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Chief Executive Officer

"Survivors of modern slavery can not be defined by their pasts, the women we support have the right to a life of freedom without fear."

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As CEO The Sophie Hayes Foundation, Red's leadership is focused on life changing support for women and girls trafficked across the globe to the UK. Support which enables sustainable freedom and independence.

With a lifelong commitment to gender equality and human rights, Red began her professional career as an Art Director in the advertising industry, later transitioning to the third sector as the Disaster Services Director for the American Red Cross. Her journey then continued across food poverty and educational inequalities for marginalised

groups with United Way, social integration for those with intellectual disabilities at Special Olympics California, and the refugee crisis impacting unaccompanied minors across European refugee camps with Safe Passage/Citizens UK before arriving at Sophie Hayes Foundation.

Additionally, Red has served on the boards for UN Women UK, Anti-Slavery International and National Voices UK.  She currently serves as Chair of the Management Committee for the Commonwealth's 8.7 Network, and board of trustees for the Bright Future Cooperartive.

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Placements & Training Supervisor

"There is a need for raising awareness on employment/training provisions to engage more women on their  journeys towards sustainable freedom  "

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the Sophie Hayes programme and offer encouragement as someone who's embarked on a studying journey later in life.


Julie graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2009 with an MA in Youth and Community Development, a Degree and a Foundation Degree. Her youth work and teaching experience and other vocational qualifications have, without a doubt, assisted her in her role at Sophie Hayes Foundation - insider knowledge of Employment criteria, qualification standards have been a blessing in disguise.

Julie is a Placement & Training Supervisor at Sophie Hayes Foundation.


Julie came from an Arts and Teaching background, with previous roles as a Lecturer at the University of Birmingham on the Youth, Community & Play Degree Course and IQA and Lead Tutor for a Training provider. She also has 27 years of experience as a Youth Worker.

After completing her bachelors degree, Julie delayed her post-graduate work by 18 years. Julie is more than happy to share this experience with those on

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Director of Programmes and Innovation

"Like the women we work with, Sophie Hayes Foundation is a bold and courageous organisation. They will be change makers in society."

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needs & disabilities, care-experienced young people and adults, and, now, women survivors of modern slavery.

For the past 14 years, Katie has been in a variety of senior leadership positions, ranging from Head of Delivery, Head of Programmes and Head of New Business. She's been developing strategic partnerships and fundraising for innovative new programmes with partners such as The Princes Trust, London Wildlife Trust, Tyne and Wear Museums, The BBC, Save the Children UK, The National Lottery, Lloyds Foundation.

Katie is an adventurer at heart and spent her early career living and working with local community groups, NGO's and INGO's in China, the Philippines and the USA as a teacher trainer, programme officer and evaluator.

After studying for an MSc in Global Ethics, Katie became passionate about women's rights and creating systemic change with and for vulnerable groups. As a result, she's spent the past 18 years working in the charity sector creating, delivering, funding and evaluating strategic programmes for a variety of groups, including refugees and asylum seekers, young people with special educational

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Volunteering & Survivor Network Supervisor

"Survivors of modern slavery can not be defined by their pasts, the women and girls we support have the right to a life of freedom without fear."

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Carly has built skills in managing priorities, resilience, conflict resolution, team building and mentoring. She enjoys a changing and varied role to use her experience in community engagement, management, events, mentoring and pastoral care and public speaking.


More than anything, Carly is passionate about the community and connection, and seeing people reach their potential.

Carly's vision for the future remains clear and encompassing: “Governance and operations are collaborations based on challenge and support. Both are required to help the most vulnerable amongst us".


Carly started as the Volunteer and Survivor Network Supervisor in November 2020 after relocating from Bristol where she spent the past 14 years working for a community based charity and working in management within hospitality.


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Interim Board Chair

"The programme works. It helps save lives, creates self-belief and delivers sustainable freedom."

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of UN Women UK and a Director of the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Canada. Previous board roles include Chair of UN Women UK, Trustee of the Legacy List, Director of Future London Enterprises, Director of STEM Learning Labs, Chair of the Design Business Association, Chair of Alberta Ballet and Trustee of ArtsCommons An American, Laura was educated at McGill University in Canada, and the Courtauld Institute, University of London, UK. Although she has made the UK her permanent home, Laura has lived for periods in the U.S., Canada, France and Tunisia.

