Our people

Senior Leadership Team


Andrew Wallis, CEO

@andyw1

I first started wanting to work on modern slavery when a colleague in my previous job returned from a work trip to Ukraine recounting how he had been on the scene as a woman was about to be recruited by traffickers (fortunately he had managed to prevent it). 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’, 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 safe houses (I must admit the wardrobe is still a bit wobbly), 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 (or I go stir crazy!), 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.


Justine Currell, Director

@JustineCurrell

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 working across a number of UK Government departments, culminating in being asked to lead on the human trafficking agenda at the Home Office. As I came to understand more about the issue, including through a visit to the Unseen safe house, 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 and knowledge 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.


Trustees


Danny Morris, Chair

@Danny__Morris

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.


Dr. Jan Birtle, Vice Chair, Safeguarding Lead

@JanBirtle

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.


Sammy Burt, Chair of Remuneration Committee

@SammyBBath

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.


Steve Daykin, Chair of Finance Committee

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!


Jonathan Frank, International Working Group

@jonathan_frank

Jonathan became a trustee of Unseen in 2014, with a long-standing 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.

Steve Jeffries

Raquel McGrath

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.


Ian Theodoreson

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.