Meet the Senior Leadership Team

The team led by Caroline East, has a long history with Child Dynamix and are committed to the children and families of Hull. They are responsible for delivering the charity’s vision and strategy. They have a wide range of skills, qualifications and experience in the charity and childcare sectors.

Caroline East

Chief Executive Officer

I started working for Child Dynamix in 2001 as part of the team in the charity’s first nursery. Since then I have had a number of different roles including Head of Family Support and Head of operations.

I became CEO in December 2018 and it is my privilege to lead the dedicated teams who provide such a wide variety of services for the children and families of Hull. I have a degree in Early Childhood Studies, and the National Professional Qualification in Integrated Centre Leadership, and I am about to conclude an MBA through the University of Hull.  I am very proud of what has already been achieved but the future offers such opportunities to make a difference to the lives of children and families.

Lisa Darnell

Head of Finance and Human Resources

I started working for Child Dynamix in 2002 as a part time finance assistant and have never looked back. Over the years my career and interests has diversified to include both finance and human resources. I am passionate about the opportunities we offer to the communities with volunteering, employment or as a direct beneficiary. I have strong ties to the local area having grown up on the Preston Road Estate and understand some of the issues living in an area of high deprivation presents to residents.

My team and I work hard to ensure we provide as many opportunities as possible for anyone who comes to work, volunteer or access our services. My professional development over the past 10 years includes the completion of the IAB Certificate (International Association of Bookkeeping), a Certificate in Business Studies and more recently I have graduated with a BA Hons degree in Leadership & Management, something I never thought I could achieve!
I am proof that the work and opportunities Child Dynamix offer the local communities are available to anyone who has the desire to achieve.

Naomi Clark

Head of Childcare Services

I became inspired to work with children from a young age, through various volunteering roles and was able to see how children grow, learn and develop this then developed my interest to pursue this as a career. I first started working for Child Dynamix as a Nursery Officer when the Janet Genter Community Nursery opened in 2001. Now with over 20 years’ experience in the childcare industry I have progressed through a variety of roles and currently hold the position of Head of Childcare Services.

I have a BA Degree in Early Years and hold the Early Years Professional status and my role is very varied and includes responsibility for all childcare projects across the company, including day nurseries, crèches and holidays schemes. During my time with Child Dynamix I have successfully completed my degree and professional status as well as qualifications in leadership and management and assessing amongst others.

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Amie Wheal

Children and Family Services Manager

 I started my career with Child Dynamix in 2007 as a Volunteer at The Hut. I felt passionate about the work I was involved in and knew I wanted to commit to supporting young people to achieve and develop. I went on to complete my BA Hons Community and Youth Work Degree at the University of Hull, also gaining employment at Child Dynamix.

I progressed through the charity; from Youth Worker to Community and Youth Work Manager; managing our Youth, Sport and Play offer. Whilst my passion for youth work remains I have recently taken on the role of Children and Family Services Manager, a role that includes the management of Little Stars Children’s Centre. It is a great opportunity to align these two services providing a seamless offer and I am extremely proud to work with such dedicated teams that strive to provide the best support for local children, young people and families.

Meet our Trustees

Child Dynamix is privileged to have long-serving, committed trustees giving their time and expertise, as volunteers to the charity. Our Board of Trustees is responsible for the charities governance and strategic direction and meet regularly to monitor our progress. Trustees are also responsible for managing the Senior Leadership Team and for our overall professional, legal and financial management.

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Bryan Bradley

Trustee Chair

Bryan, was a Councillor for 18 years and the Lord Mayor of Hull in 2005/06 and proud to say he was involved from start to finish on the development of the KCOM Stadium. Bryan was appointed as Deputy Lieutenant in 2007.

Now retired, Bryan has been a Trustee at Child Dynamix for a number of years now and is current Chair of the Board. Bryan is passionate about helping local children and families. He also a member of the management committee at TS Iron Duke (Hull Sea Cadets). 

Bryan is a football fan and Hull City supporter and enjoys watching them play. 

George Coyle


George  has over 40 years’ experience and has been praised by peers in his field as an “excellent litigator”

Passionate about helping local charities and joined Child Dynamix as a Trustee in 2018, where he provides his legal and professional expertise.

In his spare time George likes to travel, ski, play golf and watch football and rugby.

Jan Boyd

Jan Boyd


Jan is an exiled Sanddancer who has lived in East Yorkshire (via Ipswich) since 1996. Jan is the founder and Chief Executive of Hull based Charity EMS Ltd and has over 20 years’ experience in the community and voluntary sector. 

Jan feels that being a trustee of Child Dynamix means she is giving something back to the community by helping to support in a very small way the much-needed and beneficial work with that Child Dynamix deliver.

Jan has lived in Cottingham since 1997, she loves to travel but is also a full time servant to her cat (she is called) Keith. She is a season ticket holder at Newcastle United Football Club and has spent many frustrating hours on the terraces of St James’ Park watching them underachieve.

Gareth Morgan


Gareth joined the board in November 2023 and brings knowledge and expertise gained over 40 years in senior roles in general management, marketing, and business development in multiple organisations in the public and private sectors.

His recent roles involved helping organisations secure funding, find new locations, develop new products, and identify new markets and customers. He is skilled at developing relationships and identifying and bringing opportunities to reality.

Gareth joins the board to fill his desire to use his skills and experience to contribute to the local area.

Gareth recently moved to Cottingham, is married, and has grown up children and grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, wine, and food, especially chocolate and cake. He is also a keen rugby union and cricket supporter

Gareth Morgan
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