Meet Our Executive Leadership Team

Claire Marshall – CEO

Claire is an experienced charity leader with almost 30 years in health and social care before joining FearFree in 2021. Claire started her career in fundraising and marketing in the Hospice sector and RNIB, followed by a decade at Cancer Research UK and has since held roles as Deputy CEO, CEO, Trustee and Chair in charities ranging from the Air Ambulance through to Hospice care. Claire is a keen advocate of volunteering and currently serves two charities as a Trustee in her free time.

Born of personal experience of domestic abuse and stalking, Claire is passionate about FearFree supporting people in their most vulnerable moments and creating community support networks to help people rebuild and live safe fulfilling lives.

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Gemma Vinton - Head of Service

Gemma is a former Detective Chief Inspector at Wiltshire Police where she led the tackling violence against women and girls team.

She has a strong history of multi-agency working, safeguarding vulnerable people and managing complex high risk situations.


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Frankie Duddridge - Head of Service

Frankie is a qualified social worker and has over 14 years' experience in the sector. She is passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of the people she supports.

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Jo Hatton - Head of People

Jo has extensive HR experience and has worked across both the private and charity sectors. She is focused on building and sustaining a strong and positive charity culture that is true to its values.

Jo is responsible for all people-related matters, driving improvement in areas such as recruitment, diversity, performance, learning and development and leadership as well as the transactional HR work that underpins this improvement. She is passionate about employee wellbeing and creating a healthy workplace culture.

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Jess Gay – Head of Fundraising

Jess joined FearFree as the Head of Fundraising in the spring of 2022. She loves her role as she gets to see the organisation’s amazing supporters doing wonderful things to raise money and help change lives. Her role is extremely varied and every day she can be doing something different from developing fundraising campaigns, editing grant applications, speaking to new supporters, and working with our corporate partners. Part of her role also involves working with our amazing volunteer speakers that go out into community to raise awareness of our work and its importance.

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Ian Wakeham– Head of Finance

Ian has over three decades of experience in charity finance. He oversees and manages all financial operations, systems, data and reporting for FearFree.

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