Fountain Family

Dee Gardner
Founder & CEO

Dee Gardner

Dee's passion for people, wellbeing and in particular mental health led her to create dedicated retreats for women experiencing menopause, and help them set a positive pathway encouraging a dramatic shift in the way we think and feel about menopause, which as we all know as women is long overdue. With more than 20 years of experience in Human Behaviour and Psychology and an experienced successful entrepreneur, Dee makes it her mission to work with other inspirational women (and men) from all backgrounds who form her dream team that make up the Fountain Retreats Group.

Morven Smith
Director, Information & Training

Morven Smith

Morven is dedicated to ensuring that what we deliver meets our high standards, she has an acute eye for detail, as well as a love for women's health and wellbeing. She has come from a training background within the corporate sector, and lives and works from her office in Sweden. Married to a very supportive husband, she is a mum to two delightful teens and encourages talk about menopause amongst her family. She is full of enthusiasm and enjoys being part of the Fountain family, helping to not only change lives but also the rhetoric surrounding menopause, in a world where the very word has conjured up negative views for too long.

Sabrina Zeif
Business Development Director

Sabrina Zeif

As the face of the menopause chef, Sabrina, with her vibrant personality is helping us develop the products that are and will be dedicated to menopause. Products that are food related like our Breakfast Shakes, Little Puds, Supplements, Recipe Starter Kits, Nuts & Seeds, everything women need to help them enjoy a full and healthy mid-life and beyond. Her background in pharmaceuticals and healthcare offers insight and enthusiasm for women's health, and a desire to help change the thoughts and feelings surrounding menopause. Sabrina developed The Menopause Chef, and soon joined forces with the Fountain Family to develop the brand.

Natalie Wasserman
Sales & Licensing Director

Natalie Wasserman

Natalie, a vibrant, bubbly South African joined our team Spring 2019 after buying a license for Oxfordshire, she soon realised she wanted to be even more hands-on within the group. She now looks after all the licensees and helps us remain the number one company supplying dedicated retreats to menopausal women up and down the UK, Ireland, France & Spain. Her sense of humour has us all in stitches but she carries a serious intent, like us all, to change the face of menopause forever. Encouraging women to take charge of their own destiny by accessing as much information as we can offer through our team of experts.

Paul Keightley
Group CFO

Paul Keightley

Paul was retired when we met but was doing the odd piece of contract work to keep him busy. He has a strong background in finance and accounting, having run his own business for decades and even a PLC. We were introduced via Dee's husband Keith, and Paul loved what we were doing so much, he even bought a license for his wife Debs (Gloucestershire). Paul thought it was the best business proposition he had ever seen. He now takes care of all our financials behind the scenes and is a valued member of our team, plus he has gained valuable knowledge about menopause which helps Debs feel supported at times when her Osteoporosis flares up.

Keith Gardner
Group Marketing Director

Keith Gardner

Keith, married to Dee, loves what she has been creating over the last year or so, and has watched her enthusiasm and dedication to the menopause movement which is taking the world by storm. He has a wealth (4 decades) of experience within marketing and sales structures having owned and sold his own companies over the years, that even included a football club once upon a time. He cannot help but support all the team, even though he has several companies of his own too, he wants to support the ever-present passion for women's health, ensuring successful marketing campaigns and helping Fountain reach more and more women, not just in the UK but worldwide through his connections and expertise.

Dr. Shahnaz Akhter
Advisory Board Member

Dr. Shahnaz Akhter

Dr. Shahnaz Akhter, BSc, Ph.D Molecular Biology & Genetics is a valued member of our Advisory Board for Fountain Retreats. She has experience in investigated structures of DNA - the molecule of life - using in-vitro techniques and advanced imaging. Shahnaz has also been a Respiratory Physiologist within the NHS and carried out diagnostic testing for lung diseases such as asthma, COPD, emphysema, and cystic fibrosis. She lives in Glasgow, with husband Mustafa and is a busy mum to 5 children and a carer for her mother who suffers from vascular dementia. She remains passionate about Women's Health and we value her counsel should the need arise.

