Elaine Tabony, Chair of Trustees BSc MSc RN RSCN NT QN

Elaine has been working to support Seasons For Growth since 1999 having been trained by the author of the programme Professor Anne Graham. Elaine’s background is in adult then children’s nursing completing her training at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Working in acute paediatrics for many years, in the late 1990’s Elaine was drawn to work in the community as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse in School Nursing to work in preventing admissions, working to support school staff and supporting all children and their families in community settings. In addition to managing a team of School Nurses, Elaine worked alongside the Public Health department in Hillingdon before becoming a lecturer at Brunel University London.

Elaine is currently Programme Lead for the Specialist Community Public Health  Nursing course and Director of Teaching and Learning in Clinical Sciences. Following receipt of a Queens Nurse Award for contributing to the community, including Seasons for Growth, Elaine became a Queens Nurse.

Karen Western BSc MA

Karen trained as a companion for Seasons for Growth over 18 years ago while working for the Children’s Fund delivering to local primary schools. Changing careers  Karen continued to deliver Seasons from primary age children to  Adults. Karen now trains companions and promotes the benefits
of a good grief education program.

Karen has worked in education for most of her working life specializing in supporting vulnerable children and adults. Currently working in Higher Education Karen is an advocate for Life Long Learning.

In her spare time Karen enjoys gardening, photography, walking, theatre
and relaxing.

Melissa Nettleford BA (Hons) Dance and Theatre Performance

Melissa Nettleford


Melissa has been a trustee for Seasons For Growth since 2019. Melissa is a Professional Actor who has worked in many shows in Europe, the UK and in the West End.

As well as being an Actor she is also a fully qualified Group Exercise Fitness Instructor and at times has turned her hand to Teaching Assisting in Schools.


Alastair Gemmill BSc MSc

Alastair has been a Trustee since 2016 and manages the Seasons for Growth website. He currently works as a Digital Education Manager, supporting university staff and students to use technology in their teaching and learning.

He has an MSc in Digital Education from the University of Edinburgh and a BSc in Technology Management from Oxford Brookes University.

Our Patron
Peter Scott
– Westminster Diocesan Healthcare Advisor
Peter brought Seasons for Growth to England from Australia, his story is in our Information Pack.