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

Claire has significant and extensive experience of safeguarding adults at both a strategic and operational level. Her past work was considered pioneering and at the cutting edge of practice. Claire has since progressed in a number of safeguarding adults roles. These include leading complex safeguarding work as a practitioner, policy formulation, staff development, quality assurance and consultancy in both a large local authority and a number of other agencies.

As a key player on the Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Adults Board, she is instrumental in leading the safeguarding agenda forward via the partnership. She chairs the quality assurance sub group of the board. She manages the Adult Access Service (the “front door” into social care), The Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), the Strategic Safeguarding Team and the governance arrangements in the local authority for safeguarding.

Claire has contributed as an officer to a few peer reviews and is committed to sector-led improvement representing the East Midlands region on the ADASS safeguarding policy network.


Co-Chair, Dave Marsland, Lecturer in Social Work

Dave is a lecturer in social work who has focused on safeguarding adults for over 20 years. He has a particular interest in residential and staffed settings and people with very high support needs. Dave has worked extensively with families and older carers and is the father of a fabulously autistic son.

I am immensely proud to be part of the Ann Craft Trust and to help support their amazing work.


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

Sallie spent her career in sports administration, starting as a teacher and then moving into sports development.  She first worked for Sport England, a government funding agency where she ended up as Head of Business Development, managing budgets of about £5m and learning a lot about public accountability and good governance. Sallie then went on to work for the trade association for sports governing bodies, the Sport and Recreation Alliance, helping the governing bodies of sport develop and grow.  It was here that Sallie became interested in working with vulnerable adults in sport. SHe set up and chaired the National Association for Safeguarding Adults in Sport. In 2016 Sallie was awarded an MBE for services to sport and women in sport.


Gwyn Fraser, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Gwyn is a retired clinical psychologist. She worked in the NHS for 32 years, retiring in 2011 as consultant clinical psychologist and head of psychology for the learning disabilities service in Southern Derbyshire. She developed interests early on in preventing the abuse of adults at risk and in working with survivors. She has been involved with the Ann Craft Trust for many years, first as a trainer then as a trustee. Since retiring she has taken up Morris Dancing.


Rachel Fyson, Associate Professor

Rachel is an Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Social Work in the School of Sociology & Social Policy, University of Nottingham. She has previously worked as a researcher for both the Ann Craft Trust and the Norah Fry Research Centre, University of Bristol (a national centre of excellence in learning disability research). Before becoming an academic she worked for many years in services for both children and adults with learning disabilities. Her research interests have been shaped by her pre-academic work experiences and are focussed on learning disabilities, abuse and safeguarding, interagency working and policy implementation.

I am constantly amazed by the extent of ACT’s influence and the small size of the dedicated team that make this happen. It is a pleasure and an honour to be able to contribute to ACT’s work, in however small a way.


Tania May, GP

Tania has been a General Practitioner for over twenty years and a teaching fellow for ten years. As an experienced GP she is able to enhance her teaching by including real life examples from her extensive clinical experience. In 2004 she helped to set up the Gedling Conservation Trust with two colleagues. The Trust aims to protect the wildlife of the Netherfield Lagoons, as well as forging links with local schools, via tours and other educational events on the site. In 2013 Tania became a trustee of the Ann Craft Trust, based at the University’s School of Social Science.


Rob Morgan, Management Accountant

Rob is chief financial officer at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China. Before that he was the head of finance transformation at The University of Nottingham UK, where he also worked as a Senior International & Project Accountant.


Bridget Penhale, Advisor

Bridget joined ACT’s management committee in 2008 and is currently on the teaching faculty at the University of East Anglia’s School of Health Sciences, Based in Norwich. Bridget’s principal area of interest within her research is older people and safeguarding but she has a long-term interest in adult safeguarding more generally.

Bridget is committed to pushing forward everyone’s expectations around people with disabilities and safeguarding. She has been interested in our work around Safeguarding Adults at Risk since the charity’s beginnings as NAPSAC.

Bridget is a devotee of “who-dunnits” and is also a Board member of the International Network for Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA).

I met Ann Craft when ACT was NAPSAC – she was inspirational and sparked an interest in this area. ACT’s work has always been crucial to ensure safeguarding is given the prominence it deserves and I am pleased to be part of the organisation and this movement.


Penny Standen, Professor of Health Psychology and Learning Disabilities

Professor PJ Standen  is Professor in Health Psychology and Learning Disabilities in the School of Medicine at the University of Nottingham. Her major responsibilities have been teaching medical students, trainee psychiatrists and carrying out research to identify ways of improving the quality of life of people with intellectual disabilities and those who care for them. The main focus of her research has been designing and evaluating information technology for people with intellectual disabilities and using approaches that involve them as much as possible in the design process. In this she is helped by the Nottingham International Consortium on Educational Research, a consultancy group of people with intellectual disabilities for which Professor Standen is a joint facilitator. She has a long standing relationship with the Ann Craft Trust from the time it was part of the Department of Learning Disabilities in the Medical Faculty and worked with Ann on some of her research projects.


Suzanne Wilson, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Suzanne Wilson worked as an NHS Clinical Psychologist in a multidisciplinary and integrated community learning disability team setting for 25 years.

Suzanne has had clinical experience in carrying out specialist psychological assessments, interventions and therapeutic work for people with learning disabilities and their families and carers, including when there are serious concerns about mental capacity, dementia, and parenting. She has had substantial experience of Adult and Child Safeguarding and of supporting other professionals particularly concerning the dilemmas and emotional challenges that they face.

Suzanne worked on a number of Mental Capacity Assessments concerning marriage and sexual relations.

Suzanne is committed to using her experience to develop research, policy and practise training. She is a Member of the Advisory Group for the My Marriage, My Choice Research Project based at Nottingham University.

I firmly believe that safeguarding children and adults at risk must be an essential part of all organisational practise and I’m very pleased that I can now contribute to the much-valued work that Ann Craft Trust carries out in providing information, advice, support and training in this area.


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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