MASH, a Manchester-based charity for female sex workers, has appointed Annie Emery to lead the organisation.
Joining MASH as Chief Executive, Annie brings with her 20 years’ experience in the voluntary sector with a focus on equalities and multiple disadvantages, in particular, the needs and experiences of women, young people and LGBT communities.
MASH (Manchester Action on Street Health) works with female sex workers to empower them and promote health, wellbeing and personal safety.
On taking on her new role, Annie said:
“It is a privilege to be joining MASH at a time when the importance of specialist, women-centred services is being increasingly recognised. However, there is so much more that needs to be done to improve our collective understanding of the lives of women experiencing multiple disadvantages like homelessness, addictions, mental ill-health and sexual violence and how best to meet their needs.
“MASH has a unique service offer and a very strong reputation for delivering trusted frontline services to some of the most marginalised women in Greater Manchester. In a short time, I have been in post, I have already seen the incredible impact the work of our dedicated staff and volunteers has on women’s lives.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to join the team as we work to develop MASH’s vital services in these times of change.”
Annie joins MASH from akt, the youth homelessness charity for LGBTQ+ young people, where she was Director of Operations. She follows Cate Allison who led MASH for seven years.
Cllr Sue Murphy, chair of trustees at MASH said:
“The MASH trustees are thrilled that Annie Emery has joined us as our new CEO.
“Annie is a real advocate for the creation and delivery of co-created services and of empowering service users to realise their potential. This really stood out to us and we know her experience and enthusiasm will be invaluable at MASH.
“Annie joins at a crucial time for us as we anticipate how big changes to our geographical area and the way people are working will impact women’s lives and how we deliver our support. It is also a time of enormous pressure on resources but we are confident that Annie is the right person to lead our organisation into the future.”