Frequent questions

Our Trustees share the responsibility for the overall running of Relate London North East and North Essex are voting members of the charity’s governing body.

Patsy Whiteside, Chair

Patsy originally worked in property and merchant banking and later trained as a teacher and taught in Further Education. She is has been a member of the Governing Body of Woodford County High School since 1990, first as a parent and then as a Community Governor.  She is Chair of the Curriculum and Pupil Welfare Committee and member of the Strategy Committee. Patsy is also Chair of the Wanstead & Woodford branch of the WEA.

Patsy runs a small business with her daughter.

Bohdan Bezdel, Vice chair 

Bohdan has spent more than 30 years working in the city of London, firstly at Prudential, then Kleinwort Benson and lastly as main board director at Hermes Pensions Management. He is currently Vice chair at Relate London North East and North Essex and Chairman of the Rayleigh Primary Academy Trust.

Michele Grant

Michele is an accredited coach and mediator and is currently a director of  Rising Minds, a social enterprise company delivering resilience training, coaching and mindfulness-based programmes in corporate, public sector and community settings.

Prior to making the transition into inter-personal work Michele held a number of senior leadership roles in the BBC including nine years, based in Washington DC, in charge of news services for the US market. Her skills include journalism, communications, marketing and business development. Before that she spent six years in local government (Hackney and then Islington). She has been a trustee of Shelter and the mediation restorative justice charity Common Ground and is currently a trustee of the reformed offenders charity, Unlock. 

Liz Webster

Liz is a retired GP and served in a senior capacity on the local NHS Trust in North East London. She has a particular interest in mediation as she has connections with a Contact Centre in Redbridge and is well aware of the importance of parental contact when relationships break down.   

Become a Relate London North East and North Essex Trustee

Being a Relate Trustee is a very rewarding role as it allows you to give something back to your local community and support a charitable cause. Trustees meet regularly during the year to consider, determine and review Relate London North East and North Essex's strategies and policies.

Trustees are people with a range of experience who enjoy forging links in the community. Skills and experience within the following areas and disciplines can be particularly helpful; 

  • management
  • finance
  • legal
  • public relations
  • information technology
  • fundraising
  • counselling
  • psychotherapy
  • social welfare
  • young people
  • education

If you would like to be considered as a future trustee, please contact Pamela Forsyth, Chief Executive, 01708 441722,