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.
Julia Samuel MBE (Founder Patron)
Julia Samuel is a psychotherapist specialising in grief, who has spent the last twenty-five years working with bereaved families. She has worked both in private practice and in the NHS at St Mary’s Hospital Paddington where she pioneered the role of maternity and paediatric psychotherapist. In 1994 she helped launch and establish the charity, and, as Founder Patron, continues to play an active role. Julia was awarded an MBE in the 2015 New Year’s Honours list for services to bereaved children. Julia is the author of the best-selling book: Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death and Surviving. She is a Vice President of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and is an Honorary Doctor of Middlesex University.
Will is Founder and Chief Executive of Campion Capital. Since founding Campion Capital in 2003, he has been the Head of the investment committee and is an executive board member. Previously, Will spent 17 years in equity derivatives for major European and American Investment Banks. Prior to Campion Capital he was Head of European equity derivatives sales at JP Morgan and Flemings in charge of UK institutions and hedge funds. Will is a Member of the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) Register of Investment Professionals.
Nicola Gilham BA ACA
Nicola, a qualified chartered accountant, enjoyed her first career with Arthur Andersen where, for many years, she led consulting assignments, both in the UK and overseas. Whilst living in Australia, she moved into recruitment, and has worked in the sector for over twenty years; she was formerly CEO of a leading HR recruitment business in London. Nicola now pursues a portfolio non executive career working as an independent Board adviser for both recruitment businesses and organisations within the Third Sector. She has a long standing interest in her local community. As such she spent several years, in a voluntary capacity, as a telephone counsellor for emotional support services. Currently, she is Vice Chair of her local PPG, a Director of Healthwatch Bucks and a Board member of Turning Point. As Board Trustee for Child Bereavement UK, she is the Chair of the Risk and Governance Committee and sits on both the Remuneration and Strategic Development Committees.
Jack Heathcoat Amory BA Hons
After studying at Oxford University, Jack worked in the advertising industry for Publicis. He then went into investment banking. He has worked at JPMorgan Cazenove from 2005 to the present with a focus on advising investment companies listed on the London Stock Exchange. Jack joined CBUK as a trustee in 2013. He has two children.
Kristen Eshak Weldon
Kristen Eshak Weldon 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.