Children’s University is a network of centres that manage their activities locally. These local centres are run by existing structures and partners such as colleges and universities, Local Authorities and groups of schools. CU Trust is the charity that sits at the heart of this network, providing support, strategic guidance, and organising fundraising and communications activities.

Meet the CU Trust team:

Helen O'Donnell - Chief Executive and Director of Partnerships

Helen joined Children's University in November 2015, having previously served as Chief Executive for the Cheshire Community Foundation (CCF). It was at CCF that Helen first encountered Children’s University by funding one of our local centres.

Helen has extensive experience in the third sector with a particular focus on education and helping young people from more disadvantaged backgrounds access educational opportunities. Most recently this involved acting as Head of Development at the University of Liverpool where she was responsible for securing charitable investments.

Contact Helen for enquiries about national partnerships and strategic issues.

Liam Nolan – Head of Communications and Stakeholder Engagement

Liam joined Children’s University in 2016 with a focus on working with the Children’s University network and shouting about its many successes. As a former teacher of English as a foreign language, he is passionate about education and the possibilities Children’s University opens up for young learners.

Liam has over ten years’ experience in the charity sector in a mixture of fundraising and communications roles. Most recently he has been self-employed fundraiser and worked on high-profile digital projects for charity and government organisations.

Contact Liam for enquiries relating to communications, PR and media. 

Cristina Muñoz – Marketing and Digital Communications Officer

Cristina joined the team in March 2016 after finishing her master’s degree in Marketing Communications. She has worked in the marketing and administration departments of various organisations and is enthusiastic about social media and its potential to do good.

Before moving to Manchester two years ago, Cristina studied Advertising and PR in Spain, and she also lived in Romania for six months.

Contact Cristina for enquiries about social media and all things digital.


Julia Garcia - Finance Manager

Julia joined Children’s University in June 2015 to manage CU Trust’s finance and administration tasks. Before joining Children's University Julia worked in the finance department of various companies.

Julia is a graduate from the University of Dundee in International Business and French and is currently studying towards her CIMA qualification.

Contact Julia with enquiries relating to CU Trust finances.