Trustees

Children and War UK’s board currently has five trustees, who are profiled below.

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Maria Callias

Maria Callias

Chair

Maria Callias is a consultant clinical psychologist and a founder of Children and War UK. She has worked in specialist clinical services for children and young people with autism, learning disabilities and other complex mental health issues including trauma, and their families. Maria has taught, researched and written widely on clinical psychology, and contributed to strategic policy and service development in the UK, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Until 2021 she was a director of Norway’s Children and War Foundation.

Julian Hale

Julian Hale

Treasurer (acting)

Julian Hale has worked for the UN, as a modern language text publisher and as a radio documentary producer for the BBC. He is the author of a wide range of non-fiction books on radio propaganda, Romania, the French Riviera, and the life of a portrait sculptor, as well as novels and short stories.

Helen Likierman

Helen Likierman

Fundraising lead

Helen Likierman, a clinical psychologist, has worked with children, adolescents and families in hospital and school settings. Her research ranges from the psychological impact on children who sustained facial or body burns, to pre-schoolers’ peer relationships. She has co-authored three books for parents: on development in the early years, and on specific learning difficulties.

Stephen Matlin

Stephen Matlin

Organisational development lead

Stephen Matlin is a Visiting Professor in the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London and a consultant to HI5 Governance, Geneva. He has worked in the fields of chemistry, health and education in academia, government and international agencies and NGOs. The focus of his recent work has included sustainable development, the global effort to eradicate polio, and the health of migrants and refugees.

Laura Timms

Laura Timms

Secretary and training lead

Laura Timms (aka Tomlinson) worked as a clinical psychologist in Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for over 30 years, developing and applying psychological approaches to acute and emergency children’s services and neonatology.

What we do makes a difference

Now more than ever, children need help to cope with the trauma they're experiencing.

Children and War UK is working to give them essential tools to reduce the long-term effects of traumatic stress.

Thank you.