If you are looking for a fulfilling new role, join our team and work with us to eradicate slavery in all its forms. Unseen works with individuals, communities, business, governments, other charities and statutory agencies to stamp out slavery for good. To do that, we need experienced and committed people who share our vision and values.
Our people are driven by our values and work together to successfully deliver our strategy. Everyone at Unseen plays a role in tackling modern slavery and exploitation. Once recruited, we aim to support our people to succeed in their roles and grow both personally and professionally.
We welcome applications from all sections of the community we serve and recognise the value that diversity adds to our work and organisation. We encourage applications from BAME, disabled and LGBT people that are under-represented in our workforce, as well as people with lived experience of slavery and human trafficking.
Our mission is simple: to put an end to slavery for good. We do this by supporting survivors of modern slavery and trafficking and work collaboratively with our partners to put an end to exploitation.
We are proud of the expertise and experience of everyone in our team. We’re working together to put an end to modern slavery and human trafficking to bring about positive and transformational change.
Since Unseen began in 2008, we have supported over 800 survivors of modern slavery through our safehouse & outreach services and identified over 23,000 potential victims through our helpline.
As I came to understand more about the issue, including through a visit to an Unseen safehouse, I knew I needed to do more to stop this abuse and exploitation.
For the last five years of my Civil Service career, I was the Modern Slavery Senior Policy Advisor in the Home Office and led on development of the Modern Slavery Act, including the transparency in supply chains provision and business guidance.
I joined Unseen to lead the development of the Modern Slavery & Exploitation Helpline, and Unseen’s work with businesses. I am regularly called upon to present at national and international conferences and use my experience of working with Ministers to influence other governments internationally to take action to address modern slavery and, in particular, business supply chain issues.
In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit, music, reading and travelling.
What ultimately compelled me to act was a report on how people from Eastern Europe were being trafficked through Bristol airport to the USA. Kate Garbers, who went on to be an Unseen Director, and I wrote to all the city councillors, MPs and the Police Chief Constable challenging them on the issue. The challenge came back to us: this city needs safe housing for trafficked women. And so Unseen began.
But we never wanted Unseen to be just about safe housing. We wanted to end slavery once and for all, and that remains our driving focus.
I chaired the working group for the Centre for Social Justice’s landmark report “It Happens Here: Equipping the United Kingdom to Fight Modern Slavery”. This is now acknowledged as the catalyst behind the UK’s Modern Slavery Act of 2015. It was a great honour to be awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours that year. On the other hand, I’ve also been described as “the loveliest disrupter you could ever hope to meet”.
This job has taken me from building flat-pack furniture for safehouses, to working with businesses to address slavery in supply chains, to delivering training, raising awareness and advising governments around the world.
When not at work, I enjoy travelling, spending time with my dog Harley, cooking, supporting Liverpool and Yorkshire CC, music (I’m a former DJ) and endurance events such as the Three Peaks Challenge and Tribe Freedom Runs – which I vow never to do again. Until the next time.