Meet Our Team
Jane is a psychotherapist, bereavement specialist and supervisor with special interest in family relations.
She is responsible for film production, public speaking and delivery of mindfulness and arts based workshops and courses.
Jimmy is a documentary film editor with over 100 credits on various TV productions including BAFTA winning ‘Chosen’ for Channel 4 and his own personal film ‘Breaking the Silence’ for BBC 1.
He’s responsible for film and website production and delivery of photography based courses.
Joe is a youth worker and qualified personal trainer with extensive experience in motivational and personal development.
He’s responsible for delivering courses and workshops – specifically ‘active grief’.
Lizzie is a feature film producer (award winning ‘Let Me Go’ 2017 starring Juliet Stevenson) and charity fundraiser.
Following the death of her 6 year old son Harry in 2000 she co founded and the fundraising team at Helen and Douglas House children’s hospice and worked there for 12 years.
Lizzie’s passions are philanthropy, film, the study of grief, and connecting people to make things happen. She heads up our fundraising campaigns and as an experienced public speaker she will also be responsible for delivering our educational and outreach work.
Judith is an activist and campaigner for the rights of disabled people.
Having grown up with Muscular Dystrophy herself, she has held a number of advocacy, developmental and publicity roles for various charities including Muscular Dystrophy UK and Helen and Douglas House.
She’s responsible for Research and Development as well as our social media campaigns.
Rosa is an Assistant Producer – Documentaries.
She’s responsible for film production co-ordination delivering courses and workshops.
CHAIR OF TRUSTEES
Andy was Head of Cirencester College Media Department for 20 years providing courses in film, media and digital design.
He has worked as a freelance writer, trainer and video producer for the charity sector. He is now involved in developing apprenticeships with creative employers. He is a trustee of Stroud Valleys Artspace and a director of educational charity Forest School Camps, Andy is also co-founder of Stroud Film Festival.
Jo has worked in theatre as actor, director and writer for over 40 years, with a particular interest in working with young people and community. Her 31 year old daughter Harrie died in 2012 of spinal cancer.
“The arts are a portal to understanding. Talking and listening with others help.”
Sara is a documentary film maker and producer who has more than 20 years experience in the film industry. Her background is in mental health, social work and anthropology.
She has made several programmes for Channel Four and the BBC including“Life After Death” about people widowed and young and the BAFTA award winning series “One Born Every Minute”
Tom is the publisher of a network of Nesta award-winning cultural titles, available online and print, dedicated to London neighbourhoods.
Tom also worked with Josh at Ministry of Sound and is responsible for digital and social media.
Dr Sally Byng is Chief Executive at Barnwood Trust and a Deputy Lieutenant of Gloucestershire.
For 40 years she has worked in a variety of sectors and roles, gaining along the way a PhD, a professorship and an OBE, all of which she has used to contribute to making a world where everyone is valued, respected and included.
For the last 20 years she worked in the charity sector and has a huge amount of experience in charity governance.
“Grief is about doing…if you do stuff, you express stuff, that’s when you move forward in grief.”
ACTIVE GRIEF RETREATS
We have developed a number of workshops, courses and weekend retreats all designed to help you to manage and express your grief in ways that are both active and true to you.
Holly Bush Farm
17th to 19th September 2021