Chief Executive Officer since October 2015
I am currently CEO at Basis Yorkshire, who have been working with sex working women, sexual exploitation survivors, and sexually exploited children for nearly 30 years. Basis is a GSK Kings Fund Award winning organisation for its positive impact on community health. In my current role, I lead for the third sector on the ‘Managed Approach’ to sex work in Leeds and the response to child sexual exploitation. My role involves work with staff and service users, partners and our Board of Trustees to promote the safety and wellbeing of the people we work with, tackling stigma and discrimination.
I have worked in both the public sector and third sector for over 20 years, specialising in work with marginalised groups. My experience ranges from volunteering/delivery of outreach work with vulnerable groups, to work within the local authority’s Strategy and Commissioning team. I have led and managed services such as: criminal justice, older peoples’ housing, employment and health and wellbeing, across both Yorkshire and Humberside. I have supported the partnership development of the Integrated Offender Management model across West Yorkshire and worked on the ‘Think Family, Work Family’ Joint Working Protocol for the Safeguarding Board in Leeds, as well as the implementation of ‘Early Help Hubs’ in Wakefield.
A little bit personal about me
I am passionate about the voluntary sector and women’s services, particularly in the ability of the sector to work creatively to challenge exclusion, marginalisation and stigma.
I am a dedicated cyclist and motorcyclist with a passion for anything two wheeled! Spending time under canvas, camping, and in nature is something I love – there's nothing better than a campfire and a mug of Yorkshire tea.