Our Senior Management Team and Board is made up of committed professionals with many years relevant experience.
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 Carol Butterill, Head of Finance and Administration and Christine Davies, Head of Client Services. Carol is a fully qualified accountant and has worked at a strategic level for over 20 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 committed professionals who provide strategic oversight for the organisation including:
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Anna works in the voluntary sector and runs a consultancy specialising in measuring impact and engaging with service users. She is a member of the IDAS Board Audit, Quality and Performance Committee.
As a consultant, Anna works with community and voluntary organisations to monitor performance, evaluate impact, consult and engage with hard-to-reach service users. Anna previously worked as a Policy Officer in local government and holds a Masters degree in Public Administration and Public Policy from the University of York. She contributes her knowledge of performance management and policy development. Anna is also Chair of the York Women’s Forum.
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.
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