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Meet the Team

Karl Ashton

CEO and Trustee

Karl is Daniel’s stepfather and CEO for the Daniel Fox Foundation founded in 2017. Karl has a Military background with considerable experience and qualifications in teaching and presentation. To date Karl is a Police Officer with Merseyside Police and has a personal and committed responsibility as to why the Foundations knife crime educational programme should be delivered to children and young people.

Karl’s role includes the overall management of the Foundation and designing presentations for children, young people and young offenders within schools and organisations across the borough of St Helens with the aim to reach over 8,000 young people annually.

Being a member of the Knife Crime Partnership Working Group for St Helens, Karl attends regular meetings with Merseyside Police and St Helens Council.

 As a Trustee Karl is responsible for monetary aspects of the Foundation.

Lynda Ashton

Foundation Secretary

Lynda, Daniel’s mum, works tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that her son’s death was not in vain and that no other family goes through the same heartache as herself and her husband.  Her secretarial role includes amongst other things developing school resources for the education programme, maintaining systems and evaluation reports for the Charity Commission and Merseyside Police.

Lynda is also keen to deliver her own hard-hitting personal message to non-mainstream schools and young offenders with a view that this may change behavioural habits and encourage young people to make safer lifestyle choices away from knife crime.

Dawn Jones

Press/Media and School Liaison Officer

Dawn, aunt of Daniel, her role’s include Press Officer and as such is the Foundations media spokesperson. In 2018 Dawn delivered a speech about the Foundations work to the Knife Crime Westminster Insight Conference.

Dawn also works alongside Karl to deliver the knife crime presentations in schools and organisations across St Helens which are based on the consequences and impact knife crime has on families.

Being a member of the Knife Crime Partnership Working Group for St Helens Dawn attends regular meetings with Merseyside Police and St Helens Council.

Joanne Ryan

Trustee and Volunteer Coordinator

Joanne, a close family friend has previously worked as a volunteer within the Foundation before taking up the role of Trustee and Volunteer Coordinator in 2018.

Joanne manages and recruits’ volunteers and is responsible for organising event days. She also sits on the Foundation's meeting panel which discusses future plans.

As a Trustee Joanne is responsible for monetary aspects of the Foundation.

Paul Owen

Facilitator and Trustee

Paul, a close friend and former work colleague of Daniel has taken up the role of Facilitator and Trustee for the Foundation. Working alongside Lynda and Karl he attends non-mainstream schools and young offenders’ units. 

Paul has a military background he has the experience and capability of speaking to young people regarding the consequences and impacts of knife crime.

Paul will discuss the implications and how to make better and safer lifestyle choices against knife crime.

As a Trustee Paul is responsible for monetary aspects of the Foundation.