Chantal Hughes - Chief Executive
Chantal has worked in the voluntary sector for over 20 years. She started her career working with young people in care and delivering National Children’s Bureau training to equip individuals to provide mentoring support to careleavers. She has held posts with The Children’s Society where she developed services for sex workers, looked after children, careleavers and young people in the criminal justice system. Her career has involved designing a range of experiential courses and interventions aimed at breaking the cycle of abuse, offending and exploitation.
Chantal taught Psychotherapy at University of Southampton for six years, whilst holding various psychotherapy posts, including schools based work, private practice and six years working with Relate, during which time she assisted in the implementation of the ‘bridging to safety model’ for couples experiencing domestic abuse.
Chantal joined Hampton Trust in 2006 as the Domestic Abuse Services Manager before progressing to Deputy Chief Executive. She took a 4-month sabbatical in 2011 to work for a charity providing rehabilitation to street children in one of the largest slums in Africa and remains connected to the work in Kenya.
Taking up the role of CEO in 2013, Chantal has led the expansion of a range of domestic abuse and criminal justice interventions. She remains firmly committed to tackling the root cause of domestic abuse by holding perpetrators to account and ensuring the voice of victims and children are at the forefront of the work.
Tracy Kent - Deputy Chief Executive
Tracy joined The Hampton Trust in 2009 as the Women’s Safety Worker supporting and advising women who’s partners or ex partners were accessing Hampton Trust’s domestic abuse perpetrator programmes. In 2011 she moved into the role of the Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) for the Isle of Wight whilst completing a Post Graduate Certificate in ‘Advocacy Skills for Working with Survivors of Sexual Violence’ at Worcester University.
Alongside the ISVA role Tracy facilitated CARA workshops (whilst in the pilot period of development), and delivered Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programmes. In 2014 Tracy was offered the Domestic Abuse Services Manager role to which she was responsible for overseeing all of Hampshire’s community Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programmes, CARA and the IOW ISVA Service. Tracy has played a leading role in developing the Hampshire Domestic Abuse Partnership, and in 2016 took on the role of Hampton Trust’s Deputy Chief Executive. Tracy continue’s to play a leading role in the development and implementation of CARA nationally.
Helen Downey - Operations Manager
Helen joined Hampton trust in 2018 as the Administration and Project Support Officer. Helen wanted to work for an organisation that made a difference to people’s lives on a day to day basis, and was really interested in how Hampton Trust supported people to be given the tools and knowledge to make changes to their lives.
Helen was promoted in May 2019 to Operations Manager. Her main role is to ensure that Hampton Trust operates safely and effectively. Overseeing the provision of services, making sure we meet the needs of our client’s, and other service providers. Helen’s responsibilities vary from the development of Hampton Trust’s training proposition, managing our Impact as an organisation, HR, Governance, Health & Safety, Silver Quality Mark – Trauma Informed practice, Quality Assurance, ISO Audit, Business Development, Staffing, IT Infrastructure, Recruitment, Social Media and our PR Strategy.
During the Covid 19 pandemic, Helen lead the way with implementing safe home working practices across the team, focusing her commitment on keeping everyone safe, ensuring processes were tested before putting them in place to enable remote working to be a safe place to talk to clients. As Covid 19 restrictions ease, Helen has been fundamental in implementing safe working measures to enable the team to return to face to face working with clients.
In 2021 Helen supported Hampton Trust in achieving the Silver Quality Mark (OST – One Small Thing accreditation) for Trauma Informed principles and practices, working closely with the whole team from the Board of Trustees, CEO and DCEO, right through to our clients and partnerships that they experience our five core values to Trauma Informed Working – Safety, Collaboration, Empowerment, Choice and Trustworthiness across all aspects of our organisation.
Helen’s previous management roles have all been within financial services, with over 20 years’ experience in people management, customer service, leadership coaching and development, project management and financial budgeting. Helen is passionate about Hampton Trust achieving their values and goals and is excited to be part of the bigger picture as we continue to grow as a charity.
Caroline Freeman - Regional CARA Lead
Caroline has worked in the voluntary sector for over twenty years, initially developing and managing projects for young people at risk of school exclusion and young runaways on behalf of the Children’s Society.
For the last 12 years, Caroline has worked in the Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence sectors both internationally and in the UK beginning in 2009, as a VSO volunteer in Sri Lanka where she worked collaboratively with local NGO’s and UN agencies to improve responses to Sexual Gender Based Violence in conflict-displaced communities as well as coordinating a humanitarian feeding project for pregnant women held in refugee camps.
In 2011, Caroline joined the Leicester based Domestic Abuse charity FreeVA where she held a variety of roles as volunteer co-ordinator, IDVA /ISVA Team Leader and Service Manager. In 2012, in partnership with Respect, Caroline developed and managed a new community Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme (DAPP), The Jenkins Centre, achieving full Respect Accreditation within 18 months of implementation
More recently, Caroline has worked as Project Advisor with Leicestershire Police and Probation on the pilot ADAPT project focusing on responding to a cohort of high risk, serial perpetrators of domestic abuse. Following a brief period as a consultant with Respect on the pilot early perpetrator response, Make a Change, in Lincolnshire, Caroline joined The Hampton Trust in April 2019 as their first Regional Manager for CARA overseeing the Midlands Region, progressing to National Lead for CARA in 2021. Caroline is passionate and committed to CARA as an early criminal justice response to Domestic Abuse offenders that also safeguards and supports victims, which is situated within a framework of a range of interventions for the different treatment needs of domestic abuse perpetrators in both the community and statutory sectors.
