Staff and Trustees
Rev. June Hurn is one of the charity's active and long-term supporters and trustees, was born in the United States, however, has spent most of her life and career in the UK. She was a teacher and is now a Governor at her local Marjorie McClure Special School for Physical Development and was very active in the Riding for the Disabled Association. Her husband, Bruce Hurn, a retired H.M.I., died in 2020. He was a popular and talented artist who generously promoted and supported Children in Distress through the sale of his paintings. June is a loving mother of 4 doting children, a grandmother of 8 and now a great grandmother of 3. June’s association with Children in Distress dates back to the charity’s original founding.
Maria Cristina Mitu is head of UK and EU practice at McAllister Olivarius. An experienced solicitor with a background in both Romanian and English law, Maria is qualified in both jurisdictions. At McAllister Olivarius, Maria focuses on business and corporate clients. Maria is also the Managing Partner of Mitu & Asociatii, a Romanian law firm based in Bucharest with a focus on commercial advice and litigation, corporate law, and corporate immigration. She has considerable experience helping Romanian companies do business in England and vice versa.
Valentina is a graduate in social work from the Theological Faculty of the prestigious University of Bucharest, and joined Children in Distress in 1998 to lead the Charity's 'Street Children' project. She also holds a master’s degree in Third Sector Management from Sheffield University. Vali is the powerhouse and inspiration for many of CID's projects and programmes delivered from St Margaret's Centre for Children's Care Services and the Foundation’s transition to a new family house, Casa Maria, part of a new vision for the future of the charity. In her wider role as Executive Director CID Romania, she was instrumental in achieving full registration from the National Authority for Child Protection for all of Copii in Dificultate's projects and she organised the Charity's acclaimed International Autism Conference programme.
Lesleyann has years of experience within childcare and is up to date with the UK’s standards in child protection and education. Lesleyann has always had an interest in fundraising. As well as years of childcare experience, she has lots of contacts within the local community and has encouraged many of her friends, family and contacts to support Children in Distress.
Tracy has worked in retail and customer services for many years. She graduated to manageress of our Guisborough shop in 2013 and has overseen the shop undergo a total refurbishment. During that time, it has become one of the best shops in the Northeast of England. A busy single Mum, Tracy enjoys her job and the people she meets daily. She is the first to say that no two days are the same. Most of all Tracy loves knowing that all the effort her and the shop volunteers put in, is making a difference to such a worthwhile charity.