About our Trustees

The Alice Ruggles Trust currently has ten 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...

Alexia Garbett

Lex works for Leicestershire Police. As one of Alice's school friends she has a personal connection to the Trust and has a keen interest in working within the police to promote awareness, training and support of staff in handling cases of stalking.

Kelda Henderson

Kelly is co-founder of the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance and a Research Associate at Durham University (Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse). Her work is focused upon improving the housing sector, police and government response to domestic abuse.

Sue Hills

Sue is Alice Ruggles’ mother and a co-founder of the Trust. She has spoken at many different events to a wide variety of audiences including school children, professionals in the stalking field, academics and women’s groups. She is passionate about raising awareness of the dangers of stalking and the difficulties involved in its identification. Sue is particularly interested in the development and delivery of resources aimed at young people.

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.

Clive Ruggles

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 related services. He manages the Trust’s administration and plays a leading role in its public awareness raising and campaigning work.

Emma Ruggles

Emma is Alice’s sister and a co-founder of the Trust. As an army officer, Emma has a particular interest in improving the response to cases of stalking within the military.

Nick Ruggles

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 Sibert

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.

Rachael Wheatley

Rachael is a Forensic Psychologist employed by HMPPS, regularly undertaking psychological risk assessments with stalkers and advising on risk management strategies. She has recently completed a Doctor of Psychology qualification researching stalking. Rachael is also a lecturer at the University of Derby and is particularly interested in raising awareness of stalking behaviours and improving (early) interventions with those who stalk in order to better protect victims.