Make-A-Wish is led by a Board of Directors or Trustees who provide strategic direction and guidance to the CEO and ensure that the charity is working to fulfil its mission. How they work is set out in the Governance Handbook.

Governance Handbook (PDF)

Meet the Trustees

Per Harkjaer

Per became Chair of Make-A-Wish in February 2015.

Kara Cauter

Kara joined Make-A-Wish as a Trustee in 2018.

Kate Salter

Kate joined Make-A-Wish as a Trustee in 2018.

Ed Smith

Ed joined the UK Make-A-Wish Trustee board in October 2017.

Damian Thornton

Damian became a Trustee of Make-A-Wish in February 2017.

David Gold

David joined Make-A-Wish as a Trustee in 2018.

Sir Craig Oliver

The very first Wish Child, Chris Greicius, wearing his Police uniform.

Chris Greicus in his police uniform


Recent changes have seen us move location, and we’re now based at our Community Hub in Reading – a town more accessible to our wish children and families and volunteers alike.

Volunteers are still at the heart of our organisation – their kind support has helped us grant more than 13,000 life-changing wishes so far, and our plans for the future are ambitious. Each year, more children are diagnosed with a critical condition, leading to more demand for wishes than ever before. As a result, there’s more need than ever for our volunteers and generous donors to help us achieve our vision of reaching every eligible child.

We worked from offices above a shop in the town of Camberley, Surrey, and relied on the generous support of local volunteers to help us grant wishes. We granted four wishes in our first year. The very first wish was granted to Anthony from Liverpool, who went on a magical trip with his family to meet the Disney characters in Disney World Florida.

As word spread about our work, more and more people began coming forward to volunteer their time. In our second year, we granted 13 wishes. We took on our first full-time member of staff in 1989. And by the end of our fourth year, with the support of a growing team of passionate volunteers, we'd granted 100 magical wishes.

Our volunteers would spend nearly every weekend out and about across the country – giving presentations, accepting cheques, and spreading the word about Make-A-Wish. And as more families turned to us, we began setting up regional offices and taking on even more volunteers, so we could keep granting wishes. There was never a dull moment.

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Close up of wish child Elsie

Elsie wished to live in a treehouse with fairies

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Jason Suckley

Liz Sell

Director of Finance

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Mags Rivett

Interim Director of Income and Engagement

Jenny Cook

Director of Wishgranting

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