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The charity’s Trustees are directors of the company for the purposes of charity law and under the company’s Articles. 

The charity is run by a Board of Trustees which meets on a quarterly basis and at such other times as considered necessary. The Board has a permanent Governance, Finance and General Purposes Committee, which meets quarterly and at such other times as considered necessary and reports back to the Board.

Dr Arnon Bentovim MB BS FRCPsych, FRCPCH, DPM (Chair)

Dr Arnon Bentovim is a Consultant Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst and Family Therapist. In 1994, upon retirement from Great Ormond Street Hospital, he founded the Child and Family Practice with Mrs Marianne Bentovim. This is an independent practice which has now grown considerably with a faculty of Consultant Paediatricians, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrists, Adult Psychiatrists, Clinical and Educational Psychologists, Individual and Family Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists.  It provides an extensive range of services to children and family members referred for diagnosis, assessment and treatment. 

Dr Bentovim has conducted extensive research, training and consultation and has been involved with a number of organisations including; President of Relate 2001 until 2009; Chair of the Institute of Family Therapy, and the International Family Therapy Association 2004-2007 and Professional Advisor to ChildLine to 1990 to 2000.

Baroness Valerie Howarth, OBE (Vice-Chair)

Until July 2001, Valerie was the Chief Executive of the charity ChildLine. Under her leadership, ChildLine counselled over one million children and young people and it grew from a small London based project to the national service it is today. A social worker by background, she worked in the Family Welfare Association in Lambeth and Brent and rose to become Director of Social Services.

As a member of the House of Lords, Valerie works to represent the needs of disabled and vulnerable children; she is currently Secretary to the All Parliamentary Group for Children and works on a number of European union issues.  

Mr Mel Nock, OBE BA (Jt Hons) Dip IPD (Vice-Chair)

Mel graduated with Joint Honours in Economics and International Politics (Wales) in 1959; he obtained a post graduate Diploma in Personnel Management (Wales) in 1960.
Between 1960 and 1986 he worked in personnel and industrial relations with a number of British manufacturing companies, becoming Sector Chairman Industrial Products Division in GKN in 1978.

He joined the NHS in 1986 as the first Regional Personnel Director, and became an Assistant Regional Managing Director, responsible for Human Resources, Legal, Public Relations and was Chair of the West Midlands Ambulance Service and Blood Transfusion Service.

In 1994 He established E, M Nock Associates, a consultancy specialising in organisational development and human resources.

Since 1994 Mel has worked on a voluntary basis with a number of charities. In addition to being Vice Chair of The Lucy Faithfull Foundation, he is Chair of EIL, a cultural exchange charity, a Trustee of Age Uk Worcester and District and of Victim Support Cymru, having previously been a National Trustee of Victim Support UK and Chair of its National Assembly.

Mr Barry Coker, BA (Hons) CPFA PIIA DMS MCIM (Honorary Treasurer)

Barry is an accountant and internal auditor. Following his retirement from the public sector he is now a freelance charity consultant. He is Honorary Treasurer of the Lucy Faithfull Foundation and serves on the Finance, Audit and General Purposes Committee.

During his career Barry, in addition to holding senior finance and audit positions, has worked in a range of sectors including Local Government, Housing and the Police Service. He has chaired child abuse inquires, directed fraud investigations and managed special investigations.

Barry has considerable experience of charity financial management and governance having served as a Trustee and Board Member in many different organisations. Barry is currently Chairman of a national charity providing care and support for people with learning disabilities (Choice Support). He is also Chair of the Diabetes UK Lambeth and Southwark Group and in this role is leading a drive for improved local services for diabetic patients and their carers.

Dr Mike Harris, BSc MBBS FRC Psych

Dr Mike Harris has previously held the posts of consultant in both general adult and forensic psychiatry.  He has been medical director of both Nottingham Healthcare and St. Andrews group of hospitals as well as deputy chief executive of St. Andrews, chief executive of Nottinghamshire Healthcare and Executive director of forensic services for Nottinghamshire healthcare.

Mike has also been a sub dean of the royal college of psychiatrists, chair of Nottingham Mind, an honorary consultant to the Gracewell clinic, and a member of the Rampton Hospital advisory committee and of the Nottinghamshire Probation committee as well as chair of the mental health committee of the Independent Healthcare Association.

