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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 managementpatrons and trustees

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Rachel Clacher CBE

Founder and Chair

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

Patron

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 a prolific author. He was awarded a CBE in 2017 for his services to business and fostering and is WeMindTheGap’s first patron.
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Ali Wheeler

Chief Executive Officer

In July 2022 Ali took on the role of CEO, bringing 29yrs Public Sector, Community Sector, and Charity Trustee experience. Ali is an accomplished transformation and improvement leader across public and community sector organisations, with Board level experience in systems leadership, organisational and social system change. With a career history featuring the Police Service, NHS and Local Authority Transformational change and Directorships of her own businesses Ali is passionate about population health approaches, lived experience and intelligence led re-design of services which meet the needs of communities, supporting services and organisations to re-imagine ways of working. Ali also manages to be a supporter of the Scouting community, enjoys amateur theatre and is a choir member with Handbags of Harmonies.
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Emma Degg

Trustee

Emma Degg is the Chief Executive of the North West Business Leadership Team (NWBLT). Emma has spent her career focused on bringing together business leaders and policymakers to make a tangible difference. Emma serves on the UK2070 independent House of Lords Commission that examines 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

Trustee

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

Trustee

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

Trustee

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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Laura Columbine

WeDiscover Community Maker

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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Rachel Brockhurst

Finance and Administration

I joined WeMindTheGap after 11 years as an office manager for an local architects and before that had several roles at MBNA. I love the family atmosphere that exists here and the way that everyone helps each other. This is one of the main things that drew me to the charity - once you join the WeMindTheGap family, whether that be as a member of the Hub team or as a gappie, you stay part of our family. Outside work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and love watching live theatre especially musicals! I also like being creative with my lockdown hobby of making crochet animals and blankets.
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Diane Aplin

Chief Impact Officer

Diane joined Rachel in 2014 to set up and run our first traineeships. Today is focused on the development of 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 a positive change to Hope House Hospice and now WeMindTheGap.
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Rebecca Walton

WeDiscover Skipper

Having been a Skipper on two WeGrow programmes, I am really excited to start this role with WeDiscover. I enjoy bringing energy and laughter to our sessions and I’m always inspired by what our young people say and do. One of my favourite things to do outside of work is to explore and travel, whether that be skiing, snowboarding, running, or hiking up a mountain with my corgi!

Here are the brilliant programme
teams
 that make it all happen

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Rebecca Walton

WeDiscover Skipper

Having been a Skipper on two WeGrow programmes, I am really excited to start this role with WeDiscover. I enjoy bringing energy and laughter to our sessions and I’m always inspired by what our young people say and do. One of my favourite things to do outside of work is to explore and travel, whether that be skiing, snowboarding, running, or hiking up a mountain with my corgi!
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Mark Rimmer

Skipper

I am thrilled to join the ‘We Mind The Gap’ family and to be the skipper of the pilot scheme for we grow Flintshire Men. I am looking forward and excited to be working with the young men and to provide support, structure and encouragement throughout the programme. I love travelling to different countries and experiencing their culture. I am passionate about sports, especially football; I spend my free time walking our 4 dogs, playing with my Grandchildren, keeping fit and visiting Goodison Park.
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Lou Davies

Virtual Mate

Lou joined the team in October 2022, bringing a wealth of experience in hospitality and support work. Lou’s previous roles have given her personal confidence, great communication skills and patience. She loves caring for people, building relationships and has thrown herself full pelt into her new role, which she says “doesn’t feel like work!”. Lou is Wrexham born and bred and spends her time looking after her son Theo and Cowboy the dog. She loves a live gig, especially Gerry Cinnamon and The Royston Club, and loves a good pub quiz.
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Kim Harasym-Moss

Skipper

Kim joined WeMindTheGap in November after 16 years in education. Joining the team, Kim is excited to take a more pastoral approach to her support of our young people. She loves being creative, drawing and painting. At the weekend, Kim can be found gardening, walking with Otis her beloved Springer Spaniel or jamming with her husband, who plays the guitar and Kim sings. Kim is a metal and rock music fan and an accomplished gamer.
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Jasmine Formstone

Skipper

After keeping up-to-date with the fantastic work WeMindTheGap has done over the years I am so excited to now be a part of the family. The first day was nerve-wracking but I felt so at ease immediately thanks to the lovely, smiley faces that greeted me. I can’t wait to go on this journey with the Gappies and help people to recognise their full potential! With experience in Support Work and Substance Misuse, I have gained some invaluable transferable skills that I am looking forward to putting into practice as my role as Skipper. I love animals (particularly cats), adventuring around the beautiful North Wales scenery and more recently, up-cycling!
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Meg Jones

Virtual Mate

Hi I'm Meg, I've had previous experience working with young people in schools. Helping young people learn more about themselves and be able to communicate effectively is a massive passion of mine! I love working with WeMindTheGap as I get to do exactly that! Being a part of this team feels great, I love putting more good out into the world. A little bit about me, I'm book obsessed, love studying history and philosophy and enjoy spending quality time with my husband!
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Sam Harrop

First Mate

I joined WeMindTheGap in September 2023 as a First Mate in the Wrexham area. It has been so nice to become part of such a supportive and caring environment with values that match my own. I have experience of working with young people who display challenging behaviour and supporting them with their physical and developmental needs. Having qualified with a Professional Graduate certificate in Education (PCET) I also have experience and knowledge of how to mentor and coach individuals to ensure they have the best possible outcome. Outside work I enjoy going to the theatre to watch musicals and spend time with my friends and family.
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Sian Hughes

Skipper

I am excited to join the WeMindTheGap family as Skipper for the WeBelong programme. Described as a “People’s Person”, I love getting to know people, learning what makes them happy and what they want to achieve in life. I love meeting Gappies from different communities and I am passionate about enabling them to be central in shaping the WeBelong programme. Outside of work I love spending time with my family, which includes my two active boys and rescue dog Rafa. I also enjoy walking, connecting with nature, socialising with friends and have a newfound love of swimming in the sea.
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Victoria Hughes

Skipper

It’s a joy to be working with so many interesting young people on the WeDiscover programme, as I’m passionate about helping people to realise their value and achieve their goals. I joined WeMindTheGap with a background in teaching and charity work and have a history of working with people in rural communities to connect and overcome feelings of isolation. I am eternally optimistic and will always support our gappies to dream big! Outside of work, I’m a busy mum of two and take every opportunity to put my walking boots on for long walks with our spaniel Winston and adventures in nature- whatever the weather!
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Roslyn Bailey

Virtual Mate

Roz joined the team recently in January 2024 bringing a range of experience in administration, support work and work with children and young people in schools. Having previously trained as a children and young person's counsellor, Roz is looking forward to taking on a more pastoral approach. She loves arts and crafts activities and enjoys attending family art clubs with her daughter. She also enjoys playing on her Nintendo Switch, particularly Mario games, reading and long walks with her Shih-tzu Teddy.
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Jim Ellison

First Mate

I joined we mind the gap part time in October of 2023, helping with “Magic Mondays” and have absolutely LOVED it since. My part time role has allowed me to watch the growth of the gappies in leaps and bounds, week by week, which has been an absolute privilege to see. I have a background in youth work, including employment at the largest paediatric medical camp in canada, supporting young people suffering from chronic illnesses and other life challenges. I also work part time as a youth project coordinator at a charity in Cheshire. I have a passion for the outdoors, cooking, fitness, good coffee, pastries and life in general.

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