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.

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 volunteers as a youth worker and is committed to supporting young people through the issues that they are faced with today.

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. Heather runs her own successful business in Bournemouth 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.

Kenny Whitelaw-Jones

Kenny has a background in Project Finance and Infrastructure Development and is currently a Partner at financial modelling and analysis firm Gridlines. He has a long-standing interest in organisational development having led several businesses and non-profits. In additional to a Masters in Business Administration he has an MA in Psychology and is deeply committed to issues of mental-health and well being. He is passionate about the TRCs mission to see children recover from traumatic experiences. He is the father of 4 children and is a keen glider pilot.

Jennifer Stetson- Company Secretary

Jennifer is a defence lawyer. 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.’