Call 07765 052282/01473 232499 support@survivorsintransition.co.uk

Call 07765 052282/01473 232499 support@survivorsintransition.co.uk

Who We Are

SiT was founded by Clare Wilson and Fiona Ellis.

Clare Wilson

Founder

Fi and I started SiT due to the lack of Support for survivors of CSA in our area. Being a survivor myself helps to bring the survivors voice and heart to everything we do. I have never felt that the things that happened to me were my fault or shame and that they should not be allowed to define my life and persona. I am highly motivated with a passion for justice and the opportunity to provide support & psycho education to survivors to ensure they have every opportunity available to them in life.

Clare is a qualified Social Worker and now volunteers as a Trustee and is the Safeguarding Lead and Child Protection lead

“I believe the most important thing we can say to survivors is ‘you are not alone’ and ‘its not your shame’ and I hope that every survivor who comes to SiT can find their voice and wings to achieve peace and give purpose to their lives.”

Fiona Ellis

Founder

I have been incredibly privileged to be involved with SiT since day one and watch our incredible growth as an organisation. I am continually amazed at the resilience and strength of the men and women who come through our door. I see survivors, full of anxiety and self doubt and watch their transformation over the coming weeks. We believe in you and I hope as an organisation we can show you that we respect you, we listen to you and we believe you.

Fiona runs the organisation from day to day.

Our 1:1 counselling, therapy and pre counselling sessions are delivered by qualified counsellors and therapists and supervised student placements.

Kate Hughes (Chair)

Trustee

Kate was born in Cumbria and after a number of years living and working in London moved to Suffolk in 1998. Kate lives in Ipswich with her husband and two children.  She is marketing professional and worked for BT for 11 years before going freelance. Kate is a hands on Chair – she is based at SiT at least one day per week and has great insight into how the charity runs day to day. Her and Fiona meet weekly to discuss operational and strategic issues. ‘I am passionate about the tremendous work SiT does in our community and proud to be part of an innovative and impactful organisation’

Professor Emma Bond (Research, Education & Development)

Trustee

Professor Emma Bond is the Director of Research and Professor or Socio-Technical Research at the University of Suffolk. She has extensive research experience which have included working with victims of sexual abuse, domestic abuse and online sexual abuse.  “I feel very honoured to be a trustee for SiT. Their work in supporting survivors is incredibly inspiring as the support SiT provides is tailored for each individual and they ensure that the individual is listened to, respected and believed. Everyone at SiT is totally committed to supporting survivors – I am really proud to be one of their trustees”.

Ali Mann (Service User Involvement)

Trustee

Ali was the first ever service user at SiT! She brings a quiet, measured element to the Board and helps to ensure that all of our decisions and day to day running of SiT is steeped in what our service users want. She oversees and regularly attends our Service User Group (SUG) and ensures that survivors ideas and feedback are effectively represented at Board level. ‘I have been involved with SiT since it started and it played an important role in my own healing. I am proud to represent service users on the Board and am pleased with the openness and transparency demonstrated within SiT’

Dr Emma Marriott (Clinical Lead)

Trustee

Emma is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist who has provided clinical direction and insight to SiT since its inception. Emma specialises in older people’s acute services and has an avid interest in how trauma impacts people in older age. ‘It has been an incredible privilege to be involved and watch as SiT has grown, shaped and responded to enormous demand’

Andrew Dewhurst (Strategy)

Trustee

Andrew is the Chief Operating Officer of a local manufacturing company and brings with him a vast range of well-honed business skills. He is integral to the business element of the charity and leads on finance, the strategic direction, development and implementation.

Mark Davies (Finance and Business Development)

Trustee

Mark Davies holds a Degree in Geography from Durham University and is a Chartered Accountant by profession. Mark has worked in Retail Financial Services and the Lending Industry specifically since leaving KPMG in 1994. A seasoned professional in the sector, Mark has held a number of senior roles in the Financial Services Industry and is currently Managing Director of Link Mortgage Services Limited, based in Ipswich and which is part of Link Group PTY of Australia. Prior to that Mark worked as an Interim Manager and CFO of a number of businesses, completing long term assignments as Head of Finance for Hermes Fund Managers Limited and The UK Debt Management Office, where he was actively engaged on supporting the Debt Guarantee programmes launched by the UK Government at the height of the credit crisis. Mark is also serves on the Board of Governors of Colchester Institute and is a member of the Resources Committee. Married to Helen and having lived in Suffolk since 1994, Mark has 2 children at University, one in the USA and a third just embarking on a career in the City. A keen hockey player all his life he was a m