Relate is governed by a Board of Trustees, all of them volunteers, who are committed to realising our vision of a future in which healthy and happy relationships form the heart of a thriving society.
Current members of the Board of Trustees
Simon Wilson, Chair
Simon Wilson is a consultant specialising in facilitation and collaboration. He co-founded a consultancy business in 2000. He works extensively across the public, private and voluntary sectors helping organisations to build strategies, improve governance, and engage stakeholders. He previously worked for the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux and the Trades Union Congress.
As a volunteer, Simon has chaired the following trustee boards –
- PentaHact, a social care provider supporting people with learning disabilities
- Homeless Link, a national umbrella body committed to ending rough sleeping
- New Outlook, a housing association specialising in support for people with sensory loss.
He has also been Vice Chair of the global board of the International Association of Facilitators.
Simon holds BA and MBA degrees and has been an Associate Lecturer in Leadership with the Open University Business School.
Simon is married with a grown-up son.
Prof. Janet Walker OBE, Trustee: Interim Vice Chair and Chair of the Services Committee
Professor Janet Walker is Emeritus Professor of Family Policy at Newcastle University. Janet has directed over 50 research studies, and published widely on marriage and divorce, family mediation, marital counselling, family communication, post-divorce parenting, domestic violence, crime and policing.
She has worked closely with government departments and with practitioners in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors. She continues to work with the Ministry of Justice on family law reform. In 2016 she was appointed by the Secretary of State at the MoJ as a Lay Adviser to the Sussex Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA).
Janet has trained and practiced as a probation officer, family therapist and family mediator and is a member of Relate's Policy and Research Advisory Group, and the Mediation Reference Group. She became a Relate Trustee in 2011.
Charles Scott, Treasurer and Chair of Finance and Audit Committee
Charles joined Action for Children in 2012 as Managing Director of Corporate Shared Services, leading the directorate comprising of Finance, Governance, Legal, Information Services, Risk Management & Business Planning, Property, Procurement, Programme Office, and Shared Service in the delivery of high quality support services to the whole organisation.
He has been a Finance Director in the charity sector for over 12 years - firstly at St Dunstans (now called Blind Veterans UK) before joining Help the Aged. He was part of the team that merged Help the Aged with Age Concern England, subsequently becoming Group Finance and Resources Director of the newly formed Age UK.
Prior to that Charles worked in the Finance departments of various multinational manufacturing companies after a career change from brewing. He was the recipient of the first Cranfield Trust scholarship to study for an MBA at Cranfield University, is a chartered accountant and is Treasurer of Relate.
When not working, Charles enjoys cycling, sailing and takes part in triathlons, and recently completed a major challenge – taking part in a yacht race (that won) across the Pacific from China to San Francisco.
Vineeta Manchanda, Trustee, Chair of Federation Affairs Committee
Vineeta has worked for over 25 years in the investment banking industry and in that time has successfully guided many companies through the IPO process. These companies have covered a wide range of sectors but Vineeta has particular experience of working with Emerging Market Companies and their particular governance issues.
During her career, Vineeta worked for multinationals such as NatWest, Merrill Lynch and Credit Agricole, and recently at board level, in the more entrepreneurial environment of start-up and smaller investment banks.
Vineeta is also a Governor of the College of North West London and a member of its Finance and Governance Review committees.
Sue Maplesden, Trustee
Sue joined Relate Portsmouth and District as a Trustee in 2008. During her time with Relate, she has completed a BSc in Psychology and in 2011 became Chair of Relate Portsmouth and District. She became a Relate Trustee in 2013.
Her background is in the IT Industry working for a multinational organisation where her career progressed through Finance, Product Management, Marketing and Sales, where she specialised in the London insurance market selling high value products and services. Latterly, she worked on organisational change management across a European sales force until her retirement.
Michael Anderson, Trustee
Michael graduated in law from Cambridge University. After working in the City, he bought and managed a business specialising in printing on plastics.
Following graduation from the Sloan Fellowship at London Business School he ran an e-learning company.
He is currently Chairman of app publishing company Touchpress and on the Investment Committee of the Angel Co-Fund.
Michael is currently actively supporting several charities including the Cranfield Trust, the Prince’s Trust and the GEN Initiative.
Josephine Turnbull, Trustee, Chair of the Renumeration and Nominations Committee
Josephine recently became a trustee of Relate North East. She previously spent ten years as the Chairman of a large NHS Foundation Trust.
Josephine sat as a Magistrate for fifteen years, acting as a Deputy Chairman in the Adult court and a Chairman in the Family Court, and sat on The Parole Board for 11 years. She is also a qualified solicitor.
Juliana Lacey, Trustee
Juliana has been a Trustee for Relate Bedfordshire and Luton for over two years.
She has worked as an Account Director for Bupa for the past four years, integrating mental health initiatives and occupational health and health insurance services. Previously, she was Director of Client Services for a leading employee assistance programme provider.
A certified counsellor, Juliana worked in practice for four years in the late 1990s and recently completed training as a mediator using psychotherapeutic approaches.
Prior to this, she worked as a Quality and Services Director with US market research firm Gartner.
Ben Wealthy, Trustee
Ben became a Trustee of Relate London North West in 2012.
He spent four years working for the Member of Parliament for Harrow West and former Minister, Gareth Thomas. Ben was a Councillor in the London Borough of Harrow between 2010 and 2014; serving on the Health and Social Care Committee and as Assistant Cabinet Member for Housing.
He has held a number of policy, campaigns and communications roles with a range of health and education focussed organisations – mainly in the third sector – including The Patients Association, BookTrust and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
Ben currently oversees policy at The Communication Trust - a coalition of charities dedicated to supporting children and young people's speech, language and communication.
Gil Hilleard, Trustee
Gil’s academic background is in organisational psychology. His earlier work experience was with several blue-chip companies, including IBM and BUPA. Since 1987 he has run his own international organisation development consultancies. He is currently Senior Advisor at Leaders Lab Ltd. a company specialising in: leadership, group and inter-group facilitation, conflict resolution, organisation development and the management of change.
He is a Trustee of Relate Oxfordshire and Chair of the Development Board Oxfordshire for the Frederick’s Foundation, a charity that helps entrepreneurs to start new businesses who have been turned down for business loans from main-stream banks. He also actively supports Rights of Nature (Europe) which is campaigning, through the European Parliament, to extend the protection of the earth’s biosphere by recognising nature as a rights-bearing subject in law.
His passion is enabling personal and organisation transformation and his family. And Chelsea Football Club.
David Evans, Wales Advisory Group, Chair
David Evans has been involved with Relate since 2014 — as a trustee and subsequently as Chair of Relate Cymru. He is now Chair of Relate’s Wales Advisory Group.
Previously he has been a board member and Chair of North Wales Probation, becoming Vice Chair when the 4 Probation services in Wales merged into Wales Probation.
He started his career with Royal Insurance before moving to Midland Bank, which became HSBC Bank. On retirement David set up his own company to contract with leading financial companies.
He worked at various managerial levels and led teams to achieve challenging financial and quality targets. The targets being achieved while providing high levels of customer service and in compliance with regulatory controls. He has considerable practical experience of managing change, implementing strategic changes to the business and in working in partnership with other stakeholders.