Meet our team

Our Trustees & Patrons

 

  • Deepa Patel
    Chair
    Deepa Patel
    Chair

    Deepa is the Chair of The Loss foundation. She is passionate about music, fighting injustice and nurturing reciprocity, wisdom and creativity in our world. Her past roles have included being a music education producer for BBC radio, a campaigner on HIV/AIDS for Action Aid, and as a Co-Managing Director of Creative Partnerships (a national UK Government Initiative on creativity in schools). She currently consults and facilitates change programmes for organisations globally using the art of collaboration, conversation and contemplation.

    Likes (or more accurately loves): Mangoes, silence, Mohammad Ali

    Dislikes: Reality TV (but can't help watching), being impatient with herself and others, wanting to buy new shoes when she is unhappy

  • Ruth Barnett
    Trustee
    Ruth Barnett
    Trustee

    Ruth joined the board of trustees in 2015 to help advise the charity on communications strategy and management. Currently Director of Communications for a technology company, Ruth is a former journalist and has a degree in politics.

    Likes: dinners with loved ones; the seaside; small acts of kindness
     
    Dislikes: the usual list of injustice and cruelty; my chronic Zoopla addiction
  • Sarah Barrick
    Trustee
    Sarah Barrick
    Trustee

    Sarah joined the board of trustees in 2018 to help advise the charity on all things HR related. Sarah is currently a People Partner   for a technology company, following a number of global HR roles in the finance industry.

    Likes: Travel, Food and having a lay in on a Saturday morning
     
    Dislikes: Olives, Negativity and getting up early on a Saturday morning
  • Dr Francine Bear
    Trustee & Facilitator
    Dr Francine Bear
    Trustee & Facilitator

    Francine has been involved in the charity since it began in 2010 and was part of the small team helping Erin in it's development. She is a regular support group facilitator, contributes to the charity's fundraising arm and sits on the board of trustees. Francine recently qualified as a Clinical Psychologist, and has conducted her doctoral research thesis in collaboration with The Loss Foundation to examine how spouses make sense of bereavement following cancer.

    Likes: Plants and flowers, feta, being silly

    Dislikes: Long hairs on sponges, queuing when in a rush, horror films

  • Edward Levey
    Trustee
    Edward Levey
    Trustee

    Edward has been a barrister for almost 20 years specialising in commercial and regulatory law.  He joined The Loss Foundation as a trustee in 2018 with the aim of putting some of his knowledge and experience as a barrister to good use outside of a courtroom.  He’s a committed member of the team and even managed to persuade his 73 year old father to do a 100-mile bike ride around London in the pouring rain to raise much-need funds money for the charity.

    Likes: cycling, coffee and cake (the perfect combination)

    Dislikes: motorbikes, early starts, cold-callers

  • Rebecca Mahallati
    Trustee
    Rebecca Mahallati
    Trustee
    Rebecca is a highly experienced strategic and insightful senior fundraiser.  She has worked in the third sector since 2005 - spending 10 of those years at Cancer Research UK - where she honed her skills and led one of CRUK's high-value fundraising teams.
     
    Likes: Jane Eyre, crumpets, pots of tea
     
    Dislikes: bad manners, moths, celery
  • Shereen Sally
    Trustee
    Shereen Sally
    Trustee

    Shereen joined The Loss Foundation at it's inception and is both a Trustee and event facilitator. Currently working as the Deputy Head of Student Experience at City University London, Shereen also has an MSc in Voluntary Sector Management and over 15 years experience of working and fundraising for cancer led charities, children charities and mental health charities.

    Likes: Travelling, cheese, team sports

    Dislikes: Lack of sleep, public toilets, dogs barking

  • Dr Kirsten Smith
    Trustee & Head of Research
    Dr Kirsten Smith
    Trustee & Head of Research

    Kirsten has been involved in The Loss Foundation since it's creation in Erin's living room over garlic bread and a cheeseboard. She is a Clinical Psychologist and Research Fellow at the University of Oxford where she is responsible for running The Oxford Grief Study, a large scale investigation of the psychological processes involved in adaptation after loss. 

    Likes: Ottolenghi, antipodean baristas, brainstorming

    Dislikes: Cycling, Oxford winters, when cashiers put the change on top of the notes

  • Professor Helen Storey MBE
    Patron
    Professor Helen Storey MBE
    Patron

    Helen’s connection to The Loss Foundation goes back to it’s earliest formation and the love that inspired it's birth. Her role as advisor remains one of support and imagining the future together. She is a Professor of Fashion & Science at The University of The Arts London and currently works in several unexpected ways for the plight of the global refugee crisis through her work with the UNHCR.

