Meet our Board

Steve Cram CBE cofounded COCO in 2000. A former Olympic athlete, who now runs a successful events company and is Chancellor at Sunderland University, Steve has a strong public profile that he uses to support COCO. As well as introducing COCO to a network of sporting, corporate and high net worth individuals, Steve also Chairs our board of trustees.

Jim Panton cofounded COCO in after running a double marathon in Bosnia to raise funds. South African born, Jim has been CEO of 2 major charities and plays a significant role in ensuring a high standard of governance at a board level.

Peter Warburton OBE is Dean of Experience at Durham University, he has a background in sport and academia and supports our partnerships with universities. With over a decade of experience in sport and education programmes in Zambia through his involvement with the NGO Sport in Action Zambia, Peter brings insight to our work overseas.

Katherine Hay-Heddle is a senior corporate partner in a top law firm, she brings essential expertise in law to inform our governance, policies and partnerships. In addition, Katherine is a keen ultra-runner and supports COCO through her commitment to our running club and extreme fundraising events.

Fiona O’Connor  has over a decade of experience in fundraising and working across sectors in the North East, she assists with networking and building our corporate support base in the region. Fiona has extensive skills in coaching, mentoring and as such is heavily involved in recruitment and retention of staff at COCO. Fiona is a qualified walking guide and runs a challenge for COCO each year to raise funds.

Lisa Rawcliffe has over 20 years’ experience in marketing and communications. Her skill set assists with COCO's PR and communications across the organisation. In addition, Lisa is well connected in the corporate sector in the region and promotes our events to businesses encouraging participation and donations.

Carsten Staehr  is CEO of an award winning Payroll Company based in the North East. Carsten is inherently altruistic and a strong ambassador for COCO and our values. Carsten’s ambition and commitment to excellent customer service are paramount to COCO’s strategy to deliver a professional service to our donors and beneficiaries.

Christine Stobbs is a chartered accountant who spent 13 years at KPMG before moving to a positon as finance director at Wilton Engineering.  Christine’s extensive experience in accounts and finance assists with financial accountability and cash flow monitoring at COCO.

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