Gillian Smyth is our Board Director for Befriending Services.

Gillian is currently Head of Cross Cutting Human Rights Policy and Engagement at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.

She has volunteered with the CSRF since 2015 and in that time has befriended three service users on the befriending schemes. Over the years she has undertaken a blend of visits and phone befriending.

She is currently a phone volunteer but occasionally make the 6-hour round trip to visit the beneficiary in person, most recently for their 100th birthday.

Gillian was voted on to the Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting in July 2022.