Our trustees play a pivotal role in shaping the future direction of our charity. They make a difference by giving their time and sharing their skills, life experience and expertise with the charity.

As a growing charity we are conscious of the need for intersectional diversity in our leadership. For this reason, we especially welcome applications from people of colour, minority ethnic groups, disabled people, people in recovery, and people from the LGBTQIA+ community.

We also welcome applications from survivors of sexual violence.


Ann Morgan


As a communications consultant with more than 35 years of experience, Ann works to ensure the great work of Yorkshire-based Survive is highlighted in the communities in which it serves. Ann draws on her experience of leading corporate communication teams in multi-national companies to develop the marketing strategies to engage communities. She delivers campaigns and materials for, both, marketing the charity and fundraising through electronic and traditional media.

Evelyn Hodgson


Evelyn has lived and worked internationally, successfully marketing famous brand names across the USA, Middle East, Canada, and Europe but her heart and home, is in Yorkshire.

Although currently part of the leadership team for a thriving £200m business, for some time, Evelyn also wanted to use her skills and experience to help those whose lives have been shattered by sexual violence. So, she jumped at the chance to both become a trustee for Survive and to chair its marketing and fundraising committee.

Over the long- term Evelyn would like to see a world where Survive’s services are no longer needed. Until then, it’s about ensuring Survive flourishes so it can continue to provide its excellent services to those who need it, free of charge.

If you’d like to know more about Survive, volunteering or donating please email Evelyn at – she’d love to hear from you.

Sally King


Sally qualified as a counsellor in 1990 and a psychotherapist and group therapist in 2005. She worked in the NHS for 27 years as a counsellor and later a psychotherapist, alongside running a small private practice in York. She has a specialist interest ingroup work – running therapy groups and supervision groups as well as being an individual practitioner. In 2008, she set up York Groupwork Ltd with a colleague – a group therapy training and consultancy company – offering foundation level and diploma level training, workshops, supervision, group therapy and reflective practice groups. She has a longstanding interest in issues affecting women. In the late 70’s/80s she was a support worker in the early days of York Women’s Aid, volunteer for Rape Crisis and was a founder member of the York Women’s Centre Collective. She has a keen understanding of the impact and dynamics of sexual abuse informed by her work with survivors over many years.

Joy Onyinyechi Ekpeh


Joy is a registered Pharmacist with demonstrated experience spanning over 20 years in Clinical Pharmacy and Governance in the NHS, Private and International Healthcare sectors.

She holds an MSc in Clinical Pharmacy Practice and a Diploma in Corporate Governance. She is a member of the Corporate Governance Institute, UK.

Joy is currently the Pharmacy Lead at an Organisation that provides Sexual Health and Dermatology Services for various communities.

Certain of the unity of humankind, she is a bridge builder for people of different cultures. Sensitive to the invisible hand, she gives others comfort that there is a purpose beyond our humdrum lives.

Lionel Myers


Lionel is an experienced Programme and project manager with over 15 years’ experience in delivering high profile, multinational transformation and implementation projects in public, private and not for profit sectors.

His professional career has given him valuable experience in stakeholder management and building high performing teams with a culture which match the changing needs of a business.

Laura Thomas


Laura has been in marketing and communications roles for over 10 years in the charity sector and currently leads the digital function at a large UK charity.

Having pioneered the digital function from its inception in 2019, her long-term, digital-focused strategies have demonstrated a deep understanding and innovation in the digital space, seeing website traffic almost double in the space of a year. As a strong advocate for the role digital plays across the charity and sector, she consistently champions it as a key part of the charity sector’s future – and to anyone she comes in contact with! She led the redesign of a large charity’s website in 2022, ensuring accessibility and user-led design were foundational to any decisions, and has since introduced a successful web optimisation programme which has seen a 45% increase in digital income to date.

Outside of her professional career, you’ll often find her on a long run in the North Yorkshire countryside, hunkered down watching a crime drama, or dabbling in interior design.


I was seven when I went to visit a friend of my parents. He sexually abused me before offering me some of his wife’s jewellery.

He then frightened me by saying I would be in real trouble if anyone found out.


The first time you are called stupid you laugh it off. By the hundredth time, you start to believe it may be true and by the thousand time, you are convinced, it is true.

This is all the softening up so that you become vulnerable.

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