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Trustee information

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Our Trustees

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.

Peter Jenkins
I was appointed as Chair of Off The Record in October 2022 and I am looking forward to helping this charity develop over the next few years. I was a trustee of YoungMinds for 12 years and at various times was its Treasurer and Vice-Chair. I have also worked in the charity sector for the past 15 years, being Finance Director of The Princes Regeneration Trust and Finance Director and Interim Chief Executive of Power to Change. Prior to that I was Finance Director of various plcs. I live in St Margarets, with my dog (who is very good for my own mental health).

Rajesh Bakrania
I joined Off The Record as a trustee in January 2023 and I am keen to help the charity continue its vital and outstanding work for young people in the Richmond area. From my own personal experience I know how important it is for young people to have organisations like Off The Record providing welcoming, inclusive, discreet and non-judgemental services directly aimed at them. In the last year I have also volunteered for other charities in the local area and I am also a part-time carer. Before retiring I had a 34-year career in IT infrastructure and management and I will be using my skills and experience to contribute to the charity’s Business Committee.

Deborah Fearn
I was very pleased to become a trustee of Off The Record Twickenham in late 2023. The charity provides an extremely valuable service to young people in the area and I hope to contribute to its continued success and development. I live in Teddington, have worked for many years in HR and have been trustee of another local charity and a school governor.

Claire Haynes
I joined Off The Record Twickenham as a trustee in November 2023. I have 3 daughters and have been a governor in schools over the past 12 years so understand and see the ever increasing challenges which young people face and love what Off The Record is doing in this space. I have 25+ years in business and latterly have re-wired my career to offer People / HR consultancy and I am also training to be a Leadership Coach. I am looking forward to supporting the charity in the best way I can.

Claire Holt
I was really pleased to become a trustee of Off The Record in 2023. I’ve worked for almost 10 years in fundraising and supporter communications across the voluntary sector, including organisations supporting young people, and use my experience to support Off The Record’s marketing and fundraising plans. Having grown up in the borough, I’m proud to be working with a local organisation that provides such essential support for young people struggling with their mental health.

Sarah McCarthy
I am a local resident and have been a trustee of Off The Record since June 2020. I have a background of over 10 years in sales and marketing. I am a member on the Business Committee as well as the Board and I assist with fundraising plans. I have a young family and am committed to supporting positive mental health in the borough.

Laura Stewart
I have had a long connection with Off The Record Twickenham as I was its Assistant Co-ordinator for 13 years. I left in 2017 but have kept actively in touch and became a trustee in October 2023. As a result, I believe I have a good understanding of how Off The Record works as a service offering information, advice and counselling to young people and I’ve seen for myself how much it’s valued by the local community. I qualified as a counsellor 23 years ago and have been working (mainly with young people) ever since. I think the support that Off The Record offers is vital and I’m hoping that my experience in this area will help in my new role as a trustee.

Charlotte West
I have been aware of Off The Record for very many years from its presence in central Twickenham and know several people who have benefitted directly from the services it provides. It is a great pleasure and privilege to be able to assist the charity as a trustee, having been appointed in January 2023. I have a commercial legal background and have experience of being a charity trustee for another organisation.

Chris Whistler (Treasurer)
I joined Off The Record as a trustee in January 2023, having recently retired from 30+ years working in the steel industry in financial and then operational roles. I have lived in the borough of Richmond since 1987, initially in Twickenham and now in Teddington. I am Treasurer for the charity and also Chair of the Business Committee and I am keen to see the charity provide as much support as possible to the young people in the area at a time when there are so many challenges for them on a daily basis.

Phil Woodford
I joined Off The Record Twickenham at the end of 2023 as I’m concerned at just how many young people are struggling with mental health issues and in need of practical support. My background is in advertising and marketing communications, so I want to contribute to raising the profile of the charity among the public and those who generously support OTR Twickenham financially. Right now I’m still working full-time as a self-employed trainer and writer and I co-host a weekly news review show on Colourful Radio, broadcast from the Africa Centre in London.