About Us


Jo Todd

Chief Executive Officer


Jo is the founding CEO of Respect and has worked in the domestic violence sector for over 20 years. She began supporting women experiencing domestic violence, working in refuges and a drop-in centre and developing and running a Women’s Support Service. Jo qualified as a counsellor in 1999 and worked for many years providing individual support to, and running groups for, women. Following on from work with women experiencing domestic violence, Jo also ran groups for perpetrators at DVIP. She has provided clinical supervision in a range of settings, including for London Probation domestic violence workers. Jo has developed and delivered training and consultancy across the UK and abroad, including in Germany, the Republic of Ireland, Mexico and Jordan. Her role at Respect has taken her away from the front-line and she now spends her time leading Respect, supporting the development of the sector and influencing public policy. Jo is mum to 3 young boys who keep her on her toes!

Neil Blacklock

Development Director


Neil has the job title of Development Director which involves taking new pieces of work from idea to delivery but like many staff in small organisations he gets involved in lots of the other aspects of the work too. Neil’s been working in this sector for many years, starting with setting up the Domestic Violence Intervention Project before moving to Respect in 2006 to write the Respect Service Standard. He is currently working on the Respect Young Peoples Services, the DV employees project and service development in different parts of the country supporting commissioners and providers to deliver effective services. He has a particular interest in the interface between child protection and domestic violence and far too many other things.

Ippo Panteloudakis

Operations Director


Ippo joined Respect in May 2004 and set up the Respect Phoneline, the first national helpline for domestic violence perpetrators in the UK. Since January 2006 Ippo has also been responsible for the management and development of the Men’s Advice Line, the national helpline for male victims of domestic violence. Ippo previously worked for Victim Support, co-managing the Witness Service at Hammersmith and Fulham Magistrates’ Court – the second specialist domestic violence court in the UK. Ippo was involved in writing and editing the first edition of Respect’s Toolkit for Work with Male Victims of Domestic Violence and he co-wrote/edited the second edition published in January 2013. Ippo was also involved in the development of Respect’s Working with Male Victims of Domestic Violence training course and is regular trainer. He frequently speaks at conferences, delivers presentations and gives radio and press interviews on domestic violence perpetrators and male victims issues.

Vic Cousins

Make A Change, Perpetrator Response Director


Vic has a background working in gender-based violence as both a programme lead and development manager.  Initially inspired to dedicate her career to working to end domestic abuse by working as a detective in the Metropolitan Police, Vic moved on to work more closely with those experiencing sexual and domestic abuse at Safer London.  Whilst at Safer London Vic led on the development, funding and ‘futureproofing’ of the VAWG strand of work, supporting young women, their families and communities.  Vic has a strong interest in bystander interventions, community based and needs-led approaches and combines her experience of driving and delivering projects with a feminist approach to service delivery and management, to lead the implementation of the Make A Change Perpetrator Response.  In her spare time, Vic has a small counselling practice and is a pretty keen hula hooper!

Sara Kirkpatrick

Services and Development Manager


Sara Kirkpatrick was appointed Services Development Manager at Respect in January 2016. In this role she supports member organisations to deliver their DVPPs and achieve the nationally recognised Respect Accreditation Standard. She also takes the lead on Respect’s contribution to The London VAWG Consortium which you can read more about here. Sara is an Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) domestic abuse specialist who has worked in criminal and community settings for over 25 years. Starting her career providing support in a women’s refuge she has worked with a range of client groups including male victims, children impacted by domestic abuse, women remaining in abusive relationships and perpetrators of domestic abuse. Between 2010 and 2015 Sara worked with the Hampton Trust, a Respect Accredited DVPP provider in Hampshire, where she had a lead role developing projects including co-authoring and delivering the award winning CARA pilot. As a national trainer for both Respect and Probation, she has trained practitioners in engaging with perpetrators of domestic abuse, risk assessing perpetrators, and the context of domestic abuse. She has also developed a skills development programme for trainee social workers to enhance domestic abuse engagement techniques with Winchester University where she is a visiting lecturer. In her spare time Sara enjoys camping, gardening and spending time with her adult children.

