About our Trustees
The Alice Ruggles Trust currently has eleven trustees, a mixture of family members and close friends who helped set up the charity and professionals with a range of experience and expertise relevant to the Trust’s goals.
Introducing our Trustees...
Dawn is a Qualified Teacher with a background in Public Relations and Leadership and Management. Having been stalked for several years, Dawn is keen to champion and help publicize new initiatives that could prevent stalking from occurring, support victims or lead to better management of perpetrators.
Dr Kelda (Kelly) Henderson
Kelly is Managing Director of Addressing Domestic Abuse (a community interest company) that aims to equip housing providers and associated supply chains to recognise domestic abuse. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at Durham University.
Anne Headley (Treasurer)
Anne is a recently retired Director of Finance and operations having worked in the education and charity sectors for 25 years.
Dr Sue Hills (Secretary)
Sue is Alice Ruggles’ mother and a co-founder of the Trust. Sue has delivered talks to school and university pupils, youth groups, the police and the CPS. She is actively involved in campaigning to change the law to protect victims and to manage perpetrators effectively.
Emma is an Inspector within Durham Constabulary. As their operational lead on Stalking and Harassment, she has created the training packages and roll-out of stalking training within the force. Alongside the Alice Ruggles Trust, she has set up a project to roll out education in schools around unhealthy relationships and stalking.
Dr Maria Mellins
Maria is a Senior Lecturer at St Mary’s University, London who has also trained as an Independent Stalking Advocacy Caseworker (ISAC). She is keen to bridge the gap between academic theory and practice and is also working to improve the safety and awareness of the student body around stalking, domestic abuse and coercive control.
Prof. Clive Ruggles (Chair)
Clive is Alice’s father and a co-founder of the Trust. Clive has spoken at numerous training and development sessions for the police, CPS and judiciary as well as to social and healthcare services, academic colleagues and students. He manages the Trust’s administrative services and plays a leading role in its public awareness raising and campaigning work.
Nick is Alice’s elder brother and a co-founder of the Trust. As a software developer and systems architect he has a particular interest in working with technology companies to protect and safeguard victims, along with technologies for tackling cyber-stalking directly.
Catriona is a Partnerships Manager at Frontline, working with social services departments across the Midlands. She has a range of professional and voluntary experience in the charity sector, working in communications for Cancer Research UK and with young people in schools and through Girlguiding UK. Catriona also has a personal connection to Alice, having fenced with her in the East Midlands youth squad.
Leonard Smith QC
Leonard is a Criminal Barrister specialising in serious crimes such as murder and complex fraud. As Alice’s godfather, he has a particular interest in ensuring that lessons are learnt from Alice’s case within the criminal justice system.
Dr Rachael Wheatley
Rachael is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Derby, having previously worked for HMPPS (Midlands) for 21 years. Since September 2022, she has been managing a forensic psychology practitioner qualification programme, conducting research, and undertaking consultancy, specialising in stalking and related matters.