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, and about supporting one another.

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 we firmly believe that the “community over competition” approach is key to providing Forces families with the strongest support system.

 

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! 

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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 British 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 SSAFA.

 

Rodger 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.

 

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

GEMMA PROCTER

Operations Manager

Gemma has always loved to work within the charity sector, and thrives on the satisfaction received by helping others.

 

When you join The Ripple Pond as a member, Gemma may be the one you speak to on that initial call. She is great at listening, and her signposting advice is spot on!

 

Gemma is also in charge of our safeguarding, which is so important to us – making sure that all of our members always feel safe, and that the information they share with us is confidential.

 

When Gemma isn’t working, you can find her surrounded by her much-loved chickens or out on the sea in her RIB.

KAREN ELLIOTT

Member Support Officer

Karen is our member guru.

 

She is always chatting on the phone, either helping new members to realise that they aren’t alone and putting them on the right support path; or talking to current members who are looking for extra support or are 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 by cheering her two boys on at their various football matches, or spending some much-needed down time with her family in their touring caravan.

JADE WIGHAM

Service delivery and Development Officer

Jade is our Service Delivery & Development Officer, and spends the majority of her time networking with external organisations, making them aware of our services and highlighting issues faced by family members.

 

Jade is also a point of contact for members, both new and existing, as well as being the queen of organisation – Jade arranges our regular member events, such as talks and workshops, and is always looking for new ways of helping our members to rebuild confidence or learn new skills.

 

Jade is part of a serving military family, and is often busy with her three children and two dogs.

misty mccready

Marketing and Communications Officer

As our Marketing & Communications Officer, Misty is responsible for all of our marketing – both traditional and digital – and is the “voice” of TRP on our social media platforms… so it’s probably just as well that she’s pretty used to talking, having come to us after spending seven years working in broadcasting!

 

Misty was born overseas into a serving military family, and has been a “dependant” (as much as she takes umbrage to the word) ever since. She has been lucky enough to have spent half of her life living overseas – thanks to both her Dad and her husband – and is currently settled in the South West… until the next posting order!