Our Team

Tom is CEO for a York based company, specialising in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.  He has had a varied career across both industry and academia.  He received a PhD from York University in 1994, going on to work as manager for University Technology Centres led by British Aerospace and Rolls-Royce.  He worked for the European Commission for almost a decade as a Scientific Officer at the Joint Research Centre in Italy.  He brings a wealth of experience in fund management, collaborative projects and business management. Tom has also had a lifelong passion for youth and children’s work, and has held several voluntary youth leader positions.

Tom Jackson
Chairman
Rebecca Cornish, MBE
Founder & Vice Chair

Rebecca is a physiotherapist and the founder of Accomplish Children's Trust. Whilst working in a rural hospital in Uganda, she was introduced to two support groups for parents of disabled children. Having recognised the need, been impressed with the organisations’ visions, and what they had been able to achieve with very limited resources, she left Uganda with a promise to try and support them. She’s found it an incredible privilege to work with our partners over the years, and see the positive impact they are having on the lives of children and their communities. Rebecca currently lives in England with her husband and two young children, where she is an active member of her local church.  She was awarded an MBE in 2020 for services to disabled children in Africa.

Chris is a neonatal consultant based in London.  Chris has been a trustee and medical advisor for Accomplish since 2008 and has travelled to Kagando in Uganda regularly since 2002, living there for a year in 2011.  During that year, he worked with local Accomplish partners to set up satellite epilepsy clinics in the area, the first use of such clinics for epilepsy in Uganda.  Chris continues to travel regularly to Uganda to support projects undertaken by our partners, as well as to support Kagando Hospital’s neonatal and paediatric departments.

Dr. Chris Harris
Medical Specialist
Chris Acton
Treasurer

Chris is a primary care business consultant with a postgraduate qualification in health economics.  His career started in the voluntary sector at Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) in 1978, and from 1989 he was an associate partner at a large GP practice in North Yorkshire. In 1996 he established Acton Shapiro Consultancy and Research and later the Primary Care Partnership Ltd.  Chris has vast experience in preparing feasibility and option appraisals, service planning and procurement.  He regularly travels to visit projects in Africa to ensure that the charity funds are being used appropriately and effectively as directed by the trustees.  Chris is also a keen runner.

Sue lived in Zambia for three years as a young pharmacist in the late 1970's where she fell in love with the  sun-drenched, tough, friendly region.  One of her three daughters, Rebecca Cornish, is founder of Accomplish Children’s Trust.  As a founding trustee herself, Sue has found it an absolute pleasure and privilege to watch the charity grow beyond anything dreamt, reaching hundreds of disabled children.  In 2019, Sue visited our Malawian project and she was thrilled to see the developments in that country.  Through Accomplish, she has been reconnected with earthed, dignified, welcoming but poverty-stricken people.

Sue Baldock
Fundraising & Volunteers

Liz is an experienced primary school teacher and member of her school leadership team with an MA in Education.  Her visit to Accomplish projects in Uganda in 2016 had a significant impact on her.  Now she better understands the struggles faced by disabled children in some rural communities in Africa and she also appreciates the difference that Accomplish makes through our inspirational project partners.  As a Christian, she believes that God cares about the struggles faced by disabled children and their families and as a teacher, she wants to see children thrive, so she offers her skills and experience to Accomplish.

Liz Bulkeley
Education Advisor

Jessie is an Arts Marketing Manager with a specialist interest in inclusive and accessible arts which provide equal opportunities to all.  Having worked in Africa for several years, she first visited projects in Uganda whilst completing a postgraduate degree in 2017, and became a trustee of Accomplish in 2019. She was struck by how, even in the bleakest of circumstances, the children she met could still be full of joy and hope for the future, and how relatively simple solutions could have huge impacts on the quality of life of disabled people, their families and communities. She is committed to communicating the importance of creating equal opportunities for everyone, including disabled children, to thrive.

Jessie Acton
PR & Media
Our Patrons
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Harry Gration, MBE

Harry Gration MBE presents BBC Look North for the Yorkshire region and has been a regular reporter and commentator for the BBC's Olympic and Commonwealth Games coverage.  Harry has reported on virtually every major sport and has won two Royal Television Society Awards for his sports documentaries.

Harry has been a broadcaster since 1972 and was awarded an MBE for services to broadcasting in 2013.

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Canon John Young

Canon John Young has preached in many of the great cathedrals of England, and you may also have heard him on BBC Radio 2, Radio 4 and the World Service.

 

He has worked for two Archbishops of York and was for many years a member of General Synod. Today he is a Canon Emeritus of York Minster. 

 

John has also written over 30 books and booklets, with sales of more than half a million copies.