Dr. M. Nasir
Advisory Board Member

Dr. M. Nasir

Mohammad is a renowned Ethical Entrepreneur, Chairman, CEO & MD and was awarded an OBE by the Queen for services to business. A multi-talented and award-winning business leader with top executive level experience spanning over 25 years. He has successfully introduced new brands into the global market and assisted in the growth of businesses within diverse sectors by introducing innovation, repositioning brands and implementing digital technologies. Mohammad has a wealth of business experience that also includes the NHS, he is valued member of our advisory board, and available should we ever require his professional counsel.

Elisabeth Ribbans
Advisory Board Member

Elisabeth Ribbans

Currently Director of Policy & Public Affairs, British Copyright Council, Lis is also a former managing editor of the Guardian Newspaper. Lis now works as an editorial and communications consultant. She is a former member of the Complaints Committee of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (2014-2017) and writes a regular column for Business Spotlight magazine. Lis has a passion for health and wellbeing, is an advocate for Yoga to help keep the body active and moving. She takes a keen interest in health and wellness and divides her time between London and The Cotswold countryside where she also enjoys running and cycling.

Kate Pleace RGN
Head Nurse, Recruitment & Training

Kate Pleace RGN

Kate is a senior nurse with over a decade of experience working within women's health. She is dedicated and caring and has found her focus is predominantly gynaecology and fertility. Kate has undertaken extensive study within this area completing postgraduate qualifications in reproductive health and counselling. Her passion is giving women the support and information so they feel empowered. Having spent many years training health care professionals she now shares her knowledge, helping us to recruit and train the best Nurses, with Menopause interest.

Claire Graham
Yoga Instructor

Claire Graham

A former corporate lawyer, senior manager and university lecturer who spent the past decade working in China, Claire is now our yoga & wellbeing expert for Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire & Warwickshire. Her expertise includes knowledge in particular of yoga for women’s health. Yoga along with nutrition has been absolutely key in managing her PCOS, oestrogen dominance symptoms and causes, and latterly peri-menopause. She’s never happier than when on the mat sharing her passion for yoga and wellbeing and she’s delighted to be part of the Fountain Team.

Shirley Wilson
Master Licensee, Three Territories

Shirley Wilson

Shirley’s passion and energy for Fountain Retreats, and all it has to offer is obvious. Having seen the advert recruiting new licensees during our 1st launch phase, Shirley soon became aware of the importance of this journey, to discover all about the menopause, and enable women to understand themselves better in order to gain control during a time that can feel far from self-controlled! In recent times she has experienced the loss of her mother and that provoked much thought about what she wanted to do with the rest of her life… then Fountain came along, it seems that it was meant to be!

Nicky Donaldson
Official Licensee, Malaga, Spain

Nicky Donaldson

Nicky has had a long and often turbulent time with the menopause for more than 10 years, however, using her valuable experience she loved the idea of becoming a trusted licensee to host retreats in Spain where she lives. Married to Martin, she has one grown-up son, and a wonderful granddaughter who is 11 years old. She lives near Marbella in the beautiful Andalusia region of Southern Spain. As a qualified Yoga & Pilates teacher, and keen exerciser who loves walking, Nicky is both inspiring and energetic, as well as understanding. Scottish by birth, she has traveled extensively across the world.

Debs Keightley
Official Licensee, Gloucestershire

Debs Keightley

Debs married to Paul, our very own CFO was the first to experience our retreats, hosting her first ones in Gloucestershire during May 2019. She is experienced in hospitality, having had many years working within the hotel industry, and has also been a practice manager within a Doctors Surgery managing GP's, so she is well versed in organizational skills. Debs is originally from South Africa and is friendly and outgoing, very chatty with her colleagues and guests, and has a special understanding of Osteoporosis which she has suffered with for a number of years. She proudly holds a license to run Fountain Retreats.

