To support practically and emotionally the family and other witnesses attending the Coroners’ Courts.
Registered Charity Number: 1105899 +44 (0)300 111 2141

Staff and Trustees


Christopher Blue

Board of Trustees Chair

I am a director on the main board of the UK operation of a German multi national safety company, DEKRA, with governance, compliance and company secretariat duties for our six UK legal entities. I am also Managing Director of DEKRA’s UKCA Approved Body. I have an adult daughter with intractable epilepsy and severe learning disability. I currently serve as a Trustee on the board of Revitalise Respite Holidays and I am a Patient Representative on the board of Thames Valley Special Needs and Paediatric Dentistry.

Roey Burden OBE

Board of Trustees Hon. Secretary and Founder of the CCSS

Roey worked for several charities before joining Victim Support Westminster as a volunteer, a role she did for 14 years. After attending an inquest Roey set up The CCSS with a friend in 2003 and was awarded an OBE in 2013 in recognition.

Chris Peaker

Board of Trustees Hon. Treasurer

Chris is a Chartered Accountant and has been Honorary Treasurer since 2014. He graduated from Edinburgh University before completing a PhD at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is currently Rail Strategy Director with Go-Ahead Group.

Maggie Frost

Board of Trustees

Maggie Frost began her involvement with the CCSS as Honorary Treasurer then became the Chair.  Maggie trained with KPMG and has since been Finance Director for companies in the Advertising world. She is currently Group Operations Director for the VCCP Group, a leading Advertising agency as well as a wife to Alan and mother to 2 lovely children, Daniel and Rosie.

Nicolas Gibbon

Board of Trustees

Nicolas Gibbon was educated at Universities in Surrey, Sussex, Munich and Vienna. Nicolas started his working life in the pharmaceutical industry. He then went on to work for an MEP and spent the rest of his career in Government relations and public affairs both in house and as a consultant. Nicolas has also lectured on lobbying history and techniques.
He has stood for election in both Westminster and European Parliaments. Nicolas was a School Governor in South London and currently chairs the Residential Management Company where he live..
Nicolas is a Freeman of the City of London and speaks fluent German and Swedish.

Kim Chudley

Board of Trustees

Kim is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a successful senior HR leader with a long career spanning not for profit organisations including local authority, charities, regulators and currently as Chief People Officer for the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC, London). Her experience is across all aspects of HR and Organisation Development with particular interest in Organisation Design and workforce engagement.

Kim is pleased to be serving the CCSS to support all in achieving the mission through good trusteeship and advice and advocacy of all things People.

Wesley Lau

Board of Trustees

Wesley joined the CCSS Board of Trustees in March 2023 and brings with him over a decade of fundraising and business development experience in the education and charity sectors. Originally from Hong Kong, Wesley moved to the UK and is currently the Head of Fundraising at City Gateway, a London-based education charity that supports disadvantaged young people. His passion for working in the sector stems from seeing the direct positive impact of interventions on service users and beneficiaries.


Angela Geer


My career has been within the health, education, and social care sector where I have held strategic and operational responsibilities in the UK, Southeast Asia and South Africa with vulnerable client groups requiring support with challenging needs. Following an early career in the private healthcare sector, I now have circa 13 years experience in the charitable sector that includes CEO of the National Epilepsy Society and Executive Director for UK Operations, Strategy & Innovation with the Royal Voluntary Society, the UK’s leading volunteer charity. International appointments have been with the UNHCR, International Social Service & the Johannesburg Child Welfare Society. My academic and professional qualifications include an Executive MBA, BA (Economics), Diploma in Employment Law, Qualified Teacher (children and adults) and a Social Work Practice Teacher. My work has been about social purpose and effecting real change and I am delighted to have joined the CCSS as CEO. I intend to build on the well-established foundations to ensure that all families that need support, comfort & assistance during the inquest process are provided with CCSS services.

Steve Cullis

Area Manager (South)

Steve started his career in the education sector delivering interactive awareness workshops based around life-skills including, staying safe, alcohol and drug support and knife crime prevention. Steve continues to be a ‘volunteer mentor’ for students who are struggling in schools. In 2010 Steve started training youth workers and this led to training with varying charities and organisations, both international and UK based. In 2013 after volunteering in India for three months, Steve went on to work for international and UK charities in operations and volunteer manager roles, working with all stakeholders from volunteers through to senior management to progress the missions of multiple organisations.

Steve is enthused by the passion and commitment of volunteers, and brings a wealth of experience in operations and volunteer management to support our mission.

Kerry Gracie

Executive Assistant

Kerry joined The CCSS in October 2023 having previously worked for the Civil Service, the NHS and the education sector. She has over 20 years’ experience of working with and supporting Trustees and Volunteers. She is delighted to have joined the CCSS. Kerry’s husband had a stroke last year and they have both received considerable support from the Stroke Association, another wonderful voluntary Organisation, whose support has been hugely valuable; re-enforcing and highlighting the amazing work of volunteers

Sandra Weldon

Operations & Training Manager

Sandra started her career within the Financial Services Sector and in 2003 she started volunteering alongside her full-time employment. This then led to a change of career direction for her when a position as a Volunteer Manager with Victim Support became available. She has now gained over 15 years experience of working with and managing volunteers including recruitment, training and support, predominately gained whilst at Victim Support and latterly with Cambridgeshire Constabulary.  During her time as a volunteer she supported many victims of crime having undertaking specialist training including Counselling and Life coaching.
Sandra is passionate about the value of volunteers and the difference they can make to an organisation or an individual at a time of need.

Gwen Wild

Area Manager (North)

Gwen joined the CCSS as an Area Manager having previously been a Volunteer Coordinator for London and the South East and having recently relocated to North Yorkshire. Gwen is delighted to return to the CCSS and looks forward to working with all the CCSS Volunteers and becoming familiar with courts new to her.

Prior to working for the charity, Gwen worked for The SilverLine and Victim Support charities; within Prisons in Australia and 24 years as a Manager in Central and Local Government Departments in the North of England.

Jane Irvine


Jane spent many years working in administration for non-profit organisations and the civil service. She gave up work when her sons were born to bring them up. She has volunteered for two charities supporting families and children local to her home in Orpington over the past few years. This has given her an insight into the great work volunteers do. She joined the CCSS in May 2021 as a part-time administrator.