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Our Trustees

Denise Ross

Chair, Slide Away Board of Trustees

Denise founded Slide Away whilst working as an Educational Psychologist with the Kent Educational Psychology Service. Throughout a career spanning 33 years with Kent County Council, Denise had the opportunity to work across the county within the Education Department.  Before qualifying as an EP, Denise worked with the Adult Education Service, the Careers Service and as a Primary School teacher.  On her move to the west country, Denise took employment with  an independent psychological and health care service, which provided her with the opportunity to apply psychology in a different context, including report  writing for the Courts following family assessments and as a member of a multi-disciplinary team supporting adults with chronic pain. 

Since ‘retiring’ Denise has worked on a voluntary basis with a local GP Practice to support children going through a difficult time in their lives.  However, most of Denise’s time is spent being fully involved with Slide Away and enjoying the novelty of living somewhere she once associated with holidays.

Nigel Crocker

Nigel Crocker has 40 years of experience of working with young people 8–19-year-old as qualified youth worker and more recently as Early Worker for KCC and currently as Wellbeing Manager for Wilmington Academy, Dartford.   He has worked with young people from all backgrounds and ability providing one to one support to enhance their self-esteem and confidence and encourages young people to reach their full potential.

He has varied experience with supporting young people with stress and anxiety issues.    He set up and ran one of Kent County Council flagship inclusion projects encouraging young people with autism to participate in all mainstream activities alongside other young people.

He understands the difficult times families go through when there had been a bereavement in the family and the support both adults and children need.

He is married with two adult sons and lived in the north Kent area for most of his life.    He is a member of Gravesend and Meopham Rotarian club and over the years has been involved in many fundraising enterprises.

Liz Wingate

Liz has been working in finance since 1991, initially in the primary health care setting working with GPs and later with Health Authorities. Over that time, she specialised in arranging budgets and contracts for healthcare and worked with teams to ensure quality of care was delivered to patients.

She started studying within the NHS in practice management then moved on to qualify as an Accounting Technician before studying with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants at London Bridge.

After leaving the NHS she gained experience working for a diverse range of companies from HotGen games developers to Lloyds of London before starting her own business with her husband in 2011.

Their company now converts classic VW campervans and modern vans by installing bespoke wooden furniture and luxury trimmings. The company has a reputation for individuality and has been featured in magazines. They also make handmade retro wooden skateboards and currently are in the process of opening a shop and coffee room next to their workshop.

Liz and her husband have a teenage daughter and two dogs that keep them very busy. In her spare time, she enjoys art, especially pyrography for which she has won a number of commissions.

She is looking forward to supporting Slide Away in her role as a trustee.

Yvette Ratchford

Yvette was recently appointed as a trustee for Slide Away. Yvette's most recent experience includes working in the Cayman Islands as an attorney providing advice on all aspects of trust law.  Whilst practising in England, she also specialised in trust administration together with providing legal advice in the areas of tax planning, wills and estate administration.

She was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2006 (non-practising) and admitted as a solicitor in the Cayman Islands in 2016. She is also dual qualified as a financial planner and is a full member of the Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Yvette understands first hand. the impact the loss of a family member can have on children and the support needed to help them navigate through the same.

Lucy Forbes

Lucy has recently joined the Trustees having worked as a volunteer with Slide Away, helping with their workshops and memory days where she has been very impressed by the enormous difference these have in helping young children and adolescents learn how to manage their grief.

Lucy worked in recruitment, training and management for a large pharmaceutical company and then for a training consultancy specialising in communication skills and team building for the Pharma sector and Doctors in the UK and Europe.

On a personnel level,  and as a school governor,  she has an understanding of the need and benefit of supporting families with bereavement.

Lucy and her husband have two grown up children and with her two dogs she enjoys walking, running and gardening.

Louis Johnson

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