Meet our team

Our joint Chief Executives

Justin Humphreys

Chief Executive Officer (Safeguarding)

Originally from Bristol, Justin has worked in a variety of social work and youth work settings for over 25 years. Most recently before joining the charity in 2010, he worked for the largest children’s charity in the UK. Previous to this, he worked in a range of local authority roles; most latterly at senior management level within a metropolitan borough council in the West Midlands. He has also served as a church Pastor and is a passionate advocate for justice and authentic leadership. @justin_31v8

Steve Ball

Chief Executive Officer (Operations)

Steve was brought up in Gravesend, Kent and joined the charity in the late 1990s with a background in business.  He ran and grew a thriving music school before going on to establish a successful music school of his own. As the charity has grown Steve has overseen the development of much of our operations and in 2016 became joint Chief Executive.  Outside of work Steve continues to teach and is part of the Leadership Team in his local Anglican church where he also co-ordinates the music and worship team.

Our senior team

Our senior team is made up of our Heads of Department, who between them lead, manage and support the work of our dedicated and committed staff across the charity.

Barbara Ball

Head of Advisory Services

Barbara joined the charity in 2002 when the DBS came into being, and drew on her experience of volunteering in church children's work and her professional career in banking to establish our Disclosure Service, which is now the largest provider of DBS checks in the faith sector.  Over the years Barbara has expanded the service to support many different types of organisations. Barbara is part of the safeguarding team in her local church, and understands the importance and challenges of the work at ground level.

Claudia Bell

Head of Learning and Influence

From the Midlands, Claudia trained at the University of Hertfordshire and qualified as a social worker in 1996. She began her career working in a London borough Child Protection Team, from there she moved to a fostering agency where her compassion grew for protecting the most vulnerable in society. This led her to taking up a post at her local church managing a debt advice centre and working with marginalised adults in the community. Claudia joined the charity in 2010 and leads our team of trainers, as well as working with academic institutions overseeing our research activity.



Karen Eakins

Head of Consultancy and Engagement

Karen has worked as a Social Worker for 18 years mainly in the voluntary sector with children and families impacted by abuse.  Karen holds a BSc Hons degree in Behavioural Sciences, and a Diploma in Social Work and has worked as a Supervising Social Worker supporting foster carers and managing placements for Looked After Children.  Karen has volunteered in children’s and youth work for over 20 years and is an active member of her local Baptist Church where she held the role of safeguarding co-ordinator.

Clare Veal

Head of Finance and Business

Originally from Kent, Clare studied Business Management at Lancaster University and also at Waikato University in New Zealand. From there she went to work in the fast moving consumer goods industry for eight years managing a range of products from baby essentials to chocolate bars. Clare then spent five months volunteering in Zimbabwe which hugely impacted her and inspired her to leave the corporate world in 2018 and join the charity.

Chris Waddington

Head of IT

From Winchester in Hampshire, Chris studied mathematics at Durham University. After studying he became a programmer and worked for 27 years at a large manufacturing company in a variety of roles including programmer, network manager and infrastructure manager.  Chris joined thirtyone:eight in October 2016 as head of IT and enjoys the variety of tasks ranging from hands-on technical work to strategic development. Chris is active in his local Anglican church where he plays the trumpet.



Peter Wright

Head of Communications

Originally from Southwest London, Peter has worked in communications and fundraising for over 15 years.  Motivated by his faith, he has worked for a variety of local and international charities over the last 10 years, focusing on issues of poverty, justice and human rights.  Most recently he worked for Kent's largest hospice care charity raising awareness on end-of-life care issues for children and adults. Peter has a heart for speaking up for vulnerable people and serves in leadership and children's work in his local Baptist church. @MarCommsPete


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