As a business leader and advisor, Laura has over 30 years of experience helping organisations embrace change, build and enhance culture and expand potential. This experience has led to the guiding principles behind the leading strategy and brand consultancies that she founded with their brand-led approach to building culture and sustainability in every organisation - “Business Made Better”. Laura is the founder and driving force behind consulting and advisory companies, Appetite and Blackbird Consultants. In addition to her role at Sophie Hayes Foundation, Laura is Chair Emeritus

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Interim Board Chair

"Women survivors deserve to be able to build their future on their own terms."

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She was named Nottingham's Solicitor of the Year in 2016, for her work on access to the profession and the proposed new regulatory regime for the training and qualification of solicitors.


Since moving back to London, Leanne has worked in two of the City's leading law firms. Alongside her legal practice and work with Sophie Hayes Foundation, Leanne also sits on the Law Society's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.


Leanne is learning to ballroom dance in her free time and loves sailing with her fiancé on the South Coast of England.

Leanne is a corporate lawyer with a passion for social mobility, diversity and equality. She joined the board of Sophie Hayes in February 2018 and has spent her time supporting the organisation by implementing better governance principles and processes.


After spending most of her school days in Lincolnshire, Leanne obtained her law degree at University College London and her post-graduate diploma in legal practice at Nottingham Law School. She qualified as a solicitor in 2014. Leanne won the International Oratory Competition at the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division annual conference in 2015.

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"I am proud of Sophie Hayes Foundation's work to empower survivors and give them independence."

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In his spare time, John enjoys all sports, socialising with friends and spending time with his family.

John is a Chartered Accountant. 

Having trained in a firm specialising in the audit of charities and non profits, he has gone on to provide audit and advisory services to organisations in the public sector, including the European Commission and the United Nations, investment and wealth management firms and companies within the leisure industries.  He is currently a Partner, responsible for a portfolio of clients ranging from sole traders to nationally recognised charities and large listed group companies.

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"It's critical to support survivors of this grim form of abuse to build a future of sustainable freedom and hope."

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As the former Head of Ethics and Compliance for Oxfam GB, Alex spearheaded the strategy to enable a coherent approach to address employee misconduct through policy, process and oversight alignment between incident response, prevention, risk & assurance, and culture & people. Before that, she set up the first social & environmental responsibility programme in the International Non-Governmental Organisation (INGO) sector and led the research, company performance assessments and labour rights initiatives for UNICEF, The Body Shop International and the Ethical Trading Initiative (UK). Alex holds an MA in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex.

Alex works with boards and executives on addressing power dynamics and organisational integrity.


Alex draws on her extensive experience building organisation-wide responsibility frameworks – developing strategies, policies, and transformation plans which integrate ethics whilst navigating the complexities of operational realities. Drawing on a global perspective, having worked in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and North America, Alex’s background brings a broad knowledge of responsibility frames with a solid understanding of the need for an integrated approach.

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"The women we journey with are incredible. Sophie Hayes Foundation  plays a part enabling them to realise all they can achieve."

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feminist activism and is a councillor and Chief Whip on Islington council. Before this, Sara was a London Assembly candidate and a parliamentary candidate. She was part of the inaugural Jo Cox Women in Leadership scheme and is Chair of Fabian Women’s Network.


Sara likes listening to her favourite artist, Kate Bush, enjoying a tipple of red wine and spending time with her twin boys in her spare time.

Sara joined Sophie Hayes Foundation as a Trustee, with a passion for the criminal justice system.


Sara spent over a decade working in the criminal justice system, following her initial career in the theatre!

She worked in HMP Holloway, then post-release, mentoring women and managing holistic support services. She’s a PhD candidate at the University of Nottingham, focusing on prison healthcare staff and deaths in custody.

Sara has a background in grassroots community and

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"Supporting women from modern slavery to independence is essential in a just and humane society."

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 high-level partnership between law enforcement agencies, faith groups and civil society launched by Pope Francis at the Vatican.


In 2018, Kevin was co-recipient of the ‘Path to Peace Award’ in New York. In 2019, he was awarded the UN Women UK ‘HeForShe’ Leadership Award and, in 2020, the UN Women for Peace Association Advocacy Award. He leads or advises several international bodies and projects, and has assisted many nations in developing anti-human trafficking policies and legislation.

