React’s Trustees passionately believe in the services React provides to families and they bring a great deal of knowledge and expertise to the charity. Each Trustee is prepared to fully immerse themselves within the ethos of React and are not adverse to rolling up their sleeves and helping out where necessary.
Rupert is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and spent the first part of his career with Touche Ross & Co as a practising accountant. In 1981 he joined the venture capital firm 3i Group where he worked for 18 years before retiring as a director at the age of 51 in 1999.
Rupert first heard of React through his local church in Chiswick and offered to become the charity’s treasurer on a voluntary basis. He became a trustee in 2002 and has chaired the board since 2011, his second term of office. Rupert’s interest in React stems from his belief that that the charity has enormous potential to bring considerable good to many families despite its small size.
Formerly the Managing Director of Caspari Cards Ltd, Keith was invited to join the board of Trustees in 1996. Keith says:
“React is a unique organisation, giving support to families caring for a terminally ill child and as a Trustee am actively involved with the award making process which enables me to really understand the families we help. Being a family man, I can appreciate there can be no greater tragedy than hearing that your child is terminally ill. React is a small charity with a big heart, helping families who need assistance during a time of financial need.”
Paul is a professional photographer and has been a friend of React for several years. Many of the photographs on our website were taken by Paul and he is a much valued member of the React team. Paul joined the Board of Trustees in the summer of 2007 and we are grateful for his continued dedication to our work.
Jeremy brings with him a wealth of experience through his work in the legal sector. Currently Chief Packaging Counsel at DS Smith Plc, Jeremy has worked for several large commercial companies and is known for his calm, thoughtful and professional approach. He has been impressed by React’s work for some time and is keen to help the charity move forward, striving to support more and more families in need. “As a father of two active, healthy teenagers I consider myself extremely lucky and would like to do all that I can to help those parents who have not been so fortunate.”
Richard has been an avid supporter of the charity’s work for many years. A respected actor and producer, Richard has assisted in many of React’s fundraising events, utilising years of theatre experience to choreograph a variety of entertainment programmes. Having worked with a variety of charitable organisations, Richard brings with him a wealth of experience and recognises the impact of React’s work and the speed of the charity’s response.
“React is a very special charity. It reaches out to families when they have nowhere else to turn, responding quickly and sensitively. The dedication and compassion React shows to its families is truly admirable, and I am delighted to be involved.”
Theodora brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge to the team of Trustees. As a mother to a young daughter herself, she understands that caring for a child can be very costly, and is compassionate to the work and services React provides to low-income families. Theodora is a keen supporter of React’s work and her knowledge in the healthcare sector is of great benefit to the team.
React is delighted to welcome new Trustee, Dr Mike Miller, to the team. Mike has been working with children across the UK for many years and brings with him a wealth of experience in caring for children with life-limiting conditions and complex care needs. Through this work, Mike also provides support to professionals in the field of palliative care.