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Survivors Manchester is extremely fortunate to have an incredibly dedicated bunch of directors, coming from various walks of life and employment sectors, whom give us their time, energy and skills free of charge, collectively forming the board of trustees.

Executive Nurse & Director of Safeguarding for Manchester Health and Care Commissioning;
Director of Infection and Prevention Control for NHS Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group; Honorary Professor at Manchester Metropolitian University

I am proud to say I am a part of Survivors Mancherster! I am even prouder to have been voted the Chair but what I am most proud of is the sterling work, dedication and passion this organsition has in supporting male survivors of abuse and if you have any doubt how good we are, come and see, have the tour and meet the people, I guarantee you will be impressed!

Now a little about me, my jobs, what I do and what I love!

I have worked in the NHS since October 2000. I qualified from The University of Central Lancashire as a registered mental health nurse and worked in clinical services for the first five years of my career.

Unusually, my first role was a joint post with The University of Central Lancashire following extensive additional roles including Chair of the Nursing Council and Chair of the University’s Student Council. I became a Staff Nurse after qualifying, working on an extreme behaviour unit; the other part to my role was working as the Faculty of Health Officer of Students for the first 18 months of my career.

I qualified with my diploma and followed that with a degree in mental health nursing. Over the subsequent five years I completed a post graduate certificate in leadership, undertaken leadership coaching and mentoring. I still maintain my clinical skills by working as a bank staff nurse within acute mental health settings. I have had a variety of nursing roles from 2000 to 2005, including a charge nurse in A&E liaison, a Ward Manager of women’s forensic services and the Senior Nurse for adult forensic services.

Following my departure from clinical services, I became a commissioning manager in Manchester Primary Care Trust’s in conjunction with Manchester City Council. Over a four year period I became a lead commissioner for mental health, then Head of Mental Health Joint Commissioning, following which I was appointed as the Associate Director of Joint Commissioning in 2009, Greater Manchester Strategic Head of Offender Health in 2012 and most recently Executive Nurse.

In addition to my main role, I have also been a Governor on a local Foundation Trust where I have served a 2 year appointment.

Finally, in addition to the roles outlined above, I am also a Justice of the Peace in Manchester’s Magistrates Court, in which I have been extensively involved in the development of a Mental Health Criminal Justice Liaison Service for the City which has won local, national and regional awards and am currently developing a facility in Courts for Vulnerable clients. As a set of partners we also won the National prestigious Butler Award and received our award from HRH Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace.

In my personal life, I am an animal lover and spend downtime either running or kick-boxing. I have also recently become a Dad and loving spending time with my little boy and British Bull Dog puppy Majik.

Why did you choose to become a board member of Survivors Manchester?

I have always had an interest in services that are unconventional and outreaches to people that are most vulnerable and for those who have traditionally not accessed services for one reason or another. Survivors is a unique Charity that adopts a style and approach that is adaptive and responsive to the needs of men that have suffered a form of abuse past or present and that need intervention and support to regain their life. I wanted to be a part of a growing Charity whose core principles are based on strong foundations of not judging, not blaming and not ignoring people. After considering other Charities Survivors appealed to me as from the Board members to the champion and organisational leader Duncan Craig, I have never been so impressed with such commitment, dedication and determination and I wanted to be a part of just that.

What would you like to see Survivors Manchester do in Manchester?

To grow, receive recognition for its cutting edge approach to this area of speciality, offer the best services to all that need them and to becoming international leaders in the field.

Do you have a message for Greater Manchester residents?

Don’t suffer, don’t suffer in silence and remember in all the darkness it only takes one flicker of light to make the shadows move away. We need to work together, work in partnership, stand shoulder to shoulder and break the cycle of silence and abuse. We are here and we are not going away.

What’s your favourite thing about Manchester?

It’s a vibrant cosmopolitan amazing city, which offers so much for so many people. Its diversity reaches from every continent. There are little gems of secret family run restaurants, to delightful deli’s, wonderful wine shops and a gay community that challenges Brighton and London.

You can not comment on the city until you have experienced it!

If you wish to contact Craig or the board with any compliments or complaints, please email board@survivorsmanchester.org.uk

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Business, Marketing and Development Director: St Martins Healthcare Services CIC

Throughout his work with disabled individuals, older people, adult and young offenders, people with a mental health need and substance users, Evan has supported many men who have experienced different forms of abuse. By working closely with these individuals, Evan has learnt of the profound impact that abuse causes upon people’s lives, and the benefits of empathetic peer-based support. Facilitated within his Qualified Social Worker training; at academic, theoretical and practical levels, Evan has gained experience regarding the interplay between society, law, an individual and their environment.

