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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’ 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.

Yvette Ratchford

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 joined the Trustees having worked as a volunteer with Slide Away, helping with their workshops and memory days where she was 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

Louis has been a social worker for children and young people for the past 12 years. Initially a child protection social worker, he has recently joined a team supporting teenagers in North Kent, and works with those on the edge of care and experiencing extra-familial harm.

Louis has worked closely with bereaved families and young people throughout his career, and understands the challenges of helping children cope with a loss.

Kerry Green

Kerry is a new addition to our board of trustees. She has previously worked as a Primary School Teacher before retraining as a counsellor. She is now a BACP Accredited Humanistic Counsellor working both in a secondary school and as an oncology counsellor for the NHS. Before this she volunteered as a counsellor at a hospice. Through her experiences Kerry has developed a deep understanding of the impact of illness, and of loss and grief, and is committed to working within this field. She is highly aware of the huge impact that a bereavement can have on a young person as well as the wider family and of the benefit of creative ways of supporting young people as well as giving them a safe space to talk and to be with others who have had similar experiences to themselves.

Marion Charlton

Marion Charlton is a retired qualified accountant with a background in business and finance, mainly within the pharmaceutical industry. She has held a variety of operational and leaderships roles over many years. Marion has expertise in leading and managing cross functional teams operationally, in projects and in implementing business wide Risk Management and Governance processes. She has experience in Business Continuity Planning, Cultural Change and Lean Sigma. Marion has been involved with a large educational trust for 13 years in various capacities, including as a Chair of Governors.