meet the team
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unseen patron and ambassadors
Levison Wood is Unseen’s Patron and a British explorer, writer and photographer. Says Levison: “I am proud to be connected to this wonderful organisation which is a beacon of hope and provides much-needed support for some of the most vulnerable people in our society.”
Philippa Stroud is CEO of the Legatum Institute. Philippa’s life and career have been strongly influenced by her passion to tackle poverty and social breakdown. Previously, she was Chief Executive of the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), where the “It Happens Here” report was conceived of, one of the foundational reports into modern slavery in the UK. She has also worked as Special Adviser to Iain Duncan Smith MP (then Secretary of State for Work and Pensions), and also to the Prime Minister from 2012.
Stephen retired from his role as the Anti-Slavery Coordinator with the Welsh Government in April 2021, where he worked closely with the Modern Slavery & Exploitation Helpline and raised awareness across Wales. Stephen firmly believes that the more people who are made aware of the crime of modern slavery, then the more likely we are to identify and support victims, and bring the perpetrators to justice.
james ewins QC
Many partners will know James for the review on visas for overseas domestic workers he undertook for the UK Government. James has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the area of modern slavery, and Unseen is delighted to have James as one of our ambassadors and welcome his support for the Modern Slavery & Exploitation Helpline at key events each year.
senior leadership team
Unseen is managed by a Senior Leadership Team who report to the Board of Trustees.
I started wanting to work on modern slavery when a colleague in my previous job returned from a trip to Ukraine recounting how he had been on the scene as a woman was about to be recruited by traffickers (he had managed to prevent it).
I joined Unseen in May 2016 following a 28-year career in the Civil Service. During that time I held a variety of operational and policy posts in a number of Government departments, culminating in leading on the human trafficking agenda at the Home Office.
I qualified as an accountant with a large regional firm before moving into industry, specialising in process improvement and analysing profitability in food manufacturing operations with turnovers up to £200m.
Danny is a specialist in leadership, culture and board effectiveness. He is co-founder of the London Leadership Club and, with Headlamp Associates, advises leaders in Europe, North America and Africa. He was previously with Caret and Grant Thornton. He’s a contributing author to the Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology and Work.
Danny is passionate that our clients, many of whom have seen the worst of humanity, will now, through our people and the way we do things, see some of the very best. He is also an advocate of working with business to tackle the global problem of slavery.
In addition to being Chair, Danny’s responsibilities include being on the Finance Committee and International Working Group.
Jan is a clinical leader, coach and educator with a passion for making a positive impact. She has facilitated personal learning and growth in successful executives through to highly traumatised people who have found fulfilling ways forward.
Jan is keen to ensure individuals, groups and community systems develop resilience to hold conflicting tensions. She supports this aim by helping people look beneath the surface and think about their reactions, both conscious and unconscious, to complex unsettling situations making time and space for creative developments to emerge.
Jan makes her contribution towards a world without modern slavery with the hope that others will join this movement to make a powerful sustainable difference.
Dr Jan Birtle
Vice Chair, Safeguarding Lead
Chair of Remuneration Committee
Having developed brands, marketing and cultural strategies with a variety of companies and charities Sammy is now International Brand Manager for a global healthcare organisation. She is also a mentor to women leaders in international NGOs via Aspire for Equality.
Sammy believes that brand is more than just a logo – it should be authentic in all that an organisation say and do, inside and out – and Unseen does what it says on the tin!
For Sammy inclusion and equality for all are paramount. The right to be whomever you choose to be should be a basic fact of life. Unfortunately, it isn’t always. Sammy became involved with Unseen because she saw that it gives people back the basics – the right to own one’s self, the right to live the life you want to live and be the person you want to be. It shines a light on the unseen in our societies and brings them in from the dark.
The early part of Steve’s career was spent with PwC doing business advisory, corporate finance and lecturing. After being seconded to two clients over two years Steve decided to move into industry and has spent the last 25 years running mainly media and tech businesses, both listed and privately owned. Steve also worked in Private Equity facilitating successful exits. Steve now sits on several boards as a non-Executive Director as well as taking on project work from time to time.
In a meeting with Andrew (CEO) and Danny (Chair) they explained the vision of Unseen and he could see here was a team and charity that could make a real difference in such an important area. He wholeheartedly endorses the approach of seeking to inform, educate and work with business in the journey to eradicate modern slavery.
When not working, Steve spends time with his family, walking, cycling, maintaining classic cars and therapeutic lawn mowing!
Chair of Finance Committee
Jonathan became a trustee of Unseen in 2014, with a commitment to the pursuit of social justice.
With a degree in pure mathematics, he started his career at IBM and continued through a wide range of roles: CEO of two different charities, NHS manager, leadership and strategy consultant, and managing technology innovation to deliver social impact, most recently for the Foundation of a global telecoms giant. His experience in effective governance, monitoring and evaluation of impact, and application of technology are particular areas of value to Unseen.
Jonathan has been involved in many technology projects over the years, including creating the first official crossword app for The Times on iPhone back in 2009; he loves the challenge of making technology do something useful to improve society. More generally his passion is to make things work better for worthwhile ends, and so helping organisations with a social purpose to become more effective and efficient is right up there.
Ian is an experienced charity finance professional having held senior finance positions in some of the UK’s largest charities over a span of 30 years. He was appointed Finance Director of Save the Children (UK) in 1987 before taking up the post of UK Director of Corporate Resources at Barnardo’s in 1995. The last nine years of his working career were spent as Chief Finance Officer to the Church of England centrally.
Since retirement in 2017 Ian has continued his involvement with the charity sector and became a trustee of Unseen in 2019.
He is passionate about leadership, good governance and using finance strategically as an enabler of mission. Having also worked as a debt counsellor on a voluntary basis he understands the devastating impact of “financial slavery” and the importance of giving people back control over their lives, which is why the work of Unseen UK resonates so strongly with him.
Raquel is an experienced governance and compliance professional. A qualified lawyer, she has been a general counsel and company secretary for both listed and large private companies.
Raquel started her career in the City and has also spent several years working in Australia.
Raquel is passionate about business integrity and ethics, and views the way that Unseen works together with businesses as a critical element in the fight to eradicate modern slavery. Raquel was also a founding member of the Safeguarding Leads Network UK.
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