Helen Pearson
Official Licensee, Charente, France

Helen Pearson

Helen, now in her 50's and a couple of years into her menopause is proud to be a part of this amazing Fountain Retreats adventure. She is embracing the new ‘Helen’ as she feels empowered by becoming the licensee for the Charente region of South West France. Originally from Yorkshire along with her supportive partner Dave, bought property in France more than 12 years ago, and have traveled together extensively over the last 30 years. As she becomes inspired, she is starting to inspire others, helping change the face of menopause in the wonderful French countryside.

Celeste Moore
Official Licensee, Warwickshire

Celeste Moore

Celeste has spent most of her career in both the care and education sectors. She has experienced adventurous spells living aboard in Australia and Spain, the latter spent owning and running a Bi-lingual Nursery School in Marbella, Spain. Her calm, caring and congenial personality will suit perfectly the role of ‘Licensee & Host’ for Fountain Retreats. Supported in her role by her husband and eldest daughter she will greet you in the lovely surroundings of some of Warwickshire’s best country retreats. In her 50's, she knows all about the menopause and the challenges it brings.

Sarah Callus
Official Licensee, South Wales

Sarah Callus

Sarah Callus lives in Cardiff, Wales. During her spare time, she loves yoga, walking in the countryside and spending time with her family and friends. She has been practicing yoga for over 12 years and it has really helped her to relax and stay healthy, especially during perimenopause. She is also a Reiki master and loves being able to help people. Sarah has been on many retreats herself and understands how beneficial they can be, but never one so dedicated to one important cause. Having had a mixed career in teaching and hospitality she wants more meaning in her life, hence becoming a licensee.

Wendy McDonald
Offical Licensee, Shropshire

Wendy McDonald

Wendy, a busy working Mum, perimenopausal and facing the same pressures as most women juggling work, children, aging parents and finding little time to look after ourselves. Frustrated with conflicting information and lack of local support regarding menopause treatment has lead Wendy to Fountain Retreats. Wendy is passionate about giving women the opportunity to gather the knowledge they need to make decisions which are right for them, recognising that everyone is different. Wendy welcomes you to her retreats.

Imelda Rae
Official Licensee, West Sussex

Imelda Rae

Having worked as a Professional Nurse throughout her working life, Imelda has met numerous people in crisis. This has been through both physical and mental decline. It is with this experience that she hopes to support women who have reached the momentous stage in their lives “ The Menopause “ and is excited to be a part of taking its recognition as a serious subject of Women's Health. She is a happy woman of menopause age living and working by the sea in the South of England. Imelda has three grown-up children and two Grandchildren. She looks forward to this next challenge and to be a part of our innovative, exciting company.

Helen Carr
Official Licensee, W. Sussex

Helen Carr

Helen lives in Eastbourne with her husband Andy and runs her retreats with business partner Imelda Rea (also a nurse). She has been a respected registered nurse in the NHS all her working life and now feels ready for her next adventure, but she still wants to help people and put all of her amazing experience to good use. In her 50's and having experienced menopausal symptoms for more than 9 years, Helen is pleased to be part of the Fountain Retreat Family and to support other women at this time in their lives to take back control and enjoy life to the full.

Kavita Kumar
Official Licensee, Oxfordshire

Kavita Kumar

Kavita is a business owner with a background in Health Care within the NHS. She has an avid interest in Psychotherapy, Neuroscience, and the relation between mind & body. She adores nature, sunshine, flowers and shabby chic decoration! Kavita has a genuine passion for women's health and believes you cannot pour from an empty glass. So her commitment to ensuring you have a fabulous time at her retreats comes straight from the heart! Let's pause, learn, unwind, and celebrate together this stage of our lives in the breathtaking county of Oxfordshire.