Cindy Gilmore - Domestic Abuse Services Manager
Cindy joined Hampton Trust in 2006 as a sessional facilitator for the ADAPT group. At the time Cindy was completing my Certificate in Education at The University of Portsmouth and the hours delivering contributed to her course and also in achieving her Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills Status ( QTLS).
Cindy then progressed ADAPT Programme Coordinator, delivering groups, completing assessments, alongside creating new interactive sessions and writing a programme for Winchester Prison. Cindy was also involved in the delivery of our award winning CARA initiative. Cindy left for a short while and managed Domestic Abuse Victim Services in Hampshire which gave her a broader knowledge base and extensive experience in addition to her perpetrator knowledge.
Cindy’s background is in working with families and she recognised many years ago the impact Domestic Abuse has on families, the historical and generational nature, and society’s desire to safeguard the child and victim without challenging the perpetrator. This is what drives the work Cindy does. To break the cycle of abuse and to safeguard everyone from the impact of abuse. Her previous roles have encompassed all of the statutory agencies- Schools, Children’s Services and the NHS.
Cindy came back to Hampton Trust to the role of Domestic Abuse Service Manager in October 2019. Cindy continues to support the team and the Senior Leadership to develop and deliver innovative and life changing work to Domestic Abuse Perpetrators across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Debbie Willis - Children and Young People Services Manager
Debbie has extensive experience of working with groups of vulnerable children and young people. Debbie started her working career in the looked after system and moved on to become a qualified youth worker.
Debbie has since designed and implemented many different youth orientated programmes including participatory development work for a range of organisations including the Youth Services, Connexions and the voluntary sector. Debbie has worked across the UK in both urban and rural contexts, largely as a detached youth worker.
Over the year’s Debbie has written and delivered a number of training courses for a wide selection of agencies, schools and youth groups across the south. As the Children and Young People Services Manager (lead) for Hampton Trust, she has worked with a diverse range of young people to develop Behavioural Change programmes for young people and young adults.
Rosie Leigh - Transformation Manager/High Harm Lead
Rosie joined Hampton Trust in 2019 as a sessional facilitator delivering the ADAPT programme, became a sessional assessor in 2020, full time senior practitioner in late 2020 and since January 2021 Rosie has been Transformation Manager and High Harm Team Lead managing the roll out of two Home Office Pilots.
Prior to working at Hampton Trust, Rosie worked as a case manager in a prison setting for a psycho-social substance misuse team working closely with public protection, police, and community agencies. Additionally, she volunteered teaching prisoners to read, preceded by volunteering with Spurgeons the family support charity, which involved working with the children and partners visiting their loved ones in custody. Furthermore, she worked on “The Freedom Programme” working with the victim and survivors of domestic abuse.
Rosie holds both a BSc Hons in Psychology and an MSc in Forensic Psychology and worked as a research assistant within the psychology department during her time at university. Her quantitative research focused on two key areas: firstly, interpersonal violence in differing gender dyads, and secondly, perceptions of stranger violence between cisgender and transgender dyads. Subsequently Rosie has returned to university as a guest speaker around domestic abuse and is now part of the Criminal Justice Research Network within the university.
Rosie’s role managing the Home Office pilots has two main objectives. Firstly, on the identification of serial and repeat perpetrators of high-risk domestic abuse, working closely with the police. Secondly, the delivery of domestic abuse specific training in all sectors for those on the front line including but not limited to professionals within police, MOD, social workers, and education. In addition to this, Rosie continues to facilitate the ADAPT programme and manage a team of practitioners who support those with complex needs to enable them to focus on wellbeing and stabilisation prior to group placement.
With a background in management, high sensitivity, trauma-focused work and compassion-focused training Rosie has an unrelenting commitment and passion for this sector, staff, and service users. She truly believes that working with perpetrators of domestic abuse can be so beneficial for the perpetrators, their wider families, and communities and is proud to be part of the Hampton Trust team.
Sally Parsons - Drive Service Manager
Sally has over two decades of experience in working in Domestic Abuse. She comes from a Criminal Justice background and has worked with both perpetrators and victims of abuse in all genres. Her experience also includes work with victims of sexual assault and a lengthy background in Child Protection.
Sally joined Hampton Trust in 2018 as a facilitator, delivering CARA (Cautions and Relationship Abuse.) in 2021, she was appointed to deliver Drive as a Service Manager for Dorset. Drive is a national model, focussing on work in behavioural change, support, and disruption of high harm perpetrators of Domestic Abuse. Independent evaluations show the programme reduces reoffending by up to 82% and tackles the core of the problem with intensive work. She is passionate about making a difference and very pleased to be involved in Drive for Hampton Trust.
Sally’s professional development has also led her to complete qualifications with BCAP in Counselling and Psychotherapy, in addition, she has a proven track record in Management.