The work of Surviving Economic Abuse (SEA) is informed by ‘Experts by Experience’ – a group of women who speak openly and honestly about what they have gone through so that they can be a force for change.
The charity is led by our founder and CEO, Dr Nicola Sharp-Jeffs OBE, who is supported by a growing team and Board of Trustees. Nicola is an expert in economic abuse as it occurs within the context of coercive control. She has worked in the violence against women and girls (VAWG) sector since 2006 in both policy-influencing and research roles.
In 2016, Nicola was made a Winston Churchill Fellow and travelled to the United States and Australia to explore innovative responses to economic abuse. It was her determination to ensure that women in the UK have access to the same responses that led her to establish SEA. Read more about her work as part of the Winston Churchill Fellowship (under ‘Economic abuse and policy’).
Nicola is also an Emeritus Research Fellow in the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit (CWASU), London Metropolitan University.
In 2020, Nicola was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to victims of domestic and economic abuse in recognition of her work. She was the 2020 winner of the Third Sector Award for Rising Chief Executive and also named ‘Rising Leader of the Year‘ in 2021 by the Charity Times Awards.
Sonu has committed a decade of her career to the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) sector, and brings to the role a dedication to putting victim-survivor voices at the forefront of SEA’s work.
Helen’s background is in the health and disability charity sector. She has more than 20 years experience in operational management and service development.
Sara is a communications and public affairs specialist with a track record in leading teams to deliver high impact campaigns to change attitudes, influence policy and improve access to support.
Shelagh is an experienced fundraiser, and provides the overall strategic and operational leadership for the development and fundraising function within SEA.
Rosa’s background is in the international development sector where she has developed strategy, programmes and partnerships for women’s rights.
The board of trustees help set out SEA’s strategic direction and ensure that the charity complies with legal requirements. The trustees come from a variety of sectors, representing the scope of SEA’s work. This includes domestic abuse, non-profit management, banking and financial expertise, law, government and policy.
Our celebrity supporters and ambassadors help us raise public awareness of economic abuse.
Our advisory group consists of individuals who contribute their knowledge and experience specific to different areas of our work, helping us to achieve our mission.
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