Mission

Founded in 2012, UKares is a non-profit goodwill organization providing guidance, kindness and support to individuals and families transitioning from the UK and commonwealth countries to the Greater Los Angeles area.. Members of the group know firsthand what it is like moving abroad and understand the cultural differences that await new Angelenos.

 

“When No One Else Cares – UKares”


Board Members

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MARC CONNEELY – Chairman

 

Marc Conneely launched MTV across the world, starting in Europe and becoming President MTV China. He also ran New Corp’s Pay-Per-View business, based in London. He launched his own business, Wedding TV, which went on to become a highly successful network and won ‘Best Specialist Channel 2008′. He is based in Los Angeles, California and is President of the home organizational product company, Ganizer (www.ganizer.com). Marc has bee Chairman of the UKares Foundation since it was formed in 2012.

 

CRAIG YOUNG – President and Founding Member 

 

Craig Young was born in Nottingham, England and moved to the U.S. in 1999 after successful careers as a recording artist and as a television actor. Having experienced the challenges of moving abroad firsthand, in 2007 Craig established the online social community Brits in LA, which quickly became a resource for recent expats, bringing together the British community in Los Angeles. UKares was inspired out of necessity when Craig was contacted directly (and often) by individuals who were in need of assistance.

Craig is dedicated to the cause of UKares and is extremely proud of the team that continues to work tirelessly on its behalf. His goal for UKares is to ensure that individuals or families from the UK and commonwealth countries have a helping hand through assistance and guidance in times of difficulty and transition.

Craig has enjoyed a career both in front of the camera and behind it with more than 40 TV credits to his name, including CHARMED, LOST, NCIS:LOS ANGELES and HAWAII 5.0. More recently, he has moved into directing and producing. Craig also worked in TV development for five years with Mike Sullivan Productions.

 MARINA PAGANUCCI – Chief Operating Officer and Founding Member

 

FIONA HARDEN – Chief Executive Office

 

Fiona and her family made Los Angeles their home in 2012, having spent over 30 years living and working in the UK, Cyprus, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan. Passionate about getting involved and making a difference in these diverse countries, Fiona became heavily involved in community projects and organizations (including the Tokyo International Players, Tokyo British Embassy Choir, International Festival Singapore Chorus, St. David’s and St. George’s Society). Heading up and being part of various boards she helped raise funds for important local charities and larger global ones, such as Make A Wish Foundation, Habitat for Humanity and UNICEF.

A qualified Interior Designer for many years, Fiona has recently acquired her California Realtor license. She loves the creative, entrepreneurial spirit of Los Angeles and is excited to work with such a talented team who share the vision of building a much needed foundation that can support fellow UK and Commonwealth compatriots, whilst also giving back to the local community.

 

MARINA PAGANUCCI – Chief Operating Officer and Founding Member

 

Marina Paganucci was raised in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Singapore and considers herself a true ‘citizen of the world.’ She now calls Los Angeles home, along with her husband, teenage daughter and two rescue dogs. She is an enthusiastic founding member of the UKares team and hopes to make a great impact on fellow expatriates in the City of Angels. Marina has been living in Los Angeles since 2008.

She is also owner of 360digitaltalent, an executive search firm focused on digital media talent based in Los Angeles. During her career, she has worked for major international recruitment companies and has been a corporate leadership trainer, career and life coach to many. One of her other key goals is to build and develop transformational coaching programs for kids and teens.

 

SANDRA MCCLEAN – Treasurer

 

Sandra McClean is the founding Treasurer of the UKares Foundation.

Sandra was born and raised in Colchester, England and lived in London and Hong Kong before moving to LA ten years’ ago. She spends much of her time fundraising for local LA charities and is currently on the board of the Southern California Counseling Center, an organization committed to providing professional counseling services to families and individuals in an affordable, compassionate environment and FreshstArt, a one -night art exhibition and sale which funds programmes that provide arts-related therapies to children designated “at risk”. It also provides potential art collectors with a personal collection to both established and emerging artists.

She spent her first employment years working in advertising agencies in London then embarked on a 15-year career in magazine publishing working on such illustrious titles as Cosmopolitan, Smash Hits, Q, Empire and Premiere culminating in her being Publisher/board member at Emap Metro.

Sandra can be found skiing powder in winter and playing tennis in summer. She lives happily with her three children and two dogs in West LA.


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