Board of Trustees

The Board has nine members who have either been elected or recruited — usually for their specific skills or experience. All our trustees are appointed for three years and generally cannot serve more than two consecutive terms. The Board normally meets five times a year, but may meet more often if necessary.

Trustees are all legally our company members and can vote at our annual general meeting, normally held in the autumn.

Victim Support would like to acknowledge and thank Nurole for their support in the recruitment of some of our Trustees and Independent Members.

Andrew is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and senior partner at Ernst and Young with significant experience working with multinational organisations and government bodies.

He has more than 35 years experience in corporate finance and advisory services including strategy, mergers and acquisitions, finance and performance management, data analytics, and IT-enabled business change.

Prior to Ernst and Young, he held senior Finance and Corporate Finance roles in two major FTSE corporations. Andrew is Chair of the Board, having previously held the roles of Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee.​

Kathryn is a chartered accountant with substantial experience in the third sector, having previously worked at national charities including Cancer Research UK and Comic Relief.

Kathryn is currently setting up a business to support charities, giving assurance to Boards on their financial management and sustainability by enabling organisations to improve their financial processes, planning and reporting. She is also the co-leader of the Manchester branch of the Women’s Equality Party.

Imran Ahmed is Chief Executive of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, an anti-hate NGO. Imran worked in Parliament for several years as a political adviser on briefs including justice, communities, local government and foreign affairs. Before that, Imran worked in strategy, digital and marketing roles in the private sector.

Andrew Edwards retired as a chief officer in the police service in 2010 having completed thirty two years’ service in two Welsh police forces. A graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico he was also a visiting lecturer at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and was responsible for serious and organised crime and counter terrorism across Wales in his last role.

A fellow of the University of Wales Trinity St David, in retirement he helped to establish the Wales Institute for Work Based Learning where he occasionally lectures on leadership and crisis management. He is also a member of the Wales committee of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and sits on the board of Milford Haven Port.

Helen evans

Helen is a partner in Deloitte’s Insurance Consulting practice where she focuses on shaping, leading and delivering insurance regulatory change programmes. Helen has worked as a Project and Programme Management Consultant for over fifteen years and prior to joining Deloitte she has worked in a variety of industries across a breadth of transformation themes, from technology installations to large scale initiatives involving cultural and organisational change.

Richard undertook a thirty-year contract with the Lancashire Constabulary, demonstrating strategic leadership at Board level in managing people, performance, budgets, partnerships and stakeholders through a range of operational and organisational roles.

Richard is currently a regulator on several Committeess, including the RICS Conduct & Appeals Committee, the NMC Conduct and Competence Committee, the BSB Professional Conduct Committee and the SRA .

Richard is also a Trustee of the Albert Kennedy Trust, supporting LGBT+ youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Amanda StanleyAmanda and her family experienced personal tragedy when her brother was fatally wounded as a victim of knife crime in 2018. It’s this personal experience that has made her value and want to take a more active role with a support network such as Victim Support and help to develop the advice and comfort they provide to bereaved families and those who have felt the impact of crime.

In her professional career Amanda is a business lawyer, with nearly three decades of commercial experience. Most recently she was head of legal and compliance for a multi-national consumer goods business.  Her significant experience in the key areas of risk, governance and compliance together with being a former trustee of Unseen (which supports victims of modern slavery and human trafficking), ensure that she has a wide and varied level of experience and specific skills to help Victim Support to meet the varied and emerging needs of victims, and to support the drive for victims to have improved rights and feel respected by the criminal justice system.

Roger Harding is Chief Executive of RECLAIM, the working class youth leadership charity.  RECLAIM supports a diverse new generation of young working class leaders, helps them campaign for change, and works with organisations who want to be inclusive of working class talent.

Roger began his career working for a public affairs and communications agency, and then the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, before becoming Director of Communications, Policy and Campaigns at Shelter.  He has been a Trustee of Victim Support since 2017, and in 2019 was selected to join the Mayor of London’s new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group.

Amy’s career started off with volunteering over five years ago and has expanded into holding leadership roles, including Lead Governor of an NHS Foundation Trust. Amy also works nationally as a peer leader within the NHS and relevant charities and forums strategically working to ensure that individuals and families are enabled to have a voice and that policy or initiatives are reflective of the experiences of individuals and families. She holds an MA in International Social Policy.

Amy is a Youth Advisor to the Association of Young People’s Health on the ‘We’re All Right’ project working with young people with lived experience of sexual violence, and also co-chaired the Sexual Safety Guidance and Standards for mental health inpatient wards.

Lianne leads the Charity and Not-for-Profit sector team at Santander Corporate and Commercial, she has over 15 years of experience in the corporate banking within risk, operations and relationship management functions. Lianne joined the board of Victim support in 2018.

Lianne has a MBA from Henley Business School and has recently completed a certificate in Charity Law and Governance. Lianne is a member of the 30% club women’s network.

Moyna retired in 2014 following a career in local government. She is a qualified social worker with a Master’s Degree in Public Sector Management, and also has management experience, including as Director of Social Services in a Welsh local authority. She has specific experience of working with and within the NHS, including holding a Joint Commissioning Director post.

Prior to retiring, Moyna was Deputy Chief Executive of a local authority with executive responsibility for HR, communications, innovation, area working and customer services. She is an active volunteer for Victim Support in the Bristol area.

Rachel OnikosiRachel Onikosi is an elected Councillor in the London Borough of Lewisham and also sits on the governing body of two primary schools.
Over the last 7 years Rachel has managed a portfolio of local politics, consumer and stakeholder advocacy and investigations.
Rachel’s past role as a consumer advocate with the Consumer Council for Water (CCW) saw her challenge water companies on their customer performance and value for money principles in line with CCW’s Forward Programme.
Rachel past and recent investigations experience has been with both national and local bodies including freelance investigations consultancy.
Currently, Rachel sits as a magistrate at two South East London courts and is a Non Executive Director of the Consumer Council for Water.