Ciara Bergman

Change that Lasts Perpetrator Response Development Manager


Ciara has spent her career developing and delivering innovative support services for men and women affected by domestic abuse. Having first joined DVIP as a Domestic Violence Prevention Programme facilitator longer ago than she cares to remember, she went on to become the Manager and Senior Risk Assessor of DVIP’s Family Courts Team – which provides expert risk and vulnerability assessments of perpetrators and survivors of domestic abuse for the UK public and private family courts. Ciara joined Pause as a National Practice Lead in 2017, supporting the implementation and delivery of Pause practices across the UK, and now works for Respect – where she is developing an early intervention response to perpetrators of domestic abuse, as part of the Women’s Aid Change That Lasts approach.

Tanisha Jnagel

Senior Support Worker


Tanisha joined Respect in May 2018 as the Senior Support Worker for Respect’s Helplines Team.  Tanisha began her career in the sector 23 years ago, initially working with male perpetrators of domestic violence by co-facilitating group work programmes.  Her career progressed to working with female survivors and their children in refuges including a specialist South Asian women’s refuge focusing on forced marriage, honour-based violence and no recourse to public funds.  Tanisha has created gender-based violence training programmes for community groups and frontline workers, raising awareness on the impact to BME communities.  She has managed a variety of refuge and community-based projects as well as working for a women’s helpline service.  On moving to London in 2013, Tanisha was successful in developing and maintaining partnerships with GP’s in Hackney by delivering the IRIS project, which she later delivered in Haringey. 

Luke Kendall

Practice Advisor


Luke is a Practice Advisor working on the DRIVE project, a RESPECT, SafeLives and Social Finance collaboration for high risk/harm perpetrators of Domestic Abuse. As an accredited Trainer/Assessor Luke also delivers Psychoeducational Domestic and Sexual Abuse programmes, as an Associate Trainer for Rock Pool. Prior to this Luke began life in the sector as an IDVA who built experience establishing a gender responsive DV service. Luke is also a member of the board of trustees for a Sussex based charity for offenders and a Restorative Justice Facilitator for sensitive and complex cases. In his spare time Luke remains hypervigilant in the pursuit to keep his three young children as far from mischief as possible.

Julia Hawkins

Membership, Training and Events Officer


Julia joined Respect in July 2015. Here she has been working on developing and increasing outreach on her three strands of work: training, events and membership, engaging key stakeholders in the coordinated community response to domestic abuse. She was drawn to Respect for tackling the niche but necessary areas of domestic abuse, ensuring that abuse is being addressed at a high standard throughout the sector. Involved in the sector since 2011, she originally began as a helpline worker in Womankind, Bristol. Since then, she went on to work on social action projects on women’s rights and mental health with young people, as well as being a youth mentor. She then moved onto fundraising, events, and publicity for a small sex trafficking charity and a separate rape charity. When she moved to London in 2013 she helped grow and develop the training and events programme at Standing Together against Domestic Violence, and was the lead organiser for their flagship fundraiser event the 112 Bike Ride before moving onto Respect. She keeps it zen by regularly practicing yoga and is studying a masters in psychotherapy in her spare time.

Sarah Read

Finance Officer


Sarah joined Respect in 2008. Originally as the Dads’ Space Administrator and then returning as Respect’s Administration Officer. She has worked in the social care sector for over ten years. This includes working as an Administrator in a Children and Families Team at Kent County Council and developing a training programme for the Adult Social Care Team at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council. Sarah really enjoys supporting her colleagues with their varied projects.

Board of Trustees


Sarah Mullen

Sarah has twenty five years of experience of working in the public sector, in both central and local government. She has held a number of senior roles leading strategy and policy development and managing change, including at HM Treasury and Camden Council. She is currently the Chair of Respect, as well as Chair of another national charity, Bliss, for premature and sick babies. Sarah became a trustee because she wanted to help Respect achieve their ambition to end domestic abuse, and she admired their determination to tackle difficult and sensitive issues. Sarah enjoys running, playing hockey or softball, and skiing; and is currently learning to swim properly. She has two teenage children who take up the rest of her time.


