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.


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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.


Our adult support team is the first point of contact for women experiencing abuse who want 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 them 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 a focus on making positive changes in important areas of their lives.

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Our Support 2 Court team helps women without legal representation to 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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At SATEDA we rely on the incredible dedication of volunteers who support us with their time and care, from facilitating group programmes and counselling to distributing leaflets and writing letters to women in prison. Valerie and Tracy make sure our volunteers are properly trained, supported and looked after.

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Our programmes team delivers 12-14 week courses of the Freedom Programme, Own My Life, and Power 2 Change, to help women 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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IRIS is the first initiative of its kind in Kent and involves us providing specialist domestic abuse (DA) training for all staff at GP surgeries, 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. Our IRIS Advocate Educator is Ruth, who has worked in the domestic abuse sector for over 15 years.

Ruth also leads Support 2 Court.


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Our staff team also includes a Fundraising Manager who is responsible for generating the funds to finance all SATEDA’s work. She seeks the support of charitable trusts and foundations, local businesses and individual donors – whose generosity we are enormously grateful for. Our Communications & Community Engagement Coordinator promotes SATEDA’s services and supports fundraising.

We employ an Admin Officer who provides general administrative support to the team and to the clients we work with, and a Finance Officer who looks after the charity’s finances 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 has a passion for gender equality and women’s rights. She focused on gender-based violence in Latin America during her Master’s 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, and has since worked 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. 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 2020.

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After more than 12 years in the UK, Giulia has recently moved back to her native Italy, where she is responsible for the customer experience and value proposition at Generali Group. In recent years Giulia has worked on developing partnerships with charities and bringing wider societal perspectives into 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 female empowerment. Having personal past experience of a controlling relationship, she feels privileged to be a member of the SATEDA Board.


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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 the 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 makes 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 Data and Process Transformation Manager at King’s College London. 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. Cementing this passion, Aurélie joined the SATEDA Board in September 2022.

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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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