Below-knee amputee, Luke Simpson, points out the location of the gym!

Deptherapy Trustees

Our Trustees set the Charity’s strategic direction, monitor the delivery of its objectives and uphold its values and governance. Together with our Directors, they ensure that Deptherapy has far-reaching effects.

Richard Cullen

Richard Cullen

Richard Cullen

Dr Richard Cullen OSt.J; MA; Chartered FCIPD; CMgr FCMI

Chairman and Life Vice President

Deptherapy Education Instructor Trainer • PADI Master Instructor

Richard is one of the Founders of Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education

He is currently a Managing Consultant with Oxford Strategic Consulting where he specialises in the development of HR Policy and Procedures and Leadership.  He speaks at a number of international events on leadership

Prior to this, Richard was for ten years a Senior Civil Servant, responsible for Human Resources across the National Probation Service working in both the Home Office and Ministry of Justice.  In this role he worked on many occasions directly to the Secretary of State.  He oversaw chief officer and Probation Board member discipline and was responsible for the Chair, Board Member recruitment for Probation Trusts.

He joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1971 and through mainly operational roles rose to the rank of Commander and was the Met’s Director of Training and Development Department, at the time the world’s largest police training agency.  As the Divisional Commander for Hammersmith Division he turned the Met’s worst performing division around to be the top performing division in the Met.  He was the first person ever to take two separate organisations to Investor in People status.  He was heavily involved in major public order events across the capital and was responsible for the planning of the annual Notting Hill Carnival.

In his role he visited a number of countries and hosted the visit of President Mbeki of the Republic of South Africa to the Peel Centre, Hendon.

He has a Masters’ Degree in Human Resource management and Doctorate from St Petersburg MVD University.

He is an Officer of the Most Venerable Order of St. John of Jerusalem.  In 2016 he was made a ‘Point of Light’ by the Prime Minister in recognition of his outstanding volunteering.

Richard started diving in 2007 and has been involved in the rehabilitation of seriously injured Armed Service Personnel through the medium of scuba diving since 2010.  He has written on number of articles on scuba diving and the disabled He is a PADI Master Instructor, the highest professional grade of instructor in the PADI system and a Deptherapy Education Instructor Trainer.

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Daimon Haywood

Daimon Haywood

Daimon Haywood

Vice Chairman

Daimon is one of the early contributors to Deptherapy having met Richard Cullen whilst on a live aboard in the Red Sea.

He initially became involved helping to redesign the exhibition stand at the NEC 2011.  Having seen what amazing work the charity was doing, became steadily more involved as a fund raiser and then later as a trustee to help shape the business model of the charity and build the firm foundations using the knowledge gained from 30 years of running his own companies both in the UK and abroad.

He is currently joint owner with his wife of Wildwood Retail Design, a successful Retail Design and Project Management agency based in Berkshire.

Under the influence of many late-night margaritas, he and his wife signed up for a try-dive whilst on holiday in the Indian Ocean in 2006.  They have never looked back & have been lucky enough to have dived in many parts of the world & seen many amazing things.  His teenage children have now also been indoctrinated - taught by the tough taskmaster Richard Cullen!

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Sarah Waddington

Sarah Waddington

Sarah Waddington

Board Member

Deptherapy Secretary & Treasurer

Sarah is a qualified solicitor of 12  years, who through her own determination and drive started her career as an office junior in 1992 working her way to qualification as a solicitor in 2005.

Sarah currently owns and manages a very successful family run legal practice, where Sarah and her team deal with some very complex cases involving consumer issues and European Law.  The ethos of Sarah’s firm is to fearlessly pursue multi-national companies, representing the interest of the ordinary person on the street.  This is something which Sarah is very passionate about.

Sarah has always had a fond regard and interest in the Armed Forces, which stems from her childhood where she spent many happy hours helping her Grandfather, who was president of the Royal British Legion in Halifax, put together the poppies which are sold every year.  Sarah’s Uncle Jack was also awarded the British Empire Medal by King George for his services during World War 2, this is something which Sarah is extremely proud of.  Sarah’s Grandfather and Uncle were instrumental in her aspiring to become a solicitor.

Sarah has often wondered how she could in some way help the Armed Forces , using the skills which she has.  Two years ago, at the London Dive Show, Sarah was introduced to Richard Cullen, some of the Deptherapy programme members, patrons and board members and was very touched by what she witnessed .  She immediately offered to help in any way she could and is now honoured to have been invited to join the board of Deptherapy, where she hopes to throw her legal weight behind all of the brilliant work being done by Deptherapy.

Andy Alfred

Andy Alfred

Andy Alfred

Board Member & Director

Deptherapy Education Master Instructor • PADI Master Instructor

Andy took his first flipper-kicks in the scuba world in 2002.  Almost immediately obsessed, diving became his one really serious interest, (apart from underwater photography, mountain walking, cinema, music, chopping firewood, and purchasing shiny new kit), and following PADI Master Instructor certification, he now finds himself regularly teaching scuba around the world.

Having joined the team at Deptherapy, Andy is also ‘deeply immersed’ in the world of assisting the participants to learn how to dive, develop their skill and guiding them on dive trips.  Andy served in the Military and Metropolitan Police for a total of 33 years, he’s enjoying continuing to serve in a different way.

Andy has developed a keen interest in the Dark Art of underwater photography, making any excuse to get away and practise.  He is currently wrestling with the problem of what the next camera is going to be, one that he quite clearly needs, (shiny kit again) and how to convince his wife, that it’s in her interests to pay for it.

