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.
Rachel Head, sat in front of Brathay Hall the headquarters of Brathay Trust.

Rachel Head
Head of Children and Young People Services

Making a positive difference to the lives of the most vulnerable children and young people in our society is important to me.

I've been Head of Children and Young People Services at Brathay since 2019, and with over 30 years of experience working in this sector, I can confidently say that Brathay's offer is truly distinctive. The commitment and focus on young people by our staff every day is second-to-none.

My career has focused on working with children, young people and families in a variety of health and social care contexts, mostly within the third sector. What matters to me is working for a values-driven organisation with a clear mission.

I am extremely proud to lead a diverse team of managers and practitioners at Brathay who enable so many young people to transform their lives and achieve extraordinary things.

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Frank Clayton
Head of People Development

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

We work with young people, families, employers and employees, to enhance wellbeing and create long-lasting personal change.