Our Staff

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 organizational 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 Coordinator 

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 organizations within disability support and refugee rights and is also a qualified youth worker. As Programme Coordinator, 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 Assistant  

Charlie in Sierra LeoneCharlie is the Programme Assistant 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.

Fiona Hobson - Learning Assistant Volunteer

Fiona graduated from the University of Leicester with a BA in History and History of Art. She is currently studying an MSc in International Development at the University of Birmingham, with a focus on conflict and security. In her role as Learning Assistant Volunteer, Fiona assists in organising, promoting and recruiting for RTC’s Strengthening Policy and Practice Course. Fiona is interested in conflict resolution and peacebuilding, particularly in the Middle East.

Cristina Varriale - Communications Intern

Cristina joined RTC in October 2013 as the Communications Intern. She recently graduated from theCristina Varriale Comms Intern University of Southampton with a Politics and International Relations BSc. Having completed university modules in international security, Cristina has a strong interest in conflict, peace building and security. As part of her role at RTC Cristina drafts newsletters, manages the social media platforms and writes articles for the website. She also assisted in the establishment of a University of Birmingham RTC student supporters group.

Richard Adams - Fundraising and Events Intern

Richard joined RTC in February 2014 to work as the Fundraising Intern. He graduated from University College London in 2013 with a BA in English Literature and German. Interning at RTC will provide him with vital practical experience to augment his interest in conflict resolution. Richard’s role at RTC involves applying for sources of funding and researching new possible sources of funding.

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