for many years. She now lives in a Surrey village with her partner, has several grandchildren, dog and garden to keep her well occupied.

Jane Harwood

Jane is responsible for all People Services across Surrey and Sussex Police – this includes HR, Shared Business Services, Learning & Development and Occupational Health. Jane is also SRO for the implementation of a new ERP system across Surrey, Sussex and Thames Valley Police.

Jane started her career as an internal consultant at the Metropolitan Police before transferring to Surrey Police as Director of Corporate Development. Whilst at Surrey, in addition to her portfolio responsibilities, she helped plan the boundary change between the Met and Surrey Police and led the reassurance policing programme.

Following completion of the Strategic Command Course she became Director of Corporate Development at Centrex, the organization responsible for police training, before moving to the Museums, Archives and Libraries. Two years later she became the Deputy Chief Executive for the Metropolitan Police Authority and led the change programme to establish the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime. Later the same year she set up her own independent consultancy, providing executive support for Chief Officer teams and Police & Crime Commissioners, and consultancy advice on strategy, change management and support services.

Jane has a BSc, MSc and MBA. She enjoys watching rugby, skiing and trying to keep fit and has completed three London Marathons and two triathlons.   

Craig Ling

Craig joined Missing People as a Trustee in 2017. A Government Relations and PR specialist, Craig leads Grayling’s business across the Southern Region, overseeing the agency’s team in Birmingham, Bristol and Southampton. He sits on Grayling’s UK Management Board, having joined the business in 2012, and leads some of Grayling’s largest accounts including HSBC.

Craig began his career in the professional services sector with Ernst and Young, before moving into politics, firstly as the Liberal Democrat Policy Advisor on Trade, Industry and Economics, and latterly as an advisor to a number of Coalition Minsters including the former Energy Secretary Sir Ed Davey MP, Health Minister Rt. Hon Norman Lamb MP and the former Deputy Leader of the House of Commons Rt. Hon Tom Brake MP.

Craig is a specialist in the charity sector having formerly been Head of Campaigns and Policy at the leading disability charity Scope, and provided consultancy support to third sector organisations including the RNLI. An enthusiastic cyclist and ultra-marathon runner, Craig recently cycled from Liverpool to London in support of Missing People.

Sam Waterfall

Sam became a Trustee in 2017. He is the Founder and Expert Consultant at Obvious Marketing and specialises in working with boards, business owners and senior teams to create practical marketing growth strategies for ambitious growth businesses and organisations around the world. He has served clients in over 50 countries across 5 continents.

Sam is also the Founder of the personal branding consultancy, Obvious Candidate and the Co-Founder of ProBLife, a biotech startup pioneering probiotic solutions. He has previously held branding and commercial positions at The Healthy Marketing Team, Design Bridge, Procter & Gamble, Kraft Foods and Walgreens Boots Alliance. He has a BA in Financial & Business Economics from Newcastle University Business School and a Masters in Entrepreneurship from Durham University Business School. In 2015 he qualified in Marketing Strategy from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University in the USA.

In 2017, Sam completed the Liverpool to London cycle challenge and the London-Surrey100 for Missing People.

 

Siddika Ahmed

Siddika started her career with Shell International and has extensive experience working with the private & public sector as well as not for profit organisations both here in the UK and internationally.  She has over 10 years experience of implementing and supporting the delivery of Government policy both locally and nationally. 

She is the founder and Managing Director of Breaking the Cycle UK – a not for profit - facilitating the education of secondary school girls from disadvantaged backgrounds in Bangladesh.

Siddika is proud of her British Bangladeshi heritage and was included in the British Bangladeshi Power 100 List in 2014.

Her passion for equality and empowering women led to her appointment as the Chair of the North West Regional Equality and Diversity Group in 2006 and her selection as a Member of the National Muslim Women’s Group by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in 2009.  Siddika is currently President of the Rotary Club of Manchester.

 

 

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