Our Board of Trustees and Volunteers

Kirsten Rust – Chairwoman, Trustee and Memorial Consultant

I have been a funeral director for 20 years and gained my diploma in 2011. During my time in this profession I have had the privilege but emotional job of looking after bereaved parents. As funeral directors we are able to cover the costs of a funeral but there are some external costs that we have no control over and I found some of my families found this a financial struggle. Setting up Tyler’s Friends Charity will now enable us to help families with these costs. I had the honour of looking after Tyler when he passed away and was pleased I was able to help Heidi and Lee give their little man the funeral he deserved and carry out their wishes. I was then involved in organising and participating in the quiz night and Clarendon walk that raised funds to pay for a headstone for Tyler’s final resting place.

Jon Rust – Founder and Silent Trustee

With a number of our trustees, Jon is the drive behind setting up Tyler’s Friends. Jon is in a unique (if not unenviable) position of not only being a bereaved parent himself but also a experienced Funeral Director and Funeral Celebrant. This gives Tyler’s Friends board of trustees a very balanced view of expectations and knowledge whilst ensuring that other bereaved parents are safe in the knowledge that they are talking to someone who has experienced their grief.

Tasha Clark – Vice Chairwoman, Trustee and Events Coordinator

Hi, I’m Natasha and I am 28 years old. I have worked at The Potteries Care Home for 9 and a half years and I am a suite manager. My Mum and Step Dad Jon started this charity just over 4 years ago. I have helped out at the events and taken part in walks etc and I’ve also been on the grant decision team. I’m now excited to be on board as a trustee and events coordinator and look forward to putting together some fun events next year and to raise much needed funds for Tyler’s Friends

Micheal Weston – Trustee and Vice Treasurer

Dealing with various policies and HMRC refunds, amongst other important duties within the charity.

Ali Haesler – Tyler’s Friends Team

I have worked as a clerical officer at Poole Hospital since 2014. I am married to Steve and we have one Daughter, Chloe. I got involved in Tyler’s Friends as it was put together by my best friend Kirsten and her Husband Jon. I have participated in many of the events over the last 3 years, but I draw the line at running! Kirsten has even dragged me out of bed at 5am to help raise money for Tyler’s Friends, which I am happy to do providing a coffee is supplied. I look forward to helping this amazing charity grow so they can continue providing assistance to bereaved families.

Vicky Stark – Trustee and Treasurer

Vicky has more than 27 years experience in Banking & Finance.  She is currently a receptionist & Accounts assistant at a local funeral company so is comfortable talking to bereaved families.  Vicky is married with 2 children and is a foster carer to her 2 step granddaughters.
She is very honoured to be part of our amazing charity team.

Jodie White – Trustee and Events Coordinator

Hi, I’m Jodie

Hope Amor – Trustee and Fundraiser

Hi, I’m Hope

Danni – Trustee and Events Coordinator

Hi, I’m Danni