SurvivorsUK is in the fifth year of a 5 year strategic plan with goals that include:
- Increasing counselling and therapy offering by 100% + over 5 years
- Utilising technology to provide innovative and far reaching avenues of support for men who have experienced sexual abuse
- Augmenting the emotional support services of the organisation to serve increasing numbers of affected men, their families, friends and carers
- Developing and delivery specialised training to increasing numbers and cohorts of professionals likely to deal with sexually abused men
- Campaigning and lobbying activities to increase recognition of male sexual assault victims at national and local government levels
- Advertising and promotion to raise the profile of the issue and organisation at Pan-London and national level, thereby reducing the stigma attached to male sexual abuse and encouraging more affected men to come forward for help
- Research to increase the evidence base around male sexual abuse and to encourage better inclusion of facts and statistics specific to male victims in all consideration of sexual violence as a whole
Daniel Mark Carr
Daniel is a branding and communications professional who takes a creative and strategic approach to everything he does. As a global brand manager leading brands through times of change, Daniel is responsible for generating original and novel approaches to challenges that drives the way forward and lays out clear foundations for future success. With a background in start-ups and FTSE100 organisations, Daniel possesses broad expertise and multinational experience. Now based in London, he has lived in Germany, Shanghai, Hong Kong and France, giving him a global perspective to everything he does.
Matt Tennant currently lives in Bicester and works at the the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. His background is in governance, education policy, governance and student support and previously worked at the the University of Oxford and University of Cumbria. He joined SurvivorsUK board as he is interested in improving the governance and decision making within charities. Making sure charities are compliant and operate within the letter of the law and their own governing documents is something in which he takes a particular interest. He is also currently the Vice-Chair of the board of trustees for OutdoorLads: a charity that runs outdoor activity to for gay, bisexual and trans men in the UK.
Emily McFadden is an abuse solicitor at Bolt Burdon Kemp. She brings civil claims for compensation for victims of abuse against organisations and individuals.
Emily joined the SurvivorsUK board in 2017. She joined because she saw her clients finding it difficult to access support, help and counselling, and felt that getting involved in SurvivorsUK would be a way to help men who have experienced abuse. She believes that survivors of abuse need holistic services to help them to come to terms with what happened to them, and to obtain the justice they deserve.
Dr Brock Chisholm is a Clinical Psychologist who specializes in the psychological impact of traumatic events such as sexual & physical assaults, accidents, bereavements, domestic violence and traumatic childhoods, as well as adjustments to life events. He has significant experience in working with victims of organised violence such as torture, trafficking and slavery. He is the Director of Criterion A Psychology Services, an approved expert in the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative hosted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and for the National Crime Agency. He is also a lecturer at the Royal Hospital for Tropical Medicine; and has been a trainer for the Metropolitan Police in The Sexual Offences, Child Abuse and Exploitation Command. Brock was previously employed at specialist NHS services for people with a diagnosis of PTSD, including The Traumatic Stress Clinic and The Forced Migration Trauma Service in London.
He joined the Board of Trustees of Survivors UK in early 2017 to share his clinical expertise and is committed to assisting those affected by sexual abuse, including those that help. He recognizes that for staff to provide an excellent service to survivors the organization itself must be well managed and supported. He hopes that his involvement on the Board will assist with this.
Sara Brennan joined a large apparel and fashion company in January 2019 as Head of Corporate Responsibility, where she leads the ethical trade, corporate responsibility and sustainability programs and strategy. She is also currently studying for a PhD in organisational change.
Sara joined the board of SurvivorsUK in 2018, having studied gender at university and being interested in voice and empowerment. She sees SurvivorsUK as an important charity as it is has a sole focus on male survivors of rape and sexual abuse, and their friends and families. On a personal level she has friends who are male survivors and so, by playing a small part in helping the charity, she wants to help them and others to get the support and help they need from the organisation’s highly skilled and passionate staff.
Mark Brown is the Finance Trustee at SurvivorsUK and Group Operations Finance Director at Colart International. He is a chartered accountant (ACMA CGMA), chartered manager (Ch. Mgr / ACMI) and has degrees in business (MBA) and law (LLB) with 10 years experience working in finance and leadership roles. He brings experience and knowledge of good finance governance procedures, experience in organisation design and helping support a range of organisations to grow and achieve their strategic objectives.
Mark became involved with SurvivorsUK in 2018, having heard about the excellent work being done by the organisation from a work contact. He says that SurvivorsUK helps give a voice to an important area which is often under-represented.