John Whitwell (Chair)
John has worked in the Social Care sector since graduating in 1969. He joined the staff of the Cotswold Community, a pioneering therapeutic community that helped emotionally unintegrated boys, in 1972. John took over from Richard Balbernie as Principal in 1985 and continued in that role until 1999. He worked alongside the consultants to the CC during those years, Barbara Dockar-Drysdale, Isabel Menzies-Lyth and Dr Eric Miller and learnt a great deal from them. John also did the Advanced Residential Work course at Bristol University under the direction of Chris Beedell and trained as a Group-Analytic Psychotherapist, qualifying in 1984. In 1999 John moved to ISP (Integrated Services Programme) as the CEO and later Managing Director. ISP was the first independent fostering provider in the UK and provides a multi-disciplinary wraparound service for children in need of specialist therapeutic services. John has recently retired and has published several papers over the years and given lectures in the UK and other European countries. John has also developed a website to act as a digital library of material relevant to the therapeutic care of children www.johnwhitwell.co.uk
Judith Phillips (Vice Chair)
Judith Phillips trained as a Child Psychotherapist at the Birmingham Trust for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (BTPP) and has worked within the Birmingham, Hereford and Swindon CAMHS teams. She has a background in residential social work and teaching and has in the past worked in a residential setting with traumatised adolescent children. Judith has worked at The Mulberry Bush School (a residential school for emotionally traumatised primary school aged children) as a child psychotherapist and has developed a specific interest in the impact of early trauma upon childhood development. Currently Judith works within a social services setting supporting carers with understanding and managing the children in their care, from a psychotherapeutic perspective. She has a particular interest in the function of containment in the process of enabling carers and children to think. Judith has been a trustee since early in the 2000.
Kath Rooksby (Trustee)
From completing her Degree to her first job with the Alzheimer's Disease Society, the Health and Social Care Sector has offered Kath a rich career combined with voluntary overseas work. Kath has been lucky enough to play a role in developing service user involvement work for Mental Health Services in Leeds, set up the Patient and Advice and Liaison Service (PALS), Lecture at SGS College in Health and Social Care and currently with NHS England. As part of the Nursing Directorate team Kath project manages the Friends and Family Test in primary care, supports the Commitment to Carers agenda and works with GP practices post CQC inspection. Kath has always valued the opportunity to contribute to positive change and passionately believes in service user involvement and empowerment of opportunity for all.
Fiona Talwar-Lomberg (Trustee)
Fiona has enjoyed a varied career following her graduation in Economics and Politics in 1995. In 2000, Fiona swapped her early career managing independent retail businesses for public and voluntary sector roles. Fiona also qualified as an accountant during this time with and has worked passionately to support public service development and enhance limited resources within the third sector. After a decade of working within the NHS, Fiona joined the leadership team of Winston’s Wish, the charity for bereaved children, in 2010 and subsequently served as its Chief Executive until March 2015. While Fiona returned to working on a freelance basis this year in order to support her young family, she truly appreciates the services provided by GCS and hopes to bring good value to the organisation and the Trustee Board.
Carol Gilbert (Trustee)
Carol qualified with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in 1995 and has been working in HR for 25 years. After qualifying Carol took up her first Head of HR role in professional practice with Wansbroughs Willey Hargraves (subsequently renamed DAC Beachcroft after several mergers), a national legal firm and then moved to Barnett Waddingham, a national actuarial firm. She saw considerable growth in both firms and an increased need for professional HR support. The changing face of employment and dealing with the challenges associated with growth have been a key focus of her work as she developed the HR functions. There has also been a very practical focus in her work in ensuring the HR function worked within the legal and statutory frameworks while meeting the day to day needs of employees and the senior management teams. She believes strongly that HR plays a significant part in supporting successful organisations to realise the full potential of their workforce. One of the initiatives that Carol successfully introduced to her last two employers was an Employee Assistance Programme and she was able to see how counselling support could help employees to maintain their effectiveness at work or support them to return to the workplace. Carol retired in 2015 and hopes to combine her interest in counselling with her current HR knowledge to support the Trustees and GCS.
Nicola de Iongh
Nicola is an independent Management Consultant focusing on strategy, organisational development and change. She has 20 years experience, mainly in the Financial Services sector, of delivering significant organizational, cultural and procedural change in complex organizations. During this time, she has built expertise in HR, Communications, IT and programme delivery. She is also an experienced coach, trainer and facilitator who has worked with executives and teams to develop their professional capability. Nicola has a degree in French and Russian and an MBA. She is a PRINCE2 registered practitioner, a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Chartered Management Institute and the Institute of Directors. She is passionate about mental health issues and the impact that counseling can have on individuals and groups, and she is excited about using her experience to help grow GCS as a Trustee.