We partner with businesses across all sectors who share our vision, to help raise funds and awareness. By creating meaningful partnerships, we can also make a bigger impact.
Types of corporate partnership with Unseen
A partnership with Unseen as part of your social responsibility programme could help you recruit and retain the best employees. We have some great events for employees to get involved in and raise money for Unseen, from skydiving to trekking in the Balkans. Check out our events programme now.
A corporate donation to Unseen is a powerful social investment. Your business can also help by donating products to help survivors of modern slavery, or through pro bono work such as legal expertise. Contact us about a donation of your company’s time or money by calling 0303 040 2888 or emailing.
We have a team of human rights, policy, legislation and business specialists with access to first-hand data on modern slavery. From training in modern slavery awareness to expert help in tackling supply chain risks and issues – see how our dedicated team can help you do better business.
Your partnership will bring major benefits to survivors of slavery, the sustainability of the Modern Slavery & Exploitation Helpline, our safehouses and outreach services – and ultimately help tackle modern slavery.
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.