Throughout his work history he has assessed each of these factors and their influential effect on individuals’ life-courses, or chances. With a mixture of frontline working, strategic management and academic experience, Evan’s found that Survivors Manchester provides a necessary and exceptional service to survivors, their partners, their families and their friends. His decision to become involved with Survivors Manchester is based on his vocation of working with oppressed individuals and communities, to empower those people to therapeutically achieve change and to strive towards breaking the oppressive influence of the silence of abuse.

Why did you choose to become a board member of Survivors Manchester?

My decision to become a board member of Survivors Manchester was a simple one. Having been privileged to have had a number of individuals speak to me about their legacies, I had raised my concerns about the lack of specialist support; and more importantly, a peer-based network of individuals that can support each other. The person that I raised these concerns with was Duncan Craig. Duncan then told me of this vision for Survivors Manchester.

Realising the degree of silence which exists; on individual and social levels, it was clear to me that something had to be done. I felt like this was a unique opportunity for me to contribute to changing the injustice that exists, and making the lives of survivors better within Manchester.

The silence further inhibits men from having an opportunity to speak openly about their legacies, and I wanted to be a part of an organisation which changes the tide of silence affecting individuals’ lives, and communal, cultural and societal awareness.

What would you like to see Survivors Manchester do in Manchester?

I’m truly honoured to have been involved in Survivors Manchester since its inception. In that time, the organisation has had some remarkable achievements, but its greatest accomplishments have been those not achieved by the organisation itself, but by those that it serves: the Survivors themselves.

I would like to see Survivors Manchester continue to represent survivors living across the North West at every level of its provision and delivery. This principle is vital to ensuring that Survivors Manchester gives people a platform and the confidence to speak out.

I would like to see Survivors Manchester create a format which adapts to the people that it supports. Furthermore, I would like to see Survivors Manchester provide advice, support or peer-support to those brave and strong people that support survivors on a day-to-day basis; whether they be partners, families or friends.

Survivors Manchester has a difficult objective in offering a service to all male survivors, but it is achievable with the support of the survivors themselves, their families, friends and partners to spread the word and ensure that Survivors Manchester doesn’t leave anybody to suffer alone.

I would like to see Survivors Manchester continue to learn, evolve and grow to become an organisation which male survivors have ownership over, and which can lead men to live more positive lives.

Do you have a message for Greater Manchester residents?

My message to Greater Manchester residents is that Survivors Manchester is an organisation that can only grow with your support. The organisation was founded to aid you as residents and so with your help we can end the silence of abuse.

If you, your partner, your family member or your friend have experienced abuse and want somebody to talk to, or to tell your story, then that is the reason that we are here. Help break the silence of abuse, it ends with us.

What’s your favourite thing about Manchester?

Having lived in a number of cities and towns across England and Wales, I’ve fallen in love with Manchester for any number of reasons. To attribute one favourite element of Manchester is difficult, but it has to be the music; Manchester has and is continuing to be the birthplace of an exceptional number of amazing bands and culture.

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Accountant / PhD Student

Fran’s work life started in admin, then after exploring an interest in databases and IT, Fran finally decided to train as an accountant. She qualified in 2002 and completed her MBA at Manchester Business School in 2010. Whilst in the corporate sector, working in retail, utilities and online marketing industries, Fran specialised in using her finance skills to work with operational teams developing their budgets, business plans and performance management processes. Having left the corporate sector in late Summer 2012 Fran is now pursuing a more personally rewarding career as an accountant in the voluntary sector helping organisations prepare business plans, develop funding proposals and improve accounting processes and controls.

Having got interested in social accounting in the last few years, Fran is now also working towards a PhD at Manchester Business School researching the future potential of social value accounting methodologies.

Outside of work, Fran is a music fanatic and plays in a couple of local orchestras. She is also a member of the Social Value UK Board who’s mission is to change the way the world accounts for value.

Why did you decide to become an Trustee for Survivors Manchester?

