National domestic abuse charity, SafeLives, begins the new year welcoming a new Chair-designate, Diana Good, and two new trustees, Kathryn Nawrockyi and Uzair Patel. Diana will become Chair of SafeLives in May 2017 when Clare Maurice retires from the Board.
The new trustees will help lead and direct SafeLives at an ambitious and exciting time at the charity.
In the last two years, we have rebranded, launched a new strategy and started a number of innovative pilots to transform the response to domestic abuse in the UK.
We are continuing to build on our expertise in domestic abuse while broadening our focus to a whole family approach; this includes challenging perpetrators of domestic abuse through our partnership pilot, the Drive Project, which was developed together with Respect and Social Finance.
Clare Maurice, the current Chair of SafeLives, said: "We are delighted that Diana, Kathryn and Uzair have joined the SafeLives' board. We are brimming with ambition and determination to see a world free from abuse, and their experience, passion and insight will prove invaluable to making our vision a reality. Everyone in the team really looks forward to working with them".
Diana Good said: "I’m very proud to join SafeLives in this critically important area of work. A third of women experience domestic abuse. This deeply affects the lives of everyone in the family. I’m very much looking forward to helping to make a difference."
Kathryn Nawrockyi said: "As a professional campaigner, I am deeply passionate about the need for greater advocacy, education and resource in the women’s sector. It is a privilege to join the Board of SafeLives and at such an exciting stage in the development of this influential charity."
Uzair Patel said: "As stated in our report, ‘A Cry for Health,’ domestic abuse is a significant public health issue with serious consequences for individuals and families across the country. I’m proud to join SafeLives - a pioneering organisation driven by passion, courage and pragmatism to combat domestic abuse - and I look forward to collaborating with and supporting our colleagues as they work tirelessly to improve the lives of so many people."
Diana Good has worked in each of the private, public and third sectors. She was a senior litigation partner with Linklaters which she retired from in 2008 after 30 years with the firm. She was also a part time judge in the criminal courts for 11 years. Since then she has worked in international development and access to justice including as one of the four founding Commissioners with the UK aid watchdog, the Independent Commission for Aid Impact, where she had a particular focus on violence against women and girls. She has had a number of governance roles including 7 years as chair of Mary Ward Settlement which provides access to justice and access to education for Londoners. She is now a specialist adviser in the House of Commons, and a trustee with Conciliation Resources which works on peace building and conflict resolution.
Kathryn is Gender Equality Director at Business in the Community and leads the BITC gender campaign, working with employers across private and public sectors to accelerate change for women at work. Kathryn is the creator of Same But Different, a ground-breaking photography project on women’s identity and intersectionality, and co-author of Project 28-40, the largest ever UK study of women in work. She has held a number of advisory positions, including Specialist Adviser to the Parliamentary Women & Equalities Committee and Adviser to the British Army Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination review. Kathryn previously volunteered as a helpline counsellor for the Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC).
Uzair Patel is a finance professional for Barclays. In 2013 he co-created their award winning #ThisIsMe mental health campaign which has since been launched across the City of London in collaboration with the Lord Mayor’s Appeal. Prior to this, he was a parliamentary researcher to Rt. Hon. John Denham MP in his capacity as Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. Uzair read Biomedical Sciences, with a focus on neuroscience, at King’s College London and sits on the board of King’s College London Students’ Union (KCLSU) as chair of the audit and risk committee.