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Meet the Team

Pip Chapman
Dramatherapist/Project Manager

Pip has worked with children in the looked after system since 2005, using drama to help explore issues at a safe distance. Since qualifying as a Dramatherapist in 2011 her work has focused on children who have developmental trauma. She has undertaken post qualifying training in the areas of dissociation and complex trauma, with Dr Renee Marks, Dr Mooli Lahad and through the Institute for Trauma and Embodiment at the JRI Institute and is also a qualified Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator. Her approach is non-directive and attachment based.  She is a co-founder of The Windmill Trust and is passionate about keeping up to date with the latest research in trauma sensitive and embodied approaches.

Lesley has been a qualified and state registered Art Psychotherapist since 1999. Lesley has had extensive training in the areas of trauma, attachment and dissociation. She completed her master’s study in Play Therapy in June 2021. Lesley co-founded The Windmill Trust with Philippa Chapman in response to the increased need for therapy services for children who have suffered ACE’s (Adverse Childhood Experiences) in the Mid and West Coast of Cumbria.

Katy Haigh

Lesley Ritchie
Chair of Trustees

Katy Haigh was drawn to the Windmill Trust for the crucial work it is doing to support children who are going through traumatic experiences, for the way it is giving them hope, tools to cope, and kindness. She has 20 years' experience from the charity, education and arts sectors. For the last eight years, Katy was Executive Director of Good Vibrations, a national charity that equips people with complex needs, with life skills - through communal music-making projects and individual support. She now works as a Freelance Consultant for the NCT as well as doing supply teaching in Secondary Schools.

Helen Whittaker

Helen has been a qualified Community and Youth Worker for 25 years and spent much of her career working for local homeless charities and Barnardo's, supporting teenagers who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.  Over the years it became clear to Helen that homelessness in young people is very rarely about accommodation. Young people who have experienced early trauma are more likely to struggle as they progress through life and homelessness is a symptom of this. Helen is excited to be involved with a charity that, through early intervention, can hopefully reduce or even remove the need for some of the services she has provided.

Sarah Parkhouse

Sarah has over 30 years experience as a nurse working within various specialities ranging from Intensive Care to School Nursing where she worked alongside children and young people who have experienced early trauma. 
She has a keen interest in trauma informed approaches and the life long effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences on health and wellbeing.

Garry Elliott

Paul Ulett


Paul is the CEO of PFI Partners, an Estate Planning, Funding and Investment Firm with progressive and innovative practices in helping people protect their assets and plan for the future in simple cost effective ways.  He is also the Managing Director of The Open Network, a groundbreaking Business Networking agency built on finding the best ways to help companies build strong and useful relationships.  He became a trustee for The Windmill Trust out of passionate belief in supporting children to overcome the effects of adverse experiences and he brings a wealth of financial, business, marketing and networking experience to the table.

Garry is a partner at an international law firm, where he advises on all aspects of corporate law and mergers and acquisitions. Garry therefore adds a wide ranging legal understanding to the team of trustees together with over 20 years experience advising businesses in their fundraising and growth. Garry has been heavily involved in team recruitment and development and has a drive to try to help break down economic and social diversity barriers, which has led to him taking on a trustee role with the Windmill Trust.

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