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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. 

Vasco, Director of Finance

Vasco joined Medaille in 2021. Before that he worked in the hospitality industry for over 20 years. He is currently working towards before becoming a fully Chartered Accountant. Vasco likes to to utilize technology for easier and more efficient processing of financial information.

In his free time he likes board games with his family, mountain biking trails and going away for a weekend either camping or visiting new cities. 

Mark Bhagwandin , Director of Communications and Advocacy

Mark is originally from Guyana where he worked for 10 years as a journalist and news editor. He then spent 17 years handling media and advocacy for a UK charity which provides accommodation for pregnant and homeless women. He is married and has two adult children. Mark is a practising Hindu and an England Cricket fan (switched allegiance from the Windies).

Jude Ashmore, Director of Police and Justice Partnerships

Jude was employed by South Yorkshire Police for nearly 30 years and retired as a Detective Chief Inspector in July 2021 having primarily investigated homicides within the Major Crime Team. She is married with 2 sons and celebrated a silver wedding anniversary in 2021. Jude enjoys cinema, being part of a walking group and travelling to different cities abroad. She likes heavy metal music, attending concerts and has a motorbike licence.

The wider team

Kelly, Executive Assistant

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Sue, HR and Business Support Manager

Sharon, Area Manager


Maria, Area Manager

Dimple, Service Manager

Debbie, Service Manager

Katie, Service Manager


Naomi, Service Manager

Sam, Service Manager

Simone, Project Manager- Moving On Project

Mike, Head of Property Management


Treena, Fundraising Manager


Katy, Service Manager

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