The Founding Trustees

The Trustees of The Samantha Sykes Foundation Trust are selected from Sami’s immediate family to continue her work with young people.  The team is unique as it is made up, first and foremost of members of a family devastated by the tragic death of their 18 year old daughter but also of a team of highly qualified and experienced professionals in business and child protection.

  • Julie Warren Sykes – Chairperson/Media Contact
  • Eric Sykes – Treasurer / Advertising / Web Assist
  • Karen Sykes – Secretary / Fund Raising Lead
  • Karin Jackson / Communications
  • Ben Sykes
  • Leanne Warren
  • Ian Sykes – Web Development/ Advertising/ Communication (Deceased)


Professor Pat Cantrill (MSc, BA HONS, RGN, RHV, RHVT, TC (Man)

We are very pleased to announce that Professor Pat Cantrill (MSc, BA HONS, RGN, RHV, RHVT, TC (Man) has agreed to be an Honorary member of the Samantha Sykes Foundation Trust. Professor Cantrill is committed to improving the care and protection of children and young people and has worked relentlessly within this arena for most of her professional career. She has led on various Serious Case Reviews where children and young people have been seriously harmed or killed. A number of these have been high profile cases which have required a high level of knowledge, analytical skills, confidentiality and media expertise. Professor Cantrill has also led on a number of Domestic Homicide and Homicide Reviews across social services, education, NHS and voluntary organisations. She is also the Independent Chair for Rotherham Safeguarding Adults Board. Professor Cantrill’s relationship to the Trustees arose from the tragic event which took Samantha from us, but which gave us the drive and commitment to establish this charity. We are very privileged to have her support.


A supporter and friend of the charity, Nazir Afzal OBE
Chief Exec of the police and crime commissioners for England and Wales and Former Chief Prosecutor.






Nazir Afzal OBE was born in 1962 in Birmingham UK. Afzal was the Chief Crown Prosecutor of the Crown Prosecution Service for North West England from 2011–15. He successfully led teams responsible for some of the highest profile cases in the country, including the child grooming case in Rochdale and the prosecution of Stuart Hall. Nazir Afzal was Britain’s most senior lawyer within the Crown Prosecution Service.

As one of the 13 chief crown prosecutors in England and Wales, he was responsible for more than 100,000 prosecutions a year and managed 800 lawyers and paralegals.

Mr Afzal joined the Crown Prosecution Service in 1991. During his time at the CPS he was the operational and policy lead for child abuse, hate crime including disability, violence against women and honour-based violence.

Awarded an OBE in 2004 for his services to law and the local community, Mr Afzal is currently Pro Chancellor Brunel University, and works as an independent advisor on criminal justice.

Recently he has been appointed Chief Executive of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners.

The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) plays a leading role in policing by bringing all Police and Crime Commissioners together to influence national policy making. The APCC has successfully worked with PCCs and other partners to introduce changes in supporting victims of crime and the most vulnerable people in society, and create an efficient and effective police service through better financial management.

Nazir believes in what our charity is trying to achieve and has seen for himself the devastation and destruction caused by child sexual exploitation. We are honoured to have him as our supporter.