Gary Green

Gary Green
The Rifles

Gary Green

Board Member

Deptherapy Ambassador • PADI AmbassaDiver

Gary Joined the British Army as an Infantryman in the winter of 2007, he finished his Infantry training top of his platoon and was awarded the honour of Best Recruit being presented with the Baker Rifle.

He joined his battalion in 2008 facing challenging training to prepare him for war.

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Chris, Gary & Danny
(Outside 'No.10')

Chris, Gary & Danny

Read more of Gary's story…

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Deptherapy made me the man I am today.
Chris Middleton [Deptherapy Ambassador]

Martin Weddell

Martin Weddell

Martin Weddell

MBA, DMS, ILAM(Dip), CMgr, FCIM, FISPAL

Board Member, PADI Master Instructor, PADI Elite Instructor, Deptherapy Instructor Trainer

Previously a corporate Director for a multi-million pound leisure company, Martin with his wife Sue, now own and manage Divecrew a PADI 5 Star IDC Centre.  Divecrew is a strong supporter and sponsor of Deptherapy.

Richard Cullen introduced Martin to Deptherapy, Martin was so impressed with the work and commitment he initially sponsored a soldiers air fare as a token gesture after the first meeting.  Subsequently Martin has turned his teaching abilities toward the benefit of Deptherapy.  A PADI Master Instructor and Elite Instructor, Martin wanted to help the programme and is very hands on with teaching and fund raising.

Divecrew developed "Party in the Park", an annual divers celebration dinner where funds are raised for Deptherapy. Divecrew have raised tens of thousands of pounds to help fund Deptherapy.
Divecrew is now the National Training Centre for Deptherapy due to the resources and investment Martin and Sue have put into adaptive teaching.  90% of the Divecrew professionals are adaptive.

Martin has a corporate business background is a specialist in personal injury litigation and therefore well versed as a professional diver to ensuring troops are safe with a well drilled dive team in support.  A trustee and Director of Deptherapy giving time freely as he believes in this true charity where no one is paid, but makes such a life changing difference.  Respect to Mr Cullen.

Martin said, 'Total respect to Richard Cullen, he is just an inspiration: he engaged me, has shown me the work that Deptherapy does and the difference it makes to peoples lives, incredible and very humbling.  What I and our company does for Deptherapy is relatively little in my mind, we are honoured to contribute what we can to such an amazing organisation and to work with amazing people with hearts of gold.  Sue and I are proud and willing to provide whatever support we can through our company Divecrew'.

Vicki Haywood

Vicki Haywood

Vicki Haywood

Board Member & Associate Director (Finance)

Under the influence of many late-night margaritas, my husband Daimon and I signed up for a try-dive whilst on holiday in the Indian Ocean in 2006.  We were hooked from the very first underwater breath & have never looked back.

Over the last 10 years, we have been lucky enough to have dived in many parts of the world & seen many amazing things.

The next generation of Haywoods have now also been thoroughly indoctrinated into diving and the art of underwater zen (initially taught by the estimable Mr Cullen!).

Daimon and I met Richard Cullen whilst on a liveaboard in the Red Sea many years ago & became involved initially with Deptherapy’s exhibition stand before gradually branching into other areas.  I now take care of basic day-to-day book-keeping and financial management for the charity.

Deptherapy is a great charity which achieves astonishing results - I am very proud to play a small part.

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Simon Reed

Simon Reed
Royal Marines

Simon Reed

Board Member & Associate Director (Programme Member Liaison)

Simon is a former Royal Marines Commando having served 15 years deploying worldwide on a wide variety of operations and exercises.

Having left the services he now works in Project management and as a Mountain Leader.

In his spare time he partakes in numerous outdoor adventures including extreme ultra marathons completing the world toughest and coldest ultra marathon, the 430 mile Yukon Arctic Ultra and the world longest annual canoe race, the 444 mile Yukon River Quest.

Simon started diving after returning from an Afghanistan deployment and was amazed by the positive affects it had on his stress levels; fast forward a few years and a chance meeting with Richard Cullen at a Paul Rose talk instantly saw the benefit Deptherapy could offer serviceman and women with physical and mental injuries.  After offering support to the charity he attended the Deptherapy Pros course and a Red sea trip.  He is now on the board and is responsible for programme member liaison.

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Jane Herbert

Jane Herbert

Jane Herbert

Board Member & Associate Director (Media & Communications)

Jane is a Media and Communications specialist with over 17 years experience working in marketing, media and public relations within the scuba diving and watersports sector.

A trained press photographer and journalist, Jane first caught the diving bug whilst working as the Marketing Manager for a well-known UK Tour Operator.  The overwhelming call of the blue led to a move to Egypt where she successfully set up and ran her own marketing consultancy for five years based in Hurghada on the Red Sea.

Back on dry land in the UK in 2016, Jane was introduced to Richard, Daimon and some of the Deptherapy program members at the Birmingham Dive Show.  It was the first time, in a long time that she felt so inspired by an organisation in the diving industry.  Meeting some of those who had benefited from Deptherapy also crystallised her belief in the huge potential of scuba diving to change lives.

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Jane

Jane Herbert

Based close to Cambridge where she lives with her two young children, Jane continues to work as a marketing consultant and journalist within the scuba diving industry and other sectors.  She is also passionate about giving her experience and services to charitable and volunteer organisations in her local community and further afield.

Jane is proud and honoured to be invited to take on the role of Associate Director Media and Communications for Deptherapy.  She looks forward to helping spread our message about the life changing benefits and absolute magic of scuba diving worldwide.