About the Team
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.
I’ve 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.
I have 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 my fellow Trustees I look to apply my 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 the Relate services.
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.
I am a Chartered Accountant and a member of Northampton Rotary Club who have supported Relate Northamptonshire since its earliest days.
I am married with five children and seven grandchildren. I was a Scout leader and Arkela for 20 years as I loved helping children be creative outdoors and enjoy nature.
As a Partner at Wilson Browne Solicitors for over a decade I head up the Family Team and spend my 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.
I am a step-parent & so am part of a blended family and can understand the challenges and rewards this can bring. I think it helps me better understand people so I can advise on their legal position and tailor solutions to each unique family set up.
I deal with people at the most stressful time of their lives, where good quality advice, dependability and communication are key and hope to bring this to my role as Trustee of Relate Northamptonshire so I can help people live well in today’s society
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.
I have recently become a Trustee of Relate Northamptonshire. I have lived and worked in Northampton all my life and have recently retired. I started work as an engineer and have spent the last 35 years of my life working in IT Project Management, Strategy and Finance engaging with staff and suppliers across the globe.
I am eager to give back to the community I have grown up in and hope that the expertise I have gained during my life, will stand me in good stead to serve as a Trustee of Northamptonshire Relate, well and with purpose.
With over seven years post qualification experience as a Solicitor I specialise in family law and have worked at several local law firm and also lecture in law at Northampton University.
I am 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 I hope these skills & those acquired during my career can assist Relate in expanding and improving the organisation to benefit everyone in Northamptonshire.