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Our Team

Meet the people who make it happen.

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Our Team

Richard & Patricia Caring

Richard & Patricia Caring

Founders

As parents, Richard and Patricia Caring are determined advocates of the need to protect children from food insecurity and united in their concern to support those who suffer from domestic abuse.

The Foundation was established to realise their shared vision of extending support and solutions to those in crisis.

Together, Richard and Patricia have harnessed their expertise in the food and hospitality sector to forge partnerships with award-winning charitable partners, ensuring the delivery of over a million nutritious meals to those in need.

As a prominent international businessman, Richard has a history of working closely with the charitable sector, including in response to global emergencies and disaster relief. He is the owner of a collection of Private Members Clubs; The Birley Clubs and an iconic collection of London restaurants; Caprice Holdings, the nationwide Ivy Collection and the loved local greengrocer and national restaurant, Bill’s. As Co-Executive Chairwoman of Birley Clubs, Patricia Caring has considerable business and charity experience across the sector, harnessed to drive the foundation’s strategic direction.

As well as the UK, The Caring Family Foundation also operates in Brazil , Patricia’s birthplace, where the levels of food insecurity and domestic abuse are rising at an unprecedented rate. The Foundation has three projects in Brazil.

Katie Beeching

Katie Beeching

Foundation Director

Katie is the Director for the Caring Family Foundation and has responsibility for the foundation’s strategic and operational delivery, as well as financial oversight. She has over 15 years’ experience combatting Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking (MSHT), Domestic Abuse (DA and Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (CSAE).

Katie previously worked in the charity sector as Head of Domestic Abuse and Modern Slavery for a leading charity provider, with a dedicated team of over 250, supporting over 2,500 vulnerable adults and 600 vulnerable children.  Previously a Crown servant, she was appointed to two prime ministerial taskforces and has a Master’s degree in Health and International Development from the London School of Economics and Civil Service Leadership training.

Ella Read

Ella Read

Head of Operations

Ella Read is Head of Operations for the Caring Family Foundation and has responsibility for its operational delivery. Ella led the UK’s largest government funded service for victims of modern slavery across London and the South-East and oversaw the implementation of a new contract worth over £25m. She has a Master’s degree in psychology and has worked in the charity sector for the last seven years.

Deborah Stillman

Deborah Stillman

Brazil Partnership Manager

Deborah is the International Partnership Manager at The Caring  Family Foundation.

She has six years of experience in the third sector, including advocating for BMER and migrant women involved with the Criminal Justice System or Immigration System. Deborah has a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and a post-degree qualification in Human Rights from the University of Coimbra, Portugal.

Juliana Ayrosa

Juliana Ayrosa

Manager, Food From The Heart, Brazil

Juliana works as a consultant, designing and delivering the implementation of ‘Food From The Heart’- Brazil. Juliana promotes social engagement in Brazil, including as CEO of the Amor Horizontal Foundation (FAH), an organisation that helps 42,000 Brazilian children.

She has a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from Mackenzie University.

Thaissa Grossman

Thaissa Grossman

Partnerships and Delivery, Food From The Heart, Brazil

Thaissa works as a consultant to enhance the launch and delivery of ‘Food From the Heart’, Brazil. A fundraiser and institutional relations specialist at Associação Vaga Lume, she has a Bachelor's Degree in International Affairs with a focus in Institutional and Government Relations and a post-graduate qualification in Leadership and Management.

Aline Ferreira

Aline Ferreira

Project Manager, Brazil

Aline is the consultant responsible for project managing the launch of Food From the Heart, Brazil. After growing up in the Amazon, Aline became an entrepreneur and is currently studying nutrition. She is also a volunteer for an NGO that provides access to English lessons for students from state schools in Brazil. Aline previously worked for Imazon and The Nature Conservancy and has a Bachelor’s Degree in business.

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