As a bereaved parent I helped to set up Edward’s Trust as an organisation that could meet the needs of families like mine. My professional background is as a chartered surveyor and academic. I think that the range of skills needed in my professional life together with my own personal experience have helped me to contribute to the professional work of the Trust. This is particularly in the areas of property management, business management and research. However, if I was asked to identify the one factor that has contributed most to my role as founder it would be the level of understanding as a parent having lost a child and trying to find a way to continue to live fully with that knowledge.