Digital Trust Appoints Advisory Board

Digital Trust Appoints Advisory Board

Some of the UK’s highest-profile anti-abuse experts have been appointed to the board of a new non-for-profit set up to combat this growing threat. The Digital-Trust’s board will included those from the fields of victim support, campaigning, political lobbying, psychology, academia, criminal justice and technology.

 The not-for-profit was set up by veteran campaigner and digital safety expert Jennifer Perry to provide help, advice and support to those adversely affected by digital abuse and those trying to help them.

 Jennifer wrote the UK’s most comprehensive guidelines to digital abuse - Digital Stalking: A guide to technology risks for victims, which have been incorporated in UK police training and are used by many UK support charities.

 “We are proud and delighted to announce the new board which we feel provides strength in all areas needed to address the growing issue of digital abuse,” says Jennifer. She adds “The world of digital stalking and abuse is a rapidly evolving and changing one that can be very confusing to victims and front-line professionals alike. We are here to help, with a board of the leading experts providing their up-to-date knowledge across a vital range of pertinent subjects.”


The Digital-Trust’s new board include the founder of the National Stalking Clinic, Frank Farnham; the founder of the National Centre for Cyberstalking Research, psychologist Dr Emma Short; founder of the National MBA in Cyber Security; Professor Richard Benham; former detective, Crimewatch presenter and victims campaigner Jacqui Hames among others.


The Digital-Trust’s new campaign is to consolidate all laws pertaining to digital abuse under a new Parliamentary Bill.


The advisory board includes the following:


Victim & Support Experts


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.

 Betsy De Thierry

Betsy is the architect and the founding director of the successful and nationally recognised charity, The Trauma Recovery Centre (TRC). It has centres in Bath and Bristol with other centres being planned. She has been an MA in psychotherapy and counselling and is a qualified teacher and has practiced as a therapist for twenty years whilst pioneering many ground-breaking projects in these fields during this time. She is a also a trustee of the national charity The institute for Recovery of Childhood Trauma (IRCT) and works on a number of national projects advising on the impact of trauma on children and young people. She is the author of 'Teaching the traumatsied child' published by Grosvenor books and has been a victim of cyber stalking herself.

 Dr Emma Short

Dr Emma Short is a director of the National Cyberstalking Research Centre which investigates harassment in online from both a victim and perpetrator's perspective. She is a Chartered Psychologist based at the University of Bedfordshire. She is registered with the Health Professionals Council as a Practitioner Psychologist in Health Psychology. In her role as a practitioner, she works with individuals affected by digital abuse and addiction.


 Rachel Griffin

Currently Director of Suzy Lamplugh Trust which runs the National Stalking Helpline, Rachel has also worked in policy fundraising and project management. She joined the Trust from Victim Support where she undertook a variety of key roles.

 Alexis Bowater

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.

 Ann Moulds

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

Nicki Norman

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 Green      

As DV co-ordinator Rushcliffe Borough Council, Nottinghamshire Green has worked with domestic abuse and associated stalking issues for 16 years.  Wendy was a key contributor to developing the first cyber-stalking guide in the UK. In 2013 her employer, Rushcliffe Borough Council, achieved White Ribbon Accreditation for their extensive work in tackling domestic abuse and stalking.

 Criminal Justice Experts

 Jacqui Hames

Jacqui Hames is one of Britain’s best-known (former) Detectives having co-presented the BBC flagship show Crimewatch for 16 years.  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.

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.

 Helen Schofield

Helen Schofield the former head of Learning Strategy for the College of Policing. In her role she developed and implemented the infrastructure for a range of successful new training programmes, including introducing a national curriculum regulatory framework and an advanced e learning platform. She is now a Direct of Justice Sector Training. Helen is committed to ensuring that key changes in the sector are underpinned by professional training. 

