Our Trustees

Our trustees are responsible for the financial and strategic direction of Relate Severn and Wye and are voting members of the charity's governing body.

Jayne Hall, Chair

Jayne joined the board of trustees in 2020.  She retired to Worcestershire in 2011 from a career in marketing and general management. She worked in a variety of public and private businesses across the UK before deciding to volunteer for local charities.

Nic Shaw, Treasurer

Nic qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2001. She has held many Finance roles since then and now works for her own Consulting company.  She is also a volunteer choreographer for a local children's theatre group. 

Caroline Temple-Cox

Caroline has been involved with Relate Hereford & Worcester since 1996, when she worked as a member of the counselling team. She became a trustee in 2007. Caroline worked as an appeals manager for a number of charities and has been a magistrate in Birmingham since 1993.

Benedict Coleman

Benedict has been a trustee and past chair of Relate Hereford & Worcester since 2011. His background is in law where he has worked in a wide variety of roles, mostly in Eastern Europe.

Gail Devries

Gail joined the board of trustees in 2018.  Much of her career was in social housing before she moved to the charitable sector as a chief officer for several social support charities in Kent and Sussex. She has also been the chair of Kent Savers credit union. 

Donna Kennedy

Donna joined the board in 2022 and is a Commercial Executive and Veterinary Services Professional, with more the 33 years' experience gained working in senior leadership roles; developing successful teams and helping make business ambitions a reality.  She is also the most capped player in Scottish Rugby, a Rugby Centurion (2017) and the sixth person in the world to gain 100 caps.

Carolyn Parson

Carolyn retired in 2020 following a career in the law and is our vice chair.  She started in private practice in 1977 before joining the magistrate's courts service in 1984 where she advised on legal matters in courts throughout Hereford and Worcestershire.  She has a particular interest in family work and has been actively involved in government initiatives concerning domestic abuse and mental health reforms.

James Fuggle

James joined the board earlier this year. James is an experienced and MCIPD qualified HR leader and Pensions Trustee director.  James has vast experience in all things HR related along with developing successful teams and change management. 

Meet the rest of the team

Become a Trustee

Becoming a Relate trustee allows you to give back to your local community and support an important charitable cause. Trustees meet regularly throughout the year to consider and review Relate Severn and Wye's strategies and direction. 

We are actively recruiting a Trustee at present.  Find out more on our jobs page. There is no typical profile for a Relate trustee. We’re interested in recruiting people from a variety of backgrounds. However, business or third sector experience will be particularly helpful.