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.
Our vision is a world free from Domestic Abuse
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
To offer protection for survivors and their children
To work towards the prevention of Domestic Abuse
To provide effective services
To enable survivors to heal from 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.
Trustee since 2022
Sharon is a senior lawyer with wide ranging experience in modern slavery and human rights work as well as commercial/corporate law. In parallel with her legal work, she has worked in anti-slavery, domestic abuse and MVAWG organisations as a trustee and an envoy. She was a Trustee of The Medaille Trust and Talitha Arts, both anti-trafficking charities working primarily with female survivors of slavery and an international advocate for International Justice Mission. In 2020, she founded Justice in Fashion, as a reaction to what was being seen globally in the garment industry to a female heavy workforce and a belief that the Covid-19 crisis had exposed increased gender inequalities and fragility within not only the fashion industry but generally across the world. Sharon's background has given her a breadth of exposure to differing management styles which she has applied to her various roles in the third sector. She is a strong communicator and leader, strategic, and with an abundance of common sense and tact.
Trustee since 2023
David has over 30 years' experience working at one of the world's leading technology and business consulting organisations. He has deep skills in financial and commercial management in a professional services organisation, in addition to a background in driving large-scale business change. He is an experienced team leader working with diverse groups of people around the world. David is also a volunteer at Your Sanctuary.
Trustee since 2023
Abby has worked as Director of Fundraising and Communications for national and regional charities over the last 15 years and is currently running a charity supporting refugees and asylum seekers in Kingston. Prior to that, she worked for various marketing and advertising agencies and is passionate about maximising fundraising and awareness opportunities for Your Sanctuary.
Trustee since 2022
Vicky has worked in adult social care for over 20 years in a variety of organisations. She is passionate about safeguarding people's human rights and enabling them to live free from harm or abuse. Vicky brings understanding and experience of safeguarding to the role of Trustee along with a wealth of knowledge on social care legislation. Skilled at navigating the world of social care to empower people to fulfil their potential, Vicky is an accomplished leader with experience in operations, governance, quality assurance and strategy development.
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.
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.
Trustee Since 2021
Sandrea is a Senior Customer Experience, Customer Service and Contact Service Professional with 18 years of experience in the industry. She is a Community Experience Manager for a tech platform with responsibility for Operations, managing communication, training and quality. Sandrea loves developing people, employing inspirational leadership skills to achieve personal and business success. She celebrates and leverages difference and diversity within teams to deliver excellence. She is an experienced executive committee member with responsibility for women’s representation and for governance of the annual budgets, strategic policy and campaigns to generate revenue.
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