View of Brathay from Todd Crag

Meet Brathay's
Senior Leadership Team

Brathay recently appointed CEO Teresa Jennings. She is smiling at the camera, sitting in front of Brathay Hall, a grand Georgina Building. She wears a bright pink blazer and black top.

Teresa Jennings
Chief Executive

I am lucky to have witnessed, in abundance, the incredible impact charities have in making a real and lasting difference to people's lives. For 20+ years I have worked in the charitable sector. In my last CEO role I lead a Health and Social Care charity, which delivered across the North of England.

I feel privileged to be Brathay's Chief Executive. With over 75 years of outcomes delivered for the children, and young people we have supported, makes this charity a very special place indeed. It is these outcomes that motivates and drives me to do more.

During my career, I've been involved in the leadership, management and growth of services for adults and young people, and I also have experience of working in local and central government setting's. 

I have held various Trustee roles over the years as part of my own learning, but also to give something back to the community. Currently, I am Trustee for a local homelessness charity, and a national charity that supports people with learning disabilities, mental health problems and autism.

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Susan Ross
Head of Finance

Since qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 2001 I have had a wealth of roles in both the public and private sectors, taking on my first charity Financial Director role in 2009.  After 14 years in the education sector, I am excited to now be a part of Brathay’s diverse range of activities.

In addition to my day job, I am also on the committee of the local Riding for the Disabled Group, and my local running club.

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Susan Ross, stood in front of Windemere, a lake that Brathay Hall the headquarters of Brathay Trust overlooks.

Jennie Moore
Head of Children and Young People (CYP) Services

I joined the Brathay Team in January 2024. My role as Head of CYP combines my two greatest passions - the outdoors and making a genuine positive difference to the lives of children, young people and their families.

Working at Brathay as been a dream of mine since I had my own taster of the impact Brathay offers on a work placement here over 20 years ago. That time helped me choose my path to support and work with children and young people — particularly those who needed more support to enable them to access the opportunities to enable them to thriveand benefitted me personally with increased self confidence and sense of self.

Since then, I have completed my Adventure Recreation degree and worked with children and young people in a wide range of settings, including schools, youth offending, Special Educational Needs and Disability and Early Help in the community, working for Local Authorities. I recognise the importance of truly listening and responding to the voices of children and young people to ensure that we provide the best opportunities for them and their families to thrive for their future.

I am delighted to be part of the Children and Young People’s team and lead the passionate and talented team in the next phase of development for Brathay.

I have a great passion for the outdoors and have first hand experience of the benefits it can provide. Outside of work I enjoy Obstacle Racing, Swimming, Cycling, Kayaking and Walking. I volunteer as a Run Leader for a social group of runners in my local area and have 5 years ago set up junior parkrun in St Neots and have volunteered at a Co-Event Director there since. Giving up my Sunday lie-ins is testament to the value I put on providing opportunities for children to be in the outdoors, exercise and most of all enjoy themselves!

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Frank Clayton
Head of Delivery (Ambleside)

As Head of People Development I lead a talented team of consultants, offering world-class people development and purposeful coaching to a wide range of clients in the public, private and third sectors.

I believe that leadership is important – in every organisation – and its potential to positively affect our society, and the lives, and life chances, of the children and young people we serve is the reason I’m here at Brathay. It makes sense to work for an organisation dedicated to helping people improve those skills and develop their ability to do extraordinary things.

I’ve worked in learning for most of career, starting work in a FTSE100 distribution business where I eventually rose to be Head of Operational Training for 15, 000 people, before moving on to lead the learning function at the UKs largest independent electrical and mechanical contractor.

Purpose is important to me, so having the opportunity to use my skills and experience working for a social enterprise that impacts the lives of thousands of young people each year felt like the perfect match.

Outside of the office, I like to take full advantage of our beautiful surroundings here in the Lake District National Park, splitting my time between road and mountain biking, kayaking, open water swimming and the odd run!

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Frank stood at Brathay Hall's boat house on the shores of Windermere. Brathay Hall is the headquarters of Brathay Trust
Stephen's stood in front of Wansell Fell in the Lake District and a beautiful green field. He's wearing a white shirt with a beige jacket. He's smiling at the camera.

Stephen Thorn
Head of Income Generation

I am delighted to lead the income generation and donor engagement activity that enables thousands of young people to access our services both in community and through adventures at Windermere.

I have worked both in sales and strategic marketing roles in the commercial sector, and in the charity sector leading fundraising and marketing for youth-centred organisations.  In my last executive role, I helped to create the EY Foundation which supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds into further education, training and employment.

At the Brathay Trust we feel the weight of history that serves as a reminder of the thousands of people who have had positive life-changing experiences with expert instructors, mentors and leaders on our beautiful site and in towns and cities since the 1940s.  This legacy motivates us to deliver even more help and support – and fun – to future generations of young people as well as others whose time here on courses and residentials help to fund our range of extraordinary activities.

I came to Brathay from a six-year span of management consultancy working for the Bayes Business School (Centre for Charity Effectiveness) and as a supplier to the City Bridge Foundation. During that time I advised dozens of nonprofits from the very smallest through to medium and large organisations such as the Samaritans, Caritas, Versus Arthritis, The Girl’s Network and NHS Foundation Trust charities. 

Previously I have been a Chair and Trustees for charities that support young people and am currently writing the Complete Charity Marketing Handbook for the Directory of Social Change. My home is in Cumbria and my partner and I have four young people of our own who inspire me to unlock opportunity for all young people

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