PACT Ambassadors

PACT's Ambassadors are high profile or well-connected volunteers who work hard to raise awareness about PACT and help us to raise much-needed funds towards our work. They help PACT promote the aims of the charity.

Click on the profiles below to find out more about PACT's ambassadors.

  • PACT Ambassador David

    David Akinsaya

    Broadcaster and journalist , Ambassadors

    David grew up in care and spent time in prison but credits his social worker for giving him the determination to turn his life around at the age of 19. He got involved in voluntary work and is passionate about adoption and fostering, and acts as a mentor/respite foster carer for many children and young people in care.

    He has worked in the media for more than 20 years presenting and making documentaries and current affairs programmes for radio and TV all over the world. In 2009 he presented the award-winning TV series Find Me A Family for Channel 4 where prospective adopters took part in a pioneering projects to find homes for children left in the care system.

  • Derek Spears

    Vicar, Ambassadors

    Derek Spears has supported PACT for almost 20 years, first as the chair of a local Deanery association and then as a Trustee. Derek is also the Vicar of Earley St. Peter in Reading, and apart from a curacy in the London Diocese (All Saints, Hampton), he has spent the whole of his ministry in the Oxford diocese.

    He said “I’m passionate about supporting adoption and fostering services, and I following with close interest how these have evolved over the past few decades. I am delighted with the growth and developments of PACT’s adoption and fostering services, especially the therapeutic support, and I’m keen to help other churches learn more about this in the hope that they will raise awareness and funds for PACT”

  • Diana Hasting MBE

    Trustee of PACT, Ambassadors

    Diana is a trustee of PACT, sits on the Adoption Panel and is also a PACT Ambassador.

    She has volunteered for PACT for nearly 20 years alongside many other voluntary roles including serving on the PCC and Abingdon Deanery Synod, a Trustee of the Oxford Diocesan Mothers’ Union and local organiser of the Poppy Appeal.

    “I am passionate about PACT’s work with children and families and am keen to help spread the message through talks and networking.” 

  • Felicity Dick

    Chairman of fundraising committee, Ambassadors

    Felicity Dick first became involved with PACT when she worked as the manager of a PACT Children’s Centre in Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire. She supported her husband Richard Dick when he was High Sheriff of Oxfordshire to raise funds for PACT’s Bounce Back 4 Kids programme, something she continues to do as chairman of a fundraising committee.

    Felicity is a Deputy Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, Patron of Archway and OxPAT, Trustee of Earth Trust and OAYP, Governor at Parklands School (Action for Children Special School), joint founder of OX13 (a community youth group) and the co-founder and Director of Appleton Community Shop.

     

  • Gemma Scott

    Sports TV presenter , Ambassadors

    Gemma Scott is an accomplished sports TV presenter who has developed a reputation for her passionate and highly engaging nature, which has seen her present a number of TV shows for  several high profile broadcasters including; Channel 5, Sky Sports, ESPN, Eurosport and Motors TV.

    Away from work, Gemma is a mother of two and PACT was delighted to confirm her appointment in 2011 as an official PACT ambassador.

    I am absolutely delighted to be working with PACT to raise awareness of the fabulous work that they do. Having two young children I can only admire the work that PACT do in fostering and adoption and it is something that I would love to be able to do at some point myself.

  • Julie Bignone

    Marketing and product consultant , Ambassadors

    Julie Bignone works as a marketing and product consultant to the travel industry, and helps her husband, Fulvio, to run their IT Project Management Business. They live near Oxford with their eight year old son, and three year old daughter whom they adopted through PACT in 2011. Julie’s involvement with PACT began with their adoption, and has grown since then to include fundraising, speaking at Adoption Preparation Courses, and eventually to taking on the role of Ambassador.

    She is passionate about adoption, and working with PACT to help as many children as possible to find a loving family and the post adoption support that they may need. As well as her work with PACT, Julie also sits on the Intensive Care Society Patients and Relatives Committee, and is an active member of her son’s school PTA.

  • Katie Wright

    Experienced public policy researcher , Ambassadors

    Katie Wright is an experienced public policy researcher specialising in children's services. Katie has mentored a number of care leavers and has even established an apprenticeship scheme specifically designed for young people leaving the care system.

    Katie's passion for business and politics led to her appearance on series 8 of BBC The Apprentice.

    She said, "I have always admired the work PACT has done for both fostering and adoption services. My ongoing passion to streamline services to harness the best possible start in life for children leads me to thank PACT for welcoming me as an ambassador."

  • Patricia Brims

    Chairman of Governors at a primary school in West Berkshire, Ambassadors

    Patricia Brims is Chairman of Governors at her local primary school in West Berkshire, and until recently she taught in the Learning Support department at Bradfield College(age 13-19), teaching pupils with specific learning difficulties. She has taught in primary schools and worked with adult literacy. For many years she worked with stroke victims with speech impairments.

    Her husband, Charles, was High Sheriff of Berkshire in 2012/2013. During his year he focused on the issues surrounding the high rate of reoffending among ex-prisoners. Charles and Patricia have continued to take an active interest in this area, and Patricia has recently joined the steering group of New Leaf, an organisation which supports people when they leave prison.

    Charles and Patricia live near Newbury, and they have two sons in their early 30s.

  • Saira Khan

    TV presenter, businesswoman and columnist , Ambassadors

    Saira is a TV presenter, businesswoman and columnist who has been on our screens since being runner-up in the first series of The Apprentice in 2005.

    Saira and her husband Steve live in Oxfordshire and have two young children Zacariah and Amara. They adopted their baby daughter Amara in 2011 from the Edhi Orphanage in Pakistan through PACT. Their journey was featured on BBC2 documentary "Adopting Abroad - Saira's Story".

    Saira is a member of a PACT fundraising committee that staged two successful high-profile Black Tie Dinners.

  • Sarah Peppys

    Chairman of a fundraising committee, Ambassadors

    Sarah was a social worker for 30 years, the last 10 of which were in adoption and fostering. She was Adoption and Fostering Manager for PACT from 2005 until her retirement in 2010 and now chairs a committee which manages high profile fundraising events for the charity.

    Sarah said, “PACT is imaginative, knowledgeable and excellent in understanding childrens’ needs and how to support adopters to make placements work.”

  • Satwinder Sandhu

    Social Worker, Ambassadors

    Satwinder  is a Social Worker, specialising in adoption and fostering for nearly 20 years.  From 2009-2014 he was Director of Adoption and Fostering at PACT leading the department through significant growth and transformation.  Satwinder is passionate about people, which fits well with his expertise in children’s social work.  Having worked with 100s of foster carers and adopters during his career he believes he has a good idea what makes a great foster carer/adopter as well as what organisations such as PACT need to do to support them.  Satwinder’s interest in social issues, the environment, innovation and business all contribute to the work he does.  He is well versed with representing adoption and fostering on TV, radio and on social media.

    He said, "I loved working for PACT and believe it is a unique and inspirational organisation.  My wish to remain involved as an Ambassador is fuelled by the strong culture and values PACT represents as a workplace and as a fostering and adoption agency."

    For more information on Satwinder follow him on Twitter.