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Who We Are

We work with a trauma-informed, needs led and holistic approach to support survivors of Domestic Abuse and their children. We seek to empower our clients to make informed choices about their lives and if necessary to advocate for them with other agencies, professionals and groups in order that they are treated with respect, dignity and understanding.

As well as our direct client work, we are also committed to improving responses to and understanding of Domestic Abuse in our community, both locally and further afield. We aim to influence legislation, strategies and culture to bring about a more equal society and, to end the devastation that abuse in relationships and families causes to survivors and children.

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Our vision is a world free from Domestic Abuse

Together at the Top

We offer sanctuary, support and empowerment to anyone affected by Domestic Abuse and enable children to be seen, heard and validated. We challenge mind sets to change attitudes and facilitate informed choices

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  • To offer protection for survivors and their children

  • To work towards the prevention of Domestic Abuse

  • To provide effective services

  • To undo the harm caused by Domestic Abuse

Board of Trustees

Dr Susan Rose 


Trustee since 2012

Susan is an independent educator, researcher, facilitator and coach working with both individuals and organisations to support development of knowledge and skills. She is Professor Emerita of Consumer Behaviour at Henley Business School which she joined after many years in industry. Susan joined Your Sanctuary in 2011 and brings experience in business strategy and operations, marketing and brand management.

Richard Foster


Trustee since 2018

Richard has worked in financial services for more than 30 years and has been Managing Director for an asset management company for 7 years. He is the Treasurer for Your Sanctuary and advises on investment and banking related matters together with financial strategy.

Louise Tait 


Trustee since 2019


Louise is Managing Director of Beatmondays Ltd, which provides consultancy and interim support to both non-profit and commercial businesses. Louise worked in the high-tech industry for 12 years, where she led multi-national engineering training and development teams. In 2007, following the birth of her third daughter, Louise changed career direction and now brings 14 years of professional fundraising and charity sector management experience to the Board.

Juliet Charles 


Trustee since 2020

Juliet joined the Trustee Board in 2020 and is local to Woking. She has worked in Professional Services for the past 15 years focused on the Financial Services Industry. Her focus has been predominantly on programme and change delivery, regulatory compliance and practice management. She is currently a Director in a business development role managing key client accounts.

Gabbie Johnson


Trustee since 2020

Gabbie joined the Trustee Board in 2020. Having been employed as a trade union caseworker for 6 years and as a qualified HR practitioner, Gabbie brings with her a wealth of employment law knowledge and experience. Gabbie has also worked extensively within a Local Authority setting supporting vulnerable people. In addition to her Trustee role Gabbie has also been a volunteer for Your Sanctuary for several years and is passionate about supporting survivors of domestic abuse.

Jon Croyden 


Trustee since 2013

Jon joined the Trustee Board in 2013 bringing with him a wealth of IT experience. He has worked in the IT industry for around 30 years and spent the last 15 years in various leadership and business management roles. His is currently the Managing Director of Rico, a European IT services company.

Jackie Ward


Trustee since 2017.

Jackie is currently a Social Worker but has experience of working in both the private and voluntary sectors. In particular she has worked with vulnerable children and has therefore taken on a safeguarding role for Your Sanctuary.

Tori Patrick


Trustee since 2020

Tori is responsible for the operational delivery, management and development of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands. She has been with Enterprise for more than 25 years, during which time she’s held various positions including Regional Vice President of three of the largest airports in Florida – Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach. Tori moved to the UK in 2013 and is a strong advocate of diversity in business. She currently chairs Enterprise’s Cultural Compass Committee at its European headquarters in Egham. Tori uses her personal and professional experiences to empower others.

Catherine Earle


Trustee since 2020

Catherine is an experienced HR professional, working at a senior level for the past 20 years in a range of organisations and sectors. She has worked closely with Boards and senior management teams, developing and implementing effective people strategy and is a strong advocate of creating an inclusive workplace where individuals feel valued and can be at their best. Catherine now runs her own HR consultancy, with particular focus on coaching and mentoring, leadership, management and team development and practical HR advice and support.


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