I have 16 years of experience working in a range of organisations developing programmes and partnerships to respond to domestic violence and abuse, sexual violence and violence against women and girls.
I trained as a Social Worker and then as an Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA). As a front-line practitioner, I worked with heterosexual and gay, bisexual and trans (GBT) male victim/survivors, setting up the Dyn Project - the first specialist advocacy services for these communities in Wales - in 2004. I have also worked with perpetrators, delivering behaviour change programmes for the National Probation Service and DVIP (the leading community sector provider in London).
I later worked for CAADA (now SafeLives) where I managed the national Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) Quality Assurance Programme. In February 2013 I became the Strategic Commissioner for Brighton & Hove City Council and my role soon extended to include East Sussex County Council. Across these two areas, I established and led a Joint Unit responsible for commissioning and partnership activity, remaining in post until March 2018.
I was previously a member of the Management Committee of Galop, London’s leading LGBT anti-violence & abuse charity. I am currently a member of the board of Respect, the UK membership organisation for work with domestic violence perpetrators, male victims of domestic violence and young people’s violence in close relationships.
In addition to my Independent Consultancy, I work as an associate with AVA, Standing Together (with whom I also chair Domestic Homicide Reviews) and SafeLives.
I am currently completing a PhD at Sussex University, where I am researching Domestic Homicide Reviews, their part in the coordinated community response and the difference they make. In 2019, I was awarded a Churchill Fellowship. I am also a Fellow of the RSA.