Dr Cecilia Hughes (Chair and Safeguarding Lead)
I am a retired Paediatrician who worked in Surrey for the last 27 years. My job has mostly been working with children with additional needs, either physical or developmental. I have come in to contact with children who have life-limiting conditions and children and young people who have been bereaved or suffered other losses resulting in them needing to be looked after by the local authority.
I was also the designated medical officer for special educational needs and disability for the Surrey collaborative Clinical Commissioning Groups and this has given me a good understanding of services available to support children and their families. I continue to be a multi-agency trainer for Surrey Safeguarding Children’s Board, which keeps me up to date with safeguarding issues.
I live in Crawley and outside of work enjoy watching sport, being a Crystal Palace season ticket holder, a keen England cricket fan and an enthusiastic cyclist. I have also volunteered for Jigsaw for the Doctor’s Spot at the groups.
Originally an accountant, I have more than 20 years’ experience within the health and fitness industry. I set up Dragons Health Clubs in 1991, guiding the business’s expansion before floating the chain on AIM in 1997 and selling it profitably just three years later to Crown Sports, where I assumed the role of managing director for several years, overseeing 21 health clubs and nine golf courses.
Since 2007, I have built The Gym Group (nationwide chain of affordable gyms) from scratch. I have been a fellow of the Institute of Directors since 1992 and in December 2012, was successfully elected to sit on the UK Active board as part of its multi-site operator category.
This experience, expertise and unique insight will help me and my fellow trustees to steer Jigsaw (South East) towards its future goals and aims.
Sue Pegg (GDPR and Compliance Lead)
Sue Pegg is a business professional with experience of working for a blue-chip financial services company and other client focused organisations. She has wide-ranging experience of operational project and change management, people development and customer-focused roles for companies such as Barclays, the Academy of Executive Coaching, Sunrise Retirement Homes and latterly the NHS.
She lives in Crowhurst and was recommended to us by her friend, Val Blean who is one of our longest serving groups volunteers. Sue had been involved in a small way with the charity for many years, either by attending fund raising events or helping as a volunteer.
She says that Val had spent many an evening explaining to her just what a difference the charity makes to a young person and their family when they have suffered the worst kind of loss. Since joining the Trustee Board Sue has seen the difference firsthand.
Debbie Springford (Volunteer Lead)
I am a business professional having worked for Unilever for most of my career. I have enjoyed global roles in Marketing, Consumer Insight and Learning and Development and have breadth of experience in strategy, innovation, brands and consumer behaviour.
I joined Jigsaw (South East) as a volunteer on their six-week Grief Support Groups, having felt compelled by my own family’s bereavement experience to try and make a difference to children and young people in a similar situation. It is a privilege to witness the transformation families undergo as they journey through the Jigsaw programme.
I live in East Horsley but hail from the North and I have a daughter and a son who are at university. I love gardening and interior design and occasionally waste my money watching West Ham try to play football!
I am thrilled to be on the Board of Trustees and aim to use my business experience and my personal insight to make a strong contribution to the sustained growth and success of Jigsaw.
I have worked in the world of employee benefits and wellbeing for over 25 years. In recent years my great passion has been to reduce stigma around mental health and start looking at how we can all improve mental fitness.
Having suffered bereavement as a child I care passionately that all children are provided with the highest quality support to help them thrive as they become adults.
We can and should support children and their families to cope in such tragic circumstances.
I am a commercially minded business professional and have held several roles, mainly within the Automotive industry. My key areas of expertise are budget planning and management, process development and problem-solving.
I am based in Guildford and, in my spare time, enjoy going on walks with my wife and daughter, cooking and playing the piano.
As a child, I lost my father and understand the challenges of growing up whilst dealing with bereavement. I want to use my skills and knowledge to support Jigsaw achieve its goals and, in turn, provide the best possible support to those facing the challenge of bereavement.