Meet The UK Team

Come & meet the great team of people working behind the scenes to make the most of all the opportunities we get to help the children of Darfur


The Trustees of Kids for Kids are responsible for the financial probity of the charity. The Board is the final decision-making body to whom the CEO, Patricia Parker OBE, reports. The Charity Commission gave special permission for her to carry out this role because of her expertise both in running and managing the projects in Darfur, and because of her ability to carry out all the essential administrative roles outside Sudan, plus awareness raising and all our fundraising activities.

Patricia Parker OBE – Chairman

In 2021, Patricia was recognised publically for her work for Darfur when she was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List.

Patricia was previously awarded the MBE in the New Year’s Honours List 1998, for her outstanding contribution as a volunteer for Marie Curie Cancer Care, and other charities. In 2001 she founded Kids for Kids following a trip to Darfur, when she saw first hand the hardship children there were having to endure.

“Kids for Kids is the most important thing I have done in my life. I have always supported charities as I believe passionately that we should all try to do something about the injustices of the world.  What we are doing at Kids for Kids is to save the lives of children every single day – it is a humbling feeling.”


Dante Campailla

Dante was the senior partner of a London firm of solicitors and set up the Kids for Kids charity, of which he is one of the Founder Trustees.

He is married, with one son and is currently working as a part time non practicing consultant solicitor.  Dante’s hobbies are gastronomy, wine, classical music, opera and jazz.  He also enjoys playing jazz piano, socialising, reading, travelling and swimming.

Alastair King-Smith

Alastair is a diplomat at the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office and has spent much of his career working in conflict zones across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. His most recent overseas posting was as acting Deputy High Commissioner to Nairobi. He served at the British Embassy in Khartoum from 1999 to 2003 and arranged the trip to Darfur with his mother Patricia that led to them setting up Kids for Kids. He has been a Trustee since leaving Sudan. Alastair serves as an advisor and Trustee for a number of charities. He enjoys exploring different cultures, bringing diverse people together and helping them to escape the trap of poverty and fulfill their potential.

Liz Sutton

Together with her husband, Roger, Liz founded Delamere Dairy Limited in 1985. Today the company produces and trades speciality dairy and non-dairy beverages in the UK and around the world. Liz is a past Chairman of the Provisions Trade Federation – trade lobbyists representing dairy and meat industry sectors. She is a Charity Trustee and holds a number of business Directorships. She has spent a lifetime volunteering and is a Fellow of the RSA.

Liz discovered Kids for Kids through a mutual association with the humble goat and is a long-standing admirer of the charity’s prime focus on sustainable development.

Patrick Doyle

Patrick and his wife, Erika, have been outstanding supporters of Kids for Kids for many years.   

Handpumps they have funded continue to provide fresh clean water to countless families.  One was so successful that it was upgraded to a submersible pump, supplying water to five entire communities and their animals.    

They have recently continued their support by becoming Diamond Children’s Champions and will be adopting three villages over the period of their commitment – providing the entire package of sustainable projects to each community. 

Patrick brings a wealth of business experience to his role as Trustee. 


Lee Traxon ACMA CMgr MCMI

Lee is a retired serviceman who has had links to the charity during a previous role with the British Embassy in Khartoum from 2006 to 2009, where he and his wife Sharon conducted a number of fundraising events. 

Since leaving the Embassy, Lee has remained close to charity monitoring the activities and success of Kids for Kids and has been a frequent guest at our UK fundraisers.  

A Chartered Accountant by profession, we were delighted when Lee offered to support the charity in a supervisory/financial role and is the newest addition to the Trustee team.

Consultants and Assistants

Kids for Kids has a number of part-time Consultants and assistants. Patricia Parker is CEO and handles the day to day running of Kids for Kids. Patricia is assisted by Davina Patel (Deputy CEO) Charlotte Allum (Fundraising and Outreach Coordinator), Becca Chapman (Administrator) and other volunteers who ensure the smooth-running of the charity behind the scenes. 
David Self is in charge of our bookkeeping.   
“I am very proud that David helps to ensure that we are able to account for every single penny raised, and every penny spent, whether it is in Darfur – where we make sure that everything possible is done to maximise the benefits for children – or in the UK where we make certain not to waste anything.” says Patricia. “I question every penny spent and make sure we always get competitive quotations.  This is true for all our projects in Darfur as well as for everything we need to run the office from printing to our office hardware.” 

Additionally, volunteers, like you, play a key part in fundraising – everything from helping to manage Events to looking after our collecting tins. 

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