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Jules Gillard

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Jules joined WYC as Interim CEO in August 2023 to cover as Erin Tollefsen, the charity’s current CEO takes maternity leave.Her role is to lead the team at WYC, supported by a Board of Trustees.

She has over 15 years of working in senior management teams in the charity sector, predominantly with children and young people.

Jules has also recently graduated with Distinction from a MSc in Psychology, been part of the neuroscience and psychology research teams at the University of Sussex and is a trustee for a national mental health charity.

She has a real passion for and belief in the positive effects of counselling, having both studied it and been the recipient of it and believe a range of therapies can be a really powerful intervention tool for young people facing challenges with their mental health.

Jules has long admired the work of Winchester Youth Counselling (WYC) and is really excited about working with the team to provide life-changing therapeutic services to young people in the Winchester area at a time when young people’s mental health has never been so important.

At home, Jules enjoys running, outdoor swimming and hanging out with her two sons, Oscar and Rex and husband, James.


Katy Seymour

Youth Engagement Lead

Katy has been with WYC since 2018.  As a qualified Nurse and Primary School Teacher, Katy has a broad skill set and many years of experience working with children and young people.

After a decade of teaching, she has taken on a new role within WYC, as Youth Engagement Lead.  Her role involves coordinating and developing new projects, such as the parent support programme and up-and-coming mental health drop-in service.

Katy also manages our youth board, social media channels and helps to facilitate the nature therapy sessions. Katy has a keen interest in understanding and supporting young people’s mental health and has completed training to support this.

She is passionate about engaging and empowering young people to have their voices heard.

Katy has two young children and loves to spend her spare time in the great outdoors; enjoying woodland walks, beach trips and travelling (with an ever growing bucket list)! Other interests of Katy’s include rock climbing, gardening, camping, music, mindfulness, and art & design.

Richard Maiden

Richard Maiden

Operations Manager

Richard joined WYC in September 2023 as office administrator and has since become Operations Manager. Prior to this, he worked for a large accountancy firm assisting businesses with restructuring & advisory work.

Richard enjoys working within the charity sector and is proud to be playing a part in the valuable work that WYC offers to young people in the Winchester district.

Richard is a father to 3 children, and a keen sportsman, with particular interest in football, pool, golf and running.  Richard has taken on a number of challenges to raise money for local charities. These include the London Marathon, Great South Run & Great North Run as well as the 3 Peaks Challenge within 24 hours. His biggest endurance achievement to date was running / walking / crawling around the coast of the Isle of Wight; 66 miles in 18 hours!