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.


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