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The charity is run by a Board of Trustees which meets on a quarterly basis and at such other times as considered necessary. The Board has a permanent Governance, Finance and General Purposes Committee, which meets quarterly and at such other times as considered necessary and reports back to the Board.

Dr Mike Harris, BSc MBBS FRC Psych (Chair)

Dr Mike Harris has previously held the posts of consultant in both general adult and forensic psychiatry. He has been medical director of both Nottingham Healthcare and St. Andrews group of hospitals as well as deputy chief executive of St. Andrews, chief executive of Nottinghamshire Healthcare and Executive director of forensic services for Nottinghamshire healthcare. Mike has also been a sub dean of the royal college of psychiatrists, chair of Nottingham Mind, an honorary consultant to the Gracewell clinic, and a member of the Rampton Hospital advisory committee and of the Nottinghamshire Probation committee as well as chair of the mental health committee of the Independent Healthcare Association. As well as being a Trustee of The Lucy Faithfull foundation Mike is also chair of Integritas a small local charity in Nottingham providing advocacy and casework to vulnerable adults.

“My lifetime commitment to child protection stems from my years in social work, both as a practitioner and from experience working as the Director of Social Services. I don't have to tell LFF of the blight on people's lives of abuse and neglect. So for me, it's important that I can still make a contribution to an organisation that is doing so much to eradicate child sexual abuse.”

Professor Derek Perkins, B.Sc, M.Sc, PhD, Ph.D, A.F.B.Ps.S

Derek Perkins is a Consultant Clinical & Forensic Psychologist based at Broadmoor High Secure Hospital and Professor of Forensic Psychology at the University of Surrey. For 25 years he has been Head of Psychological Services at Broadmoor Hospital, having previously worked as a clinical forensic psychologist in prison and forensic psychiatric services.

He has published papers and book chapters on forensic psychology, sexual offending and personality disorder; was involved in the setting up and evaluation of sex offender treatment programmes in prison, mental health and community settings; was an advisor to the UK dangerous and severe personality disorder services; and a member of the international forum on sexual homicide and paraphilias led by the Correctional Service of Canada. He is currently conducting research on biosignal assessments of sexual interest and internet child sexual exploitation offending with his collaborator Dr Hannah Merdian through the onlinePROTECT research group.

“I have a long history with LFF, dating back to the 1980s with the establishment of the Gracewell Clinic, and then the Wolvercote Clinic – the only full-time residential facility for the treatment of sexual offenders in the UK. From then the Foundation has developed into a multifaceted and pioneering organisation at the cutting edge of child protection through the assessment and treatment of perpetrators, public information campaigns and most importantly its work on the prevention of child sexual abuse nationally and internationally.” 

Professor Alec Spencer

Alec retired from a career in the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) in March 2006, having served as Governor of Dungavel, Peterhead, Edinburgh and Glenochil prisons prior to being appointed to the SPS Board as Director of Rehabilitation and Care in 2001. He was responsible for the development of policy and services in relation to rehabilitation and care of offenders, particularly in the areas of offender programmes and interventions (including sex offenders), psychological services, risk and needs assessments, sentence management, education, skills and employability, vocational training, industrial work, social work, chaplaincy and families, addictions services, healthcare services, mental health, social inclusion and resettlement, and partnerships, research and analytical services.

As Governor of Peterhead Prison he was responsible for the introduction of the STOP sex offender programme in 1993. In 2002 he chaired a Review which reported to Scottish Justice Ministers on The Future Management of Sex Offenders within Scottish Prisons. He was Chair of the Scottish Accreditation Panel for Offender Programmes (2006-2010) and is currently Chair of Stop it Now! Scotland.

“I believe the Stop it Now! Helpline plays a significant role both in supporting families and children and young people who are concerned with being at risk, and in providing the initial step to assist offenders and potential offenders reduce their risk of abusing others. This contributes to a safer world for children.” 

Mr John Trotter, LLB (Hons)

John Trotter is a consultant solicitor in London with Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP, where he has been the Senior Partner and Head of Public and Regulatory Law. Part of the work John has been involved with over the years includes representation of the British Association of Social Workers since the 1970s and for many years he represented its members in numerous cases. In particular, John represented social workers and the profession of social work in many child death and child abuse inquiries such as the inquiries into the deaths of Darren Clark, Paul Brown, Jasmine Beckford, Kimberly Carlisle, The Cleveland Inquiry, Victoria Climbie and others. John also represented ChildLine for many years and other organisations concerned with the safety and welfare of children.

“The work of LFF is a vital element in the fight against child sexual abuse. I am enormously impressed by the expertise and commitment of its staff and they deserve our determined support.” 

