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

Samantha Cocker

Deputy Representative, Advocacy and First Nations, Métis and Inuit Relations

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 …


Pippa Rowcliffe

Deputy Representative, Investigations, Monitoring and Corporate Services

Pippa joined RCY in October 2020 as Executive Director, Monitoring and Strategic Initiatives and was appointed Deputy Representative, Investigations, Monitoring and Corporate Services in September 2021. She was born and raised in Wimbledon, …


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 …


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. …


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 …