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Meet the team

Love and care is at the heart of everything we do - for young people, for our team, and for our communities.

Senior management, patrons and trustees

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Rachel Clacher CBE

Founder and Trustee

Optimist, activist, speaker and entrepreneur: Rachel is all of these and more. After co-founding Moneypenny in 2000 with her brother Ed Reeves and growing the company to be the world leader in telephone answering services and one of the best companies to work for in the UK, Rachel established WeMindTheGap as her bit of ‘direct action’. As a regular speaker to national and international business audiences she raises valuable funds for the charity.
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Sir John Timpson


Sir John Timpson is chairman and owner of Timpson, an advocate for upside-down management and children in care, a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and prolific author. He was awarded a CBE in 2017 for his servicesto business and forstering, and is WeMindTheGap’s first patron.
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Diane Aplin

Chief Executive

Diane joined Rachel in 2014 to set up and run our first traineeships. Today she leads the charity and is responsible for everything from compliance, to fundraising, to the all-important delivery of traineeships. A solicitor by profession, she worked in private practice in Manchester before dedicating her passion for making positive change to Hope House Hospice and now WeMindTheGap.
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Debbie Queen

Interim CEO

Debbie joined WeMindTheGap as CEO in 2021. She has a strong career background that has focused particularly on leadership and mentoring. With a long career previously as a senior manager for the National Trust, Debbie has a passion for leadership and helping people to develop into the best version of themselves. She supports Rachel and Diane in running the charity, particularly leading on the strategic planning.
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Emma Degg


Emma Degg is the Chief Executive of the North West Business Leadership Team (NWBLT). Emma has spent her career focussed upon bringing together business leaders and policy makers to make a tangible difference. Emma serves on the UK2070 independent House of Lords Commission that is examining how to tackle the UK’s economic and social regional disparities. As well as being a Trustee of WeMindTheGap, she is a Board Member of Made Smarter North West.
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Karen Jones


Karen brings with her a valuable blend of commercial and charitable endeavours. Having trained as a Chartered Accountant with PwC, she moved into Corporate Finance with Ernst & Young and has since played a key part in the leadership teams of several ambitious and growing businesses. In addition, Karen is a mentor for UnLtd supporting social entrepreneurs, sits on the Board of a not-for-profit contemporary craft company GNE and has been a school Governor for a number of years.
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Kirsty Rogers


Kirsty is the Executive Partner for DWF's largest office in Manchester and is additionally the gender lead on DWF's Diversity Committee. As an employment practitioner she is highly recommended for her client focused approach to the delivery of legal services and a coordinated legal solution. Kirsty has been recognised by legal directories as a leader in her field for over 15 years and is in the Hall of Fame.
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Louise Gatenby


An ethical entrepreneur, who believes that every leader and organisation has the potential to create positive change towards a more sustainable, inclusive and equitable world, Louise is the founder and CEO of The Good Board a purpose-led leadership advisory and executive search firm supporting responsible organisation to find, develop and connect leaders who will make this vision of positive change a reality.

Thank you to our
fantastic HUB team

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Julie Done

Community Maker, North Wales

I’m in my fourth year with WMTG. I have been project Lead on two programmes and I’m so proud of the achievements of the gappies. My favourite thing about my role is seeing how young people can blossom and fly when they believe in themselves. I’m so proud of the way our values run through the whole organisation. Sunny days, my family and friends and being outdoors with my two dogs are all things that make me happy.
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Lindsey Brooks

Finance and Administration

I have the pleasure of working with everyone, from Management to the Delivery Teams to the gappies and everyone in between. I have the pleasure of mixing and working with all areas of WMTG and seeing the continuous good outcomes from all areas. I am most proud of everyone overcoming their challenges, both staff and gappies. I have two little boys who absolutely love a hug. They fill me with love and happiness.
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Liv Arnold


The best thing about my role is being able to show what we do and tell our story, through images, videos or Gappie stories. I also find it extremely inspiring to hear some of the stories from past graduates. I’m proud of all of the hard work the staff at the charity continuously put in make a difference and change lives. Something that makes me happy is spending time with my friends and family, being outdoors and keeping fit.
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Rachel Orgill

Community Maker & WeBelong, North West

The best thing about my role walking alongside of the gappies and seeing real change in their approach to life. I love working with our gappies and ensuring they experience a wide variety of choices and experiences. I am most proud of the family values and the culture we have. The culture in everyone is equal and has a shared voice. I personally love travel and culture. I’m at my happiness in a foreign country. I also love gardening and being in nature.

