Our people

SEA is led by a Director who is supported by a Board of Trustees and a growing number of volunteers. The work of SEA is guided by a survivor reference group. We are grateful for pro bono HR support via Frazer Jones.

DR NICOLA SHARP-JEFFS – FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR

Dr Nicola Sharp-Jeffs has been working in the violence against women and girls sector since 2006. She is recognised as an expert in economic abuse. In 2016, Nicola was made a Winston Churchill Fellow and travelled to the United States and Australia to explore innovative responses to the issue. It was her determination to ensure that women in the UK have access to the same responses that led her to establish SEA. She is an ambassador of the Corporate Alliance Against Domestic Violence and in 2017 was shortlisted for the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize which recognises women who make outstanding contributions towards ending male violence.

Georgia Powell – Communications Officer

Georgia has worked in communications, marketing and events within both the commercial and voluntary sectors for nearly 10 years. In her previous role at a youth charity she was responsible for the project management of youth-focused marketing campaigns, a number of which focussed on gender equality – including raising awareness of healthy relationships and period poverty. Georgia is also an integrative therapist and yoga teacher.

Kathryn Royal – Research and Evaluation Officer

Kathryn Royal has a background in both practice and research in the field of violence against women and girls. She has been an active and committed volunteer for her local Rape Crisis Centre for over 6 years, taking on a number of roles in this time, including regularly providing helpline support. She is currently finishing off her PhD at the Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse at Durham University. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, Kathryn’s research examines how media coverage of rape affects victim-survivors of sexual violence. In November and December 2017, she successfully applied for additional funding to spend a month in Australia, presenting on her work in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, and meeting with both academics and practitioners in the field.

Cathy Millis  – Chair of Trustees

Cathy is an HR professional who has held HR Director roles in UK & International organisations leading significant multi-channel and multi-market transformational change programmes. Now running her own business as an Independent Consultant focusing on Strategic HR, Executive Coaching & Training.

Sue Lewis – Trustee

Since leaving the Treasury in 2011, Sue has held a number of Board and advisory roles. She currently chairs the Financial Services Consumer Panel; and is a Trustee of the People’s Pension; and of StepChange debt charity. Sue also sits as a consumer representative on several financial services industry bodies. She also advises overseas clients on financial education, financial inclusion and consumer protection regulation.

Sue spent most of her career as a senior civil servant, advising government ministers on policy issues including financial services, early years, children and young people, and gender equality.

Nesta Lloyd-Jones – Trustee

Nesta Lloyd-Jones has extensive experience working in policy and public affairs in Wales having worked within the sector for over ten years. After completing her law degree at Cardiff University and being called to the Bar at Middle Temple Inns of Court in 2004, she worked at Welsh Women’s Aid for six years as legal issues co-ordinator. During her time at Welsh Women’s Aid Nesta was involved in a number of UK wide campaigns, including on no recourse to public funds, campaign against the changes to legal aid, and calling for the Forced Marriage Act.

After Welsh Women’s Aid, Nesta was part of the award winning External Affairs team at Macmillan Cancer Support, including leading on the campaign highlighting the financial impact of being diagnosed with cancer. During her time at Macmillan, Nesta was also a consultant for Rape Crisis England and Wales supporting their work in Wales around the Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Act 2015. Since April 2014, she has been working for the Welsh NHS Confederation, who represent the seven Health Boards and three NHS Trusts in Wales, as Policy and Public Affairs Manager.

Nesta has previously been a Trustee of the End Violence Against Women Coalition and has volunteered for the Citizens Advice Bureaux and BAWSO

Janqui Mehta – Trustee

Janqui Mehta has 13 years’ experience in media and communications. She has developed large scale, national awareness campaigns on a range of social issues, most recently at Smart Energy GB, where she is responsible for media relations for the largest single consumer engagement and behaviour change campaign of this decade – the nationwide smart meter rollout. She worked on national awareness campaigns for national domestic violence charity Refuge for four years.

Richard Walsh  – Treasurer

Richard Walsh has worked in the Banking sector in a variety of roles for international banks over the past 16 years. His current day to day role in the restructuring team of a Canadian bank involves managing a portfolio of distressed credits with a view to minimising loan losses and maximising recoveries, in addition to recommending the Collective Provision for the UK division over the past 3 years.