Karine Waldron
Official Licensee, E. Sussex

Karine Waldron

Karine is a cancer survivor who understands too well the impact that treatment has on peri-menopausal women. Limited hormonal therapy options, the lack of reliable information and knowledge on the subject, the implications of coping and importantly accepting the realities of life, having entered into premature menopause all represent the trigger for Karine to jump on board the Fountain Retreats family. It is a privilege to be part of a new revolution for our generation. One that is committed to empathy, nurture, and delivery of trustworthy information in a safe first-class setting.

Lainey Hall
Official Licensee, Essex

Lainey Hall

Lainey is the proud “Mother of Cats”, lives Essex with supportive husband Dom. Hobbies include yoga, walking, gardening, and spending time with friends and family. Currently mid-fifties, and four years into menopause, Lainey has had a long professional career with the NHS and local authorities supporting families and young people with challenging emotional & mental health difficulties. She met Dee, and found a kindred spirit, and became excited to be part of the Fountain Family to help make a difference to all menopausal women. She hopes to use all her skills to enrich the Fountain experience.

Sarah Threapleton
Official Licensee, Greater London

Sarah Threapleton

Sarah spent most of her career working in the public sector as a marketing professional, but her menopause was the catalyst for changing her life. She decided to take voluntary redundancy in order to take a step back and decide what she wanted the next stage of her life to be like. The Fountain Retreats opportunity seemed like a perfect fit as she wanted to do something that makes a positive difference to people’s lives while utilising her existing skills. A friendly and down to earth northerner, Sarah has a wealth of events experience and is looking forward to welcoming and having fun with the ladies who attend her retreats.

Christine McGonagle
Official Licensee, Ireland & Spain

Christine McGonagle

Christine is fortunate to have a very supportive partner in Steven, they live together in Donegal, Ireland with Christine's youngest son. She is a Mother of 6, and grandmother of 5! Her working life has been predominantly hospitality and security industries for more than 30 years. She absolutely loves to meet new people and has found recently that there was something missing, feeling she was capable of so much more. She knew there would be something out there for her. Finding out she was Peri-menopausal she started to research what was happening to her when she stumbled across us at Fountain Retreats!

Margaret Warren
Official Licensee, Scotland

Margaret Warren

Margaret lives in East Lothian surrounded by Divers Villages, and those from the Art World due to the location. She is 56 years graceful and has 3 grown-up girls, plus 8 grandchildren. Margaret has worked within the service industry for many years as a professional hairdresser. Due to the menopause, she found hairdressing difficult, so decided to work from home offering Air BnB. She understands menopause now at so many levels as many women would try to discuss in detail their own menopause journeys whilst having their hair done. She adores family time and walking.

Suzaanne MacGregor
Official Licensee, Cheshire

Suzaanne MacGregor

Suzanne, a qualified Nurse & Midwife has worked for the NHS over many years. She is passionate about providing good quality care. Suzanne became interested in Menopause during her own journey as she experienced symptoms of peri menopause that started several years ago. She has 3 fabulous children, wonderful husband, dogs, cats, chickens, and even looks after a Pygmy hedgehog belonging to her son. She wants to make it her mission to ensure women feel cared for at her retreats and leave empowered and full of important knowledge. She looks after Cheshire East and also Wrexham, North Wales.

Jacquie Clerck
Official Licensee, Kent

Jacquie Clerck

Jacquie now in her 50's lives in London with her husband, Miles. She has two grown-up children who are both health & fitness fanatics. Having been through the menopause, Jacquie understands only too well the importance of looking after yourself. Jacquie has been a costs lawyer within the corporate world for more than 20 years and now would love to follow her passion within health & wellness and to help people get the best from life. Jacquie qualified as an Ayurvedic massage therapist and gained a diploma in anatomy and physiology in 2013. She makes "wellness" hampers for friends and family. She loves walking, yoga and travelling.