The Suzy Lamplugh Trust has appointed Suky Bhaker as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Suky commences the role on 2nd March 2020 building on the legacy of the previous CEO, Rachel Griffin, who sadly passed away in August 2019.
Suky has been with the Trust for over five years, holding the positions of Head of Policy and Development, and more recently Interim CEO. Suky was also seconded for over 12 months from Suzy Lamplugh Trust as an adviser to the Parliamentary Security Department following the tragic death of Jo Cox MP, supporting and advising MPs and their staff in issues relating to personal safety.
During her time with the Trust, Suky has overseen the growth and development of its helpline and advocacy services, led its policy and campaigns team, and designed and delivered a number of complex national projects. Notably, she has been the Programme Director for the world’s first multi-agency stalking intervention programme (MASIP) and overseen the ongoing campaign for national minimum standards for taxis and private hire vehicles. Under her leadership, the Trust won the 2019 Markel Third Sector Care Awards for Campaigning, Sector Development and the Collaboration (Integration) Award for MASIP.
Alongside her extensive experience in frontline services, Suky has worked in policy, research and development capacities, with areas of speciality in the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) sector including trafficking, honour-based violence, domestic and sexual violence, in addition to stalking. Suky was heavily involved in the successful coercive control campaign, which brought law change to domestic violence in the UK.
Suky Bhaker, Chief Executive Officer, Suzy Lamplugh Trust, said:
“I am delighted and honoured to be taking on the role as CEO of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, an organisation that over the past 34 years has worked tirelessly to ensure people are safer from violence and aggression. I firmly believe in the vital voice and services the Trust provides for its beneficiaries. Alongside the extraordinary staff team, I look forward to building on the fantastic work the Trust has achieved and embracing new opportunities to develop and broaden the reach of the Trust and the essential work that it does”.
Chris Shelley, Chair of Trustees, Suzy Lamplugh Trust, said:
“The trustee board are delighted to have appointed Suky as the permanent CEO of the Trust after doing such a fantastic job as Interim CEO. Suky has led the Trust superbly through a very difficult year, and now she has been appointed permanently I am very excited about what the future holds for us all. She has the passion, experience and ambition to lead the charity into the next phase of our journey.”