Our Team

Simon Weatherbed - Programme Director

Simon WeatherbedSimon has over 10 years’ experience in the design and implementation of interventions in conflict affected, insecure and transitional environments. As Programme Director, Simon is responsible for ensuring the delivery of RTC's work, developing new programmes and for building and maintaining relationships with RTC's partners and funders. He has worked all over the world in countries such as Nepal, Sri Lanka, India, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Somalia.  

Joan McGregor - Peace and Conflict Advisor

Joan McGregorJoan has been RTC’s Peace and Conflict Advisor since 2001 and has more than twenty-five years’ experience in the field of conflict transformation. Originally from South Africa, Joan was active in nonviolent resistance to apartheid and in social reconstruction during the post-apartheid era. Before joining RTC, she worked for ten years as a freelance trainer and organisational development consultant, focusing on community development, human rights and reconciliation within Southern Africa and internationally, with NGOs and community based organizations. As a Peace and Conflict Advisor, Joan designs and delivers consultancy work for practitioners of conflict transformation, development and humanitarian assistance in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Becky Wherrell - Programme Support Manager 

Rebecca WherrellBecky joined the RTC team in December 2006 as Programme Coordinator. After completing a degree in International Relations, Becky worked for voluntary and public organisations within disability support and refugee rights and is also a qualified youth worker. As Programme Support Manager, Becky is responsible for the development and coordination of UK and international programmes in West and East Africa, North Africa and South-East Asia. She is also responsible for RTC’s marketing and communications.

Pam Morgan - Finance Assistant 

Pam joined RTC as an Accounts Assistant in 2006. Before joining RTC, Pam worked in various roles within the finance area, primarily in the manufacturing industry. She is a qualified Buyer and took her qualifications with the Institute of Purchasing and Supply. Pam has always had an interest in humanitarian development and in her role, administers the financial aspects of RTC’s work.

Charlie Lunn - Programme Officer 

Charlie in Sierra LeoneCharlie is the Programme Officer at RTC and has a MA in International Development from the University of Bristol. He is responsible for providing support on all RTC projects and consultancies. In his role, he participates in the research and development of projects and undertakes monitoring and documentation to support overseas projects and consultancies. Charlie also assumes project coordination responsibilities and provides support for the consultancy team when necessary.

Laura Robertson - Communications Intern

Laura took up her position as Communications Intern at RTC in July 2014. After graduating from Durham University with a degree in French and Spanish, Laura taught English as a Foreign Language in a number of countries, before moving into International Education Sales. As Communications Intern she will have the opportunity to develop her skills in a conflict transformation context.  Laura’s role involves communicating RTC’s work to a range of audiences and engaging their support.

Emma Hutchins - Fundraising and Events Intern

Emma joined RTC in October 2014 to work as Fundraising Intern. She graduated from Aston University in July 2014 with a BA in International Relations and Spanish, including a year abroad teaching English in Spain. Interning at RTC will provide Emma with valuable practical experience, before she embarks on a postgraduate degree in the field of International Relations and pursues a career in the charity sector. Emma’s role at RTC involves applying for funding and researching new possible sources of funding.

Liz Muir – Programme Support Volunteer

Liz joined our team of volunteers in July 2014. An experienced probation officer, she is about to complete an MA in International Relations at the University of Birmingham.  Liz is currently writing her dissertation on the impact of gender on the effectiveness of post-conflict reconstruction. Volunteering at RTC will give Liz valuable experience, which will help her to pursue her goal of working in the field.

Jeff Hamann – Learning and Administration Assistant Volunteer

Jeff joined RTC in August 2014. In his role as Learning and Administration Assistant he helps with the organisation and promotion of, and the recruitment for RTC’s Strengthening Policy and Practice Course.  Jeff is also undertaking an MSc in International Development at the University of Birmingham, with a focus on conflict and security and has a keen interest in peacebuilding and conflict transformation.

Rhianna Cary – Programme Support Volunteer

In August 2014 RTC also welcomed Rhianna to the team. Rhianna is currently providing valuable research support for RTC’s publications. Rhianna is volunteering with RTC whilst studying an MA in Translation, Writing and Cultural Difference at the University of Warwick. She is interested in pursuing a career in peacebuilding, ideally working in the field using her language skills.

Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict.