The Trustees


The Trustees

Our trustees are recruited because they are committed to the purposes and aims of BELIVE, adhere to the policies and procedures of BELIVE and ethos of the charity commission.

Theresa Hammond

Founder and chair of BELIVE 2018. Qualified Therapeutic counsellor and registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Currently working part-time in a safe environment with adults on a range of issues. Over 18 years of post-qualifying experience as a child and family’s social worker including safeguarding.  Practice Teacher.


Joanna is a Parent Carer and Counselling Psychologist. She created the website to signpost to emotional support for parents of children with special needs and is currently researching emotional wellbeing in parent carers.   

Hi my Joe

I have been a trustee for BELIVE since 2019. I am also the founder of a Community Interest Group (CIC) called Disability Medway Network CIC. As a group, we both raise awareness and champion people with hidden and visible disabilities.

Hi, My name is Mark Lemmon,

trustee for BELIVE since August 2019.  I have a business background and many years’ experience as a CEO, and MD of two national /international brands. Currently, I work as a non-executor director for a range of businesses, including my own business and franchise consultancy service, for new business start-up and business restructuring projects.  

Hi my name is Jacqui O’Shaughnessy

I have been a trustee for BELIVE for over 2 years.  My background is within the financial banking sector, I have worked in banking for over 25 years. I choose to get involved with BELIVE as I instantly could see the vision and passion Teresa had for the charity, I also found from personal experience that there wasn’t much help for people with mild to moderate disabilities, so made the best decision to become a trustee.

Hi, my name is Mark

I have been working with people who have a learning disability for over 20 years. I am a Registered Nurse (Learning Disabilities) and work as a manager of community learning disability services. I am passionate about promoting social inclusion for people with disabilities and tackling loneliness and isolation. I have been a Trustee for BELIVE since 2020

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