Meet Our Team
Liz Wise - Director of Counselling, Facilitator of the Surrey and London Groups and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer
"I had severe PND after both my daughters and have been running the groups since 1992."
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Abby Brockett - Trustee and Safeguarding Lead
"After suffering with PND after both of my children. I turned to The Cedar House Support Group which helped me through the darkest time in my life."
"I have now become a Trustee and I help with making decisions with the other board members as well as organise and support fundraising events. I have recently taken on the Role of The Safeguarding Lead, working and supporting Kirsty develop and update our policies and procedures."
Natalie Hawkins - Trustee and Secretary
I was fortunate enough to discover Cedar House following the birth of my second child. Whilst I was lucky to also receive fantastic care from a specialist NHS perinatal mental health team, Cedar House provided something unique in its creation of a safe and special space in which I could share my experiences openly, and without fear of judgement, with women who understood.
Recognising the vital role Cedar House played in my own recovery, since leaving the group I have been a passionate advocate for the charity. Professionally, I have worked in mental health for many years, with a particular interest in attachment and parental mental health. My experience, both personally and professionally, evidences that, with timely and appropriate support, women can recover fully from perinatal distress and live meaningful lives within themselves and also with their families. I feel privileged to have joined as a trustee in January 2021, and I look forward to supporting the charity in reaching more women and their babies.
Ruth Brownlow - Treasurer and Fundraising Lead
I was fortunate enough to have The Cedar House Support Group recommended by a friend as where to turn to when, having developed ante-natal depression early in my second pregnancy, I was clearly still unwell following her birth. I had struggled to find support that helped but my first session with the group left me feeling I had finally found people who understood what i was going through. The groups helped my recovery beyond measure and I hope what i can achieve through my role on the Board will go someway to showing my gratitude.
Kirsty Warnett - Website Administrator and Designated Safeguarding Officer
I suffered with severe PND after the birth of my daughter in March 2016. I luckily found Liz and the charity after googling for support and I contacted Liz immediately. Liz and the ladies in the groups supported me through the most challenging and darkest part of my life and I couldn't be more thankful.
I have organised 3 Fundraising quiz night events with the help of Abby, Liz and Liz's husband and each one has been a huge success. I joined the committee and I assist in making decisions in the day to day running of the charity and I also support with other fundraising events. I maintain and update the website and have recently taken on the role of Designated Safeguarding Officer, within this role I update our safeguarding policies and will be supporting with the training for all our staff and volunteers. I cannot thank Liz and the charity enough and want to continue to help and support them.