Our Trustees

TRN is a registered charity with an internationally renowned  Board of Trustees who work for free with us to ensure we can deliver the best possible trauma service. We are so grateful for their ongoing support.

Our Board of Trustees

Our Trustee Board consists of four Trustees from a clinical background or from industry and who bring specific skills and expertise to ensure appropriate governance.

Susan Darker-Smith is an accredited EMDR Europe Child Trainer & Consultant specialising in complex trauma, dissociative disorders, personality difficulties and eating disorders. Susan has devised a protocol for delivering therapy for victims of sexual assault without evidence contamination and also one for delivering EMDR to complex clients with an existing diagnosis of BPD. She has lectured at various conferences within the UK and abroad. Susan works with complex trauma cases in the NHS and private practice, along with providing supervision in CBT and EMDR.

Email Susan - susan@traumaresponsenetwork.org 

Sean Gardner is the founder of the UKs leading EdTech solutions provider Gluu and a serial entrepreneur. He pioneered online teaching in the UK and has been involved in many technology-led start-ups, including Orange. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Trustee and Governor at two schools for one of which he is Chair of Governors


Email Sean - sean@traumaresponsenetwork.org

Professor Ian Barron is the Director for the International Center for Education (CIE) at the University of Massachusetts and co-director of the International Centre for Child Trauma Prevention and Recovery (ICCTPR). Dr Barron is also Honorary Professor at the Transformative Change: Education and Life Transitions (TCELT) research centre, University of Dundee. Professor Barron, is principle investigator for trauma recovery projects in Palestine, Afghanistan, Brazil and in the UK and Ireland. Dr Barron’s trauma recovery impact case study has been rated as “outstanding and world leading” by the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF).


Email Ian - ian@traumaresponsenetwork.org

Charly Gardner is a student studying psychology and two other A level subjects. She is a Trustee of TRN in order to ensure that we maintain a focus on the needs of young people, and to make certain that we engage using the appropriate digital media for that audience. 


Email Charly - charly@traumaresponsenetwork.org

Derek Farrell is the Chair of the TRN Trustee Board. Derek is the ex-President of the EMDR Association for UK and Ireland and an acknowledged expert in the field of trauma therapy both in the UK and internationally 

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