Deborah Kerpner, Manager
I trained as a counsellor at the Metanoia Institute, counselled for a while at a GP surgery and then took a placement at Off The Record in 1996. I enjoyed the challenge of counselling young people, where there is a need to be real and down-to-earth. I was a volunteer counsellor here for seven years, including a counselling post at Grey Court School. I was also practising as a sculptor, working mainly in clay and I enjoyed these different pursuits.
In 2004 I became the manager of Off The Record, taking on many different roles as is typical within small charities, from fundraising to strategic planning to admin. I also continue to value my role as manager, supporting 23 volunteer staff and a small paid team to work at their optimum; this is as vital for a successful service as is meeting all our practical requirements.
Katherine Stevenson (Assistant Manager – part-time)
I qualified in 2006, working as a counsellor in both a medical practice and at Off The Record. I enjoyed working with such a variety of age groups but particularly enjoyed my work with young people. This became my focus when after a break I returned to Off The Record in 2013. I feel really lucky to enjoy my work here as a counsellor and more recently in the Assistant Manager role. Off the Record provides an invaluable service, being a part of that is rewarding on so many levels.
Catherine McCallum (Administrative Assistant – part-time)
Following a long career working locally within the youth, and voluntary and community sectors, I joined Off The Record in September 2015 in a new role designed to help with front-line enquiries, finance, communications, and office management, with an ability to take on everything else that comes my way. I also clerk meetings and support the work of the Board of Trustees. It’s a busy, varied, and hugely enjoyable role.
Trustees serve on the governing body and are responsible for the general control and management of the administration of OTR. Our trustees come from all walks of life, and are united by their wish to create positive change to the lives of young people.
You can meet our current team of trustees below: