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Chantal Hughes - Chief Executive

Working in the voluntary sector for two decades I have held a variety of posts supporting vulnerable adults, children and young people. Whilst at The Children’s Society I developed services for sex workers, looked after children, careleavers and young people in the criminal justice system. My career has involved designing a range of experiential courses and interventions aimed at breaking the cycle of abuse, offending and exploitation.

I have a BA (Hons) in Psychotherapy from University of Southampton and returned to Southampton as a freelance lecturer on the Psychotherapy degree course where I taught for six years. I have held various psychotherapy posts, including private practice and six years working with Relate, during which time I assisted in the implementation of the ‘bridging to safety model’ for couples experiencing domestic abuse.

I joined The Hampton Trust in 2006 as the Domestic Abuse Services Manager before progressing to Deputy Chief Executive and taking up the role of Chief Executive in 2013. Whilst at the Trust I have led the development of a range of interventions targeting children, young people and adults both in and outside of the criminal justice system. Initially joining the Trust to cover a 12-month maternity post, I credit the staff, opportunities to innovate and excellent partnerships as the reason I remain committed and passionate to the work of the organisation.

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Tracy Rutherford - Deputy Chief Executive

I joined The Hampton Trust in 2009 as the Women’s Safety Worker supporting and advising women who’s partners or ex partners were accessing The Hampton Trust’s domestic abuse perpetrator programmes. In 2011 I moved into the role of the Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) for the Isle of Wight whilst completing a Post Graduate Certificate in ‘Advocacy Skills for Working with Survivors of Sexual Violence’ at Worcester University.

Alongside the ISVA role I facilitated CARA workshops (whilst in the pilot period of development), and delivered Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programmes. In 2014 I was offered the Domestic Abuse Services Manager role to which I was responsible for overseeing all of Hampshire’s community Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programmes, CARA and the IOW ISVA Service. I have played a leading role in developing the Hampshire Domestic Abuse Partnership, and in 2016 took on the role of The Hampton Trust’s Deputy Chief Executive. I continue to play a leading role in the development and implementation of CARA nationally.

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Helen Downey - Operations Manager

I joined The Hampton trust in 2018 as the Administration and Project Support Officer. I wanted to work for an organisation that made a difference to people’s lives on a day to day basis, and I was really interested in how The Hampton Trust supported people to be given the tools and knowledge to make changes to their lives.

I was promoted in May 2019 to Operations Manager. My main role is to ensure that we are operating effectively. Overseeing the provision of services, making sure we meet the needs of our client’s, and other service providers. My responsibilities vary from HR, Governance, Quality Assurance/ ISO Audit, Business Development, Staffing, Recruitment, and our PR Strategy.

My previous management roles have all been within financial services, with over 20 years’ experience in people management, customer service, coaching development, project management and financial budgeting. I am passionate about The Hampton Trust team achieving their values and goals and am excited to be part of the bigger picture as we continue to grow as a charity.

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Caroline Freeman - Regional CARA Lead

I have worked in the voluntary sector for over twenty years, working initially in Youth & Community settings in Newcastle upon Tyne , managing and developing projects for The Children’s Society which focused on young people at risk of school exclusion and young people running away from home or care.

I have worked in the Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence sectors both internationally and in the UK for the last 10 years beginning in 2009, as a VSO volunteer in Sri Lanka where I worked collaboratively with a local NGO and UN agencies to improve responses to Sexual Gender Based Violence in conflict-displaced communities. Since 2011, I held a number of roles with the Leicester based Domestic Abuse charity FreeVA including volunteer co-ordinator, IDVA /ISVA Team Leader and Service Manager. In 2012, in partnership with Respect, I developed and managed a new community Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programme (DVPP), FreeVA- the Jenkins Centre achieving full Respect Accreditation within 18 months.

More recently, I have worked as Project Advisor with Leicestershire Police and Probation on the pilot ADAPT project focusing on responding to a cohort of high risk, serial perpetrators of domestic abuse. Following a brief period as a consultant with Respect on the pilot early perpetrator response, Make a Change, in Lincolnshire, I joined The Hampton Trust in April 2019 as their first Regional Manager for CARA overseeing the Midlands Region. I am passionate and committed to CARA as an early intervention to respond to domestic abuse offenders and to safeguard victims, that sits within a framework of a range of responses to domestic abuse perpetration in both the community and statutory sectors.

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Debbie Willis - Children and Young People Services Manager

I have extensive experience of working with groups of vulnerable children and young people. I started my working career in the looked after system and moved on to become a qualified youth worker.

I have since designed and implemented many different youth orientated programmes including participatory development work for a range of organisations including the Youth Services, Connexions and the voluntary sector. I’ve worked across the Uk in both urban and rural contexts, largely as a detached youth worker.

I have written and delivered a number of training courses for a wide selection of agencies, schools and youth groups across the south. As the Children and Young People Services Manager (lead) for The Hampton Trust, I have worked with a diverse range of young people to develop Behavioural Change programmes for young people and young adults.

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