Peter Llewellyn

Peter has 30 years of experience working in the financial services industry in a variety of roles across Personal, Small Business, Agriculture and Corporate banking. His present role is Head of Operations for two business areas and includes responsibilities for operational performance, Change and risk oversight in Business and Premier banking.  Peter has had an interest in the charitable sector for a number of years and has informally supported a number of organisations before joining Respect in 2013.


Rachel Morrison

Rachel is a chartered accountant with over 20 years of experience working in the financial services sector in a variety of financial control roles.  She is currently Director of External Reporting at Santander UK.  Rachel has previous experience as a Board member having spent 4 years as a non executive director at East Midlands Ambulance Service.

Rachel is very pleased to join the team recognising the essential work Respect does in the domestic violence section, tackling sensitive issues head on. As a mother of a teenage daughter (who keeps her pretty busy!) she is particularly interested in the work with teenagers and young families.



Samantha Darby

Samantha has been a civil servant for over 20 years.  In 2010 she was awarded an OBE for her work on domestic violence.  Sam joined Respect’s Board in 2014 and currently chairs the Influence group.

James Rowlands

James is a qualified Social Worker and Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA).  He has facilitated perpetrator programmes in community and criminal justice settings, and has worked on the national Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) quality assurance programme, as well  having established the Dyn Project in Wales, an advocacy project for gay, bi, trans* and heterosexual men who experienced domestic abuse. With a background in local government, he is currently responsible for commissioning domestic and sexual violence, as well as wider Violence against Women and Girls, services for Brighton & Hove City Council and East Sussex County Council.  James became a Trustee of Respect in 2014 and chairs the Development Group.

Chantal Hughes

Chantal has worked in the voluntary sector for the last two decades with work during the last 15 years having a domestic abuse focus.  She is currently CEO of Hampton Trust, which is a Respect accredited organisation.  Chantal has front line operational and strategic experience of service leadership and delivery in the domestic abuse third sector arena.

Marianna Tortell

Marianna has been involved in VAWG work for over 20 years and also has a number of years involvement in working with LGBT hate crime and DV within LGBT communities. She is currently CEO of DVIP and have previously worked as an accreditation assessor for Respect. In addition to her knowledge of work with perpetrators, Marianna has extensive experience in the provision of services for survivors of DV and SV, and in service development, management and evaluation.

Diane Scott

Diane has very extensive communications and marketing expertise in financial services, most recently as the Chief Communications Officer for Visa Europe. She has also worked for the Health Education Authority, designing and implementing public health campaigns.

Diane became a Trustee because, at a time when women’s’ rights and men’s behaviour are coming under greater scrutiny, Respect UK is at the forefront of increasing the safety and wellbeing of survivors of domestic abuse by working with the cause of the problem – the perpetrators.

Erin Godbold

Erin has worked in international strategic communications for over 10 years. She joined Respect’s board in 2018 after supporting other organisations focussed on women’s and girls’ rights.

Amy Klein

Amy is a fundraising specialist with over 10 years’ experience working in the charity sector, both with and for organisations such as Macmillan Cancer Support, Save the Children, WaterAid and Action on Hearing Loss, helping them grow and optimise their fundraising. She joined the Respect board in 2018.

Emma Godding

Emma has been service manager for a Respect Accredited Perpetrator Programme for 12 years and is extremely passionate and committed to the aims of these programmes. Emma has a wide range of knowledge relating to Domestic Abuse having worked in this field for 16 years across a range of services. She has undertaken a vast array of training and delivered training in a number of key areas including risk assessment. Emma is always keen to develop new ideas and enjoys the challenge being a board member brings.


Our Patron – Vera Baird QC

We are delighted that Vera Baird QC is Respect’s first Patron.

Vera Baird QC is Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, was Solicitor General in the last Labour Government and MP for Redcar from 2001-2010. Vera joined Respect’s Board in 2014 and stepped down in November 2017 to become Respect’s first Patron.