Our team

Meet the incredible individuals working to deliver our prevention work and support services in the community all year around – on the front line and behind the scenes.

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Carey Philpott

Carey joined SATEDA in 2015 having worked in social housing for 15 years. Having grown with SATEDA she now leads the charity as CEO.  Carey has extensive experience in the social sector and with an MBA in Senior Leadership, she’s excited to strengthen SATEDA’s systems and develop our services and activities to ensure women and children are at the heart of all we do. She also keenly champions the need for societal change, education and tools for young people to strive towards SATEDA’s vision to end domestic abuse.

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Sarah Carnell

Sarah Carnell is SATEDA’s Head of Support Services. Sarah’s first role in supporting women who have experienced domestic and sexual violence was in 1996 when she volunteered as a telephone helpline worker with a rape crisis centre. Since then, Sarah has supported women in both community and refuge settings. She has also taught compulsory aged children, and at further education and higher education establishments.

Sarah is a qualified SafeLives Independent Domestic Violence Advisor, Independent Sexual Violence Advisor and a Domestic Abuse Service Manager. She has managed teams of teachers and domestic abuse support workers.


Gina Francis

Gina is responsible for the line management and project management of SATEDA’s Communities Team, which encompasses our volunteer offer, group programme provision and counselling. Our communities projects are an important element in our offer of support for survivors; by working in partnership with SATEDA’s other teams we are able to offer the best solution in their journey towards a life free of abuse.

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Donna, Ruth & Lucy

Our support team is the first point of contact for women who are experiencing abuse wanting to access support. Our team will listen, assess their needs and develop a support and safety plan with them. The support worker will then be able to refer to other services provided by SATEDA, or signpost to outside agencies to meet their support needs.

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Our Youth Support Team offers 1:1 and family support, also delivering programmes to groups of children and young people. We offer the opportunity to develop self-knowledge and recognise strengths, working on managing emotions and building healthy relationships. There is also focus on making positive changes in important areas of their lives. Our young people matter.

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Becci, Ruth & Samantha

Our S2C team help women we support obtain protective civil orders through the family courts. They help with the paperwork, statement writing, and also support in court as a McKenzie Friend. Obtaining these orders gives the women we support peace of mind and a feeling of safety again, for themselves and their children.

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Valerie & Tracy

At SATEDA we rely on the incredible dedication of volunteers who support us with their time and care, from facilitating group programmes, to counselling, to distributing leaflets, to writing letters to women in prison. Valerie and Tracy make sure our volunteers are properly trained, supported and looked after.

Programme Facilitators

Susan & Donna

Our programmes team deliver 12-14 week courses of the Freedom Programme, Own My Life, and Power 2 Change, to recover, regain ownership and rebuild after abuse. They guide discussions about the nature and impact of domestic abuse in a safe and friendly environment on a weekly basis.

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Ruth has worked within the domestic abuse sector for over 15 years and now oversees the IRIS programme in Kent as the Advocate Educator. This involves providing specialist DA training for all staff at GP surgeries in the area, focusing on the clear link between health and domestic abuse. Specialist support is then offered to any female patient at the surgery who may be experiencing domestic abuse.

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Marylka, Gavin & David

Marylka (Fundraising Manager) is responsible for raising the funds to support all SATEDA’s work. She works with charitable trusts, foundations, local businesses and individual donors – the charity relies on the generosity of all these funders to support over 1200 women and 100 children each year.

Gavin (Admin Officer) provides general administrative support to the team and to the clients we work with.

David (Finance Officer) works with the charity’s finance and accounts.


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Janet is a former lawyer who worked in criminal justice, latterly as a District Crown Prosecutor in West Kent, specialising in cases of child abuse, serious sexual offences and homicides. Janet also trained as a mediator, dealing with in-house dispute resolution. Retiring in 2013, Janet joined the SATEDA board in 2014. She’s been active in promoting issues primarily affecting women and girls through membership of Soroptimist International, bringing a wider perspective to her work for SATEDA.

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Susan (she/her) has 8 years of experience in the marketing and communications field, and a passion for gender equality and women’s rights. She focused on gender-based violence in Latin America during her master’s course and gained a deep understanding of the impact of culture and societal norms on violence against women. Susan started her career in marketing and communications in the charity sector, working for Oxfam Ireland on the fundraising team. She spent the next 7 years focusing on events, digital marketing, and communications for companies across the legal, advertising, and sustainability sectors in both the US and UK. Susan previously spent a year volunteering at an outreach centre for survivors of domestic violence, facilitating a support group to empower women who had experienced violence and abuse. She currently works as a Communications Manager for a recycling company in London and joined the SATEDA board as the Marketing and Communications Trustee in June of 2020.

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Giulia is 36 years old, married and a mum to Leonardo, her 18 month old son. She is Italian and has lived in the UK for the past 10 years. For the past 6 years, Giulia has been working at M&G plc, where she heads up the global insights and strategy team. Giulia has always worked on customer as it’s where her passion lies; she loves looking at the business with an outside in perspective and as part of her role she’s responsible for the global insights team, client strategy and innovation. Keeping an outside in perspective also means looking outside of the corporate sector and in the past few years Giulia has worked on developing partnerships with charities and bringing wider societal perspectives as part of the company’s decision making.

She has always had a passion for the role that charities play in society and is particularly close to the mission of women empowerment, from creating the right circumstances for them to thrive to supporting their development in day to day life. Giulia is also particularly close to SATEDA’s mission, from a personal past experience of a controlling relationship and supporting women around her going through their journey of self-discovery towards freedom. She feels privileged to be part of the SATEDA Board and able to use her skills for this fantastic organisation.

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Daisanne moved to England ten years ago after a long and successful career in public sector in Canada. Since arriving here she has been a senior leader in blue light services both in Wiltshire and in Surrey and Sussex where she is currently Head of Shared Services for both police forces.

She is married and has two adult children living in Canada with their partners and is also a big part in the life of her stepson who lives with his family in Florida.

She is dedicated to the cause of women who have faced domestic abuse and feels that her own experiences are invaluable to SATEDA which she joined in the autumn of 2021.

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Simon joined SATEDA’s Board of Trustees in April 2022. He is married to Jennifer, and they have 3 daughters. He is CIMA qualified with 10 years of experience in public sector finance, working for Ministry of Defence. He is keen to contribute and help the most vulnerable people in society, particularly within gender equality and women’s rights. He wants to create an environment that empowers women and make children feel safe.

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Aurélie attained her doctorate in History and Philosophy of Art at the University of Kent in 2022. She currently works as a Manager in Policy and Assessment Strategy at The Open University. Her passion lies in the intersection between feminist philosophy, education, policy and the arts. Aurélie greatly values the interventions charities have created, historically and presently, to empower and advocate for women. Especially close to her heart is support for women who have experienced domestic violence. Concretising this passion, Aurélie joined the SATEDA Board in September 2022. She is thrilled to contribute and feels privileged to work with SATEDA given the crucial work it does to make a difference in the lives of survivors of domestic abuse.

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At SATEDA we are extremely lucky to have such a dedicated and enthusiastic group of people all choosing to offer their valuable time to our charity.

Whether it is a few hours a month helping write letters for Project Hope or co-facilitating group programmes every week, our volunteers show up and we value them so much.

We couldn’t provide the excellent service we do without their help and kindness, and knowing some of our volunteers have used our journey of support and stayed on to support others warms our hearts. And we’re beyond proud of it.

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