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The Team

Liza Thompson – CEO

Liza is passionate about social justice and about giving survivors of domestic abuse a voice. She is a qualified IDVA and accredited Service Manager and is currently completing her PhD in Law which is centred on the experiences of abused mothers within the child protection system.

Janet Garnons-Williams

Janet’s career was as a lawyer working in criminal justice, latterly as a District Crown Prosecutor, leading a team which dealt with Crown Court work in West Kent. Her particular casework specialisms were child abuse, serious sexual offences and homicides. In addition to overseeing casework and leading her team, Janet also trained as a mediator to deal with in-house dispute resolution. Janet retired in 2013 and joined the SATEDA board in 2014, taking over as chair in August of that year. Janet has been active in promoting issues primarily affecting women and girls through membership of Medway Towns Soroptimist club which works locally and internationally, so bringing a wider perspective to her work for SATEDA

Carey Philpott

Carey is the Projects Manager for SATEDA. She leads a team who are responsible for a number of specialist projects with individual funding streams. Carey has been with SATEDA since 2015 having worked in social housing for 15 years. In her spare time Carey is training to run a half marathon to raise funds for SATEDA.

Kate Bowen – Operations Manager

Kate joined SATEDA in 2013 and is now our Operations Manager, managing the support and administrative function of the charity. Kate is a Safelives qualified IDVA and OCNLR Level 3 Certificate in Domestic Abuse: Prevention and Early Intervention and is a champion of institutional advocacy. Working closely with our partner agencies, supporting them in being able to see things through the eyes of our clients.

Donna Hearn – Senior Support Worker

Donna has worked for SATEDA since 2015 and is our senior support worker. Donna feels very passionate about supporting victims of domestic abuse. Donna is a specialist in supporting clients with complex needs and has great empathy for the struggles many victims face.

Gina Francis – Groups Programmes Coordinator

Gina started with us in September 2016 as SATEDA’s Freedom Programme, coordinating our programmes across the borough.

Gina loves to be outdoors, she likes camping although can’t handle it for more than 2 nights! She also likes good food, especially if she doesn’t have to cook it herself!

Jo Francis – Senior Volunteer Coordinator

Jo has been with SATEDA for 2 years. After 6 months of volunteering, she was employed as volunteer coordinator for Sheppey; moving on to Senior Volunteer Coordinator for Sheppey and Sittingbourne. She enjoys reading thrillers and spending time with friends and family.

Steve Pettitt – Support2Court Coordinator

Before working with SATEDA overseeing the Support2Court project Steve worked for Her Majestys Court Service and Kent Police where she supported victims and witnesses of crime through the Criminal Justice System.  Steve is married with 3 grown up children and 2 mad dogs. In her spare time, Steve plays Flugel Horn in a local brass band.

Faye – Youth Programmes Coordinator

Faye has worked with children and young people over the last 14 years in a variety of settings from Youth Work to Private Law cases. She has a passion for supporting young people to reach their potential and to go on to have a successful and happy future.

Chanel – Support Worker – Project Liberty

Chanel works for SATEDA on Project Liberty which is delivered in partnership with Rising Sun in Canterbury. Chanel is an outreach support worker, supporting women and young girls from the ages of 11 – 24 educating them on positive relationships. Chanel has a level 3 diploma in working with children and young people and has a background of extensive training gained from working with Looked After Children for 5 years.

Tracy – Groups Facilitator

Tracy is a Groups Facilitator. She started Volunteering with SATEDA in 2016, before becoming a paid employee in 2017. Tracy has three children and in her spare time volunteer at her local youth football club, where she is the Vice-Chairperson for the committee and also manages the Colts team.

Susan – Groups Facilitator

Gavin – Team Administrator

Gavin has been the Team Administrator for SATEDA since 2015. Before this he volunteered as Admin support through the Employability Programme. With a background in Administration and I.T., Gavin backs the Support, Project and Volunteer Teams in anyway he can.

Lauren – Support Team Administrator

Lauren is our Support Team Administrator. She has been with us since April 2016. Lauren takes all incoming calls and supports our Support team with admin. Lauren facilitates our Sittingbourne One Stop Shop and supports the operation of our other One Stop Shops and Drop In’s. Lauren has a passion in helping those making their first steps and journey to breaking free.

Mary – Volunteer Coordinator

Mary started working with SATEDA in May 2018 as a Volunteer Coordinator. Mary likes to spend time at home with her husband, her five children and their partners. In her spare time, not that she has much with the six grandchildren, she likes to be creative and loves a game of bingo.

Ruth Warren

Ruth is the Sheppey support worker. Ruth has worked with those affected by domestic abuse for over a decade and has good insight into how deeply domestic abuse can affect many aspects of a family’s life.