Meet the Team

As a charity, it’s so important to us that our entire team is great at what it does… and we’ve lucked out.

Team TRP is small but mighty – each of us is hugely passionate about our individual roles, about supporting one another, and about open and honest communication.

We truly believe that we can’t provide you with the support you deserve, unless we’re providing each other with the same – and that’s exactly how we operate on a daily basis. Add that to the fact that we all genuinely love our jobs, and you’ve got yourself a winning combo… which makes us a bit of a force to reckoned with.


Strength in Numbers

We’re huge advocates for working together with other organisations and charities, because a “community over competition” approach is key to providing Forces families with even more of the support services that they deserve. 

If you’d like to have a chat about what we do, and how we can work together, please do give us a shout. We’re always more than happy to speak at conferences or networking events too, so don’t be afraid to ask! 

Rodger Cartwright - Director

Before joining The Ripple Pond Rodger was Head of Operations for Thrive, a charity that provides Social and Therapeutic Horticulture.

Rodger’s first career was with the Army serving with 29 Commando Regiment, before moving on to the police for almost 30 years. On retiring from the police he went on to work for both The Royal British Legion and SAFFA.

He is dedicated to serving the Armed Forces Community and making a real positive difference to peoples’ lives.

Rodger’s role as the Director is multi-layered, including working with the Board of Trustee to develop and implement strategy, managing the day-to-day running of the charity and making sure that the services we provide meet our members’ needs.

Out of work, Rodger spends his time focused on – family, dogs, a seemingly never-ending list of “household jobs” and a love of the arts and military history.

Karen Elliott - Business Support Coordinator

Karen is our member guru, she is always chatting on the phone taking calls from new members, helping to make them realise they are not alone and putting them on the right support path or with current members who are looking for extra support or just in need of a chat. Karen is always on the go both in and out of work with most of her spare time taken up cheering her two boys on at their various football matches or spending some much needed down time in their touring caravan.

Gemma Procter - New Beneficiaries and Operations Officer

Gemma has always loved to work within the charity sector and thrives on the satisfaction of helping others. If you join as a member of The Ripple Pond, Gemma may be the one you speak to you on that initial call, she is great at listening and her signposting advice is spot on! Gemma also wears the safeguarding hat for the charity, which is so important to us – making sure all our members always feel safe and the information they share with us is confidential. When Gemma isn’t in the office you can find her surrounded by her much loved chickens or out on the sea in her RIB.

Jade Wigham - Service Support Development Officer
Misty McCready - Marketing and Communications Officer

A UK wide Self help support network for the adult family members of British Service Personnel and Veterans.
Telephone 0333 900 1028


Registered Charity Number 1161224 | Scottish Charity Number SC046402

The Ripple Pond
99 Western Road,
East Sussex,

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