Our Trustees

Michelle Smith Chair

Michelle Smith

Chair

Michelle Smith is a consultant specialising in CSR and community investment strategy, programme development and delivery advisory since founding her business in 2014.  She works extensively across private and voluntary sectors helping organisations to engage stakeholder, build strategies and develop programmes and partnerships. 

Michelle previously led community development at Barclays and at the Co-op. She has worked closely with government departments and with practitioners in the charity, voluntary and private sectors.

 

 

Sally Robinsion

Sally Robinson

Trustee

As a Partner at Wilson Browne Solicitors for over a decade Sally heads up the Family Team and spends her day advising on all aspects of family from prenup agreements to the issues when relationships breakdown. This often includes children, property, finances and divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership.

She is a step-parent, and as a part of a blended family and can understand the challenges and rewards this can bring. This helps her better understand people to advise on their legal position and tailor solutions to each unique family set up.

Sally deals with people at the most stressful time of their lives, where good quality advice, dependability and communication are key. She brings this to her role as Trustee of Relate Northamptonshire, so that she can help people live well in today’s society

Lyndsey Ward

Lynsey Ward

Trustee

With over seven years post qualification experience as a Solicitor Lynsey specialises in family law and has worked at several local law firm and also lectures in law at Northampton University.

Lynsey is heavily involved with other charitable organisations such as the Northamptonshire Community Foundation, and joined Relate Northants in 2019.

With 4-year-old twin girls life is a juggling exercise, and Lynsey hopes these skills & those acquired during her career can assist Relate in expanding and improving the organisation to benefit everyone in Northamptonshire.

Martyn Pound

Martyn Pound

Trustee

Martyn has recently become a Trustee of Relate Northamptonshire. He has lived and worked in Northampton all his life and has recently retired. Martyn started work as an engineer and spent the last 35 years of his life working in IT Project Management, Strategy and Finance, engaging with staff and suppliers across the globe.

He is eager to give back to the community he has grown up in. Martyn hopes that the expertise he has gained during his life will stand him in good stead to serve as a Trustee of Northamptonshire Relate, well and with purpose.

Rachel Attwood

Rachel Attwood

Vice-Chair

As a senior sales and marketing professional for over 25 years, Rachel is currently MD of Rationel Windows & Doors.  Having previously worked in creative agencies Rachel brings to Relate a focus on promoting the work we do in the County.  A keen community member Rachel is a member of the PTA at a local primary school and plays netball across the County mentoring junior players.

Rachel became a Trustee at the end of 2018, and Vice-Chair in 2021.

 

 

Peter Dugmore trustee

Peter Dugmore

Trustee

Peter has been a Trustee of the Northamptonshire Relate since March 2017 and before returning to the county in September 2016 had, for several years, been a Trustee of Relate North Hampshire.

He has over 20 years' experience in senior UK and international corporate human relation roles and a further 10 years as an independent consultant, working with a broad range of both public and private organisations.

Working with his fellow Trustees he seeks to apply his professional experience to ensure the Charity is well governed and managed; and has a sound strategy in place to enable the Charity to continue to provide outstanding support to the Northants community in delivering Relate services.

 

 

Jackie Brame

Jackie Brame

Trustee

Jackie is a Chartered Accountant and a member of Northampton Rotary Club, who have supported Relate Northamptonshire since its earliest days.

She is married with five children and seven grandchildren. Jackie was a Scout leader and Arkela for 20 years - she loved helping children be creative outdoors and enjoy nature.

 

 

Daisy Melville

Daisy Melville

Trustee

Daisy has been part of Relate Northamptonshire since 2013. Working both in the office and as a qualified practitioner has afforded her rounded experience, initially as a volunteer before qualifying as a counsellor and working with those seeking help and support. Daisy joined the Board of Trustees in 2019.

Before becoming a counsellor, she lived in London and worked in Human Resources for 10 years following a BA and MA degrees.  Following a sabbatical in her late twenties, the life changing decision to move out of London, start a family and change career direction were underway.

Today, Daisy combines work at Relate with Private Practice and bringing up teenagers.