Wellspring Trustees

Wellspring Counselling currently has eight Trustees.  They provide experience and expertise in a wide range of business and

professional capacities.  Wellspring looks forward confidently to many more years of providing assistance to the communities of Nailsea and surrounding towns and villages.

We are pleased to welcome Isla Hobbs to the Board of Trustees and wish her a long and happy association with Wellspring.

The current Trustees are: Revd Deborah Mallett (Chair), Mr Rob Swift (Treasurer/Company Secretary), Dr Mary Backhouse, Dr Dave Cox, Revd Astrid Tiesema-Samsom, Rachael Pipkin-Evans, Neil Wylie, Isla Hobbs



Revd Deborah Mallett. 

Deborah is minister with pastoral charge of Nailsea and Backwell Methodist churches and has been a Wellspring trustee since 2017. She is passionate about promoting access to Counselling and delighted to be serving currently as Chair of Wellspring. In her spare time, Deborah loves singing with the City of Bristol Choir and going for long walks with her flat-coat retriever, Scout.  

     Treasurer and Company Secretary

Rob Swift 

Rob is a retired Accountant and has been a Trustee for 6 years. (picture to follow)


Founding Trustee

Dr Mary Backhouse

Mary has been involved with Wellspring since its foundation. She is a GP at Nailsea Family Practice. Over the last 25 years many of her patients have been greatly helped by having Counselling at Wellspring.



Trustee responsible for Safeguarding

Dr David Cox

David is a GP and has been working in Backwell/Nailsea since 1989. He joined the Trust in 2014 and has great admiration for the wonderful Counselling service this charity has provided for 25 years.

He is a strong advocate for support for those with mental health issues and is proud to be a Wellspring Trustee. In his spare time he sings and performs in a local Folk band and writes contemporary ballads.


Revd Astrid Tiesema-Samsom.  

Astrid arrived in the area in 2017 to take up the position of the Rector of Pill, Portbury & Easton-in-Gordano.  With an international background, she has family living in three different countries which makes for a nicerange of holiday destinations!  She likes comedies and mysteries, either as books or as films, and enjoys days out in the country or visiting a city, and spending time with family and friends. Astrid says it is a joy to work with people and to see them flourish. As an honorary Chaplain to the Mission to Seafarers at Portbury Dock, she can be seen there from time to time as well. (Image to come)


Rachael Pipkin-Evans. 

Rachael has worked as a senior manager in the civil service, and more recently has returned to her professional roots as a town planner. A Trustee since 2018, Rachael wanted to bring her skills and experience to Wellspring Counselling to support the important work the charity does to support the mental wellbeing of our local community. In her spare time, Rachael enjoys her garden, visiting historic houses and spending time with her family.



 Neil Wylie

Neil is involved in chaplaincy in Clevedon and Nailsea school where he supports students and delivers holistic activities for staff and students, as well delivering and supporting Christian Youth Work across parts of North Somerset which he has been doing over 10 years. He is a qualified youth worker and has a huge passion for getting all young people interested and in skateboarding. He is married to Jen and they have 3 boys and 1 house


Isla Hobbs

Isla joined as a trustee in 2019. She has many years experience of supporting young people in a Secondary school setting. (Image to come)