Ann Chalmers LLB ACA
Ann has worked with the charity since 1996 and became its Chief Executive in 2003. She holds a BACP Accredited Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling and a University Accredited Diploma in Bereavement Counselling, and has been involved in multi-disciplinary training of professionals in the area of loss and bereavement for over twenty years. She is also a qualified Chartered Accountant.
From 1995-2006 Ann was part of the Bereavement Care Team at Mayday Healthcare NHS Trust where her work involved counselling for both individuals and couples. She has also provided counselling for staff within the NHS and for children and young people within the voluntary sector. Ann has contributed to a number of professional publications and books, and has lectured nationally and internationally for the charity. She represents Child Bereavement UK on a number of steering groups, bringing the families’ perspective to projects and initiatives of national significance.
Director of Bereavement Support and Education:
Ann Rowland C.Psychol
Ann joined Child Bereavement UK in May 2009. For 15 years prior to working with Child Bereavement UK, she was Head of an NHS child and adolescent psychology service. She has experience in working with families facing a wide range of difficulties, including loss and bereavement. She has a particular interest in supporting children with learning difficulties and Autism.
Ann has provided training on loss and bereavement to the statutory and voluntary sectors both in the UK and overseas. In addition, Ann’s previous roles have included, service development, supervision, consultation, audit and research. She has a number of publications in a range of professional journals and books.
Director of Development:
Vanessa Fay BA Hons
Vanessa joined Child Bereavement UK in January 2014. Prior to this, Vanessa spent 8 years leading the corporate partnerships and trusts teams, and as Head of Fundraising at Helen & Douglas House, the world’s first hospices for children and young adults in Oxford.
Before moving into the voluntary sector in 2005, Vanessa spent a year travelling the world, as well as living in Sydney, where she worked for two leading advertising agencies. This followed several years working in marketing and client account management for companies and marketing agencies in London.
Sue joined the charity in 2005 from a background of sales and marketing in pharmaceuticals. Sue works closely with the Chief Executive, manages the office and has taken the lead on a number of the charity’s major fundraising events. Sue also acts as Secretary to the Board of Trustees.
Deputy Director of Bereavement Support and Education:
Dr. Katie A. Koehler C. Psychol
Katie joined Child Bereavement UK in May 2009. Prior to this, Katie spent most of her career as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist working in the NHS in a Tier 2 child and adolescent psychology service. As part of her role she was lead psychologist in the multidisciplinary Child Development Team supporting children and families with developmental delay and learning disability.
Katie has a particular interest in supporting children with learning difficulties and Autism and this is the area in which she carried out her doctoral research. Katie has a wide experience supporting children, young people and families presenting with a wide range of difficulties, including loss and bereavement and has experience in both research and training.
Head of Communications:
Jane Keightley MA Oxon
Jane has a classic marketing training from Diageo where she worked for 16 years building global brands including Bombay Sapphire, Piat wines, Croft, Smirnoff, J&B Whisky and Guinness. In 2004, Jane was seconded by the Diageo Foundation to Youth Business International, part of the International Business Leaders’ Forum, and to The Prince’s Charities, where she developed a brand identity for its group of 16 charities and Duchy Originals for HRH The Prince of Wales.
Jane set up as a Branding & Communications Specialist in 2005, advising charities, corporate foundations and businesses including working with: Care International, Thrive, The Foyer Federation, The Alnwick Castle & Garden, Street Kids International, Diageo Foundation and Against Breast Cancer. She also spent six years on the Independent Complaints Panel for The Portman Group, the alcohol industry’s regulatory body. Jane joined Child Bereavement UK in 2008.
Kieran joined the charity in April 2012. Prior to that he held a number of senior finance roles at Trafalgar House, Kvaerner, Skanska and Avent. He has over 30 years’ experience in strategic development, financial planning and control and system development. He has applied these skills to help create a platform to enable the charity to grow with confidence. He is a bereaved child and a bereaved parent and believes that there is much to do to ensure our society is better able to support families when a parent or child dies.