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Welcome

Trustees and Board

Father Matthew Blake (Chair) is a Roman Catholic priest and Prior of the Carmelite Religious Order in Oxford. He has held many positions of leadership and formation, engaged in retreats and spiritual direction. A Prior and parish priest of the Carmelite Community in Kensington from 2005 – 11, Father Matthew has been a strength and guide in shaping Rahab from the beginning.

Tim Drake is an insightful and motivational speaker and author on innovation, creativity and leadership. With many years experience as an Executive Director in the private sector, he is an entrepreneur who combines personal with leading edge business experience. Tim has a portfolio of interests that includes chairing three think tanks he set up for Chief Executives. He is on the Steering Committee of Inside Out, HMP Wormwood Scrubs’ Community Mentoring Scheme and a trustee of 3 other charities.

Joanna Gardner is a former local councillor and cabinet member in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. A solicitor by profession, she is a third generation politician who cares about people and their lives. Joanna served as the Mayor of the Borough in 2008-9 and is involved in a number of local activities across all sectors of the community.

Kevin Hyland OBE is the UK’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and former Head of Scotland Yard’s Human Trafficking Unit. One of the pioneers in leading the UK’s response, Kevin was inspirational in the establishment of the Santa Marta Group, an international network of senior law enforcement chiefs and church leaders, inaugurated at the Vatican by Pope Francis in 2014 to raise awareness and fight modern slavery in countries of origin, transit and destination.

Sister Antonia Lopez is a member of the Congregation of Adoratrices. She has held various responsibilities as Local and Provincial Superior and is currently Provincial Delegate and Project Coordinator of the Sisters’ work with Caritas and the Red Cross. Sister Antonia has a degree in psychology and extensive experience caring for the women, having served as Director of several of the Sisters’ therapeutic communities and safe homes in Spain.

Sister Doly Mathew is a member of the Congregation of Adoratrices.  A fervent advocate and defender of women’s rights and protection, prior to moving to the UK she lived in India with the women, working for their empowerment and protection as well as that of street children. Sister Doly served as Superior of the Convent in London from 2003-09. Inspired to continue the Sisters’ mission she was instrumental in setting up Rahab, bringing a wealth of knowledge and depth of experience to the work of the charity.

Rosslyn Okumu (Manager) is MBA qualified with executive management experience in banking and management consultancy in the UK and abroad. Challenged by a personal desire to make a difference, she transitioned from the private to the charity sector and worked for a number of non-profit organisations before finding full expression for her calling in the mission of Adoratrices. Rosslyn’s expertise and contribution in shaping the charity has been remarkable from the beginning, and she continues to be a part of the leadership team.

 

Rahab Ambassador

Julie Etchingham is a newsreader and journalist with previous experience working for the BBC and Sky News, currently co-presenting ITV news and current affairs. She is passionate about raising awareness of human trafficking and bringing to light the women’s personal stories through her work in the media nationally and internationally. She also moderates conferences on human trafficking in the UK and abroad.