Following 30 years in policing, including leading London’s Human Trafficking Unit, in 2014, Kevin Hyland OBE was appointed the UK’s first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. He authored and led the inclusion of Sustainable Development Goal 8.7 to eradicate human trafficking within the United Nations 15-year strategic priorities. In recognition of his policing and human trafficking efforts in 2015, Kevin was appointed OBE. In 2018 Kevin was elected Ireland’s representative to the Council of Europe Independent Group of Experts for Trafficking. He remains a chief advisor to the Santa Marta Group, a

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"Life without exploitation is non-negotiable. Sophie Hayes Foundation helps survivors define and achieve a future life free of exploitation and that is why I support their work."

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After completing his studies at the University of Oxford, Toby dedicated time to furthering inclusion for the LBGTQ+ community through ERGs, pastoral support and events with the Royal Academy of Engineering.

In his spare time, Toby is an avid traveller, having visited and worked in 53 countries. He is also a big rugby fan, a gym fanatic and love to attend the theatre.

Toby joined as a Trustee at Sophie Hayes Foundation because of his belief in the need to ensure opportunities for all. He is also a Trustee at the charity Envision where he chairs the Strategy and Impact Committee.

With a background in engineering, Toby is currently Vice President at Portchain, a container shipping technology company. Prior to this, he was a consultant at McKinsey & Co, and previously worked at BP Plc and Martin-Baker Aircraft Ltd.

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"For every woman who has been robbed of her independence,

Sophie Hayes Foundation offers a sustainable pathway to freedom."

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healthcare charities with the necessary digital tools they need to engage their constituents. Mema is also active within the diasporic Iraqi community, where she works with two grass-roots campaigning organisations to build resources and advocacy tools.


Having graduated with a bachelor’s degree in German and French, Mema is fluent in both languages in addition to her maternal languages of Arabic and English.

In her spare time, Mema is an avid reader and lives in London with her best friends and tortoise called Ulysses.

Mema joined the Sophie Hayes Foundation in 2017, driven by a passion for supporting women survivors of modern slavery. Her journey started as a facilitator on the Employability Programme, where she provided a series of group workshops to survivors of trafficking. In her new role as a Trustee, Mema works closely with the Foundation’s leadership on developing and implementing outreach and community fundraising campaigns.


Mema’s commitment to fundraising extends to her professional life, where she works as an Account Executive at Blackbaud, providing UK-based

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"I am passionate about gender equality and social mobility, both of which are at the heart of our work. I believe that education and training is key to helping survivors  realise their full potential ."

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CDC works across Africa and Asia, investing in low to middle-income countries, intending to help improve the lives of millions. Mamoona's work has a particular focus on gender and climate and the role of the private sector in helping achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.


Before this, Mamoona was at London Business School. She led their strategic and B2B events, working with the academics and leadership team to develop and launch new programmes and products. As a volunteer, she has worked with several youth, refugee and women's charities, providing events and communications support.

Mamoona is a trustee at Sophie Hayes Foundation with a passion for social equality and justice.


Mamoona is a marketing and communications professional who specialises in events, partnerships and campaigns. She has worked across the public, private and third sectors, delivering a wide range of international affairs and campaigns to global audiences.


Mamoona currently works for CDC Group, the UK's development finance institution and impact investor, where she leads their wide-ranging corporate events programme.

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Company Secretary

"Every person matters, and to be involved in enabling Sophie Hayes Foundation help improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable is a privilege."

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First, stepping in to provide urgent short-term support to the Company Secretariat team at NHS Property Services and subsequently moving to a Company Secretarial position in the Governance team of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. It was this change of career focus that led Graham to Sophie Hayes Foundation.


Away from the office routine, Graham’s primary focus is spending as much time as possible with his wife and family. He is an avid runner clocking up the miles most mornings, has a passion for music and sport, loves to travel, and is a dedicated supporter of Chelsea and Wycombe Wanderers.

With extensive experience as a lawyer and company secretary, Graham works as company secretary at Sophie Hayes Foundation.


After graduating from University, Graham flew to Portugal to teach English as a foreign language for two years. Upon returning to the UK, Graham qualified as a solicitor and started his legal career in private practice before moving in-house to join Colas Limited in 2001 as Head of Legal & Insurance, Company Secretary and Associate Director.


After two decades in the construction industry, Graham bid farewell and moved to other sectors.