Our Directors

Helen Nistala

Helen’s passion is the creation of bold new initiatives to help children learn, grow, enjoy life and engage with the world around them. She has designed and led many successful childhood and education programmes, for the Department of Education, children’s charities and the Mayor of London, including the award-winning London Curriculum. Before founding Wholehearted Childhood, Helen was Head of England for Save the Children, responsible for the charity’s nationwide work to support the learning of children growing up in poverty. Helen studied Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge University, with a particular focus on child development and education.

Kiran Nistala

Kiran is a paediatrician, research scientist and a mindfulness practitioner in training. He has a keen interest in the relationship between emotional and physical wellbeing and his scientific expertise helps to make sure our work is evidence based and well evaluated. Kiran trained and worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Kate Watson

Kate is head of key stage 2 at Harpenden Academy and has a life-long passion for learning that helps children to flourish and to discover and engage with the world around them.

Jude Keene

Jude is a woods and sustainability expert, with extensive experience of community engagement in projects that support the natural environment and the wellbeing of those involved.