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.
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.