Craig Gye

Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Gye has been a member of Victoria Police for 34 years. Craig has worked in metropolitan and rural areas and been involved in a number of fields including general crime investigation and the investigation of organised crime groups. Craig is the officer in charge of the Central Gippsland Sexual Offence and Child Abuse Investigation Team. Craig has managed the team for 6 years, overseeing the transition of the team to an investigative unit of detectives trained as specialists to conduct investigations into sexual assaults and child abuse.
Craig has been a member of the working group that planned the Multi- Disciplinary Centre where his team is now co-located with other agencies including Child Protection, CASA and ancillary services.


Carolyn Worth

Manager of the South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault for 23 years. Prior to this position she worked in the Family Court of Australia for 10 years as a Court Counsellor. Carolyn is the Spokesperson for the CASA Forum which is the peak body for the Centres Against Sexual Assault in Victoria. Carolyn sits on a number of advisory committees and is the recipient of the Robin Clark Memorial Award, is on the Victorian Honour Roll of Women and has received an OAM.


Dr. Clíona Saidléar

Head of Rape Crisis Network Ireland. RCNI is the independent umbrella body for specialist sexual violence response services and advocacy for survivors and on the issues of sexual violence. Prior to being executive director Cliona was the Policy and Communications Director, since 2004. Cliona’s role at a network and national level is to facilitate and advocate evidence based and best practice responses to sexual violence and survivors. Clíona sits on a range of interagency high level committees as well as engaging bilaterally as relevant with statutory, private and NGO actors. She has been the Chairperson of the international conference on Survivors of Rape (ICSoR), and engaged at international level including presenting at the UN Commission on the Status of Women 2013 on the issues of social media communications. She was chairperson of the National Steering Committee on Violence Against Women (NSCVAW) Public Awareness subcommittee 2006 – 2010 and as chairperson managed the change necessary to adapt the committee to new statutory structures including the drafting and embedding of a new remit, membership and set of relationships and roles. She is author of Guidance on Awareness Raising in Domestic, Sexual and gender Based Violence, which has been adopted into the National Strategy on domestic, sexual and gender based violence (Ireland).

Prior to the RCNI Cliona was a Policy Advisor in the Central Policy Unit of Plaid Cymru The Party of Wales, 2003-2004 and a Policy Adviser with the Royal College of Nursing, Wales, June 2002 – Dec. 2003. She has been a lecturer and teaching assistant at University of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1998-2002 where she completed her PhD in International Politics and she has ten years of experience on the frontline in the disability sector also.


Cullagh Warnock

Cullagh has worked with and for the voluntary sector for nearly 30 years. She managed Northern Rock Foundation’s Safety and Justice programme for 11 years, supporting both research and service provision for survivors of violence and abuse in the North East and Cumbria. More recently she has worked with Big Lottery Fund on it’s Women and Girls Initiative and is currently employed as the Regional Co-ordinator for the North East End Violence against Women and Girls (NEEVAWG) Network.


Marianne Hester

Marianne Hester OBE FRSA, is Professor of Gender, Violence and International Policy at the University of Bristol where she heads the Centre for Gender and Violence Research. She is Patron of Devon Rape Crisis Services and of South Tyneside Women’s Aid. She is a leading researcher of gender-based violence internationally, committed to doing research that make a positive difference in women’s and children’s lives. Current research projects include: victims/survivors’ perspectives on sexual, domestic and ‘honour’ based violence; rape and the criminal justice system; evaluating domestic violence perpetrator programmes. She has worked closely with government departments and NGOs, as expert advisor to the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) on Preventing and Reducing Domestic Violence, as Research Director to the Department of Health & National Institute for Mental Health, and as specialist advisor to the Home Affairs Select Committee.


Betsy Stanko

Professor Betsy Stanko OBE is Head, Evidence and Insight, Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime in London. For over a decade, she worked inside Corporate Development, London Metropolitan Police Service, establishing a social research function alongside performance analysis. In her first life, she was a professor of criminology, teaching and researching at Clark University (USA), Brunel University, Cambridge University and Royal Holloway, University of London (where she is an Emeritus Professor of Criminology). She has published over 80 books and articles over her academic career. The most cited of these works is Intimate Intrusions: Women’s Experiences of Male Violence, published in 1985, and reissued as an ebook by Routledge in 2013. She has been awarded a number of lifetime achievement awards from the American Society of Criminology, most notably the Vollmer Award (1996), recognising outstanding influence of her academic work on criminal justice practice. From 1997-2002 she was the Director of the ESRC Violence Research Programme. In 2002, she joined the Cabinet Office, in the Prime Minister’s Office of Public Services Reform. In 2013 she was a member of the Adebowale Commission on Mental Health and Policing. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, a visiting scholar at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, and a Visiting Professor both at UCL and City University London. She was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s 2014 Birthday Honours List.


Zoe Lodrick MSc, BA (Hons), Dip (psych.), Dip (couns.), UKCP

A UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and an experienced Trainer and Consultant. Zoe has over 20 years experience of providing counselling and psychotherapy to women and men who have experienced rape, sexual assault and/or childhood sexual abuse and exploitation; and delivering training and consultation to professionals who work with victims/survivors of sexualised traumas (whether therapeutically or within the criminal justice system).
Zoe is generally recognised as having specialist knowledge/expertise with regard to human behaviour/response when faced with a perceived threat (especially interpersonal and sexual threat).
Since April 2009, Zoe has been a self-employed Trainer and Consultant and has delivered training to (amongst others): Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), Association of Chief Police Officers Scotland (ACPOS), The Judicial College, numerous Chambers of The Bar, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS), Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI), Public Prosecution Service Northern Ireland (PPSNI), National Police Improvement Agency (NPIA), Royal Society of Medicine (RSM), Social Services Improvement Agency (SSIA), Local Government Improvement and Development Group (LGID), each of the 43 Police Forces in England and Wales, MOD Police, Service Prosecuting Authority (SPA), St Marys SARC Manchester, Forensic Science Service (FSS), G4S Forensic and Medical Services and Law Undergraduates at Trinity College Cambridge University.
Zoe was honoured in October 2010 to be chosen to deliver the inaugural Moira Jones Memorial Lecture, at COPFS Annual Conference in Glasgow, and to be awarded the Moira Jones Memorial Bowl in recognition of her work to increase understanding of sexualised trauma within the criminal justice system.
Zoe’s website can be accessed at

Venue: Royal York Hotel

Cost: £45 – £85  plus booking fee (all profits go towards supporting victims of sexual violence)