Ruth Dearnley OBE
Ruth has been Chief Executive Officer of STOP THE TRAFFIK. Involved from its inception in September 2005, Ruth began by creating and delivering the communications strategy for the global campaign against people trafficking resulting in thousands of individuals becoming active campaigners. In 2008, STOP THE TRAFFIK delivered over 1.5 million declarations to the first United Nations global forum to fight people trafficking in Vienna; where all 192 countries were present. After the Vienna forum STOP THE TRAFFIK were given the role of UN.GIFT Special Advisor for Community Action against Human Trafficking to facilitate global change. Ruth is building a team of activists across 5 continents; and developing a movement involving global leaders in business, enforcement and thousands of volunteers across society.
Ruth is committed to enabling global information gathering in order to understand and respond with effective intelligence driven intervention on the ground. She was honoured with the award of an OBE in the 2014.
Diane Martin CBE
Having survived prostitution and trafficking in her late teens, Diane has spent nearly 20 years supporting women to exit prostitution; with 15 years as the Founder and Director of a specialist service for women involved in or exited from street prostitution; developing a range of services from street outreach, drop in and court diversion through to aftercare, counselling and life skill groups.
In 2012 Diane started Dovetail Initiative which works with London Borough partnerships, the police and other organisations to develop and improve strategy, policy, prevention and exiting options within a violence against women and girls framework. She is also involved in campaigning for an End Demand approach to legislation as well as working with Church leadership in progressing work around prostitution and trafficking. In 2013 Diane was awarded a CBE for services to vulnerable women in prostitution.
Alan Caton OBE
Alan served as a police officer in his home county of Suffolk for thirty years during which time he led investigations into murder, rape, robbery and serious disorder.
Alan achieved national recognition when in 2006 he co-wrote the strategy and led the multi-agency response to tackle street prostitution in Ipswich after the tragic murders of five young women. The strategy has been hugely successful along with being instrumental in assisting
other constabularies and local authorities to deal with street prostitution. In 2012 Alan was awarded an OBE for his services to policing.
Since his retirement from policing Alan has been appointed as the Independent Chair for both Islington and Central Bedfordshire Safeguarding Children Boards’, a role that sees him coordinate the efforts of all the agencies represented on each of the Boards to achieve effective safeguarding, and to ensure that children and young people are being
successfully safeguarded within the wider partnership.
Kat Banyard is author of The Equality Illusion: The Truth About Women and Men Today. In 2014 her book was dramatised in the play Blurred Lines, premiering at the National Theatre. Kat is also founder of UK Feminista - an organisation supporting grassroots feminist activism. In 2010 Kat was named by the Guardian as “the most influential young feminist in the country” and in 2011 was named one of the Observer’s 50 contemporary innovators, described as “Game-changers whose vision is transforming the world around us”. Kat currently coordinates the End Demand campaign - an alliance of organisations calling for the Sex Buyer Law to be adopted in the UK in order to end demand for commercial sexual exploitation.
Dawn has worked in a range of organisations working with communities, developing services and support for vulnerable people including Domestic Violence, mental Health, substance and alcohol abuse. She spent a number of years in the voluntary sector developing charities and supporting a range of services in particularly early intervention service for children. She currently works for Derby City Council leading on Community Cohesion, Integration and work to Prevent Extremism and Terrorism and is involved in work to safeguard vulnerable adults and children. She is the Chair of Derby City and County Modern Slavery Partnership.
DI Harry Dick
With 25 years policing experience, currently Harry works in the Specialist Crime and
Intelligence Unit as the Force Intelligence Bureau Manager, and have responsibilities in respect of Organised Immigration Crime, Human Trafficking and Exploitation (OICHTE). Project ADVENUS is a multi-agency operation which has been established in order to
develop Derbyshire Police’s organisational understanding of Foreign National Offenders, (FNO) Organised Immigration Crime and Human Trafficking and Exploitation (OICHTE), in order to identify, reduce and mitigate risk.
Detective Sgt Paul Bullock
Detective Sgt Paul Bullock leads the Project Advenus team,
coordinating the multi-agency approach to the identification and safeguarding of victims and the prosecution and disruption of criminal elements involved in Organised Immigration Crime,
Human Trafficking and Exploitation (OICHTE).
Safe and Sound works to keep children and young people safe and sound from sexual exploitation.We provide support directly to children, young people and families in Derby and Derbyshire affected by the abuse and deliver a nationwide programme of training to ensure that individuals receive the support they need to move forwards in their lives. www.safeandsoundgroup.org.uk
Restore is a Christian outreach and support agency working with vulnerable women involved in prostitution. We offer encouragement and opportunities for change and support in regaining social responsibility and inclusion. We also offer further services for those facing exploitative circumstances. Working alongside vulnerable women and seeking to provide advocacy and help in overcoming barriers that oppose their freedom.