Board developments at SafeLives

9th August 2017

After six years as Chair of SafeLives, Clare Maurice will be stepping down from the Board in September 2017 at the end of her second term.  Isabel Boyer has joined the Board as a Trustee and Chair Designate and will become Chair in September.  She will also be joined on the Board by Hannah Clare as a Trustee, with a particular responsibility for safeguarding.  Hannah is currently head of global safeguarding for Oxfam GB. 

During the period in which Clare led the Board, SafeLives has grown rapidly in size and impact. She has led the Board with great integrity and judgement and helped the charity navigate a number of important strategic decisions and all involved with SafeLives are deeply grateful for her commitment.

Isabel joins the Board with a wealth of experience at Board level in the private, public and charitable sectors, with a particular focus on health including women’s health. She is currently on the Board of the National Institute for Health Research. She joins SafeLives at an exciting time for the charity as it develops a number of key partnerships and she will lead the Board in the appointment of a new CEO to succeed our founder, Diana Barran.

Clare Maurice said: “It has been an enormous privilege to have been part of SafeLives during this period of considerable growth and dynamism. I have watched with great pride how SafeLives has, through its pioneering work, transformed the response to domestic abuse in the UK. I am also delighted we have found Isabel to lead the Board in my place and I’m sure she will be a great success. Finally, I must thank my fellow trustees, Diana and all at SafeLives for their support throughout my tenure.”

Isabel Boyer said: “I am delighted to be joining SafeLives as Chair at this important and exciting time. I have been immensely impressed by the impact SafeLives has had, under Diana’s leadership, since 2004. As Chair, I will lead a partnership of the Board of Trustees, the new CEO, senior executives and all the staff in taking SafeLives through the next stages of its development. I look forward to working with the Trustees, staff and especially the Pioneers to continue improving the support for survivors of domestic abuse and their families.”

Notes to editors:

About SafeLives

We are a national charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse, for good. We combine insight from services, survivors and statistics to support people to become safe, well and rebuild their lives. Since 2005, SafeLives has worked with organisations across the country to transform the response to domestic abuse, with over 60,000 victims at highest risk of murder or serious harm now receiving co-ordinated support annually.

No one should live in fear. It is not acceptable, not inevitable, and together – we can make it stop.

The SafeLives Board is fortunate to include trustees with a wide range of skills to support our development.  For more information about the Board click here.

About Isabel Boyer

Isabel has extensive experience in business, in the health sector and as a charity trustee. She has worked in the public sector and with government as a lay member and chair in health policy and health research, including as chair of an independent advisory panel. She is managing director of Boyer Investments Ltd., and on the Board of the National Institute of Health Research, the research arm of the NHS.

About Hannah Clare

Hannah is currently the Head of Global Safeguarding for Oxfam GB, supporting the charity's wide network of UK-based shops and overseas programmes. She has worked in the UK and overseas in the third sector for many years, focusing predominantly on gender equality, child and vulnerable adult protection and responding to sexual and intimate partner violence. Working for many years within the Rape Crisis movement, she managed the Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre until 2011, also serving as a trustee for the Rape Crisis (England & Wales) network. More recently she studied for a Public Health masters specialising in behaviour change and the prevention of sexual violence.