About us Who we are Trustees Trustees Rt Hon Lord Ryder of Wensum OBE (Chairman) After Cambridge, Richard worked as a Daily Telegraph journalist in Fleet Street before becoming political secretary to Margaret Thatcher, for six years, when she was Leader of the Opposition and Prime Minister. Then, following a spell in television, he was elected MP for Mid Norfolk. During his time in the House of Commons, he carried out several ministerial roles at Agriculture, the Treasury, and as paymaster general and government chief whip. On retiring from the Commons, he set up a commercial radio company before his appointment as deputy chairman and later acting chairman of the BBC. This was followed by chairmanships of the Institute of Cancer Research and UCANDOIT. Richard has held, and still does, directorships of various private sector companies. Nicola Gilham BA ACA Nicola is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, Chair of the Risk and Governance Committee and sits on both the Remuneration and Investment Committees. As a qualified chartered accountant, she enjoyed her first career with Arthur Andersen where she led consulting assignments in the UK and overseas. She was formerly CEO of a leading HR recruitment business in London, having worked in that sector for over twenty years. Nicola now pursues a portfolio non-executive career working as an independent Board Adviser for recruitment businesses and organisations within the Third Sector. Nicola has volunteered as a telephone counsellor for emotional support services, and sits on several boards including Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS trust, The Vale of Aylesbury housing Trust, the national social enterprise Turning Point, and the Children’s Services company, Brighter Futures for Children in Reading. Jack Heathcoat Amory MA (Oxon) After studying at Oxford University, Jack worked in the advertising industry for Publicis. He then went into investment banking and worked at JPMorgan Cazenove from 2005 to 2017 with a focus on advising investment companies listed on the London Stock Exchange. Jack currently works at Savills in rural estate management. Jack joined Child Bereavement UK as a Trustee in 2013. He has three children. Kristen Eshak Weldon Kristen is the Head of Food Innovation and Downstream Strategy at Louis Dreyfus Company. Prior to joining LDC in 2019, Kristen was a Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group and was co-head of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group’s London office. Before joining Blackstone in 2004, she worked at J.P. Morgan in New York and London. She was a founding Board member of 100 Women in Hedge Funds, London. Kristen studied Finance and International Business at Georgetown University, has a Masters in Strategy and Leadership from London Business School and is married with two children. Mark Seldon FCA Mark Seldon is a Chartered Accountant with long experience within both the profession and commerce and industry. Since 1991 he has provided independent financial management support to small and medium-sized businesses in a variety of different fields, including the charitable sector, the travel industry and both retail and manufacturing sectors. He has been involved with Child Bereavement UK since its beginning in 1994, initially in a purely professional capacity, then, in 2002, joining the Board as a Trustee for 12 years, including 2 years as Acting Chairman, and acting as Company Secretary. Since formally retiring from the Board in 2014, Mark continued his involvement with the Charity both as Company Secretary and as a seconded Board member, re-joining as a full Trustee in May 2018. Deborah Eaton QC Deborah is joint Head of Chambers at 1 Kings Bench Walk. A pre-eminent authority in children law for many years, she frequently handles some of the most significant and far-reaching cases in this sphere, including those with an international angle. She is also highly respected in the matrimonial finance field, with extensive experience in ancillary relief cases and prenuptial agreements, and has a particular interest in the mental health of children in disputes. Deborah is passionate about her work for Child Bereavement UK. Alex Fitzgibbons Alex Fitzgibbons is the Managing Director and majority shareholder of Fait Accompli, one of the world’s leading event organisers. He has been a supporter of Child Bereavement UK for a number of years and in 2015 he raised £250,000 for the charity by competing in an Ironman in Kalmar, Sweden. Alex is married with five children and splits his time between Sweden and the UK. He is also a trustee of the GD Charitable Trust and a previous trustee of the Eve Appeal. Tim Manasseh Tim is a Senior Partner at Korn Ferry, based in London, specialising in organisation and talent consulting in the Consumer Goods industry. Prior to that he was a Managing Director at Accenture, where he served on the global leadership team of the firm’s Consumer Goods practice. Previously Tim worked for Roland Berger, a strategy firm, in Chicago and London, as well as KPMG in both Europe and the US. Tim has been a spokesperson on a number of industry issues, has authored several papers on key industry trends, and has featured as a speaker at numerous industry events. Tim has two grown up sons. Jane Wood Jane is BT Group’s UK Nations and Regions Director. Before joining BT, Jane was Executive Director, Business in the Community, and Chief Executive, Scottish Business in the Community; Head of Corporate Affairs for Scotland and Northern Ireland for Wallmart Boots; and worked with national and local government on developing public / private sector partnerships in regeneration, community asset management, retail-led regeneration and corporate responsibility. Jane holds various government advisory positions; is a board member of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra; and a judge for EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. She was a founder trustee and Chair of a community-owned SME which became a UK award winner in 2015. Jane has four children and lives in East Lothian with her husband.