How The Charity operates

Betsy de Thierry (Chair)

Betsy founded the TRC in 2011. She is a psychotherapist with over 20 years experience of working with vulnerable children, young people and adults. She is also a qualified primary teacher and this combination of education and therapeutic expertise alongside a committment to seeing people recover from traumatic experiences has helped her shape the TRC and it’s projects.

She is also a trustee of the Institute of the Recovery of Childhood Trauma (IRCT).

 Ash Gelderblom

Ash is a data analysist in the charity sector. He has extensive experience of working in an expanding charity, including fundraising and data gathering. He also voluneteers as a youth worker and is committed to supporting young people through the issues that they are faced with today.

 Stephen Walker-Williams

Stephen is a qualified primary school teacher with a special interest in children with emotional and behavioural needs. He used to work in a Bath primary school but relocated to Buckinghamshire, becoming a Deputy Head with specific focus on pastoral and behaviour issues. As part of his role he established the school’s first Nurture Group- supporting children who need extra support emotionally, as well as a more homely environment and approach to access learning.

Annie Sempill

Annie has worked for many years as a social worker in child protection as a community and hospital social worker with Bristol City Council, has been a supervising social worker for foster carers and recently she has become an independent social worker working in the locality offering specialist knowledge and support for families. Annie has oversight of the charities safeguarding procedures and policy.

Heather Brown

Heather has spent the best part of the last 10 years as an executive administrator, alongside having her two children. After recently moving to Bournemouth, she has just launched her own business as well as being an ambassador for the TRC. Heather has been a beneficiary of the TRC’s services and brings a parent’s perspective to the board of trustees.

Mary Patterson

Mary is a secondary school teacher in a Bath school. She is passionate about supporting children and young people who have faced difficulties and has a special interest in children with challenging behaviour.

Jennifer Stetson- Company Secretary

Jennifer is a non-practising solicitor who has become a Registered Manager in Care Services and volunteers her time in the role as TRC’s Company Secretary. Jennifer also has a PGCE from the University of Birmingham, and when practising law in Birmingham worked for a highly regarded regional firm in their Charity Law division.’