Karen is mumpreneur extraordinaire! Founder of the Buddy Bag Foundation. Karen has a positive ‘make it happen’ attitude. With over 30 years’ business experience and skills, Karen is passionate about making a difference to the lives of others.
“I was raised in a loving, safe household and given all the support and opportunity I could ever have asked for. However not every child has the same upbringing I was privileged to have. As a mum I wanted to do something to help children who have had a difficult start in life, which is why I started the Live Love Laugh Foundation. With the help and support of many likeminded people, our aim is to give as many children as possible the extra love and support they need towards a happy and successful future.”
Karen is a very proud mum of three positive, goal directed young adults. In her spare time Karen enjoys walking, cycling, running, travel and personal development.
Harry is a Business Designer, working for one of the biggest design agencies in the world – Fjord, owned by Accenture. Harry has experience working with a range of businesses across multiple industries. Harry and his colleagues help businesses solve their most pressing issues, using human-centered approaches from the design discipline
Angela Henry is a Consultant Solicitor who is passionate about helping people.
For the last 20 years she has devoted her practice to specializing in Family Law; and worked extensively in the charitable sector. Angela’s commitment to developing ways to help empower her clients led her to qualify as the first Collobarative Lawyer in Birmingham and be a founder member of the Collaborative Family Law Group. She is also a trained Mediator.
Angela’s charity work has involved holding directorships or trusteeships with various organisations committed to, amongst other things, helping improve the quality of life of vulnerable people and disadvantaged communities. This invaluable experience is what has contributed to Angela’s ongoing desire to “give back” and help where possible and aligns well with the objective and ideals of The Buddy Bag Foundation.
In her leisure time Angela enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling and reading.
Nadina qualified as a Chartered Accountant with a firm in Nottingham. Later, Nadina emigrated to Zurich, Switzerland where she made the switch from public practice into the world of reinsurance and insurance.
On returning to Derbyshire, Nadina became the European Finance Director for a NASDAQ quoted manufacturer.
Nadina then became the Finance Director for the family’s engineering business and later oversaw its orderly dissolution.
Nadina now combines a portfolio career as a Non-Executive Director and Interim Finance Director working in the UK, Switzerland and Germany with a multi-level marketing franchise.
Through her work as a coach and mentor, Nadina loves being the spark that ignites others to achieve results that today are just dreams.
Nadina looks forwards to applying her knowledge of the charitable sector to the Buddy Bag Foundation.
Zeeshan is Head of Strategy at Morgan Reach Chartered Certified Accountants.
Zeeshan has extensive leadership and management experience across a range of sectors at national and international levels, with a proven track record in turning ideas into reality, implementing change and driving forward successful outcomes for private, public and non-profit organisations.
Zeeshan was awarded ‘Chartered Manager’ status by the Chartered Management Institute in 2009 and received ‘Leadership of the Year’ ‘Innovation’ and ‘Jaguar Land Rover Business Champion for Arts & Business’ awards during his professional career.
Zeeshan takes keen interest in charitable causes and works as a volunteer Trustee with The Buddy Bag Foundation. Zeeshan also works as a volunteer Business Mentor with The Prince’s Trust, BPS (Birmingham Professional Services) and as a volunteer Tutor with The Access Project
Zeeshan enjoys traveling, cooking and spending quality time with his family and friends.
Rebecca is a self-driven and passionate Marketing Manager, with a background in fundraising, communications and analytics. Since graduating with a first class degree in Marketing and Branding, she has gone on to develop a successful track record in planning, executing and evaluating detailed projects in both the private and third sectors.
Currently, as the Marketing Manager for Millennium Point – an iconic destination which exists to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) and education in the West Midlands – Rebecca manages all marketing and communications for the charitable trust and the organisation’s trading arm, with a focus on events and venue hire. Rebecca previously worked at one of the top 40 charities in the UK, leading in the delivery of bespoke, deliverable fundraising communications, with a focus on corporate partnerships and business development.
With this range of experience, Rebecca will be looking to drive forward the Buddy Bag Foundation’s strategic fundraising direction.
Brett is an International Behavioural & Performance Specialist who has over 20 years experience of building multiple businesses. Over the past 13 years Brett has dedicated himself to mastering the art and science of human behaviour and teaching others how to adopt high performing behaviours, skills and strategies in order to take their life and career to extraordinary levels.
Brett has experience of working within multiple industries, including Charities, Ministry of Justice, Technology, Social Care, Education, Mental Health, Professional Services, Entertainment and Professional Sport.
During this time Brett has gained qualifications and experience in Psychology, Behavioural Analysis, Neuroscience, Coaching and Training.
“Having had first hand experience of working with children in emergency care and the difficulties that they face, it makes me immensely proud to be a trustee of this great foundation and to help this amazing cause in every way possible.
I’m a dad to two boys and two girls who keep me on my toes. I love travel, running, martial arts and football. I have a natural fascination for human behaviour and always try to see the good in others.“
Our Advisory Board
Andy is an IT and business support specialist with a natural ability to turn his hands to all things technical. With over 5 years experience in the industry, he has built and developed many company websites and has helped businesses create and promote their brand identities, both online and offline.
Chris is a coaching and training professional with more than 30 years’ experience of growing businesses and developing people.
“I’m a loving partner to Tina, proud dad to three wonderfully positive and goal directed young adults and recently a new dad to my youngest daughter Libby. My philosophy is to Live life on purpose, Love understand and help others achieve their goals, and Laugh because happiness is achieving your goals with a smile.
“I’m an enthusiastic member of the 50 plus club and I love walking, running, cycling, skiing, stand-up paddle boarding, music, cinema, comedy clubs, theatre, travel, personal development, touring and free camping in our motorhome.”
Dr Kamran Shaikh is the Managing Director of Morgan Reach Chartered Certified Accountants. Kamran qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2003 and holds a PhD in Business Studies. Kamran works actively with his professional institute and is one of the Panel Members for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in the West Midlands.
Kamran recognises the need for Morgan Reach to support the community that in turn supports it. He personally plays an active role, though not necessarily a public role in a number of community services.
Kamran sits on the Advisory Board of The Buddy Bag Foundation and provides strategic financial advice to the charity. Kamran is proud of Morgan Reach Chartered Certified Accountants to be a leading supporter of The Buddy Bag Foundation.
Kamran is a keen traveler and his favorite places are the Middle and the Far East, albeit most of his short holidays are spent in the UK and Europe.
Our Official Supporters
I am delighted to become an official supporter of the Buddy Bag Foundation which came about through a chance meeting with its founder, Karen Williams, in connection with breakfast television when she was nominated for an award.
The foundation carries out wonderful work for many of the 48,000 children in the UK who each year require emergency care and accommodation and a sense of security and belonging. It must be terrible for very young people to be faced with coping with loss and grief alone. Yet small gestures can make a huge difference at these difficult times and the backpack containing all the essential requirements such as toiletries, pyjamas, socks and underwear as well as comfort things such as a teddy bear, photo frame or book is a great example.
The Charity is going from strength to strength and long may it continue. I certainly look forward myself to watching it grow.