They meet in person 4 times a year with an additional AGM in January. During the Covid pandemic meetings continued on Zoom. The Trustees also have a secure dedicated WhatsApp group which is in regular use for important communications between meetings. All trustees received the Charity Commission's guidance on the role and responsibilities of Trustees and are directed regularly to online resources relating to any changes in The Charity commission governance guidelines. We are in the process of recruiting a new Trustee to complement our existing skill mix and plan a Governance training session for the whole board once the new Trustee is in post. All the Charity’s policies are regularly updated by the Trustees. We are a small charity. As we grow we will expand our Board of Trustees. If you might be interested in joining our team please contact us!
I am the Founder of GRIT. I have worked as a doctor in the NHS since 2004 and I am here to honour the mission of my fifteen-year-old self, to change the way the system works for young people struggling with their mental health.
The issue of self-destructive behaviour in young people, whether that be physical harm, school refusal, restrictive or excessive eating or another form is ever increasing and we need a different approach before the current system becomes completely overwhelmed and young people are lost within it. This is where GRIT comes in...
My name is Claire, and I am the CEO of GRIT, working in a voluntary capacity. I have lived in Hitchin since 1992 and have worked as a GP in Stevenage and Hitchin until my retirement in 2016. I have been with the Charity since its inception and am enormously proud of the way the Charity has developed and grown. My interests outside of the Charity are cooking, gardening, and crafts. I play Bridge regularly and for exercise I enjoy walking and skiing. I work behind the scenes in a management capacity for GRIT and my main responsibility is managing our amazing team of volunteer mentors.
I have retired as a Consultant General Paediatrician (children’s doctor) at the Lister Hospital where I worked for 30 years. The last 14 years I was also the Designated Doctor for Child Protection (lead for medical aspects of child protection) for East and North Hertfordshire which has given me insight into problems arising from child abuse of all kinds. This role has given me a lot of experience with children from all sorts of backgrounds and I am delighted to offer this experience as the safeguarding lead for GRIT.
I have been a GRIT Trustee since 2018. I bring my 20+ years of experience in technology, marketing and design to help support the GRIT team strategically.
I have been a GRIT trustee since 2019 and a mentor on the GRIT program since 2018, providing support to our teenagers on the program. I was eager to become a mentor to help our teens realise their potential and be able to face life’s challenges. I have lived in Hitchin for most of my life and in my spare time I am a keen runner and a member of Blueharts Hockey Club as a player and coach. I also work for a clinical research organisation based in Letchworth, my role including business development, proposal writing and budgeting.
I am a qualified actuary with 50 years experience in the life assurance industry. I feel I can bring financial awareness to GRIT. The last company I was involved with focused on vulnerability in older people and some of the aspects of this translate to all ages.
I have been a Trustee at GRIT since December 2021. I am a qualified solicitor with more than seven years' experience, having worked within private practice and now in-house for a media company in London. I live in Hitchin with my wife. Throughout my career so far, I have worked alongside a number of different charities, social enterprises and educational institutions, but especially those which focus on young people and youth engagement. My aim at GRIT is to use my professional experience to bring a different perspective to the charity.