    Likes: Humans, old trees, sun

    Dislikes: Wasting time, liquorice, lack of sleep

  • Peter Osborn
    Trustee & Volunteer Support Facilitator
    Peter Osborn
    Trustee & Volunteer Support Facilitator
    Peter started attending The Loss Foundation support groups after the death of his wife Gayle in 2010, and became a Trustee in 2016. He makes videos and organises workshops to promote skills of dialogue and organisational management for charities and social enterprises, and he runs singing and wellbeing weekends because... he loves singing.
     
    Likes: Singing, holidays, his wonderful family - especially Sid (grandson)
     
    Dislikes: Tomatoes, pomposity, horror films
  • Vanessa Babouram
    Trustee
    Vanessa Babouram
    Trustee

    Vanessa serves as Vice-President and country manager for the UK / Ireland at the PayPal Giving Fund. She joins The Loss Foundation's board after operating as its Head of Strategic Development and describes herself as an incorrigible learner.

    After a philosophy post-graduate degree at the Sorbonne in Paris, she completed a business administration master at ESCP Europe specialising in Media with a view to work in the film industry. Sometimes life has other plans, which saw her work in the finance sector for a decade across functions and collaborating with diverse teams spread across continents.

    Likes:  Story time with my son, lists, early morning promising rays of sun, the happy marriage of goat's cheese and late harvest Malbec

    Dislikes: Boredom, certainty masquerading as truth, spiders (in that order)

Our Staff & Volunteers

 

  • Dr Erin Hope Thompson
    Founder and Director --- she / her / hers
    Dr Erin Hope Thompson
    Founder and Director --- she / her / hers

    Erin founded The Loss Foundation in 2010 after witnessing and experiencing the lack of support that was available when her father died from cancer in 2008. She is dedicated to building and improving services to support people when a loved one dies.

    Erin was named as one of the 35 top business women under 35 in the UK by Management Today in 2017. In the same year Erin was awarded the prestigious honour of a Winston Churchill Fellowship, which involves investigating inspiring practice in other countries, and returning to the UK with innovative ideas for the benefit of people across the UK. Her area of expertise was bereavement.

    Erin was recently invited to join the Wall of Honour at the Royal Society of Medicine, a place where doctors, nurses, surgeons and other professionals from across the spectrum of medicine and healthcare are recognised for their dedication, both to their patients and their work.

    Erin also works as a Clinical Psychologist within the NHS and private sector. She works with individuals and families when there is a life limiting illness, as well as when there has been a bereavement. She also works  with general mental health in adults and children.

    Likes:  Climbing mountains, crosswords, popcorn

    Dislikes: Being late, waste, diets

  • Rohan Misthry
    Charity Administrator --- he / him / his
    Rohan Misthry
    Charity Administrator --- he / him / his

    Rohan joined the Loss Foundation in 2020 as the Charity Administrator and is excited to work with this growing organisation and supporting people experiencing loss. Rohan has worked in the charity sector for almost a decade working in fundraising and programme coordination. He has also works as a counsellor in private practice. 

    Likes: Comedy improv, spicy food, nature

    Dislikes: Casserole, Mosquitoes, the word "Foodie"

  • Po-Yee Chan Bell
    Research Assistant Psychologist --- she / her / hers
    Po-Yee Chan Bell
    Research Assistant Psychologist --- she / her / hers

    Po-Yee joined in March 2021 as Research Assistant Psychologist.  She is involved with the development and running of the Connect service, and is excited by the opportunities it offers for enabling more bereaved individuals to benefit from the mutual support of similar loss connections.

    She has a postgraduate MSc Psychology of Mental Health (conversion) and hopes to pursue a new career in health psychology, having worked as an analyst in the finance sector for over a decade.  She is motivated to learn from her own and others’ experiences of illness, cancer and devastating loss, and feels it is a great privilege to be part of the growing Loss Foundation community.

    Likes: happy dogs, almond croissants, a good walk

    Dislikes: spiders and spooky films

  • Akua Achampong
    Volunteer Comedy Event Producer
    Akua Achampong
    Volunteer Comedy Event Producer
    Akua joined The Loss Foundation in 2013. She was desperate to find a way to support the charity, and eventually found her place co organising the first ever annual comedy show and has been a part of the 'Make em Laugh', committee ever since. Akua has worked in TV production since 2012.
     
