Natalie Pithers

Trustee

Natalie has an expansive work background ranging from creating, delivering and co-coordinating projects to help young Mothers overcome their inability to read to project manageress in the corporate world. She is a Mother of three children and now runs her own Genealogy business

Libby Lloyd

Youthworker

Libby comes from an Education working background. She has spent over 20 years as an FE tutor for young offenders, those with learning disabilities and NEETs. She has a wealth of experience working as youth worker and team leader at various youth centres throughout Berkshire, Hampshire and Dorset. She understands the complexity of the needs of young people and how intervention can lead to positive outcomes

Helen Ryan

Trustee

Helen has worked as an academic lawyer and head of department in the higher education sector for nearly 25 years. She has worked with children and young people from all backgrounds and has supported and tutored individuals in prison and other secure environments. Prior to leaving her Welsh hometown in 2005 Helen worked for a children’s charity offering counselling and support to homeless young people and others in difficulty, which she found a hugely rewarding experience. She is also a trained mediator.

John Tanner

Trustee

John was born in Blandford Forum. From the age of 30 he has been in social work, a school governor on and off for the past 30 years, a Councillor of a principal council for 24 years, continues to be a parish Councillor, trustee of several local organisations. Whilst bringing up his own children whose Mother died when they were very young, now successful 40+ year old adults. Further, has over the past 20 years brought up a granddaughter whose biological Mother disowned her. She is currently in her third year of her University course. Finally, John was also able to run a successful bed & breakfast business for many years in the village of Pimperne.

Mel Turland

Trustee

Mel is one of our newest trustees, joining the team in June 2022 for her first trustee role! Graduating from the University of Winchester in 2011, she completed a degree with honours in Choreography and Dance, later going on to intern in San Francisco for a dance company working with disabled and non-disabled dancers. Mel completed her Care Certificate back in 2017 whilst working as a support worker for adults and children with a range of disabilities and complex needs, whilst being a dance teacher part time. She later went on to have a professional career in fundraising at Girlguiding UK, whilst also being a volunteer. She has since moved into Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and is now EDI Manager for Volunteering and Branches at Samaritans. But will always have a passion for amplifying the voices of young people, and people from minority backgrounds.

Jenny Munday

Trustee