Meet our team:

Kate Baxter – Chief Executive – Part Time


Kate joined the Children’s Bereavement Centre in December 2015 and previously worked for many years for local hospices and other charities. She has been involved in raising £millions and developing medical, holistic and counselling services and is skilled in business development, fundraising and marketing which will contribute to ensuring the future sustainability of the Children’s Bereavement Centre.

At those charities, Kate has seen the devastating affect bereavement and loss can have on children, young people and their families and the difference the right kind of support can make. She is therefore passionate about developing the support that the Children’s Bereavement Centre provides so it is available to everyone who needs it.

Tel: 01636 551739 / 07703 566170 

Paula Drummond – Clinical Team Lead – Full Time

Play and Filial Therapist NNEB, Dip NDPT – BAPT Registered

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Paula specialises in Play and Filial Therapy and has worked with children and young people for over 20 years, she joined the charity in 2005.   Her work involves assessing, evaluating and providing Play and Filial Therapy sessions to children, young people and their families and offering support to those affected by terminal illness and loss. She also offers telephone support and drop in advice.

Over the years, her role has developed and she now supervises the Clinical Team, runs the Newark Peer Support Group, co-ordinates the 2 Day Residential Bereavement Camp and delivers training to both volunteer and professionals.

Tel: 01636 551739

Margaret Steedman- Newark Clinical Coordinator – Part Time

Margaret S wallMargaret first joined the Children’s Bereavement Centre as a volunteer counsellor working with the parents of children referred to the service. In 2013 she joined the service as a Bereavement Support Worker. Her part-time role includes one to one and sibling group sessions with children and young people. Previously Margaret has worked with children with challenging behavior and learning difficulties. Over the years she has had involvement with many local charities in different roles including teaching listening skills and supporting families. She has a Higher Diploma in Counselling skills.

Tel: 01636 551739

Katie Bush – Mansfield & Rushcliffe Clinical Coordinator – Full Time

In February 2019, Katie began working as an Outreach Bereavement Coordinator, having volunteered at the Centre since 2016.  Having been bereaved as a child, she aspired to work with children who experience loss so started studying person centred counselling in 2012 and graduated from university with a first class BA (Hons) in Humanistic Counselling Practice in 2018.  Katie is a qualified ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) caregiver and also works as a specialist therapist, providing therapy for people who self-harm or maybe at risk of suicide.  In her spare time, she is a singer in a Soul and Motown Band and has helped to design a new music workshop for young people that has been successfully delivered by the charity.

Katie is supported by a team of committed and passionate clinical volunteers who are working together to deliver and develop the support provided for children and their families in Mansfield and Ashfield.

Tel: 01636 551739

Sarah Moakes – Bassetlaw Clinical Coordinator – Full Time

Sarah wallAlongside professional qualifications, Sarah has a number of years experience working within the fields of Mental Health, Wellbeing and Psychological therapy, with a particular focus on Person-centred and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approaches. In previous roles Sarah has supported both individuals and families out in the community and within an Outreach capacity to provide early intervention and ongoing support. Sarah is passionate about the centre’s client-focused approach.

Sarah’s work in the outreach centres in Bassetlaw is enabling the charity to see children and their families who may have previously struggled struggled to get into the centre in Newark.

Tel: 01636 551739

Olivia Bradford – Volunteers Coordinator – Part Time

Olivia joined the team in 2019 but has volunteered for the charity since 2017 as a Clinical Volunteer as well as for other organisations.  She has a BA Undergraduate degree in Education with Psychology and Counselling and a MSc degree in Psychology.

Her role involves recruiting, training and supporting our much valued group of Clinical Volunteers and ensuring that children, young people and their families who access our service are seen as soon as possible, as close to home as possible.  Olivia has always had a passion for person centred support and particularly enjoys the energy and challenges of working with children and young people. She is looking forward to ensuring a wide range of benefits for volunteers including a sense of belonging, being part of a passionate and dedicated team, developing skills and providing opportunities to learn.

Tel: 01636 551742

Rachel Wilson – Fundraising Manager – Full Time

Rachel joined the team at the Children’s Bereavement Centre in October 2018.  Following a career spanning more than 25 years in the media industry Rachel has a background in marketing and sales and is experienced in working in partnership with organisations large and small as well as the wider general public. She will work alongside our current corporate partners and look to secure new additional support as well as offering fundraising support to anyone that wants to help. She will also ensure that everyone receives the thanks they deserve.

Rachel’s passion is people and communication and in particular forging and sustaining relationships. She is always up for a challenge and is determined to generate the funds required to sustain and grow the charity, so it can continue to offer the families the vital support and guidance they need.

Tel: 01636 600120

Jane Ward – Office Administrator – Part Time

Jane has been working for the Children’s Bereavement Centre since 2004. Her role as Office Administrator involves general office management, administrative support and the implementation and management of financial systems. She has initial contact with the families and professionals who approach the charity. She also works as part of a dedicated team within the charity and helps with fundraising events, workshops and fun days for the children.

Jane believes that the services the charity provides has a long term effect on the children and young people that we see, therefore making her job very satisfying and rewarding.

Tel: 01636 551743

Louise Comfort – Bereavement Counsellor – Part Time

Louise first joined the Children’s Bereavement Centre as a volunteer counsellor in 2019 before joining the charity in 2021.  She supports children, young people and their families with creative art processes in 1:1 and group sessions.

Louise specialises in art therapy which is an effective and therapeutic way to explore your feelings and emotions where words can not always be found.  She has over 25 years experience as a children’s book illustrator and has worked with children creatively delivering art clubs and drawing workshops in schools.

In her spare time Louise continues with her own personal illustration work and enjoys the natural benefits of open water swimming.

Tel: 01636 551739

Katie Trinder – Marketing Executive – Part Time

Katie joined the Children’s Bereavement Centre earlier this year as part of our marketing team. Katie has worked in radio for over 20 years, as a journalist and presenter. Katie also has experience of running her own business and working as a marketing director.

Alongside working for the CBC, Katie is also a Celebrant and continues to present radio shows at the weekend.

In her spare time, Katie likes walking her 7 dogs (that’s not a typo, she really does have 7 dogs) and supporting Mansfield Town.

Tel: 01636 551739

Karen Martin – Senior Bereavement Counsellor – Full Time

Karen is the team’s newest recruit joining the Children’s Bereavement Centre in 2021, after qualifying as an Integrative counsellor in 2016.

Karen has spent time working with Cruse supporting Adults, Young people and children who have been bereaved since 2014 and has two years’ experience working with young people and Children through CHUMS Emotional Wellbeing service

Karen will be working in the Newark office and outreach in Rushcliffe to support those families in this area.

Karen is passionate about the Centre’s values and the importance of supporting children and young people who have been bereaved.

Tel: 01636 551739

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