    Likes: Dimples, laughing and honesty 
     
    Dislikes: Pompous people, farts in lifts, diets
  • Dr Jessica Bilaney
    Volunteer Support Facilitator
    Dr Jessica Bilaney
    Volunteer Support Facilitator

    Jess feels incredibly privileged to be a volunteer for The Loss Foundation having admired Erin and her passion for the cause since the charity was founded in 2010. She has been a facilitator for the support groups since 2012 and the bereavement retreats since 2013, and feels that being part of this dynamic and innovative charity has been a truly humbling experience. 

    Jess is a medical doctor, training to be a general practitioner in London, and encounters illness and loss regularly. Through her work with The Loss Foundation she feels better equipped to talk to patients and their families about bereavement, and also bring some of those skills into her consultations. Jess is hugely proud of the work we do at The Loss Foundation and is excited to be part of this ever evolving organisation, and what the future brings with regards to bereavement support and research in this area.

    Likes: Cooking, baths, panda bears

    Dislikes: Baked beans (yuk!), spiders, scary movies

  • Emma Carr
    Volunteer Support Facilitator
    Emma Carr
    Volunteer Support Facilitator

    Emma joined The Loss Foundation in September 2015 and has been honoured to join such a welcoming and dedicated team. She currently works as an Assistant Psychologist in the NHS, working with individuals who experience complex depression, anxiety and trauma. From this she has learned how powerful support groups can be in providing a safe space to share experiences without the worry of judgment, and has witnessed how they can foster hope and empowerment. She is excited to contribute to the ongoing development of this compassionate charity.

    Likes: Rugby, running, red velvet cake

    Dislikes: Flying, daddy long legs, scary movies

  • Paris Congrave
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers
    Paris Congrave
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers

    Paris joined The Loss Foundation in 2015 after being struck by the vision the charity has - to provide a space to talk about bereavement openly. Paris is currently working as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist in the NHS.

    Likes: Animals, running, a cup of tea

    Dislikes: Doing the ironing, being tickled, liquorice

  • Paul Davies
    Volunteer Supervisor
    Paul Davies
    Volunteer Supervisor

    Paul has been volunteering with The Loss Foundation for several years. He has a vast amount of experience working in mental health and the NHS. He takes a great interest in the well-being of others, using all of his skills and experience to help people as best he can.

    Likes: KFC, 1 day cricket, sleeping

    Dislikes: Early morning wake-ups, Brussels sprouts, being cold

  • Karolina Tothová
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers
    Karolina Tothová
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers

    I am Karolina but prefer Karol for short. I am currently a trainee
    psychological wellbeing practitioner and I aspire to become a clinical
    neuropsychologist. I am passionate to be joining this wonderful team to support the brave people who go through the hardest times and I am curious to learn more about grief.


    Likes: travel, squash, and loads of coffee
    Dislikes: arrogant people, doughnuts, and waiting

  • Christine Lewington
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers
    Christine Lewington
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers

    Christine joined The Loss Foundation as a group facilitator in autumn 2017. She is currently studying for a MSc Psychology at the University of East London, with the hope to eventually train as a Clinical Psychologist. She is a passionate believer in bringing more compassion into our daily lives.

    Likes: singing, scandi crime series, the seaside

    Dislikes: rain, jelly, rush hour commutes 

  • Sarah MacCallum-Orr
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers
    Sarah MacCallum-Orr
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers

    Sarah joined The Loss Foundation in 2020 after losing a loved one during the Coronavirus pandemic and being deeply moved by the charity's cause. She is currently completing a Masters in Psychology of Mental Health at the University of Edinburgh and hopes to go on into Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys cooking and water sports such as sailing, surfing and rowing.

    Likes: Hot chocolate, Ottolenghi recipes, reading memoirs.

    Dislikes: Coffee, the cost of Ottolenghi recipes, flat pillows.

  • Hjördis Lorenz
    Volunteer Support Facilitator
    Hjördis Lorenz
    Volunteer Support Facilitator

    Hjördis joined The Loss Foundation as a group facilitator in 2017 whilst completing her PhD in psychology at the University of Oxford. She heard about The Loss Foundation through her colleagues who have been part of the foundation since the start. She is currently doing research on trauma prevention in emergency workers and greatly believes in the power of people coming together to support each other. 

