Meet our team:

Kate Baxter – Director – Part Time


Kate wallKate 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- Bereavement and Loss Practitioner – 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

Helen Kemp – Outreach Bereavement and Loss Practitioner – Part Time

Helen K wallHelen started work at the Children’s Bereavement Centre in 2011 as a volunteer providing therapeutic support to children, young people and adults through both one-to-one and facilitated group sessions. Helen qualified in 2015 with a BSc (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy and works within a humanistic and integrative modality; she is a registered member of the BACP. Helen has a specialist interest in neuroscience and the links between human development and cerebral functioning. Communication plays a big part in Helen’s life as she has also worked as a Project Manager, Spanish tutor and baby sign language teacher.

In April 2016, Helen will be working as an Outreach Bereavement & Loss Co-ordinator. This involves providing remote services to children and families in the Rushcliffe area. Helen is supported by several fantastic volunteers, and together, they are all very excited about bringing the therapeutic work of the children’s bereavement centre to a new territory.

Tel: 01636 551739

Sarah Moakes – Outreach Bereavement and Loss Practitioner – 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 Mansfield and Kirkby in Ashfield 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

Duncan Main – Outreach Bereavement and Loss Practitioner – Part Time

Duncan started work at the Children’s Bereavement Centre in 2016 as a volunteer providing therapeutic support to children, young people and adults. He qualified in 2015 with a BSc (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy and works within a humanistic and integrative modality; he is a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and is waiting for confirmation of accreditation. Duncan has a particular interest in the effect the unconscious process has on a relationship and the understanding of self. He has practised Mindfulness for many years and incorporates this within his therapeutic practice.

Duncan started as an Outreach Bereavement & Loss Coordinator in August 2017. He is working with people in the Mansfield and surrounding areas with a team of volunteer support workers. Duncan is passionate about making support available to as many people as possible and delivering the highest possible care.

Tel: 01636 551739

Louise Mullen- Volunteers Coordinator – Part Time

Louise joined the team in September 2018 and has a wealth of experience gained over 16 years from working for national charities as the volunteer coordinator lead.

Her role involves working with our much valued group of Volunteer Support Workers. She ensures that the children, young people and their families who access our service are seen as soon as possible and as close to home as possible. She also helps to meet the charity’s needs through the recruitment, placement and management of volunteers. Louise is passionate in ensuring a wide range of benefits for volunteers including a sense of belonging, being part of a team, opportunities to learn, developing skills and growing on a personal level.

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 – Administrator – Part Time

Jane W wallJane has been working for the Children’s Bereavement Centre since 2004. Her role as 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

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