Lynn Saunders
Lynn Saunders is the Governor of Whatton Prison and has worked for the Prison Service for 25 years. She qualified as a Probation Officer in 1986 and has a degree in Applied Social Sciences and an MA in Criminology. She set up, along with other colleagues, the Safer Living Foundation, a charity to help prevent sexual (re) offending, in 2014. She is currently Chair of the organisation and is engaged in a part-time PhD at Nottingham University studying the transition of people convicted of sexual offences from custody to the community. She has worked with people convicted of sexual offences for most of her career and is considered to be one of the more knowledgeable and compassionate prison Governors in this difficult and controversial area. 

Lynn was awarded an Honorary doctorate from Nottingham Trent University in 2015 in recognition of her work with this group of offenders.  She was awarded an OBE in the 2017 new years honours list, and an Honorary doctorate from Keele University in 2018. 

“The Lucy Faithfull Foundation has a long history in the research and treatment of child sexual abuse. As a newly appointed Trustee I am delighted to be part of its future development.”

Paul West QPM MA (Oxon.) MSc MA

Paul West retired as Chief Constable of West Mercia Police at the end of July 2011 after 8 years in post and a total of 32 years' service as a police officer. He previously served as an Assistant Chief Constable and also as the Deputy Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police between 1998 and 2003. In 1986 Paul was awarded a fellowship for study and travel in USA, where he completed a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice at Michigan State University and undertook a major international study of police misconduct procedures.Throughout the 25 years since, police misconduct, counter corruption and the investigation of complaints against the police have been Paul's specialist areas of expertise.

At a national level, for the last six years of his service he led for the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) on Professional Standards issues and from January 2008 he also held the national ACPO portfolio for the Management of Sexual Offenders and Violent Offenders. Since his retirement Paul has established Policing First, an ethically-based company involved in UK and international policing development and supporting a range of community-focused projects and charities.

“I have deeply valued my association with LFF throughout the last seven years. It has enabled me to build upon the expertise in relation to sexual offender management that I built up towards the end of my police service, when managing the behaviour of sexual offenders first became a statutory police service responsibility.” 

Jane Leach, BSC, FCA (vice-chair)

Jane is a chartered accountant. She has spent most of her career at KPMG, where she was a partner for 11 years, specialising in risk and capital management and leading the Risk Practice. She took up a new position at HSBC 2 years ago, where she is Head of Regulatory for the Group. She is also Advisor to the bank's UK pension scheme.

"I’m inspired by the people at LFF who work tirelessly, in often painfully difficult circumstances, to both share the experience and knowledge built up by the Foundation over many years, and put it into practice to prevent the tragedy of child sexual abuse.”

David Lundholm BA (Hons), MBA

David is the founder of Consistency Partners Ltd, a consultancy working with digital finance, insurance, price comparison, private equity, reinsurance and startup clients.  David was formerly Director, Group Corporate Development, at BGL Group Ltd, owners of and  Prior to that, David spent 8 years at Aviva PLC in UK general management roles, after 10 years working in business development and marketing for PepsiCo Restaurants and Yum Brands across Europe. David has an MBA from London Business School.  

"I'm delighted to be able to contribute to the essential work that the Foundation conducts in preventing and responding to child sexual abuse and exploitation."

Sue Gubbins has a BA honours degree in accounting and finance and gained her chartered status with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in 1984. She has a wealth of experience developed over 40 years working in numerous roles in the NHS, including 22 years at Deputy Director or Director of Finance level. Sue is now semi-retired and has recently been appointed as a Trustee of the Lucy Faithfull Foundation and the East Midlands Education Trust. 
“I feel strongly that children should be able to live in a society free from sexual abuse. I am hoping that by being involved in the Foundation I can in a small way contribute to this aim. I look forward to working with a team of dedicated individuals to help keep children safe.”
Dr Victoria Baines 

Dr Victoria Baines is a leading authority in the field of online safety and cybersecurity. She serves on the Advisory Boards of Reliance ACSN and the International Association of Internet Hotlines (INHOPE), and is a member of the UK government’s expert group on Identity Risks and Identity Standards (IRISC).  While a Visiting Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute (Oxford University) in 2017 and 2018, Victoria re-visioned the international response to online child sexual exploitation. For several years, Victoria was Facebook’s Trust & Safety Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa. She also led the Strategy & Prevention team at Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3). Prior to this, Victoria was Principal Analyst at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.

Victoria is a graduate of Trinity College, Oxford and holds a doctorate from the University of Nottingham.

“The evidence is compelling: if we are truly to approach the problem of child sexual abuse as a public health issue, we need to provide support to offenders and those at risk of offending. In my time in both law enforcement and the technology industry, I have been a passionate advocate for the work of the Lucy Faithfull Foundation. Its expertise and services are held up around the world as the gold standard. I am thrilled now to be able to contribute directly to its success."

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