    Likes: Wind, the smell of freshly baked bread, traveling to new places

    Dislikes: Alarm clocks, missing the bus, not finding the matching sock

  • Katie Murphy
    Volunteer Support Facilitator
    Katie Murphy
    Volunteer Support Facilitator
    Katie has been volunteering as a group facilitator since September 2018, having heard about The Loss Foundation through another facilitator and friend. Having lost loved ones to cancer, Katie was motivated to join such a passionate team offering a compassionate and supportive space for people to share in their grief. Katie currently works in mental health services across London, with the aim of continuing her Psychology education. 
     
    Likes: yoga, sea swims, when Ireland beat the All Blacks (finally!)
     
    Dislikes: spiders, milk, losing things 
     
  • Tristan Neaves
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- he/him/his
    Tristan Neaves
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- he/him/his
    Tristan joined The Loss Foundation in 2017 as a group facilitator. He completed a psychology conversion MSc in 2016, having previously studied law at undergrad. He is currently doing his clinical psychology training in Hertfordshire. Previously he volunteered at Mind as a support worker and at the University of Hertfordshire as a research assistant, studying the role of rationality in delusions.
     
    Likes: Mountains, curry, running
     
    Dislikes: Lateness, the district line, coriander 
  • Eirini Oikonomou
    Volunteer Support Facilitator
    Eirini Oikonomou
    Volunteer Support Facilitator

    Eirini has been volunteering as a facilitator for the support groups in Oxford since May 2016 after having heard about The Loss Foundation's work through a colleague who was already volunteering. Having to go through the loss of a loved one is one of the most challenging experiences in anyone’s life, and Eirini finds it inspiring and heart-warming that people have the courage to go to a support group and share their thoughts on grief. Eirini feels privileged to be a part of such a passionate team that is dedicated to providing a welcome space for people to freely share their thoughts and talk about their bereavement experiences. Her time volunteering has been a rich learning experience on grief, bereavement support and mostly, human strength.

    Likes: Extra dark chocolate, science fiction, jogging on a rainy day

    Dislikes: Kiwis, slow internet connections, hitting her toe on the corner of the bed

  • Sarah O'Reilly
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers
    Sarah O'Reilly
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers

    Sarah joined The Loss Foundation as a group facilitator in 2017. She works in community mental health, having recently changed careers from communications.

    Likes: Agony aunt columns, pretzels, Hampstead Heath 

    Dislikes: Getting up early, Haribo, housework

  • Nadia Lohawala
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers
    Nadia Lohawala
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers
    Nadia is a recent psychology graduate who is really passionate about supporting others and making a difference. Grief is a traumatic and daunting experience, and the loss foundation is an amazing and important organisation providing a safe space for many going through one of the most difficult times in their lives, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nadia feels privileged to be a part of it and hopes to contribute as much as she can to the growth of the organisation and, in turn, helping many other people.
     
    Likes: books, embroidery and mochas
     
    dislikes: chewing gum - always gets you into sticky situations!
     
  • Alexandria Phillips
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers
    Alexandria Phillips
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers
    Alex joined The Loss Foundation as a group facilitator in summer 2017 and is excited to be part of such a compassionate and supportive team helping those who are sometimes forgotten in their grief. She is currently working in community mental health specifically with adults who are experiencing depression, anxiety and trauma. She has previously volunteered with Mind and aspires to train as a clinical psychologist.
     
    Likes: Sun, cheese, laughter 
     
    Dislikes: Rain, hayfever and being stuck in traffic 
  • Aoife Ryan
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers
    Aoife Ryan
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers
    Aoife joined The Loss Foundation as a facilitator in autumn 2018. Having moved to London two years previously Aoife was keen to find a volunteering opportunity that allowed her to feel part of a community while making use of her skills. Aoife currently works as an assistant psychologist within a clinical health team for people with learning disabilities. 
     
    Likes: Running (or at least attempting to), Italian food and a good book
     
    Dislikes: mushrooms, shopping in crowds and not getting time in nature 
  • Dr Emily Shaw
    Volunteer Support Facilitator
    Dr Emily Shaw
    Volunteer Support Facilitator

    Emily became inspired by the passion of her peers working at The Loss Foundation, so she decided to join them in their support to those going through bereavement. Emily works as a Clinical Psychologist specialising in the field of adult mental health. She also fosters cats.

    Likes: Animals, trees, autumn

    Dislikes: Cruelty, injections, forgetting things

  • Sammie Leece
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers
    Sammie Leece
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers
    Sammie is an Assistant Psychologist working with looked after children alongside studying a Masters in Child Development and Wellbeing. Originally from the Isle of Man, she currently lives in Manchester. 
     
    Likes: any animal, a morning cup of tea and a good book. 
     
