The senior management team is made up of a very talented and dedicated team of professionals, who are the driving force behind this essential child bereavement charity.
Richard attended Birmingham University, graduating with a Law Degree. With a unique numerical ability he pursued a career in the city, spending several years working across investment banks including UBS and Credit Suisse. He then chose to opt for a route out of the city and spent four years in the post of Finance and Operations Director working for the FTSE100 Company Hammerson (based at Brent Cross Shopping Centre). Richard joined Grief Encounter in 2013 as COO, and became CEO in October 2016.
Liz has worked with children and young people in various capacities for the last 20 years and is an accredited Psychotherapist. The earlier part of Liz’s career was in adventure travel, taking school groups to remote destinations, living and travelling with semi-nomadic tribes people and completing local environmental projects to build sustainable lifestyles. Having just completed 11 years with ChildLine, NSPCC, where she was most recently the Service Manager for their London base, Liz was inspired to take up the role of Clinical Services Director here at Grief Encounter in May 2017 in order to progress and build on the wonderful work and reputation the organisation has achieved to date.
Lou was born and raised in Wolverhampton and graduated with a BA Hons in Business Enterprise and an MA in Events and Exhibition Management. Having volunteered for a local charity she was offered her first full-time job as a Trusts fundraiser. Other than 3 years working with a team of IFAs in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham, she has dedicated her career to fundraising.
Lou has worked at the PDSA helping to develop their Major Gifts team, and Teenage Cancer Trust where she lead teams and committees responsible for raising funds to build and maintain the first ever Teenage Cancer Trust Units at Southampton General and The Royal Marsden hospitals. She joined Grief Encounter in July 2018 to strengthen and grow the fundraising department. Living in Lewes in East Sussex, she has 2 teenage children and a serious soft spot for chocolate truffles!
After graduating from the University of Leeds with a BA Hons in French and Spanish, Anna started her marketing career at Hays Specialist Recruitment. After several promotions, she was headhunted to RBS where she managed the marketing and communications during a uniquely difficult period post financial crisis within the Corporate Banking Division. After five years, she then decided to join PwC and managed the marketing within the Assurance Division.
After having her two gorgeous daughters, Anna moved into the charity sector where she led the marketing and communications at Norwood, one of the largest Jewish charities supporting people with learning disabilities and autism, for 3 years.
Passionate about making sure every bereaved child has access to the best possible support and inspired by the charity’s efforts, Anna joined Grief Encounter as Head of Marketing in February 2021 to ensure the support services are promoted as widely as possible and help drive additional income.