The Grit Team.

dr louise randall
mbbs, bsc, mrcgp.

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...

Rebecca Kelly.

Chief Executive Officer. Rebecca boasts a wealth of experience and expertise in driving impactful change and growth through her roles as a coach, coach supervisor, leading her own businesses and previously as a fundraiser in the charity sector. Having navigated the complexities of charity fundraising through her roles at RNIB and Keech Hospice Care, Rebecca brings a deep understanding of the organisational landscape, donor relations and strategic planning to her leadership role. In addition, with a background in coaching and supervising coaches, Rebecca possesses a deep understanding of the nuances of coaching methodologies and practices. This expertise allows her to effectively lead GRIT in developing a strategic approach that empowers young people and supports their mental health. Rebecca's leadership ensures that GRIT's initiatives are not only effective but also aligned with the organisation's mission and values. Rebecca leads with a commitment to supporting young people's mental health through a holistic approach, combining embodied coaching with non-contact boxing. With a dedication to empowering voices and facilitating transformative growth, Rebecca is driven by her mission to make a positive impact on young lives.

Lucy Walder.

Project Manager - I worked in healthcare communications for ten years in the role of account director. This gave me experience in project management, communications and administration, which I use in my role at GRIT as project manager. I have previously volunteered at a youth project and greatly enjoy being involved in all aspects of GRIT.

Jo Brabrook.

Lead Health & Wellbeing Coach for Hitchin. Jo's coaching journey stems from a deep commitment to unlocking individuals' potential and helping them achieve their goals. With a background witnessing the transformative impact of personalised support, Jo's passion for coaching found its home at GRIT. Equipped with advanced coaching qualifications accredited by the EMCC and specialised training in mental health support, Jo continuously enhances her skills to better serve those facing challenges. Before joining GRIT, Jo facilitated parenting programmes and supported vulnerable pregnant women, shaping her person-centred coaching philosophy focused on empowerment and mutual respect. Her coaching style emphasises building trust and rapport, creating a safe space for clients to explore solutions tailored to their needs. Outside of coaching, Jo enjoys family time and outdoor pursuits like boxing and running, prioritising a balanced life. Through her work at GRIT, Jo envisions empowering young people to realise their potential, earning recognition for her dedication to making a difference in their lives.

Tessa Morey.

Lead Health & Wellbeing Coach for Letchworth and Baldock. Tessa's journey into coaching was inspired by life's unpredictable twists and turns. As a former teacher deeply committed to supporting young people, she found herself drawn to the idea of providing personalised, one-on-one guidance to individuals. Her experience teaching and mentoring, coupled with her personal encounters with mental health challenges among her family, fuelled her passion for coaching. Joining GRIT felt like a natural progression for Tessa, as she was deeply moved by the organisation's local roots and its mission to support children from her own community. With a coaching qualification accredited by the EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council), Tessa's coaching philosophy revolves around building trust and connection with her clients, grounded in compassion and understanding without judgment. Tessa tailors her coaching style to each young person, taking a genuine interest in their passions and interests. Tessa's proudest accomplishments at GRIT include witnessing the positive transformations in the young people she coaches and contributing to the charity's growth. Outside of coaching, Tessa finds rejuvenation in her love for horses, singing and boxing, which she finds both powerful and inspiring. Through her coaching endeavours, Tessa aims to make a positive impact by creating resilience, facilitating positive change and raising awareness about mental health among young people.

Gill Carpenter.

Health & Wellbeing Coach. Gill is passionate about improving young people's mental health and finds coaching through GRIT highly rewarding. Her approach is deeply rooted in recognising the uniqueness of each young person, ensuring that every interaction is a learning experience for both herself and her clients. At GRIT, Gill finds inspiration in the unwavering commitment to addressing the mental health needs of all young people—a cause she holds close to her heart, driven by her first-hand experiences witnessing the profound impact of poor mental health on young people. With a degree in psychology, 27 years of experience in primary education and special educational needs and a qualification in Coaching accredited by the EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council), Gill brings a wealth of expertise to her coaching practice. She is continuously honing her skills and knowledge through ongoing professional development, including coaching courses, master classes, and mental health training programs. Gill's coaching style is adaptable and client-centred, prioritising the creation of a safe, respectful, and relaxed environment where clients feel empowered to explore and grow at their own pace. Beyond her professional pursuits, Gill enjoys spending time with her friends, family and beloved rescue dog—a constant source of laughter and companionship. Her zest for life extends to her love for comedy, drama, music, and travel, enriching her coaching practice with a diverse range of perspectives and experiences. With a proven track record of supporting young people through various challenges, Gill's dedication to active listening and genuine empathy shines through, earning her the reputation as "someone who listens," a testament to her unwavering commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of others.

James O'Mara.

Health & Wellbeing Coach and Boxing Coach. James is driven by a desire to positively impact the lives of young people, drawing inspiration from his experiences as a parent and his passion for coaching. With a background in boxing and a Level 1 qualification from England Boxing, and a qualification in Coaching accredited by the EMCC, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his role at GRIT. James prioritises continuous growth and development, tailoring his coaching approach to each individual and emphasising kindness, empathy, and creating a safe space. His proudest accomplishments include receiving positive feedback from parents who have witnessed significant improvements in their children's wellbeing and confidence. Outside of coaching, James finds rejuvenation in long-distance running and prioritises his work-life balance by dedicating time to family and self-care. Through his coaching endeavours, he seeks to guide young people towards greater direction and peace in their lives, leaving a lasting positive impact.

Emma Howe.

Health & Wellbeing Coach.

Hannah Foulds.

I am a Boxing Coach and a Health & Wellbeing Coach.

Lauren Donaldson.

Health & Wellbeing Coach. Lauren values giving every young person a voice and space to be heard, offering support and validation as a GRIT coach. With diverse roles in education and charity work, including teaching and leadership positions, she holds an MSc in Counselling Children and Young People from the University of Northampton and a coaching qualification from the EMCC. Lauren integrates her counselling expertise seamlessly into coaching, emphasizing active listening and creating a non-judgmental environment. She sees behaviour as communication and guides sessions to explore underlying emotions, empowering young people to make positive changes. Excited to continue supporting youth on their journeys, Lauren is dedicated to helping them realise their full potential.


GRIT partners.

The Chimo Trust.

The Chimo Trust is a grant giving charity supporting young people's mental health through the arts, creativity, nature and support. GRIT is privileged to have The Chimo Trust as one of our strategic partners, supporting the organisation to grow our services for young people in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and beyond.


GRIT collaborates closely with the NHS to enhance the support available for young people's mental health and wellbeing. Through this partnership, GRIT integrates its innovative coaching approach with the NHS's clinical expertise to provide a comprehensive and holistic support to young people. By combining coaching with evidence-based practices and therapeutic interventions, GRIT ensures that young people receive tailored and effective support that addresses their unique needs.

Elite Fitness Academy.

GRIT partners with Elite Fitness Academy, Hitchin which generously provides the venue for our GRIT Programme. This collaboration allows us to offer young people a safe and supportive environment where they can engage in our innovative coaching approach combined with non-contact boxing.

GRIT Supporters.

Hitchin Youth trust.


Bedfordshire & Luton Community Fountation

The National Lottery

The National Lottery Community Fund

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Registered office: 18 Chiltern Road, Hitchin, SG4 9PJ

Registered Charity Number: 1176272