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Meet the team

Senior Leadership Team

Garry Smith

Garry Smith, CEO

Garry was appointed CEO in January 2018 following 20 years working at a senior level in the charity sector, including with other anti-slavery charities. Garry is married with two adult children, is a committed member of his local Salvation Army church, a keen runner and a loyal (and long-suffering!) supporter of Southend United Football Club.

Di Cox

Di Cox, Director of Operations

Di was recruited to lead the Operations Team in November 2015 after consulting for Medaille Trust. Prior to this she spent 25 years working with different vulnerable groups including homelessness, mental health, drug and alcohol services. Di is recently married, has three adult children and enjoys walking her dogs and caravanning. 

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Leanne Hubbard, Director of Fundraising & Engagement

Leanne became our first Director of Fundraising and Engagement in April 2019. She has significant fundraising experience and a proven track record of success in creating a positive impact within the charity sector. Leanne is married with three children, has a keen interest in working in her local community, enjoys creative pursuits and is a keen baker and crafter.

Victoria Richmond

Victoria Richmond, Director of Communications & Advocacy

Victoria joined in January 2020, after a successsful career working in corporate affairs in the private sector. Victoria is married, with a 4 year old daughter and is passionate about animal welfare. In her spare time Victoria likes to go seaside walking with her family and dogs. 

The wider team

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Sue, HR and Business Support Manager

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Edwin, Finance Officer

Sharon, Area Manager

Debbie, Service Manager

Dimple, Service Manager

Julie, Service Manager

Magda, Service Manager

Rita, Service Manager

Sam, Service Manager

Simone, Service Manager

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Marc, Community Engagement Coordinator

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