Staff and trustees

Core staff team

Helen Da Silva Wood, Chief Executive
Jemma Turner, Lead – Mental Health and Wellbeing
Julie Bartle, Lead – Volunteer and Learning Lead
Grace Barnett, Lead – Young Parents, Advice and Information
Nikki Prescott, Lead – Finance
Faye Dimdore, Project Lead – Yeovil Learning
Helen Devonshire, Project Lead – The Future is Yours, Youth Worker
Bekah Witt-Tower, Centre Admin & Project Lead – Bekah’s Kitchen, Gillingham Outreach
Joanna Lowndes, Bookkeeper & DBS

Sessional team

Liz Woodard, Emotional Support Worker
Sam Dawes, Emotional Support Worker & Project Lead – Anxious to Awesome
Val Catley, Exams administration
Zoe Matthews, Youth Support Worker (Gillingham)

Gillingham Youth Collective – National Lottery Community Fund

Zoe Matthews, Project Administrator
Lou Donovan, Media Makers Lead
Marianne King, Film-maker
Dawn Ball, Project Manager


Stephen Uden (Chair) – ex Microsoft Citizenship head and Director of Social Investment, Nationwide Building Society; School governor and Chair of Members (2 schools)
Tony Smith (Treasurer) – Systems specialist and Trustee of the Sherborne Kitchen
Alison Hoffman – Teacher (retired)
Julie Warren – Finance marketing
Linda Bygrave – Teacher (retired)
Martin Singer – Children’s Services Youthwork and Staff training (retired)
Natalie Giles – Sexual Trauma Counselling specialist (safeguarding)

Associate Trustees
Associate trustees are specialists who provide expertise and input on an ad hoc basis. They are supporters of the Rendezvous (often ex-Trustees) who want to use their knowledge and experience to benefit the work we do but may not be able to commit the time needed to become a full member of the Board. They have no legal responsibilities for the charity and hold no voting rights.

Amanda Whitlock – Mental Health and Wellbeing Consultant and Trainer (ex Trustee)
Ingrid Uden – Teacher and Group facilitator
Sue Prescott – Finance Director, retired (ex Rendezvous Volunteer 2018 and Treasurer 2019-2023)

If would like to find out more about becoming a Trustee or an Associate Trustee please get in touch with Stephen Uden (Chair) via the main contact form below to arrange an informal chat. We are particularly interested in people with expertise and recent experience in social media marketing and digital fundraising.