    Dislikes: mushrooms, pineapple on pizza and that second half of a long walk when you are just trying to get back to the car. 
     
  • Katie Denmam
    Volunteer Support Facilitator
    Katie Denmam
    Volunteer Support Facilitator

    Having previously worked in Film and TV, Katie is currently studying for an MSc in Psychology at the University of East London and working as a research assistant in developmental neuroscience. Having lost loved ones to cancer, Katie is interested in the different ways that we live with loss and bereavement and is grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the important work that the Loss Foundation does. 

    Likes: Mushrooms, long walks in nature, dancing 

    Dislikes: Over-cooked eggs, being forgetful, musicals

  • Dr Bethany Singh
    Volunteer Support Facilitator
    Dr Bethany Singh
    Volunteer Support Facilitator

    Beth joined The Loss Foundation in 2014, and volunteers as a support group and event facilitator. She also contributes to the development of the charity by being in two of the charity's committees, the Show the Love and the Make it Happen committees. Beth also works in the NHS as a paediatric doctor.

    Likes:  Chocolate, optimism, netball

    Dislikes: Mice, tea with sugar, feeling tired

  • Ffion Lewis
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers
    Ffion Lewis
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers

    Ffion is really excited about being part of the Loss Foundation and to support people through their grief.  She's originally from Wales and now living in Bristol. She's currently working as a psychological wellbeing practitioner in IAPT and studying part time for a masters in mental health and neuroscience.

    Likes: chocolate, dogs, hockey.

    Dislikes: spiders and snakes!

  • Dr Lizzie Woodward
    Volunteer Support Facilitator
    Dr Lizzie Woodward
    Volunteer Support Facilitator

    Lizzie joined the team in 2014 shortly after meeting Kirsten Smith in Oxford and learning about The Loss Foundation and their inspirational work. She is a regular facilitator of both the Oxford community support groups and student support groups. Lizzie believes it is a privilege to work for such a great charity and is continuously humbled by the stories shared by group members, the support they offer one another, and the difference that sharing an experience can have with others who understand the experience of loss. Professionally Lizzie has worked in a range of mental health settings, and is currently finishing her doctorate, specialising in Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.

    Likes: Mountain hikes, spaghetti, the sea

    Dislikes: Wasps, peas, scratchy wool

  • Anita Ghosh
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers
    Anita Ghosh
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers

    Anita is a finalist at Durham University studying for a degree in Natural Sciences (Biology and Psychology). Currently, she also volunteers for the Samaritans and aspires to work within further mental health contexts upon graduation. She strongly believes in The Loss Foundation's ethos of providing people with free, accessible and compassionate bereavement support and feels privileged to be part of such an inspiring charity. 

    Likes: Earl Grey, puppies, Taylor Swift  

    Dislikes: Housework, noise whilst I'm asleep, people glued to their phones! 

  • Sam Davies
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- he/him/his
    Sam Davies
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- he/him/his

    Sam joined The Loss Foundation as a group facilitator in February 2020. He has a passion for global mental health and an interest in transferring mental health research into tangible policy change. He feels lucky to work with the foundation over the last year, and enjoys writing blogs about his experience which sometimes appear on the website.
    I currently work as a Policy and Public Affairs assistant at the Mental Health Foundation, and have a BSc in Psychology from Birkbeck college, and an MSc in Global Mental Health from KCL & LSHTM.

    Likes: politics, jazzy shirts, music & cats (the pet, not the musical)

    Dislikes: board games and early mornings

  • Isabel Hunting
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers
    Isabel Hunting
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers
    Isabel is inspired by the vision of the Loss Foundation and is really pleased to be part of the team delivering such vital support groups.  She has a Masters in Psychology and worked in mental health settings before moving to France.  She and her family returned to the UK in August 2019.
     
    Likes: French markets, tea and cake with friends, swimming in the rain
    Dislikes: pears, the word 'moist', traffic jams. 
  • Naomi Singer
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers
    Naomi Singer
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers
    Naomi joined The Loss Foundation at the end of 2020, in the hopes of contributing to the wonderful support network created for those struggling with bereavement. She is currently completing a masters in psychology after achieving an undergraduate degree in philosophy. Naomi aspires to train in clinical psychology, and is very passionate about the necessity of traumatic grief support, especially during COVID-19, when it is so difficult for those struggling to access their usual support networks, friends and families. 
     
