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Staff & Volunteers

Louise King – Director

Prior to joining CRAE, Louise worked at Save the Children. Most recently, she led on child rights governance policy and advocacy in the UK. She has also been Vice President of Euronet - the European Children’s Network, and Chair of the Separated Children in Europe Programme.

After graduating in philosophy and theology from the University of Nottingham, Louise volunteered for the British Youth Council before taking up the position of Policy Officer. She then joined CRAE as Senior Policy Officer before joining Save the Children in 2006, where she first worked on policy issues relating to child victims of trafficking and children seeking asylum.

Louise has also facilitated numerous participatory workshops for children to learn about their rights and supported children to advocate for the realisation of their rights in numerous policy areas, including protection from violence, immigration and reform of the Children’s Commissioner for England.  She has also mentored teenagers at risk of getting in trouble with the law. 

Louise lives in Hove with her partner and has two young sons aged seven and four

Anna Edmundson - Senior Policy and Public Affairs Advisor

Anna became CRAE's Senior Policy and Public Affairs Advisor in April 2016 (having been Policy and Programmes Manager between 2014 and 2015). She leads our work on children and policing, criminal justice and children in custody. Before joining CRAE she worked as a barrister, then at INQUEST where she led their research, policy and parliamentary work and managed sucessful campaigns on inquest reforms and reducing children's and young people's deaths in custody.

Anna graduated in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University, has a Masters in Human Rights Law from Essex university and co-authored four editions of Blackstones Guide to the Human Rights Act (Oxford University Press). She has worked for leading human rights organisations including Liberty and the British Institute of Human Rights (where she was Deputy Director) developing an expertise in campaigns and communications. More recently, as an Advisor to Equally Ours, she helped devise and launch the "Rights for Life" campaign, sharing real stories of how human rights are for all of us, at all stages in our life. Anna was also on the steering group of Act for the Act, a crowd-funded poster campaign to safeguard the Human Rights Act.

She is passionate about ensuring policy makers hear children's voices and, as a volunteer, has supported children (including her own) to campaign on issues including outdoor play and education.   

Maria Stephens – Participation Project Manager

Maria joined CRAE in January 2015 as Participation Project Manager. In this role she works with children and young people to support them to have their views and experiences heard by decision makers. Her work has most recently focussed on supporting children and young people to report on children’s rights in England to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Before joining CRAE Maria was Head of Youth and Community work at Toynbee Hall where she was responsible for projects working to support marginalised children and families in Tower Hamlets and the City of London. Maria has extensive experience working directly with children and young people and previously developed informal education projects, participatory workshops, youth-led research and support services. She is also a qualified secondary school teacher and has worked one to one with children and young people who have been removed from education. As a volunteer Maria has supported young refugees and families for the Refugee Council and Metropolitan Housing trust; worked with the activism team at Amnesty International; and been a trustee for IARS and Journey’s (a child bereavement counselling service). She holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Sussex and an MSC in Social Policy from the LSE.


Sue Marris – Head of Operations CRAE/JFKL

Sue started at CRAE in 2006 and is responsible for the organisation's finances, office administration and for personnel matters. Her previous jobs include working as an actuarial officer at the Government Actuary's Department and as the statistician at the Arts Council of Great Britain before she moved to work in the charity sector. She then worked as centre manager of a community centre, as tenant liaison officer for a housing association and then as office manager at a drop-in centre for families of children with disabilities. She has a degree in Economics with Econometrics and an MA in Arts Administration.


CRAE's work is supported by volunteers.

All employment and voluntary opportunities will be advertised in Work for Us.