 Art Bowker

Art Bowker is an author and cybercrime expert. On January 14, 2013, Bowker was awarded the APPA Sam Houston State University Award, for work in promoting awareness and knowledge of cybercrime and tools to combat such crimes in the field of community corrections. He has been recognized by the Federal Probation and Pretrial Officers Association (FPPOA) with their top honour, the Richard F. Doyle Award. Additionally, Bowker received the Thomas E. Gahl, Line Officer of the Year Award (Great Lakes Region Award) both awards centred on his contributions and efforts in managing cybercrime risk. He is a lifetime member of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association, having served as its International Executive Committee President in 2008. Bowker is coauthor of Investigating Internet Crimes: An Introduction to Solving Crimes in Cyberspace


 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.

 Professor Carsten Maple

Professor Maple is Director for Cyber Security Research in the Cyber Security Centre at the University of Warwick and Vice Chair of the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing in the UK.  He was previously the Professor of Applicable Computing and Pro Vice Chancellor the University of Bedfordshire, and a founding director of the National Centre for Cyberstalking Research. He has an international research reputation and extensive experience of institutional strategy development and interacting with external agencies. He is co-author of the UK Security Breach Investigations Report 2010. Carsten is also co-author of Cyberstalking in the UK, a report supported by the Crown Prosecution Service and Network for Surviving Stalking. 


Professor John Walker    

Visiting Professor at the School of Science and Technology at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), Visiting Professor/Lecturer at the University of Slavonia [to 2015], Author, Writer, International Speaker, CTO and Company, Director of CSIRT, Cyber Forensics, and Research at Cytelligence, architect of the Cytelligence OSINT Platform, Practicing Expert Witness, ENISA CEI Listed Expert, Editorial Member of the Cyber Security Research Institute (CRSI), Fellow of the British Computer Society (BCS), Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, Member and Advisor to the Forensic Science Society on Cyber/Digital Forensics.

 John Carr OBE 

One of the world’s leading authorities on children's and young people’s use of the Internet and associated new technologies.  Based in London John works extensively across the UK and in many parts of the world. He was named by the New Statesman one of 50 global “Modern Heroes “and by New Media Age one of the “UK’s 50 most influential people” in the new media industries.

 David Benford

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.

 Dinah Greek

Dinah is currently freelancing on technology, cybercrime and consumer rights.  She was previously the news and consumer rights editor for Computeractive for over 13 years and prior to that reported on the rebuilding of Kosovo and Bosnia for Professional Engineering. She is still a regular contributor for Computeractive, and has written freelance Science and Technology news for the Financial Times, the Canadian National Post and a wide range of science and engineering Publications.




About the Digital-Trust


The Digital-Trust is a new not-for-profit organisation that brings technologists together with those professionals working within the criminal justice system and the associated support charities. This new organisation identifies risks and continuously develops new advice, tools and guidance to combat the rapidly escalating problem of digital abuse.

 Jennifer Perry, Director - CEO

Jennifer has been campaigning for the last 10 years on e-victim issues. She has over 20 years in the tech industry. She wrote the UK Guidelines on Digital Risks for victims of domestic violence and stalking in 2012. She has trained hundreds of police officers, social workers, DV professionals and probation officers on stalking and digital abuse. She was special Cyberstalking advisor to the NSS (Network for Surviving Stalking) She has supported victims of online crime via and for 8 years prior to founding Digital-Trust in 2014.

 Harry Fletcher - Director

Harry is a criminal justice expert and parliamentary campaigner. Harry was the Assistant General Secretary of NAPO for over 20 years. His role as a criminal justice expert has been to campaign and influence for changes in government policy. He was instrumental in getting the new stalking law through parliament. His approach was to have parliamentary enquiry into stalking and then campaign for a new law. It was very effective and the new law passed in record time. Harry is currently working on a new Domestic Violence law and a Digital Abuse Consolidation Bill

Cybercrime is the most under reported, under investigated crime in the UK

Cybercrime is the most under reported, under investigated crime in the UK

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