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The Team

The team at We Hear You are supported by the CEO and the Board of Trustees.

Our team of professional counsellors, which includes a number of freelance counsellors not listed here, work across WHY's counselling locations and via our online portal, supporting children, young people and adults affected by cancer or a life threatening condition.

In the office

 

  • Melissa Hillier
  • Melissa Hillier
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • I am responsible for developing and implementing the organisation’s strategy. I work closely with the team to support their work and to continually consider how we can improve and enhance the service we provide to clients.
  • Karen Dufton
  • Karen Dufton
  • Finance Executive
  • I’m responsible for finances and budget planning and work with the treasurer on our Board of Trustees on the charity's financial record-keeping.
  • Frances Milliner
  • Frances Milliner
  • Clinical Coodinator
  • I support the Clinical Manager Cath Wilkins and the clinical team at WHY, handling referrals, maintaining our counselling database, arranging appointments and liasing with our employed and freelance counsellors.
  • Ruth Knagg
  • Ruth Knagg
  • Fundraising Manager (Grants and Philanthropy)
  • I joined the fundraising team in 2014 to focus on writing applications to trusts and foundations for grant funding. I also look after any large donations that come in from philanthropists to help fund our counselling.
  • Mark Besley
  • Mark Besley
  • Office Administrator
  • I joined WHY in November 2020 as the Office Administrator, to assist both the clinical team and the wider organisation. I help ensure the smooth day to day running of the charity, and my responsibilities include HR, premises, purchasing and contracts.
  • Gemma Wilkes
  • Gemma Wilkes
  • Fundraising and Communications Manager
  • I joined the team in April 2016. I manage all our fundraising activities, excluding our trusts and grants programme. I also manage much of our communications alongside other members of the team. Working closely with our Fundraising Officer, a lot of my work involves mobilising the community and local business world to support WHY.
  • Helen White
  • Helen White
  • Fundraising Officer
  • My role works alongside our Fundraising and Communications Manager engaging with the community to help raise funds to support the work of WHY. I also work with our volunteers to help raise the profile of the charity.
  • Lucy McMahon
  • Lucy McMahon
  • Communications Officer
  • I promote WHY's service and our events and activities in the press and through social media. I also work on our print and web publications and make graphics, flyers and posters for events.
  • Lottie Ardeshir
  • Lottie Ardeshir
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • I joined WHY in March 2019 as the Volunteer Coordinator, my role is to be responsible for coordinating our existing volunteers as well as recruiting additional volunteers to our organisation. I am part of our fundraising team and work closely with them to help staff our events.

Our clinical team

 

  • Cath Wilkins
  • Cath Wilkins
  • Clinical Manager
  • I joined the WHY team in February 2017. I hold clinical responsibility for the counselling and supervision activities and provide leadership and direction to the team of counsellors and clinical supervisors. I am responsible to the Director.
  • Gwen Rogerson
  • Gwen Rogerson
  • Senior Counsellor
  • I provide counselling and art therapy for children and adults at WHY. I also work in the clinical office team which manages clients and develops new services.
  • Ruth Gait
  • Ruth Gait
  • Counsellor
  • I have worked with WHY since April 2014. I work in Frome and Bath counselling children, adolescents and adults.
  • Eleni Constanti
  • Eleni Constanti
  • Counsellor
  • I started working for WHY in November 2017, counselling adults in Trowbridge, and as of April 2018 am counselling in Frome as well as assisting the clinical manager.
  • Barbara Gonzalez
  • Barbara Gonzalez
  • Counsellor
  • Since February 2019, I have been offering counselling to children and young people across two schools in our area and also at our Frome office.

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