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Leadership & governance

Our Team

Ensuring the continued growth and vitality of Rahab's mission.

Rahab is governed by a Board of Trustees, who meet regularly to discuss and guide the direction of the charity and how the organisation is run.

A highly committed and experienced and committed team, they provide the critical advice and oversight to help further Rahab’s work.

Swapna Xavier
Chair of Trustees

Swapna is a seasoned management consultant who has many years’ senior leadership experience in the UK and internationally spanning business strategy, growth and implementation, digital transformation, change management and leadership development. She studied at Insead, Paris and Texas McCombs Business School, and has a personal interest in human psychology, neuro science and stroke rehabilitation, as well as certification in yoga and yoga psychotherapy. Swapna brings great passion to Rahab and the mission of Sisters Adoratrices, and is dedicated to contributing and creating an impact against sexual violence happening around the world.

Sister Doly Mathew
Trustee / Rahab Director

Sr Doly is a member of the Congregation of Sisters Adoratrices and Superior of the Community in London. A fervent advocate and defender of women’s rights, prior to moving to the UK Sr Doly lived in India with the women, working for women's empowerment and protection as well as that of street children. Inspired to continue the Sisters’ mission in the UK, she played a pivotal role in setting up Rahab, and brings a depth of knowledge and experience to the work of the charity in her role as Director.

Sister Maria Luisa Puglisi
Trustee

Sr Luisa is a member of the Congregation of Sisters Adoratrices, and General Director of the Sisters’ Amaranta Solidarity Foundation. Sr Luisa has travelled extensively between the Sisters’ different projects, living in communities with trafficked women from many parts of the world. She is passionate about social injustices affecting the lives of women, and involved in a number of well-known international networks, both at a civil and religious level. Prior to joining the Sisters, Sr Luisa worked in the field of trafficking, migration and refugees with the International Organisation for Migration in Rome and Geneva. She brings much vision and experience to Rahab.

Kevin Hyland OBE
Trustee

Kevin was the UK government’s first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. During his 30-year career as a police officer he specialised in investigating serious organised crime and headed up London’s internationally recognised Human Trafficking Unit. Kevin was also a founding member of the Santa Marta Group, a high-level strategic partnership between international law enforcement agencies, the Catholic Church and civil society, launched by Pope Francis at the Vatican in 2014. He is currently its Global Strategic Director, and holds many other leading positions advising governments, businesses and NGOs across the world on human trafficking legislation, strategies, policies and training. Kevin was awarded an OBE for his work against trafficking in 2014.

Father Matthew Blake OCD
Trustee

Fr Matt is a Roman Catholic priest, who has been a strength and guide in shaping Rahab from the beginning. Well known as a spiritual director and speaker, he has held many positions of leadership and formation, including as Regional Delegate and Prior of Kensington and Boars Hill priories, and as National Director of the Carmelite Secular Order UK.

Sister Antonia Lopez
Trustee

Sr Toni is a member of the Congregation of Sisters Adoratrices. She has held various responsibilities within the province as Local and Provincial Superior and Project Coordinator of the Sisters’ work with Caritas and the Red Cross. Sr Toni has a degree in psychology and vast experience caring for the women, having served as Director of several of the Sisters’ therapeutic communities and safe homes in Spain. She is currently Provincial Superior for Africa and Europe.

Julie Etchingham
Rahab Ambassador

Julie is a television anchor and journalist with ITV News, well known for covering many high-profile news stories, current affairs programmes and documentaries. She previously worked for the BBC and Sky News, and has received several awards including being the first woman to win the Royal Television Society Presenter of the Year award. Julie is passionate about raising awareness of human trafficking, bringing to light women’s personal stories through her work in the media. She moderates conferences in the UK and abroad and supports a number of charities and related causes.

Bex Keer
Pastoral Lead / ISVA, Training & Partnerships

Bex is BA and ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Advisor) qualified, and has a wealth of experience running projects and managing teams in the UK and globally. A founding member of STOP THE TRAFFIK (a global movement pioneering community work to prevent human trafficking), she brings immense experience to her lead role at Rahab. Bex is a strategic and creative thinker, challenging systemic issues to strengthen and improve responses for women. Bex is lead pastor at The Bear Church in London whilst supporting the work of Rahab working with the women, our volunteers and key partners.

I was humbled and yet inspired to see the dedication and compassion of the team at Rahab [reaching out to the women], showing the true meaning of human dignity. Rahab remain quiet, yet every day are there on the frontline supporting others. I am proud to be a Trustee and part of this very special mission.

Kevin Hyland
Trustee

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