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Leadership & governance

Our Team

Ensuring the continued growth and vitality of Rahab's mission, its relevance and priority focus on women's needs.

Rahab’s Board of Trustees are responsible for the overall strategic direction of the charity.

A highly experienced and committed team, they meet regularly to discuss and guide decisions on how the organisation is run for the benefit of the women we work with.

 

Finance

As an independent charity we rely on the support of funders and donors to be able to carry out this important work.

Our finances are reviewed annually by an external independent examiner and available to view on the Charity Commission here.

Father Matthew Blake OCD
Chair of Trustees

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 Regional Delegate and Prior of the Kensington and Boars Hill priories, and National Director of the Carmelite Secular Order UK.

Tim Drake
Trustee

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

Anne Foster
Trustee

Anne has had a 40 year career in marketing and communication, working with high profile companies and brands including the BBC, Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson and Unilever. She played a key role in the setting up and running of Inside Out, HMP Wormwood Scrubs Community Mentoring Scheme.

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 holds many 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.

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.

Antony Northrop
Trustee

Antony is co-founder and Managing Director of a merchant banking firm. He has led many high-profile capital raising and M&A transactions in the public and private sectors, previously founding an M&A boutique investment banking firm and serving on the Executive Board of two leading global financial institutions. He brings extensive leadership experience and business acumen to Rahab, providing a much-valued perspective to the work.

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, bringing a depth of knowledge and experience to the work of the charity in her role as Director.

Rosslyn Okumu
Rahab Manager

Rosslyn is Bsc, MSc and MBA qualified, with previous experience in banking and management consultancy in the UK and globally specialising in strategy, change management and programme delivery. Challenged by a personal desire to make a difference, she left her career in the private sector to work for different churches and charities, finding expression for her vocation in the work of the Sisters Adoratrices. Rosslyn helped the Sisters set up Rahab and continues to be a part of the leadership team.

Bex Keer
Community Engagement & Partnerships / ISVA

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 a global movement pioneering community work to prevent human trafficking, her experience includes community development initiatives, advocacy, campaigning and mentoring. Bex brings strategic and creative thinking to her lead role at Rahab working with the women and managing key stakeholder partnerships that challenge the systemic issues, strengthen and improve responses.

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 related charities and causes.

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

Rahab is an inspiring charity that combines intelligence and humanity with productive action. It operates at a strategic, societal level, as well as on the frontline helping women who could be our sisters or daughters.

Tim Drake
Trustee

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