Our Board brings a wealth of experience and commitment from the local community:

Caron Williams (Chair) has been with us since Spring 2016 and brings a wealth of financial, personnel and change management expertise following a career at British Telecom and as Manager of Watford Citizen’s Advice Bureau. She lives in Kings Langley and keeps bees in her spare time.

David Seddon (Treasurer) lives in Boxmoor and is a partner at Aylesbury-based accountancy firm Seddon-Smith. He has been treasurer at Signpost and before that Urban Access since 2005. Alongside golf and learning French, he is a regular at our monthly quiz at the Post Office Arms.

Shirena Counter (Vice-Chair) lives in Oxhey village and works for the Service Transformation Team at the Royal Free Hospital. Until recently she was a councillor and her time with Signpost started in 2012 after we were one of her Charities of the Year during her time as Chair of Watford Borough Councillor.

Jon Cooper, our former Chair, is a highly experienced therapist and a Director of the Albany Centre in St Albans. He was for many years a Clinical Supervisor at Signpost before becoming a Trustee in 2013. On top of therapeutic expertise, as a trainer in the field he has helped us develop our continuous professional development offer.

Sheila Barton is retired following over thirty years as a secondary school teacher in Hemel Hempstead. She was a Trustee of Urban Access from 2012 and joined Signpost during the merger. She is particularly involved in our work with local Schools and is passionate about young people getting on.

Aurelie Coze was one of the first young people to volunteer for us and helped set up our social group. She was co-opted as a young person’s representative on our board in 2012 and a full Trustee shortly after. She currently works at Watford General Hospital and is training to be a counsellor at West Herts College.

Jennifer Rees is a qualified counsellor, forensics lecturer at West Herts College and a member of the UK Youth Health Parliament. Her first contact with us was delivering a talk at our 2016 annual dinner on ‘Trauma and the reliability of human memory’. She liked us so much she joined the Board!

Angela Thurstan lives in Hemel Hempstead and joined the Trustees when she retired in 2016. She brings a lifetime of experience as both a counsellor and a charity-sector manager. She is also keenly active in public life in Hemel Hempstead.

Julie Everitt is a highly-experienced counsellor. As well as running her own practice, she worked as a counsellor for the NHS for many years. She lives in Potten End and when not counselling, enjoys gardening and the natural world.