After hearing that Survivors were looking for some finance support, I met with Duncan to find out a bit more. I was amazed to hear what Survivors has achieved over the last few years, and also shocked to realise how difficult it can be for male survivors of abuse to speak out and to find support locally. It is wonderful to see what Survivors has done already to help so many people, and there is a clear need for this to continue and grow in the years to come.

I am delighted that I have an opportunity to use some of my skills and experience to contribute towards continuing to build a support service that is available to all who need it.

What would you like to see Survivors Manchester do in Greater Manchester?

I would like more survivors in the Manchester area to be able to find and use the support available at Survivors Manchester. I want to raise awareness of the issues and I want more people to be able to access our service.

I believe we can achieve this through strong partnerships with health services, legal and educational institutions and all organisations that come across survivors. We can build understanding and awareness, and we can grow this support network to be accessible and available for everyone who needs it.

Do you have a message for Greater Manchester residents?

For survivors… we are here. You can get in touch with us and we can help.

For everyone else… ask, enquire, find out more – build your understanding and become part of the day to day support network for all the survivors who want to interact with you.

What’s your favourite thing about Manchester?

I love the culture in Manchester. There’s something for everyone. Theatres, music, food, sports – all in an amazingly compact area. I think I’ve only seen a small part of it in the 30 years I’ve lived here. But most of all I like the people – what a fab bunch!!!

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Chartered Psychologist & Psychotherapist

Kate is a chartered psychologist and psychotherapist who has worked for nearly 30 years in the NHS until 2017 and for about eight years assessing people who are dealing with court proceedings of different kinds.

She sees people who have been badly affected by their pasts and very often through abuse of various kinds which has caused enormous distress, often hidden but sometimes breaking through in emotional, behavioural and inter-personal problems. Kate’s involvement is often long-standing with people whose difficulties won’t change quickly because they are deeply rooted

Why did you choose to become a board member of Survivors Manchester?

I came across Survivors Manchester when I was searching for help for the men that I was meeting who were just starting to talk about what had happened to them. When you are starting on that path, you may need to start and stop, to face the past and then withdraw from that for a while. Survivors Manchester offers that kind of flexibility and sensitivity for people who are tentative and uncertain.

All the conversations I had with those involved with Survivors Manchester were straight talking, passionate, no-nonsense and deeply committed. I knew straightaway that Survivors Manchester can make a real difference to men who have experienced sexual assault. I was really pleased to be asked to join the Board of Trustees.

What would you like to see Survivors Manchester do in Manchester?

Get bigger and reach more people but not too big so that it loses its attunement to the men who need it or becomes restricted by the kinds of rules and regulations and defensive practises that can limit the flexibility of larger organisations.

Do you have a message for Greater Manchester residents?

Let’s not be surprised about sexual abuse of men. We were similarly ignorant and in denial about the sexual abuse of girls twenty years ago and now we have moved on and it’s a little easier to talk about and respond properly to people who are struggling with those experiences. We need to move on and see that this happens to boys and men too and creates some very different issues for male survivors. Most people who have been sexually abused in childhood never disclose this and carry it as a shameful and damaging secret. We all need to be more open to the fact of male abuse and our openness can make it easier for boys and men to speak out instead of suffering in silent shame and secrecy.

What’s your favourite thing about Manchester?

Manchester is my adopted home. I have been here for more than 25 years and I chose it or it chose me. It’s a cliché, I know, but I love its diversity and grittiness. I love the fact that it’s more than big enough for any one person; all the culture, sports, urban development and incomparable countryside, but small enough to get to know well. It’s now where I’m from.

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Managing Partner: WorkSavvy Ltd

Tim is a self employed Business Consultant specialising in the design, management and implementation of solutions that typically involve change and innovation for both large and small organisations. For many years, Tim has been honoured to work with industry leaders in various market verticals, primarily retail, but also Banking, Hospitality, Health Services, Transport and Public Sector clients.

Tim’s work has work has positively impacted departments such as Operations, HR, IT, Logistics, Finance, Contact Centres, Marketing and Sales.

After going to Uni as a mature student, Tim was employed in the software industry and this is still his primary work focus.

Tim is also a father to two amazing kids who he states makes him smile every single day and outside of work he is an actor, singer, compere and struggling musician.

Why did you choose to become a board member of Survivors Manchester?

