Meet our Trustees and Company Directors

Andrew Pierce

Chair of Trustees

Andrew was with the Devon & Cornwall Police for nearly 32 years, latterly as a Detective Superintendent leading on child protection and the police involvement in the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA). Andrew has acted as Independent Chair of a number of Serious Case Reviews and has been involved in church leadership most of his life.

Bridget Robb

Vice-chair of Trustees

Bridget is a registered social worker, and was a Social Work Manager in Oxfordshire Local Authority. Until 2016 she was CEO of the British Association of Social Workers (BASW), and General Secretary of the Social Workers Union. Bridget is a church warden and safeguarding officer in her local church and on the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Committee.

David Pearson

Trustee and Company Secretary

David has been involved in child protection for almost 50 years. He was a senior Social Services Manager for a London Borough and later worked as a court-appointed Children’s Guardian and independent child protection consultant.  David holds a Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW) and was CEO of the charity until July 2010 when he retired.

Jane Dowdell

Trustee

Jane has worked in the NHS for forty years and as senior child protection officer for 15 years.  Jane worked as Designated Nurse for Child Protection and Senior Interagency Consultant for Safeguarding Children on the Isle of Wight, where she was also the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO). She holds a BA, MA in Child Protection.  Jane is a Safeguarding Coordinator and elder in the United Reform Church where she worked on preparation of their safeguarding policy. 

Ferzanna Riley

Trustee

Brought up in Lancashire Ferzanna worked as a journalist and then joined the Metropolitan Police and HM Customs & Excise before returning to University to study law.  She went on to study Public & International Law at Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. Following major heart surgery in 2002, she became a full time writer and campaigner on issues of forced marriage and honour killings.

Mark Howard

Treasurer

Qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1994, Mark has held a number of senior roles in finance and is currently the Finance Director of an equipment leasing company.  He has additional responsibilities around IT and operations.  His specific role within our trustees is to guide and advise on financial matters, together with providing oversight and assistance to the finance function as required. Mark also acts as Treasurer in his local church.

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