Let’s Talk About Loss is run by a huge team of people – more than we could fit onto this page! With over 80 volunteers keeping everything running smoothly, we’re immensely proud of all our team – get to know them all here!
We have three Advisory Boards that help shape our strategy and ensure we are continuously improving. These three Boards focus on Accessibility, Racial equity and LGBTQ+ inclusivity. You can find out more about them here.
Our Trustees oversee the work of Let’s Talk About Loss and keep us committed to our mission to help young people who are bereaved feel less alone. Let’s Talk About Loss is committed to ensuring that our Board of Trustees is diverse and representative. We support both the Action for Trustee Racial Diversity campaign, and the Young Trustees Movement.
ABBIE MITCHELL – VOLUNTEERING ADVISOR
Abbie Mitchell is a Peer Mentoring Manager for a youth charity in London and has years of experience setting up peer support programmes for adults, children and young people. Abbie was bereaved at age 14 and cares deeply about youth being able to access support for their bereavement and most importantly, being able to grieve openly and express their grief in ways that work for them. She loves rollerblading, travel, Italian food and is currently learning calligraphy! You can find out more about Abbie and her work at www.abbiesmind.com
AMY EDWARDS – BLOG ASSISTANT
Amy is a PhD student in London, researching the impact of yoga and mindfulness on young people’s mental health and wellbeing. When she’s not writing her thesis, Amy enjoys watching the latest crime drama, getting lost in a book, and trying to find discount theatre tickets!
You can email Amy to chat about an idea for a blog post on firstname.lastname@example.org.
AMY LAMBERT – TRUSTEE
Amy has been working in charity communications, campaigns and community building for the past 8 years. She is passionate about connecting with others and working together to find ways to improve people’s lives so the mission of Let’s Talk About Loss is a natural fit.
Amy experienced bereavement in her 20s and understands what an isolating and difficult experience it is. She is committed to working to make sure that young people who have experienced loss have a way to connect with others and never feel alone.
You can contact Amy or any of our Trustees via email@example.com.
BEKKI FIELD – TRUSTEE
Bekki runs an international programme at Cancer Research UK, following nearly a decade spent in the UK diplomatic service, which included two overseas postings and leading UK policy in Central Africa. She has wide-ranging expertise in developing and delivering policy and advocacy strategies and joined our board of trustees in June 2020. Having experienced two sudden bereavements in her early 30s, Bekki is passionate about making peer support accessible for all bereaved young people in the UK.
You can email our Trustees, including Bekki, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
BETH FRENCH – FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR
Beth started Let’s Talk About Loss in December 2016, eighteen months after her mum Susan died. Beth was feeling alone and confused, and was determined that no other young person who was grieving should feel the same. Aside from Let’s Talk About Loss, Beth works full time for The Prince’s Trust, spent lockdown doing endless jigsaws and loves to explore all of Bristol’s gin bars.
You can email Beth on email@example.com.
BRIDGET HAMILTON – CREATIVE WRITING LEAD
CARYS EVANS – SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
DEBBIE BRADLEY – TRUSTEE
Debbie has been a University lecturer and teacher and used to run a charity called Love Russia, supporting orphans in Russia. She also made wedding cakes as a paying hobby for many years. She may be older than those LTAL is aimed at (over 60!) but she too has lost loved ones; her mum, her grandparents, three aunts, and the most challenging was losing babies before they had a chance to be held in her arms. Debbie knows how tough it can be to carry on living when your heart is broken and is thrilled to support this fledgling charity with this incredibly important work.
If you’d like to email Debbie, you can via firstname.lastname@example.org.
JESS EASTON – ROLLERCOASTER PROJECT LEAD
Jess has a range of experience setting up and running programmes for young people. When she’s not working for Let’s Talk About Loss, she leads a team at a London-based children’s charity. Jess will be bringing young people from across the UK together to form the Youth Board and is very excited to see the difference they’re going to make.
Email Jess via email@example.com.
JESSI PARROTT – ACCESSIBILITY ADVISORY BOARD CHAIR
JUDE EVANS – BEREAVEMENT BOOK CLUB FACILITATOR
Jude works in the field of sport, health, and wellbeing, and spent several years in a variety of roles within theatre. She is passionate about supporting others’ health and wellbeing through diverse movement and mindful practices and encouraging creativity in many different shapes and forms.
Jude was bereaved of both parents in her 20s and early 30s and turned to her beloved world of books and writing for comfort and a way to help articulate the experiences. She has a new found love of Harry Potter (thanks to lockdowns) and adores dance, travel, and exploring the outdoors. She is currently attempting to write her first book and learning to surf.
JON SALMON – TRUSTEE
Jon has created an award-winning production studio, a digital pioneer since the late 90s and the co-founder of Byte Entertainment.
As a trustee, Jon’s vision is to create a world where everyone can access the support they need when faced with bereavement. Jon sadly lost his Dad to suicide as a teenager and at the cost to his own health, now realises how important it is to talk about loss.
Jon is the proud Dad of two young children, loves going to gigs and the odd run.
KATE MORETON – CHAIR OF TRUSTEES
Kate has 12 years experience of working with young people in a professional capacity in schools and youth work, as well as volunteer pastoral support. She works as a project manager for an international development charity and as such has strong skills with clear communication, leading teams and getting stuff done.
As a trustee, Kate hopes to keep the board working well together to achieve our charitable objects of supporting every young adult who has been bereaved to talk about their loss. Kate’s most significant loss was her Dad when she was 17 and after not engaging with the minimal support that was available, has since discovered the power and peace of talking about his death and how to keep on keeping on with life.
Kate can be mostly found whizzing around on her bicycle, baking cinnamon swirls, and seeking adventure and comfort in equal measure.
Kate – and all the Trustees – can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ROHIT SAGOO – TRUSTEE
Rohit is a university lecturer in child nursing and has been a children’s nurse for over 20 years.
Rohit is also the founder of British Sikh Nurses, a community organisation that bridges the gap between the NHS and the South Asian community.
As a trustee, Rohit aims to open up the conversation around grief and bereavement within the South Asian community by raising awareness and support around loss.
Rohit is also our Designated Trustee for Safeguarding. You can email Rohit on email@example.com.
We’re raising funds to keep offering our services in 2022. If you could spare a few pounds, every donation will be doubled by the National Emergencies Trust, so please do donate if you can!