Who We Are

The vision of Brave Bear Trust is to help keep children everywhere safe from exploitation.

We believe people are not commodities but have value and significance, and that everyone has a part to play in ending exploitation.  We intend to engage with children through their supporting and trusted adults in education, the community and home, so that we will:

Increase the number of children and adults who know about exploitation.

Empower people to understand the value of themselves and others.

Enable people to keep themselves and others safe from exploitation.

Reduce the potential for exploitation amongst those with whom we engage.

MEET US

THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND TRUSTEES OF BRAVE BEAR TRUST

HEATHER LEWIS – Executive Director and Trustee

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Heather has spent her career working with young people, many who have experienced trauma. She has been a supported lodgings provider for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and manages projects at the Mental Health Foundation.  She is a passionate advocate for people who have been exploited and has played a lead role in creating the Brave Book and pioneering the work of the charity.

BRYN FRERE-SMITH

Bryn is a trustee of Brave Bear Trust.  He is the founder of Blue Bear Coffee Co. He is the host of The Justice & Coffee Podcast which discuss a variety of issues including human trafficking and the former Head of Security for the anti-trafficking INGO Justice and Care.

GEORGIE THOMAS

Georgie is a trustee of Brave Bear Trust.  She is a co-founder of ‘Sibling’ a coffee business serving the local community and beyond. She has previously worked as a supervisor at Manumit Coffee Roasters, and has experience in providing care and support for survivors of exploitation.

ANDY BROCKIE

Andy is a trustee of Brave Bear Trust.  He is a Non Exec Company Director having worked in senior roles in the private, public, and voluntary sectors.  He is involved with a number of charities working to address poverty and disadvantage in the UK and internationally.

REV ROB JAMES

Rob is a trustee of Brave Bear Trust. He is a Pastor and former Teacher and Child Care Officer with extensive experience in writing and broadcasting and a passionate concern for justice.

PHILIP BISHOP

Philip is a trustee of Brave Bear Trust. He is now retired but has had extensive experience in the financial services industry, third sector and charity work.

TRUSTED FRIENDS:

Our trusted friends are a group of men and women who identify with the values and ambitions of the charity and possess extensive experience and crucial skill sets to enable it to maximise its potential.

JEFF NORMAN

Jeff is a retired police officer who now works as a consultant having founded ‘Stop Slavery Today’.  He is a Subject Matter Expert and is listed on the Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Experts register.

KIM ANN WILLIAMSON MBE

Kim Ann has been a Civil Servant for over 36 years and is the Strategic Objectives Programme Lead for the Wales Anti-Slavery Leadership Group and Chair of the UK Modern Slavery Training Delivery Group.  She is a volunteer with Soroptimist International – Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) and holds the positions of Assistant Programme Director Peace, SIGBI and President Elect Soroptimist International Cardiff and District.

STEPHEN CHAPMAN

Stephen is the former Anti-slavery Coordinator for Wales.  He has worked across the UK and overseas in roles within the Border Agency, the Home Office and the British Police Service.

STEVE MERRIX

Steve is a retired Police officer, who served as a detective and detective sergeant.  He has supervised serious and complex safeguarding cases.

MO JAMES

Mo is very experienced at working with children. She qualified with an NNEB, has been a Matron of a children’s home, HLTA running a school nursery and is currently leading a successful children’s church initiative.

NERYS KING

Nerys works cross-culturally in Thailand, counselling women who have escaped the sex industry.   She has a background in Adult Mental Health Nursing, Integrative Therapy and EMDR trauma work.

ALISON CARSON

Alison is a mother, freelance editor, and  chair of school governors. Alison is the copywriter for ‘Brave’, and has a continuing involvement to help ‘educate to eradicate’ modern-day slavery.

DAYO ODUNLAMI

Dayo is a parent and engineer who is passionate about justice and thinking creatively about providing resources to engage people with combatting injustice.

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SUE LEWIS

Sue is a retired teacher, with vast experience working as Minority Ethnic Achievement teacher and working with Refugees & Asylum Seekers.

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TAMAR POLLARD

Tamar is an experienced primary school teacher, published author and currently a church-based children’s, youth and families worker.

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PAUL KIRKWOOD

Paul is an experienced trustee of two other charities and has worked for a multi-national healthcare company.

JAZMINE BASTABLE

Jaz is a mother and nurse who is passionate about using her roles and influence to advocate for the vulnerable every day.