Let’s Talk About Loss is run by a huge team of people – more than we could fit onto this page! With over 80 volunteers keeping everything running smoothly, we’re immensely proud of all our team – get to know them all here!
We have three Advisory Boards that help shape our strategy and ensure we are continuously improving. These three Boards focus on Accessibility, Racial equity and LGBTQ+ inclusivity. You can find out more about them here.
Our Trustees oversee the work of Let’s Talk About Loss and keep us committed to our mission to help young people who are bereaved feel less alone. Let’s Talk About Loss is committed to ensuring that our Board of Trustees is diverse and representative. We support both the Action for Trustee Racial Diversity campaign, and the Young Trustees Movement.
BETH FRENCH – FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR
Beth started Let’s Talk About Loss in December 2016, eighteen months after her mum Susan died. Beth was feeling alone and confused, and was determined that no other young person who was grieving should feel the same. Aside from Let’s Talk About Loss, Beth works full time for The Prince’s Trust, spent lockdown doing endless jigsaws and loves to explore all of Bristol’s gin bars.
You can email Beth on email@example.com.
LIESHA MAPIYE – SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
Liesha Joined Let’s Talk About Loss in January 2023 as the charity’s social media manager. Fresh out of university, Liesha loves to explore non-profit organisations and get involved in social mobility initiatives.
BRIDGET HAMILTON – CREATIVE WRITING LEAD
JUDE EVANS – BEREAVEMENT BOOK CLUB FACILITATOR
Jude works in the field of sport, health, and wellbeing, and spent several years in a variety of roles within theatre. She is passionate about supporting others’ health and wellbeing through diverse movement and mindful practices and encouraging creativity in many different shapes and forms.
Jude was bereaved of both parents in her 20s and early 30s and turned to her beloved world of books and writing for comfort and a way to help articulate the experiences. She has a new found love of Harry Potter (thanks to lockdowns) and adores dance, travel, and exploring the outdoors. She is currently attempting to write her first book and learning to surf.
@letstalkaboutloss.org to contact Jude.
EMMA FOLEY – BLOGS ASSISTANT
Emma worked in NHS management until the death of her Dad provoked a major life shake-up; she is now a writer and mindfulness teacher. She lives in Yorkshire with her husband and two young children, where she enjoys films about time travel and the occasional painting by numbers.
Emma is passionate about breaking the taboo around death and grief – there is huge power in sharing experiences and in realising that you aren’t alone.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your writing to Emma for review.
CALLUM FLANNIGAN – MEN TALK ABOUT LOSS LEAD
Callum is passionate about encouraging more men to talk openly about loss, so has been interviewing some for our YouTube account. You can check them out here.
JESSI PARROTT – ACCESSIBILITY ADVISORY BOARD CHAIR
TENI CHARLES – RACIAL EQUITY ADVISORY BOARD CHAIR
LISA SMITH – LGBTQ+ ADVISORY BOARD CHAIR
KATE MORETON – CHAIR OF TRUSTEES
Kate has 12 years experience of working with young people in a professional capacity in schools and youth work, as well as volunteer pastoral support. She works as a project manager for an international development charity and as such has strong skills with clear communication, leading teams and getting stuff done.
As a trustee, Kate hopes to keep the board working well together to achieve our charitable objects of supporting every young adult who has been bereaved to talk about their loss. Kate’s most significant loss was her Dad when she was 17 and after not engaging with the minimal support that was available, has since discovered the power and peace of talking about his death and how to keep on keeping on with life.
Kate can be mostly found whizzing around on her bicycle, baking cinnamon swirls, and seeking adventure and comfort in equal measure.
Kate – and all the Trustees – can be reached at email@example.com.
ROHIT SAGOO – TRUSTEE
Rohit is a university lecturer in child nursing and has been a children’s nurse for over 20 years.
Rohit is also the founder of British Sikh Nurses, a community organisation that bridges the gap between the NHS and the South Asian community.
As a trustee, Rohit aims to open up the conversation around grief and bereavement within the South Asian community by raising awareness and support around loss.
Rohit is also our Designated Trustee for Safeguarding. You can email Rohit on firstname.lastname@example.org.
AMY LAMBERT – TRUSTEE
Amy has been working in charity communications, campaigns and community building for the past 8 years. She is passionate about connecting with others and working together to find ways to improve people’s lives so the mission of Let’s Talk About Loss is a natural fit.
Amy experienced bereavement in her 20s and understands what an isolating and difficult experience it is. She is committed to working to make sure that young people who have experienced loss have a way to connect with others and never feel alone.
You can contact Amy or any of our Trustees via email@example.com.
SANISHA WYNTER – TRUSTEE
Sanisha Wynter is a change management consultancy’s Head of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Sanisha has worked in various sectors, aiming to further inclusion and advocate for marginalised people in the workplace and communities. She has developed empowerment programmes and guidance on race equity, LGBT inclusion and disability accessibility.
In 2019, Sanisha was listed as a bi icon of the UK LGBT charity Stonewall. In addition, Sanisha recently became a TedxSpeaker and shared her message that Vulnerability Is Your Superpower.
As a trustee, Sanisha brings together her equality expertise and aims to provide an inclusive opportunity to support all young grievers of diverse backgrounds. Sanisha recently lost her great aunt and celebrated her life at a nine-night dancing to reggae music with close friends and family.
Sanisha loves writing poetry and empowering people to share their mental health journeys.
JON SALMON – TRUSTEE
Jon has created an award-winning production studio, a digital pioneer since the late 90s and the co-founder of Byte Entertainment.
As a trustee, Jon’s vision is to create a world where everyone can access the support they need when faced with bereavement. Jon sadly lost his Dad to suicide as a teenager and at the cost to his own health, now realises how important it is to talk about loss.
Jon is the proud Dad of two young children, loves going to gigs and the odd run.
DEBBIE BRADLEY – TRUSTEE
Debbie has been a University lecturer and teacher and used to run a charity called Love Russia, supporting orphans in Russia. She also made wedding cakes as a paying hobby for many years. She may be older than those LTAL is aimed at (over 60!) but she too has lost loved ones; her mum, her grandparents, three aunts, and the most challenging was losing babies before they had a chance to be held in her arms. Debbie knows how tough it can be to carry on living when your heart is broken and is thrilled to support this fledgling charity with this incredibly important work.
If you’d like to email Debbie, you can via firstname.lastname@example.org.