With their unique skills and experiences, Clarisse and Imran are exceptionally well suited for their new roles and will be invaluable advocates for Victim Support’s work.
Clarisse is the Head of Financial Crime Compliance Practice at the GDFM management consultancy. With over fifteen years of experience in financial services and risk management as well as more recent work helping clients fight financial crime, Clarisse saw the serious impact that these crimes can have on both businesses and individuals. This not only contributed to her knowledge on the issue, but also inspired her to empower clients and staff to tackle crime effectively.
Through adverse life events, Clarisse accessed Victim Support’s specialist services and has praised the passion, dedication and professionalism of the people who supported her. She wanted to give back to the organisation and feels that her personal experience gives her a unique perspective to help develop and improve Victim Support’s services.
“I am honoured to be part of the Board of Trustee and to have the opportunity to use my professional knowledge and life experience to assist Victim Support. Having accessed the service, I fully recognise how important it is to have an independent, specialist and tailored service that help victims navigate what will often be the most confusing time in their lives in a way that is adapted to their own personal circumstances. I am excited to work with the team to continue to champion victims’ rights.”
Imran is the founding Chief Executive of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, an international not-for-profit NGO that seeks to disrupt the architecture of online hate and misinformation. In the past, Imran also spent several years as a political adviser in the Parliament where his briefs included justice, communities, local government and foreign affairs. Before that, Imran worked in strategy, digital and marketing roles in the private sector.
With expertise on the dynamics of social media, including the very current issues related to trolling, identity-based hate, misinformation, conspiracy theories, modern extremism and fake news, Imran has already supported Victim Support’s work as one of our Trustees from 2019 until his tenure ended in 2021. In his new Ambassador role, he will continue to share his expertise and insight and raise awareness about Victim Support’s services.
“Victim Support is a vital organisation, putting victims’ voices and rights at the heart of our criminal justice system. As they continue to innovate and embrace digital delivery and deal with more digital criminality, I hope to be a small part of championing their successes and their values.”
Diana Fawcett, Chief Executive of Victim Support, welcomed Clarisse and Imran to their new roles saying: “We are immensely proud to welcome Clarisse as the newest member of our Board of Trustees and to continue working with Imran in his new role as a Victim Support Ambassador. With their unique skill, including specifically in financial crime and online hate respectively and their personal experience of crime, Clarisse and Imran will help us meet the changing needs of victims and we are very excited to be working together with them.”