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IDAS trustees

Our Senior Management Team and Board is made up of committed professionals with many years relevant experience.

Sarah Hill, CEO of IDAS

Sarah Hill, our CEO has over 10 years’ experience of leading IDAS and has overseen its development from a small local charity to the largest regional domestic abuse charity. Sarah started her career supporting children living in refuges and is immensely proud to have been involved in helping support thousands of families over the last 25 years.

Supporting her are Karen McMahon, Head of Finance and Administration and Christine Davies, Head of Client Services. Karen is a fully qualified accountant and has worked at a strategic level for over 30 years. Chris has worked in health services and the charity sector for over 20 years and leads our team of dedicated Project Managers.

Our Board is made up of ten committed professionals who provide strategic oversight for the organisation including:

Carol Butterill
Carol, IDAS’ Honorary Treasurer, is a Chartered Accountant with 25 years’ experience in the charity sector. With experience of both strategic and operational work, Carol has managed multi-million pound budgets in the not-for-profit sector and is currently Head of Finance, Performance and Planning at a large national charity.

Celia McKeon
Celia is a conflict resolution and peacebuilding specialist with over twenty years’ voluntary sector experience. She is co-founder and coordinator of a UK-wide network of organisations, academics and practitioners working on national security policy. Celia brings expertise in research and analysis, strategy, policy advocacy, management and fundraising to the IDAS board. She has previously worked in senior leadership positions in an international non-governmental organisation and a grant-making foundation.

Claudia Gilham
Claudia is a family law solicitor with a large international law firm where her role includes advising families and victims of domestic abuse. Claudia passionately believes in access to legal justice for all. A trustee since 2015, her commitment to equal access has led her to champion the contribution of the clients’ experience in Board decision making and to drive forward the creation of a service user advisory group.

Francesca Glyn-Jones
Francesca Glyn-Jones joined IDAS in 2018. A former newspaper journalist who worked on daily newspapers and as a local reported in the Australian Outback, Francesca is currently head of Crisis Communications for the Defra group.

Francesca brings her communications and campaign expertise to the work of the board along with her media experience and skills in risk analysis and mitigation.

Francesca Haynes
Francesca has considerable experience in the retail sector and is now Retail Director of an international company. Francesca also has an interest in social justice and spent six years as a Panel Member of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales. An IDAS trustee since 2016, Francesca’s considerable business acumen and focus in strategic decision making has strengthened IDAS’ business planning.

Jane Adam
Jane is a former academic physician with experience in clinical medicine, health service organisation, research and teaching. Jane has worked in health services planning across Yorkshire, and has undertaken research in Australia, New Guinea and the UK. Jane’s work gave her a deep understanding of the practical and health issues affecting women and children and this is what sparked her interest in joining IDAS as a trustee in 2014. Jane is Vice-chair.

Martin Walker
Martin is a retired district judge who worked extensively in Specialist Domestic Violence Courts and the Family Court. Martin was a member of the strategy committee for the Specialist Domestic Violence Courts in Cleveland and Durham. Training others in procedure and evidence, he became interested in enhancing the role of Independent Domestic Violence Advisers in the court process. Martin is particularly concerned about the harm to children as witnesses or victims of domestic violence and sexual crime.

Nicholas Long MBE
Nicholas Long has been Chair of IDAS since 2016. Nicholas has extensive experience in the housing and criminal justice sector and was the founding Independent Police Complaints Commissioner for Yorkshire and the North East until 2013 where he had responsibility for several investigations into serious police failures when investigating domestic abuse resulting in homicides.

Sarah Opie
Sarah is Director of Marketing and Communications for a large charitable trust. Previously a Senior Executive Director at ASDA working in strategic, commercial and customer-facing roles, Sarah brings her business, commercial and strategic skills to IDAS, as well as experience of working in a fast-moving industry. She enjoys bringing people together to resolve challenging problems. She worked actively to make ASDA a more inclusive workplace as Chair of the ASDA LGBQT network.

Sue Collins
Sue has over 30 years’ experience of working in the health, social care and housing sectors. She has held national roles at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Royal Voluntary Service and British Red Cross.

Sue, a qualified social worker, is passionate about promoting diversity and empowering women. She was involved with women’s refuges in London and established a women’s counselling project in Brixton.

To find out how you can become involved with IDAS at a strategic level please visit our 'Becoming a Trustee' page

Police and Crime Commissioner, North Yorkshire County Council, City of York Council, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, BBC Children in Need, Leading Light Accreditation by Safe Lives
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