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Board of Trustees

The role of the Board of Trustees is to make sure that ISAS operates safely, manages its finances effectively and to set the strategic direction of ISAS. The Chair of the Board works with the Chief Executive Officer to make sure ISAS is working as well as it can to deliver the best services for survivors.

We are currently recruiting new Board members. We are particularly interested in someone with clinical experience and business management experience. The Board meets bi-monthly on a Thursday evening.

We are looking for people who:

  • Understand and value the service provided
  • Want to become an integral part of ISAS
  • Enjoy working as part of a dedicated team
  • Are willing to offer their own ideas and views
  • Can take responsibility when needed
  • Would show commitment and dedication

Ideally your background should be in an area that can help continue the development of ISAS as a professional body, but personal skills are as important. Equally, becoming a Board member can be a fantastic learning opportunity for you to develop new skills. Over the last few years we have had members with experience in legal work, social care, mental health, finance, administration and education. We very much welcome survivors of incest, child sexual abuse and rape to apply.

If you think you have time to become an ISAS Trustee or would like more information, please contact Jo Butler, Director of Services for an informal chat.

To request an application pack, please e-mail

Our Board of Trustees structure is currently:

Alex Douglas - Counsellor

Richard Peacock - Treasurer

I have been the treasurer of ISAS since 1996, when my wife who was then the administration officer came home one day to say that they needed a new treasurer and I offered to do it if they couldn't get anyone else. Within a few days there was no backtracking and after fifteen years I am here still doing the job. Mathematics has always been the love of my life and after spending six years at university, my career evolved as a teacher, culminating as a Head of Mathematics until I retired in August 2010. I am now doing some part-time tutoring at the school just to keep my hand in. Over the years I have seen ISAS itself survive many funding crises, but every time the organisation comes out stronger and more determined. There has been a variety of changes of both the staff and the Board, but ISAS continues to provide a professional, much needed service that has developed over the years. I am proud to be associated with such a successful, well respected, worthwhile organisation.

Brenda Peacock - Secretary

I have been linked with ISAS ever since 1994 when I was employed as their part-time administration officer. For me this was the beginning of a new career path in finance and administration, having initially worked in banking before leaving to start a family. Once my children reached school age I went to college to study for my Diploma in Administration Management. After five years working with ISAS I left to take up a full time post with Nottinghamshire Women's Aid and although my job has seen changes, I am still there. I quickly realised that my passion for ISAS had not diminished and so I joined the Board a short time later. My background was immediately utilised when I became the 'minute taker' and this then developed into my current role as Company Secretary. I have seen ISAS grow from small beginnings to become a powerful, successful much needed organisation that has survived the difficult times and still continues to serve the local community.

Keith Bower

I originally joined ISAS as a 'Business Champion' to help and advise on a whole range of business and people related issues before joining the Board of Trustees. I currently run my own training and development company, prior to which my background was in corporate banking and management development with NatWest and one of the UK's largest FE Colleges. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the Board which has enabled me to provide further organisational support to such a worthwhile charity.

Paul Evans - Interim Chair

I joined ISAS in early 2011, and have been Chair of the Board from early 2012 to October 2013, after having been inspired by its cause and in particular some of the excellent staff at the service who told me about some of the brilliant work they do and impact they make. I saw the potential to use my skills and qualifications in business planning, strategic development, working with people with complex needs and experience of working at a National level to positively impact on the work of ISAS and I will continue to support the new Chair, Barbara Kennedy in her role.

ISAS continues to deliver high quality life changing services against a backdrop of difficult economic circumstances, government cuts and increased demand for our services. This resilience and commitment to supporting service users at a time and place they need it is truly inspiring to me as a trustee and testament to the hard work of the team. I am currently the Director of Operations for Street League and have a First Class Honours Degree in Business and Management. In 2009 I was invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. I am a member of the Chartered Management Institute, The Institute for Learning and hold qualifications in Teaching in the FE sector and Diploma in Psychotherapy.

Larry Khongwir - Trustee

After obtaining my primary medical degree in India, I came to the UK in 1973 for post-graduate training in Surgery and I was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1980. I worked for the National Health Service for 38 years - 21 of those for the Sherwood Forest Hospitals (NHS) Foundation Trust with clinical responsibilities at both its main hospitals viz The Newark Hospital and King's Mill Hospital. In 2006 I was elected to the Board of Governors for the Trust and served on it till I retired in 2011. Through my contact with the current Director, I learnt about ISAS and the valuable service it provides the local community. Now that I am part of it, I will endeavour to make useful and productive contributions towards the running of it so that it will continue the wonderful work it does sometimes under very difficult circumstances.