Violence Against Women and Girls Scrutiny and Involvement Panel members

Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC (co-chair)

The Right Honourable Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC is a former Lord Advocate for Scotland and Principal of St Hugh's College, University of Oxford. Dame Elish studied Law at the University of Strathclyde, graduating in 1982 and then joining the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. In 1992 she moved to the Crown Office in Edinburgh to work as part of the Lord Advocate's Secretariat, when she developed her now long-standing interest in improving the support offered to vulnerable victims and witnesses, and in particular children.

Dame Elish was installed as the first non-political Solicitor General for Scotland in 2001 - also the first woman, the first Procurator Fiscal and the first solicitor to hold the post. She was installed as Lord Advocate in 2006. She remained Lord Advocate following the change in Government at the election in 2007. While in Office she took forward the most wide-ranging programme of modernisation in the department's history. During her appointment she took on particular responsibility for the approach to cases involving vulnerable victims.

Her leadership in the area of domestic violence was recognised by the charity Zero Tolerance when she was given their inaugural "Women in the public eye" award - one of several awards and distinctions she has received during her time in office. In May 2014 she was asked by the Commissioner of the Metropolis, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe QPM, and the Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders CB, to undertake an independent review into the investigation and prosecution of rape in London. This was published in June 2015.

Naomi Dickson

Naomi Dickson has been associated with Jewish Women's Aid (JWA) for 14 years, initially as a volunteer.  She subsequently managed JWA's refuge service and then took on the role of Community Awareness Coordinator where she raised awareness of the organisation through talks, articles, publications and social media.  Naomi established JWA's popular training programme which offers courses to professionals who are supporting women and their children affected by domestic abuse.  Naomi took over as JWA's Executive Director in June 2014.

Karen Senogles

Karen Senogles has been a qualified Probation Officer since 1987 previously working in London, Berkshire and Leicestershire.  More recently she implemented and coordinated the two Specialist Domestic Violence Courts in Leicestershire working both on an operational and strategic level before joining Standing Together to establish and coordinate the new Dedicated Domestic Violence Court at Westminster Magistrates' Court. 

Delphine Duff

Delphine Duff is the Operations Manager for Young Adults on the Gangs and Restorative Justice Unit at the London Community Rehabilitation Company. She is a professionally qualified Probation Officer and former Mental Health Case Manager, a highly experienced criminal justice professional who has worked within Probation Trust since 1989. Delphine conceived the term Serious Group Offending to encapsulate the complexities of this unique area of offending, and led development of London Probation Trust's Serious Group Offending (gangs) policy, operational strategy and strategic interventions.

Delphine believes that community engagement is key to ensuring positive outcomes to local criminal justice issues such as Serious Group Offending and addressing needs of young people involved or adversely affected by crime.   In recognition of the value of her approach, Delphine was one of the first people to receive a Sheriff of London Award in 2011.

Claire Hubberstey

Claire is CEO of Safer London, an independent charity supporting young people affected by violence and crime. Having previously been Director of Projects and Partnerships at Safer London, Claire led the development of their specialist service delivery programmes, a substantial element of which is VAWG provision. Starting her working life as a secondary school teacher, Claire went on to work with vulnerable young people, specialising in delivery and management of services for runaways and sexually exploited young people with roles at both The Children's Society and Department for Children Schools and Families before joining Safer London.

Claire has worked nationally and internationally as a consultant for local authorities, police forces, and other organisations providing strategic and operational support on missing and runaway children, sexual violence and exploitation and gangs and serious youth violence. Claire sits on a variety of government boards and advisory groups and is a Home Office Peer Reviewer supporting the Ending Gang and Youth Violence Programme.

Leyla Hussein

Leyla Hussein is a trained Psychotherapist and a multi-award winning campaigner on FGM and gender rights. She co-founded Daughters of Eve who are working to protect girls and young women at risk from FGM. She advises the UK-wide Tackling FGM Initiative, Desert Flower Foundation and Honor Dairies organisation and sits on Her Majesty's Inspectorate Of Constabulary advisory group on honour-based violence. She sits on the Board of Directors for Safe Hands For Girls, a non-profit origination  working with Survivors of FGM based in the US and Gambia.

Leyla is a consultant for the Girl Generation Programme and is the Chief Executive of Hawa's Haven. She is also a Community facilitator at Manor Gardens, where she now runs the Dahlia Project which she set up in 2013. It is the only counselling service for FGM survivors in the EU.

Betsy Stanko OBE

Professor Betsy Stanko is Head of Evidence and Insight at the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime in London.  For over a decade, she worked inside Corporate Development at the London Metropolitan Police Service, establishing a social research function alongside performance analysis.  She was a professor of criminology and has taught and researched at Clark University (USA), Brunel University, Cambridge University and Royal Holloway, University of London.  She has published over 80 books and articles over her academic career.  The most cited of these works is Intimate Intrusions: Women's Experiences of Male Violence.

Betsy has been awarded a number of lifetime achievement awards from the American Society of Criminology, most notably the Vollmer Award (1996), recognising outstanding influence of her academic work on criminal justice practice.   From 1997-2002 she was the Director of the ESRC Violence Research Programme.  In 2002, she joined the Cabinet Office, in the Prime Minister's Office of Public Services Reform.  In 2013 she was a member of the Adebowale Commission on Mental Health and Policing.  She is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, a visiting scholar at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, and a visiting Professor at City University and UCL. 

Dr Helen Beckett

Dr Helen Beckett is Joint Director of The International Centre: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking at the University of Bedfordshire. The Centre was awarded the Queen's Anniversary for Further and Higher Education in 2013, for its pioneering research into child sexual exploitation. Dr Beckett has over fifteen years' experience in undertaking research and policy work on children and young people's issues, with a particular specialism in child sexual exploitation and other forms of sexual violence and abuse in adolescence.

Dr Carlene Firmin MBE

Carlene founded the MsUnderstood Partnership in 2013 which brings together the University of Bedfordshire, Imkaan, and the Girls Against Gangs Project to improve responses to young people's experiences of gender inequality. Carlene is head of the partnership and is a Senior Research Fellow at The International Centre: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking at the University of Bedfordshire. Carlene is a social researcher, concerned with safeguarding young people, social justice and inequality, with a particular expertise in the field of violence and abuse between young people. She has a particular interest in building 'contextual' accounts of safeguarding issues, drawing attention to the social and cultural contexts