Carolyn is one of the co-founders of Action for Burns & Children and has more than 25 years’ experience in accident prevention.
Carolyn worked for 17 years as Founder and Director of a British charity, the Children’s Fire and Burn Trust, which has now been renamed the Children’s Burn Trust.
She has also has worked extensively at a professional level with Government initiatives on major community projects with charities both in the UK and abroad, training professionals in the field as well as the public.
She worked with RoSPA to help establish the UK Government Safe at Home Scheme for London and the South East and sat on the NICE committee for establishing guidelines for Unintentional Injuries for the Under 15’s.
She Chaired the European Burn Prevention Committee and is the UK representative on the advisory board of the Phoenix Burns Project in Cape Town, South Africa.
She sits on the executive committees of several safety organisations including the National Home Safety Committee and London Home & Water Safety Council.
Carolyn was also instrumental is establishing Fit for Safety Ltd, which works to help reduce unintentional injuries for the early years and later life both in the UK and overseas.
In 2000, as part of the Millennium Honours List, she was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her services to children and accident prevention.
Mike is the Founder/Senior Advisor of the London-based global leadership and advisory firm Cripps Sears and Partners Ltd.
Educated in the UK, Mike spent his early career in industry/industrial management and founded Cripps Sears while still in his 20s. Initially based in London’s upmarket Knightsbridge, its target market was fairly broad and not initially focused on the oil and gas sector. However, by the late 1970s Mike’s interest had turned in that direction, with regular visits to Aberdeen.
Over time, the focus of the company both broadened geographically, opening international offices in 5 other locations. By the early 80s it had become well known in the energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors. Mike is himself active globally.
Mike and his wife Carolyn founded Action for Burns & Children in 2008.
Dr. Ilaria Tocco-Tussardi
Dr. Ilaria Tocco-Tussardi is a specialist in plastic surgery with a genuine interest in burns and wound care.
During her Residency training at the University Hospital of Padua – Padua Burns Centre (IT), she progressively implemented her knowledge in this field, also visiting quite a number of Burns Centres both in the developed World (California, Pennsylvania, Sweden) and developing countries (Kenya). While being exposed to burn care, she became quickly aware of the fact that prevention is the best medicine in burns and she developed a passion for the public health side of burn injuries, e.g. large scale burn prevention programs, strategies for increasing public awareness, and training services in underserved communities. This topic was a great part of her final thesis (title: “Plastic reconstructive surgery volunteerism in developing countries: an international hospital based-experience from central Kenya”).
She is an active member of the Prevention committee of the European Burns Association and she is currently pursuing further education and training in preventive medicine.