Staff and Trustees

Friends of the Family is a small, friendly organisation. It is managed by a group of dedicated non-executive trustees and run by a team of professional staff and volunteers.

Our staff


Sam Hunt

5s to 13s Befriending Manager

Sam heads up our 5s to 13s befriending service. In her role, Sam oversees the recruitment, training, placement and supervision of all 5s to 13s volunteers. She manages referrals to the service: assessing the needs of children and families who require support, and matching trained volunteers to them. Sam also works closely with other statutory and voluntary agencies to ensure that the needs of the children and families are being met. She originally trained and worked as a primary school teacher.


Katharine Duchesne

Mums’ and Young Children’s Therapist & Project Lead

Katharine, with her warm and welcoming personality, is a trained Counsellor with experience of working with adults (especially mums) and young people.

Charlie Wright

Charlie Wright

Support for Dads Manager

Charlie is a fully qualified counsellor and runs our Support for Dads  service. He supervises referrals, delivers the one-to-one counselling for dads and oversees a father’s group called, Dad’s Aloud. Charlie also works closely with Spurgeons charity at Winchester Prison, mentoring dads who are due for release.


Joanna Smith

Operations Manager

Jo oversees the day to day running of the charity and is responsible for strategic development and fundraising activity. Jo’s experience spans the public, private and third sector and she has a passion for raising funds and making a difference in the local community.


Marie Carter

Mums’ and Young Children’s Group Co-ordinator

Marie is a mum of three with a love of working with children. She has experience in volunteering in child-centred environments and co-ordinates the support we offer to little people coming to the Group.

Friends of the Family

Jane Hall

Volunteer and Operations Co-ordinator

Jane is the first port of call for all our volunteers. Jane’s energy and enthusiasm along with her organisational skills keeps us all on our toes!

Our Trustees

Karen Hazlitt

Karen Hazlitt

Chair of Trustees

Karen trained and practiced as a Construction Litigation Solicitor in London and Hampshire. She has lived in Winchester with her family since 1996. She is a qualified endurance running coach. As Chair of Trustees Karen governs trustee meetings, supports staff with their professional development, supervises grant applications and fundraising activities, and speaks on behalf of Friends of the Family at local events.


Chris Bale


Chris has worked in the non-profit sector for 35 years, nationally and internationally, and was awarded the MBE for services to charity. As the founding Director of Partnership for Children, he has a particular interest in promoting the emotional wellbeing of young children. Chris brings valuable skills and experience in the areas of governance and funding to the Board of Trustees.

Nicky Bryant

Nicky Bryant


Nicky originally joined the charity as a volunteer befriender and spent 18 months providing support and friendship to a local family. Now a trustee, Nicky brings her wealth of voluntary and fundraising experience to the table to support the ongoing work of Friends of the Family.


Jane Bennet


Jane studied Computer Science and French at college, and went on to work at IBM for over 30 years. She has been a member of Hampshire and Islands Area Quaker Meeting since 2009, and has been a treasurer for the Area Meeting and Winchester Local Meeting during that time. She serves as liaison between Winchester Quakers and Friends of the Family.

Locket Ward

Locket Ward


Locket has two children and lives on the outskirts of Winchester. With a background in publishing, she brings a range of professional and personal skills to the charity. Locket also volunteers with our Mums and Young Children group.


Cathryn Perrin


Cat has worked in the charity sector for over 25 years and set up her own fundraising consultancy, Breathe Fundraising, in 2018. Cat loves to study and has a Masters in Voluntary Sector Management specialising in Fundraising and Marketing. She is also passionate about mental wellbeing and talking therapies and has completed her Level 2&3 Counselling qualifications.


Claudia Dickens


Claudia grew up in Winchester and first joined Friends of the Family as a volunteer for the Mums and Young Children’s project in 2008. Her volunteering hugely informed her career path over the last decade and she brings a wealth of experience in working with vulnerable children and families. Currently working as a Gender Equality Advisor for Save the Children UK, Claudia specialises in child protection, girls’ empowerment and gender-based violence.


Rebecca Lockwood


Rebecca Lockwood’s background in public relations and broadcast journalism dates back 25 years. From live news reporting to producing the BBC’s Countryfile programme, not to mention helping to manage the press department for a wildlife charity, her wide-ranging experience has taken her all over the UK and beyond. In her role as a Trustee, Rebecca is focussing our many communication needs.


Graham Jacobs


Graham worked in the corporate insurance sector for 35 years holding positions in the city of London prior to building his own successful business. His experience encompasses managing all facets of running an organisation and the challenges that this brings.

He lives in Winchester and is married with three children and is a keen golfer and Liverpool fan!

Quotes - Winchester charity
  • “I had heard about the invaluable work of Friends of the Family and I’m very pleased to contribute in any way I can as a trustee. My role as a school governor has made me even more aware that there are a considerable number of children who have very complicated family lives and who need much support, not always available from other services.”

    Rosemary Wright, Trustee

If you are interested in joining the Board of Trustees, please call us on 01962 864466 or