Welcome aBoard to FamilyLine


We are delighted to welcome some new members to the FamilyLine and I Need Help Board but also very sad to say goodbye to others.

John Godsave is our new chairman (above centre) and Christine Atkins, Laura Geaves, Liz Watts and Michelle de Young (above left to right) are new trustees.

John has recently retired from as the Operational Police Advisor to the Ministry of Interior in Bahrain.  Prior to that he worked as an Operational Police Advisor in Serbia and Kosovo following an impressive 30 year career with the Metropolitan Police.  He is very much looking forward to continuing to build on FamilyLine’s solid foundations and representing us at events.

Christine’s background is Social Work having been both a frontline worker, manager and practice educator in both Adults’ and Children’s services.  She is currently putting the finishing touches to her PhD and any spare time she has, will be FamilyLine focussed.

Laura has a wealth of experience working across a variety of industries including finance, military, health, gaming and property.  She is looking to use her skills in social media to spread the word about our helpline services.

Michelle is one of our Helpline volunteers and is currently studying for a Counselling degree.  Her previous experience as Managing Director for several companies has given her a solid business background which we will benefit from. 

Liz has been one of our Helpline volunteers for an amazing 17 years (we would be lost without her) and now that she has retired as a BACP accredited Counsellor, she has more time to give to us.  Liz has been incredibly valuable in giving guidance in the role of Helpline Advisor when difficult situations arise from the Helpline and has always provided support to the volunteers working on the phones or at training sessions.

We also say a heartfelt “thank you” and “au revoir” to our out-going Chairman, Peter Sturge, and to three trustees, Joanna Mallins, Caroline Vaughan and Wanda Jay.  It is “au revoir” and not goodbye as they will continue to support FamilyLine in any way they can.