Our Board of Trustees are a group of volunteers who have an important role to play in the governance of the charity:

Providing oversight to ensure the charity continues to serve its population with effective services and meets its charitable objectives

Ensuring the long-term sustainability of the charity through effective risk and financial oversight

Providing support and advice to the senior team

Become a Trustee

Are you passionate about raising awareness for our service? You can make a difference to so many lives across the Southwest who have been effected by domestic abuse. We are looking for a range of skills and help develop our organisation into the new strategic era.

To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter to

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Ann Cornelius BSc Econ (Hons), CIHCM

Ann is a senior housing professional who has operated as an Executive Director and Chief Executive in Housing Associations in England and Wales for over thirty years.  She now works as a consultant with housing organisations, supporting them with large scale change projects and business transformation, governance reviews and developing risk strategies.  She offers consultancy and risk management support to small support and care companies, helping them strengthen their services and to grow.  She has also worked in an interim capacity with housing associations and local authorities, developing housing strategy and responses to homelessness.  She is currently Chair of the Remuneration Committee of a Housing Association in the South West.

She has worked closely with FearFree for many years, initially as a partner providing accommodation to the Charity, and them becoming a Trustee in 2014.  She has been the Chair since 2017 overseeing a time of significant transformation and change in the Charity as a whole.  Her personal motivation is to overcome social injustices and to improve peoples’ lives and life chances, and her work with FearFree is part of that drive and passion; this work is needed more than ever.

Clare Fielden MCIPD

Clare has more than 20 years experience in HR in the not for profit sector. For the past 12 years, she has worked in a variety of senior HR roles at the National Trust and is currently Head of People Business Partners. She has a particular interest in change management in values-led organisations. Clare lives in Somerset with her partner and two daughters. She enjoys cooking, yoga and open water swimming.

Clare became a trustee at FearFree in 2021. Having seen the impact of domestic abuse on families, she believes passionately in the work of the organisation.

Rebecca Ayres BSc MA DipSW

Rebecca has been a frontline child and families social worker since 2005. She has been well trained and has wide experience of working with survivors and perpetrators of domestic abuse.

Cindy Ervine LLB (Hons)

Cindy is a solicitor who specialises in family matters, having been based in North Wiltshire throughout her working life. She is a member of Resolution and the Law Society Advanced Family Panel with specialisms in domestic violence and children matters. Cindy is also a trained collaborative lawyer who very much advocates a non-confrontational manner when seeking to advise and assist clients.  She has been involved with FearFree for a considerable time with a particular interest in enabling clients to obtain the support they need as a result of relationship breakdown. The benefit provided supports the whole family and cannot be emphasised enough.

Cindy is a trustee with a view to help make a difference.

Adrian Long BSc

Adrian Long is a senior civil servant who has held Executive Director roles in some of Britain's most significant public sector organisations - leading teams working on communications, policy, and HR issues. He has also worked for the BBC as a news and current affairs producer and served as Special Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister from 1998-2001. He lives in Bradford on Avon.

Adrian joined the Board in March 2022. He wants to use his professional expertise and personal commitment to the core concerns of FearFree to help the organisation grow and develop into the vital and (even more) effective organisation that it needs to be.

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