I have 19 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 men who have used violence and abuse, delivering behaviour change programmes for the National Probation Service and a community sector provider in London.
I later worked for CAADA (now SafeLives), then as the Strategic Commissioner for Brighton & Hove City Council and East Sussex, and most recently in the Office of the Domestic Abuse Commissioner for England and Wales.
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 2019, I was awarded a Churchill Fellowship. I am also a Fellow of the RSA.
I completed a PhD at Sussex University, where I researched Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs) their part in the coordinated community response and the difference they make. I joined the University of Westminster as a Lecturer in Criminology in September 2023.