    Likes: Travelling, rainy days and trash TV
     
    Dislikes: Oranges, being late, trash TV (it's complicated)
  • Eleanor Cope
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers
    Eleanor Cope
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers

    Eleanor joined The Loss Foundation because she was impressed with their dedication to providing accessible bereavement support. She understands the importance of this support, having encountered loss through previous volunteering work and personally. She is currently completing an undergraduate degree in anthropology, focusing on loss within medical and psychological anthropology. 

    likes: playing tennis, antiques, the sound of rain outside when you are warm inside 

    dislikes: mashed potato, wasps, pistachios that won't open 

  • Céline El Baou
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers
    Céline El Baou
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers
    Celine joined the Loss Foundation because its work and mission really resonated with her.
     
    She has a background in health data research and is currently studying Psychology to better understand the links between physical and mental health.
     
    Likes: dancing, cats, the Gilmore Girls
    Dislikes: carrots, driving, queuing
  • Emma Blundell
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers
    Emma Blundell
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers

    Emma joined The Loss Foundation as a facilitator in 2020. She is currently studying for a MSc Psychological Sciences at UCL having previously studied Architecture and History of Art. She also volunteers for a mental health helpline and aspires to use her personal experience of mental health to help others as a clinical psychologist.

    Likes: sun, peanut butter, the feeling of wow

    Dislikes: cold feet, delayed flights, jaffa cakes

  • Charlotte Fry
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers
    Charlotte Fry
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers

    Charlotte (she/her) was inspired to join the Loss Foundation due to personal experience with grief and supporting others. She has a wide range of experience supporting people in varied settings, face-to-face, online, and by phone, including both adults and young people. Charlotte has a Psychology and Research background, and is currently training to become a counsellor. When she's not in uni, on placement, or co-facilitating groups, she is developing and delivering wellbeing courses for students in her work at a small charity. Charlotte finds volunteering helps her own wellbeing as well as a sense of doing something meaningful for others - she also volunteers for a service supporting young people online.

    Likes: Autumn (fireworks, snuggly jumpers), a good singalong/dance it out, nice coffee and anything chocolatey!

    Dislikes: Spiders and wasps, mornings, talking about herself!

  • Eva Bellm
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers
    Eva Bellm
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers

    Likes 

    Most things but NOT spiders and snakes! Violet cream chocolates are probably my best thing!

    Dislikes

    Spiders and Snakes

  • Peter Osborn
    Trustee & Volunteer Support Facilitator
    Peter Osborn
    Trustee & Volunteer Support Facilitator
    Peter started attending The Loss Foundation support groups after the death of his wife Gayle in 2010, and became a Trustee in 2016. He makes videos and organises workshops to promote skills of dialogue and organisational management for charities and social enterprises, and he runs singing and wellbeing weekends because... he loves singing.
     
    Likes: Singing, holidays, his wonderful family - especially Sid (grandson)
     
    Dislikes: Tomatoes, pomposity, horror films
  • Toni Brown
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers
    Toni Brown
    Volunteer Support Facilitator --- she/her/hers
    Toni joined The Loss Foundation in 2020 and is chuffed to be part of such an amazing team of volunteers. She is from Belfast but currently living in Brighton where she is finishing up her PhD in Psychology which looks at anxiety and adventurous play. Toni has worked/volunteered with different mental health services throughout her studies and is pursuing a career in Clinical Psychology.
     
    Likes: Coffee, autumn, walking in the woods.
    Dislikes: Seagulls stealing your food (a genuine problem in Brighton), when the soy milk curdles in your coffee, elitism.
  • Dr Abi Methley
    Volunteer Supervisor --- she/her/hers
    Dr Abi Methley
    Volunteer Supervisor --- she/her/hers
    Abi is a clinical psychologist in the NHS and private practice. She works primarily with people with neurological conditions and people recovering from trauma.
    She volunteers as a supervisor with the Loss Foundation due to their great work in increasing access to support for so many people.
     
    Likes: Chocolate, tea, travelling and reading
     
    Dislikes: Spiders, peanut butter, traffic jams
  • Dr Amy Hawkins
    Volunteer Supervisor --- she/her/hers
    Dr Amy Hawkins
    Volunteer Supervisor --- she/her/hers
    Amy has been a volunteer supervisor for The Loss Foundation for a number of years. She is a clinical psychologist with experience of working in the NHS, charity and private sectors. She works clinically with frontline health workers and carers as well as adults, children and families facing illness, loss and other challenges. 
     
    Likes: rugby, baking and eating bread, nostalgic TV
     
    Dislikes: tofu, Lord of the Rings, being cold

Some photos of our team in action

Next Events

18/05 May 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
19/05 May 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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