Our people

SafeLives is a small team of dedicated professionals with a variety of backgrounds and experiences.

Suzanne Jacob OBE, CEO

Having worked at SafeLives for three years – including two years as Deputy CEO – Suzanne became Chief Executive in December 2017. Immediately before joining SafeLives, Suzanne spent several months working in Delhi for Breakthrough India, an organisation which campaigns against violence and discrimination against women and girls. Prior to this, Suzanne spent nearly a decade with the UK Home Office. Here, she worked extensively on national security matters, established the National Crime Agency as a significant new part of UK law enforcement, and acted as Private Secretary to the Minister responsible for crime and policing. Suzanne worked for several years on security for the London 2012 Olympics, and was awarded an OBE in 2013 for her work on intelligence collection and analysis, and enforcement activity. Suzanne volunteered for seven years on the Victim Support helpline, providing first response for victims of all crime types.

Jo Silver, Director of Quality and Innovation

Jo is responsible for designing and piloting exciting new and effective interventions to end domestic abuse. Jo provides expert advice on activities, policy messages and practice, she works with national and local commissioners, funders, policy makers and partners to make this happen. Jo rejoined us in January 2014, having spent two years as senior consultant at the NSPCC in Cardiff. Jo was Caada's (SafeLives' former name) director of professional development between 2006 and 2012. She also worked for the police for ten years in the public protection unit and at the Women's Safety Unit in Cardiff.

Kathryn Nawrockyi, Interim Director of External Relations

Kathryn joined SafeLives in 2016 as a trustee. In May 2018 she stepped down from the board to become Interim Director of External Relations, and is currently responsible for SafeLives’ influencing strategy. Previously Kathryn was Director of Gender Equality at Business in the Community, where she led high-profile campaigns such as Project 28-40, the largest ever UK study of women in work, and Same But Different, a creative project about women’s identity and intersectionality. Kathryn is also a freelance consultant and adviser on workplace bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct. She is an adviser to the British Army’s Sexual Harassment Working Group and an advisory board member of the 1752 Group, a UK-based research and lobby organisation working to end sexual misconduct in higher education.