Our People

Lady Astor

Patron

Lady Astor has been at the forefront of the charity’s work helping bereaved families and educating maternity staff in how to best help everyone who suffers the loss of a baby.

David Ward circle

David Ward

Founding Patron & CEO

“I hope that by raising awareness through Abigail’s Footsteps of the need for better care for bereaved parents we will spare others the trauma we went through.”

Jo Ward

Founding Patron

“Abigail was born on 29th April 2009. David and I both got to hold her and I will cherish those moments forever. Abigail was the most beautiful little girl and all I could think was why us?”

Trevor Adams

Temporary Chair/Treasurer

Trevor is a banking professional with a degree in Financial Services, he joined Handelsbanken as Branch Manager in 2008 and is now enjoying retirement.

Craig Chalmers

Vice President

“I am really pleased to be a part of the team. I look forward to supporting this work and making a real difference in supporting bereaved families.”

Julie Etchingham

Vice President

“I became involved with Abigail’s Footsteps after being moved by David and Jo’s heart breaking story of the loss of their daughter, and inspired by their extraordinary efforts to help other families.”

Faryl Smith

Vice President

Faryl is a British soprano who rose to fame after appearing on the second series of the ITV television talent show Britain’s Got Talent in 2008.

Louise Giblin

Vice President

“Abigail’s Footsteps is a lasting testament to love and a reminder that supporting others can give us strength. I’m honoured to have been asked to be a Vice President.”

Kelly Marie Stewart

Vice President

Kelly-Marie Stewart is a pioneering actress whose determination and drive won her a role in the Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks.

Victor Ubogu

Vice President

“All children deserve to be loved and respected, and that is true for babies born asleep or soon after birth.” Victor Obogu is a former England international rugby player.

Sian Lloyd

Vice President

“Abigail’s Footsteps is a small charity that punches well above its weight, I am extremely proud to be able to support this wonderful charity.” 

Sam Collinge

Abigail’s Footsteps Trustee

Sam is Bereavement Support Specialist Midwife at George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton. Sam is also a member of The All Party Parliamentary Group on Baby Loss and a huge asset to our charity.

Faye Hill

Head of Operations
& Events

“I strive to make a real difference in our community and support bereaved families. I find working for a charity very rewarding and I truly believe in the cause of Abigail’s Footsteps.”

Becky Hopkins

Fundraising & Events Manager

“Working at Abigails allows me to utilise my skills, every day is different and its great to organise local events bringing the local community together for the greater good.”

Naomi Marston

Naomi Marston

Counsellor & Ambassador

Naomi is a qualified, integrative counsellor working independently and a member of the British Association Counsellors and Psychotherapists, Infant Loss Foundation and Chartered Management Institute.

Jenny Bradshaw Counsellor

Jenny Bradshaw

Counsellor

Jenny is a qualified, integrative counsellor with a specialism in pregnancy and baby loss. She is registered with the BACP and the Infant Loss Foundation. ‘I feel passionately that all bereaved parents should be offered counselling and honoured to be working with Abigails to offer that.’

Paula Abramson

Trainer & Ambassador

Paula is a specialist in designing and delivering bereavement training for professionals who work with families following the death of a baby, and is passionate about ensuring this training is available and accessible.

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