Our Trustees

Paul Godfrey
Chair of Trustees

Paul Godfrey has considerable experience as an owner or director of several businesses in a number of commercial sectors within recruitment,

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commercial property and office brokerage, healthcare, retail and printing and design. He has also helped a number of companies to develop their own corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies and community interest programmes. Paul has been a trustee of Spread a Smile since the Charity started and currently has various committee roles in other charities.  

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Vanessa Crocker
Co-founder

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

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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 two grandchildren.  

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Josephine Segal
Co-founder

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

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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.  

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Paul Crocker

Paul Crocker has been involved in development and investment in the property business for over 40 years and has been a trustee of Spread a Smile since it was established

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in 2013. 

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Liz Gould 

Liz is an experienced non executive trustee. She co-chaired Jewish Women’s Aid for five years, stepping down in 2019 after spending 12 years as a trustee.

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She currently has a portfolio of part time interests including running a careers advisory consultancy, sitting on mental health panels, working as a trustee of a local choir and a magistrate.

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Louise Jacobs

Louise is currently involved in a number of not for profit organisations as a Trustee and as an Advisor, both for large National Charities as well as smaller more local Charities.

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Louise runs her own Coaching Practice and previously she worked in the City in The Venture Capital and in Corporate and Financial PR.  

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Richard Segal

Richard is an experienced businessman who currently chairs three companies. He has extensive experience with private and publicly owned businesses, as well as private

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equity funds, and has been chairman or chief executive of numerous companies operating principally in the consumer sector.  Richard, who has been a trustee of Spread a Smile since it was established in 2013, is also a Trustee of a cancer care charity and has formerly been Co-Chair of a school’s governing body and a trustee of a humanitarian charity. Richard is married with two grown-up children. 

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