Dr Deborah Kitson, CEO

Deborah worked (1977-1992) as a social worker with children and adults with learning disabilities, then for Nottinghamshire Social Services and Health Authority as Implementation Officer where she assisted in the production of guidelines, their implementation and revision. Deborah was also a consultant for other agencies developing policies and guidelines on sexuality and the protection of people with learning disabilities.

Before being appointed as the CEO of the Ann Craft Trust in 2002, Deborah was the co-ordinator (formerly known as NAPSAC – National Association for the Protection from Sexual Abuse of Adults and Children with Learning Disabilities), from 1998.

Deborah has continued to facilitate training on a wide range of associated issues and regularly presents at national conferences. She represents the Trust on a number of government bodies and contributes to the planning and implementation of new national initiatives. She was also a member of the Steering Group of ‘No Secrets’ and is the external representative on a number of Adult Safeguarding Boards.

She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Nottingham in 2016.

Find out more about Deborah’s research and publications.


Lisa Curtis, Safeguarding Adults Manager

Lisa trained as a nurse for people with learning disabilities and has had a long career in nursing roles and within social care. Lisa has led a team to deliver training on a national level and worked as part of a team responsible for the quality and compliance of a major provider.

Lisa now delivers safeguarding adults at risk training to organisations across the UK to promote new initiatives and ideas in safeguarding and offers consultancy to organisations.

Find out more about our safeguarding adults at risk training.


Nicola Dean, Safeguarding Adults in Sport Manager

Nicola’s post is funded by Sport England and is the first of its kind in the UK. Key priorities are reviewing and developing services in relation to adults at risk in sport and identifying, planning and implementing new initiatives in line with current practice. In addition Nicola will be developing and delivering a training strategy, offering advice and information to sport and recreation organisations and representing the sector at key consultations nationally.

In her spare time Nicola is a ski buddy for adults with learning disabilities and has seen some of the benefits and challenges facing adults at risk taking part in sport.

Find out more about our work in safeguarding adults in sport and activity.


Sarah Goff, Development Manager – Safeguarding Disabled Children Services

Sarah is our Disabled Children’s Manager, she has over twenty years’ experience in the fields of child protection and social care. She is an expert in the field of safeguarding disabled children and her interests include the impact of domestic abuse and child sexual exploitation.

Sarah currently combines her role at the Ann Craft Trust as a lecturer at the University of Nottingham on their BA and MA Social Care programmes. Sarah also delivers safeguarding disabled children training to organisations across the UK to make sure children and young people’s voices are heard. She has also led and continues to contribute to world-leading research projects in the UK and Europe.

Find out more about Sarah’s research.


Julie Mather, Finance

Julie Mather joined the Ann Craft Trust in December 2017 to look after finance. Julie has worked in finance for 35 years, 17 of those as Treasury Manager for The University of Nottingham.

Not all accountants live for their spreadsheets, she also loves training and is passionate about health, fitness and well-being. Three years ago she left full time finance and the University to make her passion for fitness more than just a hobby and took up Personal Training full time and now splits her time between the two.

Julie is back working on University Park again, and says “but this time for the committed and dedicated team that are Ann Craft Trust, my finance role is equally as fulfilling as my personal training.”

Keep on top of our latest news and projects on our blog.


Abra Millar, Marketing Officer

Abra joined the Ann Craft Trust in 2016 from a Digital Content Editor role at a national conservation charity. With a background in digital marketing, specialising in content and SEO, she has worked with a wide range of clients including charities and non-profits.

With a passion for data and website analytics, Abra works on updating the website and tweets out the latest safeguarding news and updates.

Keep on top of safeguarding updates at our blog.



Nat Rock, Administrator

Nat joined the Ann Craft Trust in 2015. Her background is in Event & Hospitality Management and after a few years, she moved into Human Resources Training and Development. After taking some time away and living in Japan for four years, Nat returned to the UK in time for her children to start school.

Nat worked in Training and Development for a provider where she worked with the operational team to deliver essential training while working with individuals to reach their professional and personal potential with a significant effect on daily practice and life.

Find out more about our safeguarding training events.

Marc Scott, Safeguarding Adults in Sport Manager

Marc is another of our Safeguarding Adults in Sport Manager funded by Sport England. Marc has worked in the sports development sector for over 10 years, starting at a local authority as the community development officer before moving to Boccia England.

At Boccia England Marc was the Development Manager and Lead Safeguarding Officer where he was responsible for the strategic lead for the development of clubs and increasing participation and overall responsibility for implementing and embedding safeguarding throughout boccia in England.

In his spare time Marc is a keen runner and coach for his local athletic club.

Find out more about our work in safeguarding adults in sport and activity.


Associate Trainers

Ian Ford
Bill Horrocks
Claire Greenwood
Sue Gregory
Julia McNaney
Kristina Thordal
Nick Slinn
Stuart Sale
Sue Thurman


Trustees and Management Committee

Co-Chair, Claire Bearder, Group Manager – Access & Safeguarding

Co-Chair, Dave Marsland, Lecturer in Social Work and father of a fabulously autistic son

Sallie Barker, Chair of the Safeguarding Adults in Sport Steering Group

Gwyn Fraser, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Rachel Fyson, Associate Professor

Tania May, GP

Rob Morgan, Management Accountant

Bridget Penhale, Reader in Gerontology

Penny Standen, Professor of Health Psychology and Learning Disabilities

Suzanne Wilson, Consultant Clinical Psychologist


We are always looking out for experienced trustees or management team committee members to join our team. If you’re interested in being considered, please get in touch with your CV and a covering letter with some information about your particular skill set, what you could contribute to the Ann Craft Trust and why you’d like to join and email it to: ann-craft-trust@nottingham.ac.uk

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