Ron served 26 years in the British Army with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, finally leaving service in 2003. Like many veterans, he had more than a few problems in adjusting to civilian life. To help cope with his problems he has devoted a great deal of his free time to helping others. He is a volunteer at the Southampton Veterans Drop-In Centre and an active Freemason, and gains a lot of satisfaction from giving help that can often make a big difference to the lives of others.
Ron has been married to Teresa for nearly 40 years and they have two grown-up children. He is thankful that his family support him and often join in with his volunteering. In the free time he has left, Ron enjoys gardening and photography.
After graduating with a BA (Hons) in Geography from King’s College London, Ginny spent her twenties working as a writer and tour guide in the Brazilian Amazon, travelling around India and South East Asia, and freelancing in magazine & book publishing and marketing in Hong Kong and Tokyo, where she focused mainly on travel, geographical, and financial publications.
After returning to London for a few years, Ginny and her partner moved to Somerset in search of a less frenetic environment in which to bring up their two daughters. Ginny continued to work as an editor (from home) for various firms in London, Hong Kong, and the U.S., and continues to do so in the financial sector. She also volunteered as a student mentor at a local school; this, along with listening to the trials and tribulations of her daughters and many of their friends as they navigated their early years and teens, opened her eyes to the increasing mental health issues facing young people today.
Ginny now lives in Bristol and volunteers at Leading Lights Education & Wellbeing, which provides a range of services for troubled children, teenagers, and families. She enjoys cooking, growing vegetables, sampling new restaurants and cuisines, going to live music events, hiking in Somerset and Devon, and playing tennis and badminton.
Dr Thachil is a former colleague of our founder who works as a psychiatrist in London. As a colleague, he has always valued and supported Lavinia’s collaborative, compassionate and person-centred approach to her patients and teams