As well as being a Trustee of The Lucy Faithfull foundation Mike is also chair of Integritas a small local charity in Nottingham providing advocacy and casework to vulnerable adults.

Professor Derek Perkins, B.Sc, M.Sc, PhD, Ph.D, A.F.B.Ps.S

Derek Perkins is a Consultant Clinical & Forensic Psychologist based at Broadmoor High Secure Hospital and Professor of Forensic Psychology at the University of Surrey. For 25 years he has Head of Psychological Services at Broadmoor Hospital, having previously worked as a clinical forensic psychologist in prison and forensic psychiatric services. He has published papers and book chapters on forensic psychology, sexual offending and personality disorder; was involved in the setting up and evaluation of sex offender treatment programmes in prison, mental health and community settings; was an advisor to the UK dangerous and severe personality disorder services; and a member of the international forum on sexual homicide and paraphilias led by the Correctional Service of Canada. He is currently conducting research on biosignal assessments of sexual interest and internet child sexual exploitation offending with his collaborator Dr Hannah Merdian through the onlinePROTECT research group.

Professor Alec Spencer  

Alec retired from a career in the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) in March 2006, having served as Governor of Dungavel, Peterhead, Edinburgh and Glenochil prisons prior to being appointed to the SPS Board as Director of Rehabilitation and Care in 2001. He was responsible for the development of policy and services in relation to rehabilitation and care of offenders, particularly in the areas of offender programmes and interventions (including sex offenders), psychological services, risk and needs assessments, sentence management, education, skills and employability, vocational training, industrial work, social work, chaplaincy and families, addictions services, healthcare services, mental health, social inclusion and resettlement, and partnerships, research and analytical services.

As Governor of Peterhead Prison he was responsible for the introduction of the STOP sex offender programme in 1993. In 2002 he chaired a Review which reported to Scottish Justice Ministers on The Future Management of Sex Offenders within Scottish Prisons.

Mr John Trotter, LLB (Hons)

John Trotter is a solicitor in London and Head of Public & Regulatory Law at Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP, where he has also been the Senior Partner. Part of the work John has been involved with over the years includes representation of the British Association of Social Workers since the 1970s and for many years he represented its members in numerous cases. In particular, John represented social workers and the profession of social work in many child death and child abuse inquiries such as the inquiries into the deaths of Darren Clark, Paul Brown, Jasmine Beckford, Kimberly Carlisle, The Cleveland Inquiry, Victoria Climbie and others.
John also represented ChildLine for many years and other organisations concerned with the safety and welfare of children.

Paul West QPM MA (Oxon.) MSc MA

Paul West retired as Chief Constable of West Mercia Police at the end of July 2011 after 8 years in post and a total of 32 years’ service as a police officer.  He previously served as an Assistant Chief Constable and also as the Deputy Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police between 1998 and 2003.

In 1986 Paul was awarded a fellowship for study and travel in USA, where he completed a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice at Michigan State University and undertook a major international study of police misconduct procedures.

Throughout the 25 years since, police misconduct, counter corruption and the investigation of complaints against the police have been Paul’s specialist areas of expertise. 

At a national level, for the last six years of his service he led for the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) on Professional Standards issues and from January 2008 he also held the national ACPO portfolio for the Management of Sexual Offenders and Violent Offenders.

Since his retirement Paul has established Policing First, an ethically-based company involved in UK and international policing development and supporting a range of community-focused projects and charities.

Jane Leach, BSC, FCA

Jane is a chartered accountant.  She has spent most of her career at KPMG, where she was a partner for 11 years, specialising in risk and capital management and leading the Risk Practice.  She took up a new position at HSBC 2 years ago, where she is Head of Regulatory for the Group. She is also Advisor to the bank’s UK pension scheme.

Gaynor McKeown

Before joining Victim Support, Gaynor was a detective sergeant in the Metropolitan Police specialising in the investigation of serious crime.  She started working for Victim Support in 2004 in area management roles for Wales and then the West Midlands and is the Chief Executive Officer for Victim Support Cymru.  Victim Support is a national charity, providing practical and emotional support to victims of crime.

In December 2012, Gaynor became Victim Support’s first ever Director of Development with leadership responsibility for Business Development, Commercial Development and Fundraising and Income Generation, and is the Head of Victim Support’s Witness service, Gaynor is also the organisation lead for Restorative Justice and Strategic Partnerships.