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IDAS Board of 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 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 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 Acting Chair of IDAS.

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.

Catherine Evans
Catherine is a chartered accountant with over 20 years' professional experience. Currently on a career break, Catherine brings charity specific experience of financial management and governance to the IDAS Board.

Catherine has experienced first-hand many of the challenges faced by charities, both in operational areas such as fundraising and volunteer management and in more strategic areas such as risk management.  In addition to her charity experience Catherine has also worked at a senior level in a number of commercial sectors including service delivery and property management as well as manufacturing. Catherine is our Treasurer.

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 and media manager for the Environment Agency in Yorkshire and the North East, she specialises in crisis communications and is currently working for Transport for the North as a Senior Communications and Stakeholder Manager.

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.

Sue Halstead
Sue has an MA in Social Work, and experience in child protection and the family courts. She currently works for a charity working with women who have children removed into care.

Sue has experience as a frontline child protection social worker and as a children’s guardian in the family court. This highlighted to her the significant long-term impact of domestic abuse on adults and children. She is especially interested in the decision making in private law around parents spending time with their children, where there is a history of abuse and violence.

Sue is also a trustee of Home Start where volunteers undertake preventative work with vulnerable families, in order to help address the numerous difficulties faced by disadvantaged and marginalised children.

Nicholas Long MBE
Nicholas Long has been on the Board since 2016, acting as Chair for four years. 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 McKeon
Celia McKeon is Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. She has over twenty years’ voluntary sector experience and is a specialist in conflict resolution and peacebuilding.

Celia brings expertise in strategy, management, research and analysis, policy advocacy and fundraising to the IDAS board.  She is the Chair of the Fundraising and Profile-Raising Committee and a member of the Finance and Resource Committee.

Julia Mulligan
Julia Mulligan currently serves as North Yorkshire’s Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner. During her time in office, Julia has transformed local services for victims, with a particular emphasis on supporting survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. Most recently, she has been successful in attracting £400,000 of government funding to set up a new women’s centre in York.

Alison Seabrooke
Alison is a skilled charity leader with knowledge and experience built over many years.  She was the founder of the Community Development Foundation and, most recently CEO for SASH (Safe and Sound Homes).

Alison brings her leadership and management experience to the IDAS Board. As a volunteer she led ambitious community projects, later working as a civil servant in central government. She has produced an independent review of grant making for BBC Children in Need, and community health and well-being reports for a major local authority to inform the NHS Trust’s strategy.

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.

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

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