Our People

Michelle Aldous Bsc (Hons)

Head of Operations & General Manager
Michelle Aldous joined the company in September 2014 having spent 28 years working for global financial institutions. With a track record of leading and driving projects that enhance people, performance and process, her role focuses on delivery of the company strategy through operational excellence, professional customer service, high employee engagement and risk management. In 2017 Michelle became a board member of The Advisory Board for the Professional Paralegal Register; the Board oversee the work that the Register Regulatory Committee of the Professional Paralegal Register undertake to achieve its aims.

Richard Thurmott

Commercial Manager
Specialises in asset and estate reunification for our corporate and public authority clients. Having worked for many years within and outside the Financial Services Industry, Richard brings a wealth of experience in business development and commercial management both in the UK and in Europe. Within his role he is responsible for relationship acquisition, client retention, governance and leadership.

David Amblin BA (Hons)

Operations Manager
David Amblin brings a wealth of casework, genealogy and probate expertise to Treethorpe; having specialised in asset reunification for private clients (owners and beneficiaries) over a number of years and holds a Practicing Paralegal Certificate for Probate Research. Within his current role, he is responsible for developing our asset reunification work, guiding both our Team Leaders, overseeing our client relations, managing day to day governance and resource control. He has a desire for professional development and invests significant personal time in expanding his knowledge.

Lauren Geary

Team Leader & Senior Cases Manager
As well as being Team Leader for the researchers based in our Canary Wharf Head Office, Lauren holds a Probate Research Practicing Paralegal Certificate in her own right. Lauren is Regulated as a Tier 3 Paralegal and is working toward Tier 4 registration. Lauren draws on years of experience in the tracing and asset reunification industry to deliver a customer focused service to the highest possible standard. Specialising in historical genealogy research, Lauren is valued highly for her accuracy, tenacity, determination and her dedication to clients under her own and her team’s care. Lauren is always willing and happy to pursue our most challenging cases, both in the UK and Internationally. In 2017 alone, she has ensured clients all over the world have benefited from our service; acting as one of the lead relationship managers for our internal researcher colleagues and network overall.

Venetia Carpenter

Business Development Associate
Venetia is a qualified Chartered Secretary, a Member of the Association of International Accountants and a CEDR accredited Mediator. For more than 25 years, she has run her own Chartered Secretarial Practice acting as Company Secretary for a variety of companies and charities. Since September 2014, Venetia has worked with Treethorpe to promote the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility to colleagues and companies alike and offer solutions to the ever increasing need to reconnect with lost shareholders, clients and account holders.

Marta Samulak

Second Leader & Cases Manager
Marta is a professional Polish Genealogist and is based in our London Canary Wharf office. She has a background in linguistics and is multilingual. Her successes have taken her over Europe to personally meet her clients and establish a rapport with them, something she takes great pride in; Janina’s story is a great example of this. Marta’s success draws on her four years UK based genealogical research experience in asset re-unification. As Second Leader she supports the Team Leader in London, taking care of day-to-day team management with a focus on training, and performance monitoring. Marta is also a Tier 2 Registered Paralegal and Probate Researcher. She is working towards her Tier 3 registration and being accredited with her Practicing Paralegal Certificate.

Lorna Gallacher

Probate Researcher
One of our most experienced genealogist probate researchers and holder of a Practicing Paralegal Certificate for Probate Research, Lorna uses her knowledge to go back many generations to then progress to entitled beneficiaries of unclaimed assets or estates. She has a significant array of tools that she has accumulated since working in this field and is known for finding very abstract records that help build family trees; some dating back to the 1800’s, so that both her and her colleagues can identify and locate those living beneficiaries

Gemma Tame LLB

Cases Manager
Gemma joined Treethorpe as a law graduate from the University of Greenwich, having also completed the Legal Practice Course at the prestigious BPP Law School. As Cases Manager, Gemma continues to develop her case management skills within the Legal and Financial sectors. With her ability to maintain customer satisfaction to a high standard and her interpersonal approach, Gemma has become a valuable member of our London team and a pleasure to work with. Gemma is passionate about establishing a rapport with her clients and enjoys meeting them in person to discuss their family tree and her research. Gemma has acted as the Personal Representative where preferred, acting in the best interest for the estate. Gemma is a Tier 2 Registered Paralegal and Probate Researcher, working towards her Practicing Paralegal Certificate. Look out for ‘Mr P’s’ story; a story which encapsulates the high level of care and support Gemma provides her clients.

Caroline Cooper

Senior Cases Manager
Caroline Cooper joined the company in 2013 having attained a degree in History. Her promotion to Senior Cases Manager in 2016, recognized how she has solved some of our most difficult cases using her keen eye for detail, great client relationship management approach and her passion for history and genealogy. Her ability to connect to her the clients stems from her experience and down to earth personable approach. She has completed over 200 cases; with clients based in both in the UK and further afield. As of May 2017, Caroline achieved her much warranted recognition as a Tier 3 Registered Probate Researcher, being awarded the Probate Research Practicing Paralegal Certificate by the Professional Paralegal Register.

Jonathan Dattani

Team Leader & Senior Cases Manager
Jonathan joined Treethorpe in 2014, demonstrating a passion for professional development, much enthusiasm and great initiative. As well as being Team Leader for the Cambridge Office, he has become a very experienced Probate Researcher and Estate Administrator and is a registered member of the Professional Paralegal Register. His professional record extends from; establishing and tracing entitled beneficiaries, arranging funerals and orchestrating property sales, discovering numerous historic and dormant assets, to personally acting as the Personal Representative on behalf of elderly and vulnerable clients. Having worked on a wide array of complex estate matters, Jonathan has become a highly valued member of the Treethorpe team; helping to develop individuals under his leadership and shape company policy. Look out for ‘Peter’s story’s’; a story which encapsulates the high level of care Jonathan provides the clients under his relationship management.

Abbigale Newell

Cases Manager
Abbigale joined Treethorpe in August 2017 as a Cases Manager. With a long history of experience in sales and an ingrained understanding of the importance of building client relationships Abbigale is a welcome new addition to the team.
Abbigale is friendly and approachable towards clients, putting them at ease; a highly empathetic person who communicates exceptionally well.
Her integrity and conscientious approach ensures clients’ individual circumstances are taken into consideration and handled with professionalism and care.

Elisha Frimpong

Business Administrator
Elisha joined Treethorpe in May 2018 as Business Administrator and is the company’s first apprentice.
Elisha takes great pride in her organisational skills — striving for nothing less than perfection. She is a friendly first point of contact at our London office who values client relationships and is always happy to help.