Our People

Josephine Segal - Co-founder and Trustee
Josephine founded Spread a Smile in March 2013 with co-founder Vanessa Crocker after being inspired by the experience of her nephew who spent a protracted period at Great Ormond Street Hospital when he was nine.

Before setting up Spread a Smile, she worked for ten years for a children's charity that arranges wishes for children living with serious or life-limiting illnesses. As a wish co-ordinator she liaised with the families, building relationships with them as she organised wishes and ensured each wish was fully realised.

Prior to working in the charity sector, Josephine worked for Banner Telecom Group as a buying manager for telephone accessories for four years, travelling mainly in the Far East. She also worked as a Lettings Manager in London for four years.

Josephine lives in North London with her husband and has two grown-up children.

Vanessa Crocker - Co-founder and Trustee
Vanessa founded Spread a Smile in March 2013 with co-founder Josephine Segal.

Before founding Spread a Smile, she worked for eight years as a wish co-ordinator for a children's charity that arranges wishes for children living with serious or life-limiting illnesses. Her role involved working with the families, arranging and fulfilling the wish requests.

Prior to this, Vanessa worked as a telephone counsellor for Childline for seven years, providing counselling for children and teenagers. And she also spent seven years teaching, first at a primary school and then specialising in working with children with special needs.

Vanessa lives in North London with her husband and has four grown-up children and one granddaughter.

Richard Segal – Trustee
Richard Segal is currently chairman of four digital businesses: On The Beach Group Plc, Hostelworld Group Plc, Encore Tickets and The Racing Post. Richard has previously been chairman, non-executive director or chief executive of a number of companies operating in the leisure, consumer or financial services sectors. Richard, who is a chartered accountant, has formerly been both Co-Chair of a school's governing body and a trustee of a humanitarian charity. Richard holds a BA in Economics from Manchester University and is married with two children.

Paul Crocker – Trustee
Paul Crocker is the Managing Director of Delph Property Group.

He has been involved in development and investment in the property business for nearly 40 years and has been a trustee of Spread a Smile since it was established in 2013.

Paul Godfrey – Trustee
Paul Godfrey has considerable experience as owner or director of several businesses in a number of commercial sectors and has acted as a high-level consultant within recruitment, commercial property and office brokerage, healthcare, retail and printing and design. He has also helped a number of companies to develop their own corporate and social responsibility (CSR) policies and community interest programmes. Paul has been a trustee of Spread a Smile since it started and currently has various committee roles in other charities.

Staff

Lucy Jackson – Director of Strategy and Communications [email protected]

Loren Berkowitz - Communications Manager [email protected]

Hannah Billington - Trusts and Foundations Fundraiser [email protected]

Marina Constantinou - Accounts Manager [email protected]

Nic Jacobs - Office Manager [email protected]

Caroline Lisberg - Events Manager [email protected]

Collette Spinner - Entertainer & Hospital Manager [email protected]

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