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.
Suzanne has been leading services that support the most vulnerable children, young people and families for over 20 years. Her experiences range from supporting children in the early years to those who are care experienced, or who live with significant additional needs.
Her professional career includes leading services across statutory sectors providing children’s education, health and social care, as well as from the voluntary sector. During her career she has specialised in leading services that have children’s emotional, behavioural and mental health at the forefront of support provided from early education, family hubs, to specialised mixed orientation therapeutic teams.
Suzanne is a mother of four and currently lives at home in Bedfordshire with her partner and two youngest children. She trained as a mature student and graduated from the University of East Anglian when her eldest two children were still at primary school. Her first degree is Early Childhood Studies and she is an advocate of ensuring that children’s early emotional and attachment-based experiences positively shape their future years. She was awarded an honorary doctorate for her contribution to the University of East London, bridging the link between the early education and support to vulnerable children, through the development of a new foundation degree, Social, Communities & Families.
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!
Parminder has over 25 years of experience working within both statutory children’s services and the voluntary sector with specific experience of leading mental health support services for children and young people across London. She is passionate about supporting organisations transform to meet changing needs and promoting a greater understanding of the impact of inequality and social exclusion on children young people and families.
Parminder’s career includes managing and leading services for the most vulnerable children and young people, including extensive experience of managing multi-professional teams across children’s services, including family hubs, early year’s provision, youth hubs and 0-25 health provisions.
Parminder studied in Bradford for her first degree in Management Studies and Teacher Training and further in London where she qualified as a JNC Youth Worker and gained her post graduate diploma in Management and Leadership Studies.
Parminder currently lives in London with her husband and two children.
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.
Louise is a Fellow of the CIPD with an English and Film degree from Warwick University and has over 30 years experience as a Human Resources (HR) professional.
Louise has worked with a number of charities, both large and small, during her career, as well as for Government-funded organisations and within the private sector.
Louise has experience across all HR practice, including employee relations, performance management and policy development. Equality and fairness are two principles which govern her work.
Born in a rural Kent village with dire transport links, Louise has vowed never to live far from a tube station and now lives on the London/Essex border, close to beautiful Epping Forest, with her partner and the youngest of their two daughters.