The Digital-Trust has an advisory board. Their role is to help us with the vision, define the need and expertise to deliver a world-leading service.
Our advisory members are some of the UK’s highest-profile anti-abuse experts have from the fields of victim support, campaigning, political lobbying, psychology, academia, criminal justice and technology.
Those invited on to the advisory board are leading experts. They generously share the knowledge so that we can help the police, charities and victims who desperately need support in addressing digital abuse.
We are grateful and amazed at the generosity of those that work with us.
Dr Frank Farnham BSc MBBS FRCPsych
Frank Farnham is the Medical Lead and a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist with the North London Forensic Service. His current positions are: Clinical Lead to the Fixated Threat Assessment Centre (FTAC) - a national Metropolitan Police Service intelligence unit, assessing the risk from fixated persons to the Royal Family and senior politicians. He is also clinical Lead to the National Stalking Clinic.
Dr Jennifer McLaughlin
Jennifer McLaughlin completed her BSc in Psychology with First Class Honours at Glasgow Caledonian University. She then went on to obtain funding from the ESRC to do her MSc and PhD at the University of Stirling in 2008, where she was a member of the Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory and of the Health and Social Research Group. After she completed her PhD in 2012, she moved to England, and gained a Research Fellow position at the University of Hertfordshire on a project funded by the NIHR, before joining Liverpool John Moores University in 2014 as a Lecturer in Forensic Psychology. Jennifer's main areas of interest focus on intimate partner abuse and stalking.
Alexis Bowater is an award-winning journalist and presenter who has worked in the media, on both sides of the camera, for nearly twenty years. Alexis anchored the ITV evening news in the west country for seven years before becoming a campaigning Chief Executive of national charity Network for Surviving Stalking. Her influential work with the Council of Europe on the Istanbul Convention assured that stalking would become a key part of protection from Violence Against Women and Girls legislation throughout Europe. Today, Alexis runs successful media company Bowater Communications.
In 2009 Ann launched her award winning campaign Action Scotland Against Stalking, and has been instrumental in some of the major breakthroughs in addressing stalking crime , most notably the provision of legal protection for Scottish stalking victims & giving them a voice and a place in the criminal justice system. Ann has received several awards for her work including being nominated as Scotswoman of the Year in 2014. Ann is also member of the Victim & Witnesses Collaboration Forum responsible for overviewing the drafting of the Scottish Governments Victim & Witnesses Bill. With a background in psychology and clinical behavioural psychotherapy, Ann is an accredited trainer & qualified in the Stalking Risk Profile
Currently, Nicki has worked for Women's Aid Federation England since 2007 and is Director of Operations, she leads on the delivery and development of Women’s Aid’s direct services which include the National Domestic Violence Helpline, online Survivors’ Forum, and the ‘Safer Futures’ schools education project. With over 20 years direct experience of providing, managing and developing local domestic violence services in a range of settings. This has included work with national government to improve domestic violence policy and practice, as well as supporting the sustainability of Women’s Aid’s national network of local member services.
Wendy has spent 17 years working to prevent domestic abuse in a range of voluntary and public sector roles (including HM Prisons and Probation). She has significant strengths in building partnerships and addressing service gaps through strategic work with statutory and voluntary sector organisations. She is an experienced Freedom Programme facilitator. Wendy was a key contributor to the Trust's guidance for helping survivors experiencing digital abuse (the first of its kind in this country). Wendy contributed to the All Party Group making Coercive Control a criminal offence. She continues to work with the voluntary sector, with specific interests in coercive control and helping to build resilience in survivors.
Jacqui Hames is one of Britain’s best-known (former) Detectives and presenters. A Met Police Detective for 25 years specialising in major crime investigations, she now produces and presents policing items and appeals for the media, including Crime UK for Sky News and Channel Five News. Jacqui is also campaigner for victims’ rights and personal safety working with various charities and organisations. She has a consultancy company offer advocacy, media and business services www.jacquihamesconsulting.com
Linda Dawson MBE
Serving in the Police service for 27 years, the last ten years as Detective Chief Inspector. Linda is currently working as deputy head of Hampshire Constabulary Professional Standards Department. Linda set up a clinic in Hampshire for people who have been affected by stalking and helped set up a national charity, the Network for Surviving Stalking. Linda was awarded the MBE for services to policing and to victims of stalking and harassment in the 2014 Queen’s New Year’s Honours.
Professor Richard Benham
A pioneer of the study of Cyber Security Management Richard founded The National MBA in Cyber Security with Coventry University in 2014. This was uniquely supported by both the Prime Minister The Rt Hon David Cameron MP and the Leader of HM Opposition the Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP and is the first UK degree to receive this honour. He is also the UK’s first Professor of Cyber Security Management and lectures both at Coventry Business School and the National Cyber Skills Centre as well as acting as an expert on Cyber Security to several global organisations and governments. Professor Benham is best known for writing The Cyber Ripple Theory and The Cyber Paradox and for introducing the phrase “Economic Cyber Terrorism (ECT)” following the Sony cyber attacks in 2014.
David is the managing director and principal consultant of digital intelligence and forensic specialists Blackstage Forensics. David is an Associate Lecturer of Cybercrime at Derby University and is group director of digital intelligence at the Centre for Strategic Cyber Security + Science (CSCSS). David works internationally with military, diplomats, law enforcement, private sector and adoption & fostering agencies on social media and mobile data risks. He regularly speaks on cybercrime related issues for BBC Radio.