Meet the team

Get to know our team

At The For Baby’s Sake Trust, our team is the heart of our organisation. Comprised of passionate individuals from diverse backgrounds, we share a common goal: to support families and break the cycle of domestic abuse. 


From our dedicated For Baby’s Sake Therapeutic Practitioners to our compassionate Ambassadors, each team member brings unique expertise and a commitment to making a difference. Learn more about the people driving our mission forward.

Our people

Meet the team

Trustees

Dr Gillian Rose

Trustee

‘Investing in baby’s and children’s well-being should be everybody’s business.’

Gillian has worked professionally with babies, children, young people and their parents /carers for over 37 years.  She trained in medicine at University College London doing an intercalated degree at Middlesex Hospital in Immunology and Cell Pathology. 

During her early years as a doctor, she realised the importance of emotional well being for health.  She trained in psychiatry and subsequently specialised in child and adolescent psychiatry.  She has experience working in a variety of settings in Cambridge, London and Hertfordshire.  Gillian has worked for over 28 years as a Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist both in outpatient settings and a specialist inpatient children’s unit.

“I feel privileged during my NHS career to have worked in partnership with families and to have witnessed how change is possible.”

Since retirement Gillian has grown a passion for plants and horticulture.

 “Children and plants both require nurturing to reach optimal development.  I am looking forward to working with an organisation that works to facilitate change within families.”

Dame Lin Homer

Chair

Dame Lin was Chief Executive and Permanent Secretary of the HMRC between 2012 and 2016. Prior to this role, she was Chief Executive of Suffolk County Council from 1998-2002, Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council from 2002-2005 and Director-General, Immigration and Nationality Directorate, at the Home Office between 2005 and 2008. From 2008-2011, Dame Lin was Chief Executive of the UK Border Agency and Permanent Secretary of the Department for Transport, 2011.

Dame Lin was educated at Sir John Leman High School in Beccles, Suffolk, and undertook her Law degree at University College London. She is a qualified Lawyer.

Dame Lin was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the Bath (DCB) in the 2016 New Year Honours List.

Adam Shutkever

Vice-Chair

Adam Shutkever

Vice-Chair

“I feel proud to be a part of a ground-breaking initiative to address the terrible damage caused by domestic violence and to break once and for all a cycle which has blighted countless lives.”

Adam has extensive senior management experience in the banking, investment and professional services sectors. 

After reading Law at Clare College, Cambridge, Adam was called to the Bar in 1986. He then pursued a career in investment banking in London and New York before becoming Chief Financial Officer of Accord plc and, following its sale, founding a law firm, Riverview Law, which was sold to EY in 2018.

Adam is based in London and spends spare time with his family or on his bike – he is an enthusiastic amateur cyclist and has completed the legendary 1,400km ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Lady Sally Knowles

Trustee

“The dedication and commitment of the entire team at For Baby’s Sake to breaking the cycle of domestic abuse is awe inspiring. Based on extensive research, the programme that has been developed is positively changing lives now and will change the lives of future generations.”            

Lady Sally Knowles is a qualified solicitor and gained specialist experience in insolvency and corporate recovery before becoming a Partner in an international law firm, within their Restructuring Group.

She has held non-executive and advisory positions, specialising in risk prevention, management and response and supporting clients to understand the threats to their people, information, property and reputation. 

Since 2009, Sally has been a Trustee of Hoopers Africa Trust, a charity which aims to transform the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable girls in Kenya through education. To date, the Trust has funded more than 120 girls through secondary education and 11 through further education.

Philip Fellowes-Prynne

Trustee

“I am delighted to be involved in the For Baby’s Sake programme that protects babies by providing tools and support for the parents to give their baby the start they never had.”                              

Philip is Chairman of WKE Energy, which produces alternative fuels for green energy generators and high energy users such as the Cement industry. He provides strategic and business improvement consultancy support to IWS Water Hygiene, a business unit of South Staff Water; OMS optical metrology specialists; and Logincident, a software start-up company. Philip has a wealth of experience in the infrastructure and waste management sectors, including from 2008 to 2012 as Chief Executive of May Gurney Integrated Services plc, an AIM-listed support services and construction business. Prior to joining May Gurney, Philip was Chief Executive of Accord plc. 

Jon Chapman

Lead Trustee for Safeguarding

Jon Chapman

Lead Trustee for Safeguarding

“I have been involved in managing domestic abuse and services for vulnerable children for a number of years, what initially attracted me to Babys Sake and keeps me motivated to remain involved is that the program  provides a real opportunity to address the cycle of abuse in a meaningful way. Another significant feature, for me , is the leadership desire and absolute determination to tackle the most difficult issues.”

Jon is an experienced child and adult safeguarding professional, underpinned by over 30 years of Police service.

Since retirement Jon has been involved with development work for Safeguarding Boards, Local Authorities and more recently the Church of England.

Jon, is an Independent Safeguarding Chair and author of: Serious Case Reviews, Safeguarding Adult Reviews and Domestic Homicide Reviews.

