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Dee Gardner

Dee Gardner

Founder & CEO

Dee’s passion for people, wellbeing and in particular mental health led her to create dedicated retreats for women experiencing menopause, and help them set a positive pathway encouraging a dramatic shift in the way we think and feel about menopause, which as we all know as women is long overdue. With more than 20 years of experience in Human Behaviour and Psychology and an experienced successful entrepreneur, Dee makes it her mission to work with other inspirational women (and men) from all backgrounds who form her dream team that make up the Fountain Retreats Group.

Morven Smith

Morven Smith

Group Operations Director

Morven is dedicated to ensuring that what we deliver meets our high standards, she has an acute eye for detail, as well as a love for women’s health and wellbeing. She has come from a training background within the corporate sector, and lives and works from her office in Sweden. Married to a very supportive husband, she is a mum to two delightful teens and encourages talk about menopause amongst her family. She is full of enthusiasm and enjoys being part of the Fountain family, helping to not only change lives but also the rhetoric surrounding menopause, in a world where the very word has conjured up negative views for too long.

Sabrina Zeif

Sabrina Zeif

MD. The Menopause Chef

As Managing Director of The Menopause Chef, Sabrina, and her vibrant personality has a hands-on role, alongside Dee (CEO) and spends her time developing recipes, products, and menus dedicated to menopause, runs the Academy, where women of a certain age who love to cook, provide cookery classes, supper & lunch clubs for menopausal women. Sabrina’s background in pharmaceuticals and healthcare provides insight and enthusiasm for women’s health, and a desire to help change the thoughts and feelings surrounding menopause. This innovative brand leads the way in menopause and its relationship with food.

Natalie Wasserman

Natalie Wasserman

Sales & Licensing Director

Natalie, a vibrant, bubbly South African joined our team Spring 2019 after buying a Franchise/license for Oxfordshire, she soon realised she wanted to be even more hands-on within the group. She now looks after all the licensees and helps us remain the number one company supplying dedicated retreats to menopausal women up and down the UK, Ireland, France & Spain. Her sense of humour has us all in stitches but she carries a serious intent, like us all, to change the face of menopause forever. Encouraging women to take charge of their own destiny by accessing as much information as we can offer through our team of experts.

Paul Keightley

Paul Keightley

Group CFO

Paul was retired when we met but was doing the odd piece of contract work to keep him busy. He has a strong background in finance and accounting, having run his own business for decades and even a PLC. We were introduced via Dee’s husband Keith, and Paul loved what we were doing so much, he even bought a license for his wife Debs (Gloucestershire). Paul thought it was the best business proposition he had ever seen. He now takes care of all our financials behind the scenes and is a valued member of our team, plus he has gained valuable knowledge about menopause which helps Debs feel supported at times when her Osteoporosis flares up.

Keith Gardner

Keith Gardner

Group Chairman

Keith, married to Dee, loves what she has been creating over the last year or so, and has watched her enthusiasm and dedication to the menopause movement which is taking the world by storm. He has a wealth (4 decades) of experience within marketing and sales structures having owned and sold his own companies over the years, that even included a football club once upon a time. He cannot help but support all the team, even though he has several companies of his own too, he wants to support the ever-present passion for women’s health, ensuring successful marketing campaigns and helping Fountain reach more and more women, not just in the UK but worldwide through his connections and expertise.

Julie Ounsworth

Julie Ounsworth

Corporate Director

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Wendy McDonald

Wendy McDonald

Venue & Booking Manager

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Nicky Donaldson

Nicky Donaldson

Sales Manager (Licensing)

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Simon Yearron

Simon Yearron

Business Development

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Edward Young

Edward Young

Media & Technology Manager

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Lead Specialists

Kate Pleace (RGN)

Kate Pleace (RGN)

Head Nurse

Kate is a senior nurse with over a decade of experience working within women’s health. She is dedicated and caring and has found her focus is predominantly gynaecology and fertility. Kate has undertaken extensive study within this area completing postgraduate qualifications in reproductive health and counselling. Her passion is giving women the support and information so they feel empowered. Having spent many years training health care professionals she now shares her knowledge, helping us to recruit and train the best Nurses, with Menopause interest.

Sharon Rooke

Sharon Rooke

Head of Psychotherapy

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Jessica Adams

Jessica Adams

Head of Yoga

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Advisory Board

Dr. Shahnaz Akhter

Dr. Shahnaz Akhter

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Shahnaz Akhter, BSc, Ph.D Molecular Biology & Genetics is a valued member of our Advisory Board for Fountain Retreats. She has experience in investigated structures of DNA – the molecule of life – using in-vitro techniques and advanced imaging. Shahnaz has also been a Respiratory Physiologist within the NHS and carried out diagnostic testing for lung diseases such as asthma, COPD, emphysema, and cystic fibrosis. She lives in Glasgow, with husband Mustafa and is a busy mum to 5 children and a carer for her mother who suffers from vascular dementia. She remains passionate about Women’s Health and we value her counsel should the need arise.

Dr. M. Nasir

Dr. M. Nasir

Advisory Board Member

Mohammad is a renowned Ethical Entrepreneur, Chairman, CEO & MD and was awarded an OBE by the Queen for services to business. A multi-talented and award-winning business leader with top executive level experience spanning over 25 years. He has successfully introduced new brands into the global market and assisted in the growth of businesses within diverse sectors by introducing innovation, repositioning brands and implementing digital technologies. Mohammad has a wealth of business experience that also includes the NHS, he is valued member of our advisory board, and available should we ever require his professional counsel.

Elisabeth Ribbans

Elisabeth Ribbans

Advisory Board Member

Currently Director of Policy & Public Affairs, British Copyright Council, Lis is also a former managing editor of the Guardian Newspaper. Lis now works as an editorial and communications consultant. She is a former member of the Complaints Committee of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (2014-2017) and writes a regular column for Business Spotlight magazine. Lis has a passion for health and wellbeing, is an advocate for Yoga to help keep the body active and moving. She takes a keen interest in health and wellness and divides her time between London and The Cotswold countryside where she also enjoys running and cycling.

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