Senior Management

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Our Senior Management Team make all our operations run smoothly and ensure that the different departments that make up Challengers work together and communicate clearly.

  • Louise Clarke
    Louise Clarke: Interim CEO

    I am delighted to be joining Challengers, having followed and admired the charity for a number of years. I am passionate about delivering the best outcomes for disabled people and promoting inclusion within the local community. I look forward to working with the Challengers Board and Senior Leadership Team to explore funding models that are financially sustainable whilst building on the strength and culture of Team Orange.

  • Laura Baxter
    Laura Baxter: Head of Quality

    I started working for Challengers as a volunteer Playworker in 1996, since then I managed both play and youth schemes gaining a huge amount of hands on experience. More recently I have been concentrating on developing good quality practice for the whole organisation. Working at Challengers keeps me busy and challenged at all times, surrounded by a fabulous team of people I enjoy it immensely! My guilty pleasure is fabulous pieces of jewellery, I could spend… no I lie, I have spent a fortune on it!

  • Paul Wilson
    Paul Wilson: Head of Operations

    I have worked at Challengers for over 18 years and absolutely love the charity. I am passionate about the non-exclusion of children and young people and very proud to work for a charity that has this at the heart of its ethos. I started work as a volunteer Play Worker and soon realised Challengers was where I need to be. Over the last 18 years I have worked as Play and Youth Worker, Leader, Leisure Development Officer, Farnham Centre Manger, Service Manager and now Head of Operations West. I love music and spend a lot my spare time singing and playing guitar. My guilty pleasure is Coke Zero, it is my fuel!

  • Carla Gill
    Carla Gill: Head of Fundraising & Communications

    Having worked at Challengers as a Playworker in my teens, over a decade later I find myself back at Team Orange, heading up the Fundraising and Communications team, and I could not be happier!

    Like every child, young person and family know, from the moment you walk through the doors of Challengers you are part of the wonderful Team Orange. I am honoured and excited to give our amazing supporters (new, old and yet to know us) the opportunity to connect with such a vital cause. As together we can make lives that little bit easier for families of disabled children and have fun whilst doing so.

  • Andrew Kendall
    Andrew Kendall: Head of Finance

    I joined Challengers early in 2021 as Head of Finance. After graduating from the University of York with a degree in Mathematics and Economics, I gained my professional accountancy qualification and then spent more than two decades working in the financial services sector, in a variety of senior financial positions. I recently decided to transition to the not-for-profit sector and I am thrilled to be joining Challengers at an exciting time for the charity. I am enjoying the challenge of supporting the aims and vision of Challengers and I am really proud to be part of the fantastic Challengers team.

    Away from work, I am a keen rugby league fan, supporting the London Broncos as a season ticket holder for many years. I have also enjoyed taking part in a wide variety of martial arts over the years.