Jon is active as a Chair of Governors for a local school. He has a passion for rugby, which all of his children play.

Ambassadors

Frank Mullane MBE

Ambassador

“Seventeen years after two of my family were murdered in domestic abuse, I have at last found a programme which aims to stop these horrors right at the beginning.”

Frank is the CEO of AAFDA (Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse) a centre of excellence for reviews after domestic homicide and for specialist peer support. AAFDA provides specialist, expert advocacy to families after fatal domestic abuse (which includes suicides and unexplained deaths) and helps professionals.

Frank helped ensure that Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs) became law. He also helped develop a model, thought to be unique in the world, which helps families to be integral to reviews after domestic homicide. He continues to work closely with the Home Office to enhance the methodology.

Frank is a ‘reader’ of DHRs (advising the Quality Assurance Panel via detailed assessments), he trains people to chair DHRs and is frequently published on domestic abuse.

Frank is an honorary fellow of the University of Gloucestershire where he also is a visiting lecturer. He was awarded an MBE in 2019.

Leadership Team

Lauren Seager-Smith

Chief Executive

Lauren Seager-Smith

Chief Executive

Lauren Seager-Smith became Chief Executive of The For Baby’s Sake Trust in May 2023, bringing expertise and experience in leading charities through growth and development, along with a track-record as a leading advocate for children’s rights and trauma-informed, whole-family approaches.

Lauren was previously CEO of Kidscape, the charity that provides help with bullying, where she led the charity to develop its strategy and governance, expand its services and grow its income. Before then, she was National Coordinator of the Anti-Bullying Alliance. 

Lauren’s record of representing sensitive and complex needs of children and families to a public audience includes extensive media experience, including press, television and radio.

Lauren holds a number of high-profile Board positions including Trustee of Children England and membership of the Action for Children England Committee.  Lauren was delighted to be awarded Associate of the Institute of Responsible Leadership in recognition of her active commitment to growing leadership in the charity sector.

Amanda McIntyre

Deputy CEO

Amanda McIntyre

Deputy CEO

Amanda led the research and analysis of existing evidence, stakeholder consultations and multi-agency and interdisciplinary teamwork between highly respected experts to create The For Baby’s Sake Trust’s flagship programme.

Amanda’s career has focused on bringing together the public, private and voluntary sectors to improve public services and strengthen local communities. Her previous positions include Head of Modernising Government at the CBI and then Public Affairs Director at Accord plc, followed by being the first full-time Director of the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) before joining the charity in 2010.

She is a primary school Chair of Governors in Ponders End, Enfield.

Elaine Fulton

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Elaine Fulton

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Elaine plays a leading role in creating and maintaining The For Baby’s Sake Trust’s strategic partnerships, including negotiating collaborative arrangements with local authority partners.  She managed the contract for the evaluation of For Baby’s Sake, acts as the Trust’s Data Protection Officer and sits on a number of national partnership bodies, including the Early Years Funders’ Group and Parenting Programmes’ Alliance.

Elaine has extensive operational management, commissioning and strategic leadership experience in the voluntary and community sector, health service and local government.  This included responsibility for Early Years and Childcare Services, Young People’s and Family Services, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services as well as leadership of early intervention and prevention strategies and multi-agency, integrated working and system innovation.

Elaine’s experience has led her to bring together a team of academics and local authority partners to develop the case for a fully evaluated early childhood intervention programme in order to build the UK evidence of the impact of early and earlier intervention. This is a work in progress which Elaine does in her spare time

Judith Rees

Director of Operations and Designated Safeguarding Lead

Judith Rees

Director of Operations and Designated Safeguarding Lead

Brenda Evans

Therapeutic Lead

Brenda Evans

Therapeutic Lead

Brenda is a qualified and highly experienced psychodynamic therapist and clinical supervisor who has worked in this sector for over 25 years.

She has managed and developed multidisciplinary teams to support families with multiple and complex needs. Her specialist area is working with families where domestic abuse and substance misuse impact the wellbeing of all family members.

Brenda established and developed a thriving private practice for several years and lectured in therapy across Hertfordshire.

Brenda also has a degree in Human Resources and worked as an HR and training director for many years

Central Team

Emily Johnstone

Fundraising Manager

Emily Johnstone

Fundraising Manager

Dorien Scheets

Fundraising Manager

Dorien Scheets

Fundraising Manager

Vandana Alimchandani

Data and Administrative Officer

Vandana Alimchandani

Data and Administrative Officer

Tracy Snotra

Financial Controller

Tracy Snotra

Financial Controller

Kelly Hanlon

Executive Assistant

Kelly Hanlon

Executive Assistant

Daisy O’Brien

Communications Manager

Daisy O’Brien

Communications Manager

Work with us

As part of our team, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to meaningful work that positively impacts families. You will be joining a charity that enables parents to break cycles of domestic abuse and give their baby the best start in life.

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