Here are the brilliant programme
that make it all happen

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Jane Townend

WeBelong Programme, North Wales

I love that I am able to be part of the gappie’s journeys after graduation. This year, I will also be a regular face on the WeMindTheGap’s WeGrow programmes. Organising social events and days out for our WeBelong community will be a focus for me too - to be that family to raise the young women up, support them and remind them of their worth. Since the COVID-19 Pandemic, I think it is crucial to look after everyone. My husband, my son and my pets are all things that make me happy.
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Laura Columbine

WeDiscover Programme Leader

The best thing about my role is connecting individuals in different locations, this is the beauty of a virtual programme. It has allowed us to build friendships, learn valuable skills and have fun along the way- because that’s what we need right now! I am proud of WeMindTheGap for so many reasons, but our gappies will always be at the top of my list. Something that makes me happy is learning. I love to find out more about people, communities and cultures.
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Alex Pigott

Virtual Mate

I am looking forward to meeting all our gappies and hearing what inspires and interests them. I love hearing what people are passionate about. There’s so much variety in the sessions that I’m sure they’ll learn all sorts of new and exciting things on the programme. What makes me happy is getting outside and back in touch with nature. It could be just a walk in the park or it could be a week of camping and surfing.
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Ellie Phillips

Virtual Mate

I’m so grateful to be working on a programme that has had a visible and meaningful impact in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The We Discover programmes are doing vital work to help prevent these young people getting left behind: offering young people opportunity, excitement, and support. I feel incredibly proud to be working within such an incredible team. Good food, good views and good company make me happy!
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Huwey Williams

Virtual Mate

My favourite thing about my role is that I get to deliver interesting and fun sessions to some truly amazing people. I am proud of WeMindTheGap for staying true to who they are and being able to help people who thought they had no help or no direction to turn to. I am at my happiest when I am playing guitar or creating music.
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Sam Baker

Virtual Mate

I started working for the charity because I can’t imagine devoting my time anywhere other than the third sector. It’s a privilege to represent an organisation that delivers such amazing results. The best thing about my role is the knowledge that everything we are doing contributes towards levelling inequalities. It makes me very proud to work alongside a team full of such friendly individuals. Outside of work I love listening to, watching, and creating music.
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Anna Preece

First Mate

I am most excited about celebrating the little wins with the gappies over the 26 weeks while working with WeMindTheGap. It is definitley all about the little steps to help achieve a big goal.  And of course I can’t wait for the residential at Outward Bound. Something that makes me happy is having a good cup of tea and a catch up!
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Heidi LLoyd


I have a passion to succeed and more importantly, I have a passion for each individual gappie I work with. I want them all to succeed in whatever their chosen goals and aspirations are.  I am most proud of our employer partners! They just get WeMindTheGap! Teaching and nurturing, brand new experiences and having the most amazing fun times through play are all things that make me feel my happiest.
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Christopher Bury

First Mate

I am really excited to be involved with setting up WeMindTheGap’s first WeGrow programme for young men. I can’t wait to get started and I'm looking forward to walking alongside our gappies in achieving their goals as the year goes on. I’m happy taking my dog on a long walk or cooking a big meal.
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Clare Pritchard


As a new member of the team I am mostly looking forward to meeting our future gappies and getting stuck into the programme as well as exploring Manchester with the gappies and participating in some adrenaline filled activities. I love that WMTG are such a close-knit team, we all come together to work, discuss, learn and guide each other forward. I love exploring new countries, meeting new people and trying new food. My happy place is sat on a beach.
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Scott Tanswell


I love getting to see our gappies grow over the course of the programme, it is an incredible feeling to see a person grow and develop over time whilst also knowing that there is someone there to help and support them when they are in need or are simply unsure about something. I am proud of WMTG and how we have really pulled together. Spending time with my family, watching films and playing games are things that make me smile.
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Kimberely Deakin

First Mate

I have a passion for seeing young people flourish both personally and professionally. I have strong views surrounding support, encouragement, love and care. And I believe they are fundamental parts in the development of young individuals. WeMindTheGap is a truly unique organisation, within our approach we walk along-side our young people, to support them in navigating their way through their lives.
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Rebecca Walton


I am excited to join the WMTG team as the new Skipper for the WeGrow programme. Aside from meeting all our gappies, I am most looking forward to getting together on our Magic Mondays where we can learn something new, discuss the previous week's antics, and look ahead to the next! One of my favourite things to do is to be outside in the fresh air, whether that be skiing, snowboarding, running, or hiking up a mountain! 

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