I am a survivor myself and the help, love and support I received managed to save the life of a very broken and damaged man. Years of silence took a toll that I cannot begin to describe, and took me to a place I never thought I would recover from. I am constantly amazed by the transformation in my own life and since accessing the service in 2010 I have rebuilt and repaired much of the damage done.
When Duncan asked whether I would consider a position of trustee my answer was both an emphatic and immediate YES. If my experience or attitude can help a cause I believe so much in then I will be even more grateful for the second chance I’ve been given as it will have even more purpose.

What would you like to see Survivors Manchester do in Manchester?

I benefited so much from the services, that I would like to see Survivors available to every man who needs help whenever they need it, wherever they are. To that end I will be working my damnedest to assist the growth and quality of a service that all deserve, in any way possible.

Do you have a message for Greater Manchester residents?

Manchester is lucky to have such a dedicated and skilled charity. This subject remained taboo for so long and generations of men still suffer in silence. With all of the revelations in the media in recent years, some of the stigma has been removed. However much work is needed to ensure that no man need suffer in silence any more. This needs all people to recognise and treat this subject with the compassion and dignity that will enable men to stand up without fear and break free from the needless and unfounded fear and shame.

What’s your favourite thing about Manchester?

I ran from Manchester after the abuse and even now can still have mixed emotions. However, having lived and worked in many places across the world, I can say with some confidence that the stereotypical portrait of Mancunians as friendly, approachable, funny and warm is accurate. I guess that is what brought me back and keeps me here.

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Assistant Director of Children’s Services for Barnardo’s West Region

Sue has over thirty years experience of working with children and young people who have experienced abuse and who are seeking help to recover and to build a strong and resilient future for themselves. Sue is a qualified social worker and has worked in both the statutory and voluntary sector. She has been a manager in the voluntary sector since 2000 and is passionate about the contribution that the charities can bring to support those most in need.

Why did you choose to become a board member of Survivors Manchester?

I have had the pleasure of working with Duncan on a number of projects over the past few years. I have seen the impact that Survivors Manchester has made in both the local and national picture and also witnessed the passion for ensuring that male survivors have their voices heard and get the help and support that they need.

I know from my day job that it is often extremely difficult for female survivors to get what they need when they need it. However, this is so much more difficult for male survivors and that is why we need an organisation like Survivors Manchester.

What would you like to see Survivors Manchester do in Manchester?

I would like to see the organisation grow and to be able to offer more to residents across the whole of Greater Manchester.

Do you have a message for Greater Manchester residents?

Do not assume that sexual abuse or assault happens in a world not connected to yours. You will all know someone who has been affected- show them compassion and support them to seek help.

What’s your favourite thing about Manchester?

Mancunians! This is my home city and I love its diversity, swagger and sense of humour.

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What trustees do:

Trustees are charged with the task of ensuring the overall direction and performance of Survivors Manchester is coherent to the organisations legal documents and business plan.

Although the main role of the trustees is to be responsible for monitoring and controlling the activities of the agency, because we are a small charitable organisation, unlike many of the larger organisations, from time to time Survivors Manchester trustees become involved in some of the day to day business.

It can be a challenging role, for instance, trustees are legally and financially responsible for the organisations overall management and finances.

Who can be a trustee?

There are very few opportunities for under 18s to become trustees in the UK and there are also other restrictions that disqualify others, by law, from acting as charity trustees. This includes:

  • Anyone who has been convicted of an offence involving deception or dishonesty, unless the conviction is spent anyone who is an undischarged bankrupt;
  • Anyone who has previously been removed from trusteeship of a charity by the court or the Charity Commissioners;
  • Anyone who is under a disqualification order under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986.

What are the qualities needed to be a trustee?

Depending on the organisation, depends on the qualities of a trustee, but there is a general consensus, stated by The Charities Commission that:

“Trustees need to be able – and willing – to give time to the efficient administration of the charity and the fulfilment of its trusts. We recommend they be selected on the basis of their relevant experience and skills and must be prepared to take an active part in the running of the charity.”

Can service users, clients or members be trustees?

Different organisations have different rules, but here at Survivors Manchester we say…Yes!

Members can offer incredibly valuable perspective as trustees.

However, users interested in being trustees should be aware of any conflicts of interest that might occur. These might form the basis of their application for trusteeship being rejected.

Although ‘seats’ on the board only become available occasionally, if you are interested in becoming a trustee of Survivors Manchester, please contact the Chief Executive Officer on info@survivorsmanchester.org.uk, expressing your interest and what you think you can bring to the organisation

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