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The Team

Liza Thompson – CEO

Liza is passionate about social justice (rather than social injustice) and strives to help amplify the voices of those who find themselves side-lined.  She is a qualified IDVA, accredited Service Manager and has recently been awarded her PhD – the thesis for this examines 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 SATEDA’s Business Development Manager. She joined SATEDA in 2015 having worked in social housing for 15 years and now focusses on finding opportunities for SATEDA to continue their work and raise awareness of domestic abuse in our communities. In her spare time Carey runs, cycles and swims, she has taken on a number of challenges to raise funds for SATEDA.

Lucy Wakefield – Service Manager

Lucy joined SATEDA in 2019 having worked in social housing for 12 years. She has always been passionate about supporting women and managed a women’s refuge within that time. Lucy currently oversees the Outreach, Support 2 Court and Youth programmes and is in the process of gaining her Service Manager Accreditation.

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 Group Programme Coordinator.

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!

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 loves reading and listening to music.

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 is one of SATEDA’s Support Workers, she 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.

Pat – Young Person’s Support Worker

Pat joined SATEDA in 2021. She has supported children and young people at home, and in residential and education settings over many years. Pat loves being outdoors, dog walking with Husband and 2 children, and going to live music events. Her family have a dog, 2 cats, a gecko and 2 snakes (Pat does not handle these!)


Teresa, joined SATEDA in 2017 as a volunteer bringing her fantastic admin stills to a few of our projects. In March 2019 she joined our Support2Court Team and now works across Kent supporting women with civil court cases.


Becci joined our Support2Court team in April 2020 after volunteering with SATEDA for just over a year. She’s really excited to getting more involved and help women successfully through the court process.


Kirsty is a Support Worker with SATEDA, bringing her experience of working in a Forest School Assistant with vulnerable children and their parents in an outdoor learning environment. Kirsty first joined SATEDA as a volunteer and is passionate about holistic approaches to working with survivors of domestic abuse and is proud to support our families in their journey.