Meet the trustees

Dr Gillian Forrest - Chair of Trustees

Gillian is a retired child psychiatrist, married with two grown up sons and a founder trustee. She trained in paediatrics and psychiatry before working as a consultant at the Park Hospital for Children in Oxford for 25 years. Gillian specialised in bereavement and provided staff support for the paediatric oncology team at the John Radcliffe Hospital and at Helen House Hospice for many years. 

Gillian enjoys walking, reading and training her new spaniel puppy!

Liz Godfrey

Liz worked as a social worker for Oxfordshire County Council for 16 years, specialising in work with troubled children and their families, both within the community and the Park Hospital. She was then employed  as a Child and Family Therapist by CAMHs until she retired in 2006.

Glynis Phillips - Company Secretary

Glynis has worked in the public service all of her adult life including the Civil Service, the NHS and local government as an elected member. One of Glynis' NHS jobs was in the (then) Park Hospital, where she was lucky enough to work with Gillian (SeeSaw's chair) and saw the importance of giving children the opportunity to talk through difficult issues and be supported for as long as  necessary. Glynis is proud to be a trustee of a charity which keeps the wellbeing of children at the heart of its work. She is a member of the fundraising subgroup and the Company Secretary.

Julia Palejowska

Julia is a chartered accountant who qualified with a top tier firm in London before moving in to the private sector, where she has worked in large listed companies, small family run businesses and, for over a decade, in Oxford’s collegiate university. She is delighted to have been able to use her skills and experience in charity finance to support SeeSaw through its expansion from a small start up charity to the established and reliable service provider that it is now recognised to be. She lives in West Oxfordshire with her husband and dog, and has 3 newly grown up sons. A long standing love of choral music keeps her busy in her spare time.

Dr Marilyn Relf - founder trustee

Marilyn is a founder trustee of SeeSaw, securing funding to research what children, parents and professionals would be looking for from a bereavement service for young people and thereby ensuring that SeeSaw was built on real need and firm foundations. She is Bereavement Care Lead for Sir Michael Sobell House and has wide experience of research education and practice in relation to grief and loss, working with volunteers, supervision and service management. She chairs the Oxfordshire Bereavement Alliance, is on the committees of the National Bereavement Alliance and the European Association of Palliative Care Taskforce on Bereavement and is a member of the editorial board for Bereavement Care, and the International Working Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement.  

Hugh Roderick

Hugh Roderick is a former journalist with the Times Educational Supplement and the Observer, ex Government and corporate speechwriter, and now runs his own marketing consultancy. Married with two children, he lives in South Oxfordshire. Hugh is a bad tennis player and a worse golfer, he says, but is unable to give up either habit.

Kay Symons

Kay is a part-time freelance consultant and trainer for the educational publishing industry, specialising in strategy, marketing and finance. She previously held a number of senior posts in UK educational publishing, including 20 years at Heinemann Publishers in Oxford (now Pearson), where she was Managing Director of the secondary school and vocational publishing division.

Kay lives in Oxford with her husband and has two sons in their twenties. In her spare time, she likes to travel, go to the theatre, sail, cycle and study literature, philosophy and Ancient Greek.

Michael Shea (awaiting photo)

Mike is a Swiss Canadian doctor living in East Oxford with his family. He became aware of Seesaw after his first daughter, Sophie, died suddenly in December 2014. Keen to take an active role in his community and support families like his, he became a trustee in 2016. His medical training is in obstetrics and gynaecology and he has a particular research interest in infections of pregnancy. In his spare time Mike likes to serenade his daughter Ciara with the banjo, which he says he almost always play in tune.

Rosemary Alexander

Rosemary is a graduate in Mathematical Economics from Birmingham University. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant from KPMG in Birmingham and is now an FCA. Rosemary worked for KPMG in Birmingham and the Cayman Islands from 1984 until 1992 before moving to a subsidiary of HSBC from 1992 until 1995. She then went back into practice working for various small practices until moving to Oxford in 2003, when she then spent 10 years as College Accountant at St Hugh's College. Since 2013, Rosemary has worked as a volunteer for Citizens Advice mainly advising on debt. She is also a trustee of the Mission to Seafarers as well as Seesaw and continues to work as an accountant on a freelance basis for a local firm.

Rosemary is married with 3 daughters and in her spare time enjoys reading, going to the theatre and cinema and eating out.

Sheila Hurst

Sheila is a retired nurse having worked as both a General and a Registered Mental Health Nurse. She was involved in group and family therapy with families, training of healthcare professionals and supporting volunteers latterly at Sobell House. She became a trustee in 2017, lives in Oxford, has two sons and enjoys walking, singing and being a Grandmother. 

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