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Katharine Sacks-Jones (She/Her) 

Chief Executive

What do you do at Become? I am responsible for working with the team and our board to make sure we deliver our mission to help children in care and young care leavers to believe in themselves and to heal, grow and unleash their potential. We do that by supporting individual children and young people through our services and by campaigning for a better care system.  An important part of my role is about listening to what young people tell us matters to them and what they want to see change.

Can you say a bit about your past experience and qualifications? I’ve worked in the charity sector for over 10 years. My background is in campaigning – trying to influence those with power to listen to people who can often feel powerless. I’ve campaigned on a range of issues – including homelessness, criminal justice, mental health and domestic and sexual abuse – always with a focus on tackling inequality and disadvantage.

What do you like about working at Become? We have a brilliant and passionate team at Become who are committed to improving the lives of children and young people. And we put children and young people at the heart of our work.

What drives you? Integrity, Equality & Optimism. I believe by coming together people have the potential to make a real difference and change things for the better. I love this quote (by Margaret Mead)

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? I’ve recently had a baby so she occupies a lot of my time! Other than that I enjoy spending time with friends and family, cooking (and eating!), reading, discovering different parts of London, watching films and going to the theatre. I also like escaping to hot countries when I get the chance!