The Office is staffed by a dedicated and diverse group of professionals. Staff are representative of the diversity of the population served by the Office and come from a variety of education and employment backgrounds, such as law, social work, education, child and youth mental health, community-based and public sector advocacy, law enforcement, social policy, communications, administration and human resources.

Jennifer Charlesworth

Representative for Children and Youth

Dr. Jennifer Charlesworth is British Columbia’s Representative for Children and Youth. She was appointed as Acting Representative effective Aug. 31, 2018 and confirmed in her appointment as B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth on Oct. …


Senior Management Team

George of the Jungle

Director of No Return

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Alan Markwart

Acting Deputy Representative

Alan Markwart was appointed Acting Deputy Representative for Children and Youth on March 13, 2018.

Alan initially joined the Representative’s Office in October 2015 as Associate Deputy Representative of Monitoring after more than 40 years working in …


Linda Hughes

Executive Director, Monitoring and Strategic Initiatives

Linda has a strong background in the not-for-profit sector and government, working with children, youth and families facing many challenges – poverty, abuse, health issues and disabilities. Her skills in creating high functioning partnerships …


Carly Hyman

Chief Investigator

Carly joined the Office of the Representative for Children and Youth in January 2018 as Chief Investigator of the Critical Injury and Death team.  She has a strong background in investigations and extensive experience working for an Officer …


Carissa Matheson

Manager, Executive Operations

Carissa joined the Representative’s Office in December of 2014. In her role as Manager, Executive Operations, she is responsible for the daily flow of priorities and responsibilities for the Representative and the executive team.

Prior to this …


Samantha Cocker

Deputy Representative

Samantha joined the Representative’s Office on Aug. 31, 2020 as Deputy Representative of Advocacy and First Nations, Métis and Inuit Relations. Samantha is of Cree and Scottish ancestry and brings more than 20 years’ experience in a wide …


Blair Mitchell

Executive Director, Advocacy and Youth Engagement

Blair Mitchell was appointed to the position of Executive Director, Advocacy in 2016. Blair joined the Representative’s office as an Intake Advocate in 2012 and has performed various functions on the team since then. …


Pippa Rowcliffe

Executive Director, Monitoring

Pippa joined RCY in October 2020. She was born and raised in Wimbledon, United Kingdom and graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. After two years at the Intermediate Technology …


Jeff Rud

Executive Director, Strategy and Communications

Jeff Rud joined the Representative’s office after four years as a B.C. government communications director, during which he was assigned to various ministries and worked on a number of initiatives including the 2010 Winter Olympics …