Meet the Team

The people behind supporting young Londoners, families and
communities to live free from violence and exploitation.

Sherry Peck

Sherry Peck

Chief Executive

Sherry has a wealth of experience working across the private, public and non-voluntary sectors. Her focus throughout her career has been, and always will be, the safeguarding of children and young people. Her approach is built on the understanding that children and young people are being expected to thrive in often brutal and toxic environments. This understanding drives her passion for providing the best opportunities to allow all children and young people to thrive and have positive futures.

Since taking up her position at Safer London Sherry has mobilised a team of talented individuals whose priority is the welfare and safety of the young Londoners and families that Safer London works alongside. Sherry focus at Safer London is to deliver on the charity’s strategic aims, which will support vision of creating a city that is safer for everyone who lives here.

Katie Mitchell

Katie Mitchell

Deputy CEO

Katie is an experienced leader within the children’s charity sector with over 12 years’ experience managing and delivering services across the UK. Katie came to the third sector having worked as a teacher.

Katie’s achievements include heading up advocacy, early years, and services for young people with disabilities. More recently her work has concentrated on the successful running and management of charities – overseeing teams of talented individuals focussed on governance, business development, finance, communications, and HR. Katie has experience in setting the strategic direction of charities, contributing to policy and practice improvements and collaborating with internal and external stakeholders.

Katie is passionate about inclusive practice and is a proud BSL and Makaton signer.

Kathleen Bruneel

Kathleen Bruneel

Head of Safeguarding & Quality Practice

Kathleen joined Safer London in 2021, having worked in various youth offending services across London. She has extensive experience directly supporting children and young people affected by violence and exploitation as well as managing practice teams and for the past 22 years, she has worked in both the statutory and charity sector, in the UK and Canada.

At the start of her management career, Kathleen contributed to a successful inspection of youth justice services and has subsequently driven quality assurance and strong case management in various roles, always striving to achieve the best possible outcomes for children, young people and their families.

As Safer London’s Designated Safeguarding Lead, Kathleen is passionate about safeguarding Young Londoners and supporting their families, working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders.

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Carly Adams Elias

Head of Development

Carly Adams Elias is an experienced social worker and manager within the children’s charity sector; with 15 years’ experience specialising in supporting children, families and communities affected by sexual abuse, violence, exploitation and trafficking.

Carly has previously held national roles with both the NSPCC and The Children’s Society delivering, managing and developing services across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This includes leading the national Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (CSAE) Prevention Programme, delivered in partnership with the National Police Chiefs Council and Victim Support; responsible for creating regional and national CSAE strategies, resources and toolkits to support improving practice in this area.

Through her work Carly has extensive experience of delivering training, influencing campaigns and strategic responses and contributing to policy and practice improvement.

John Moore

John Moore

Head of Business Development

John manages all income generation activity at Safer London, working in collaboration with staff across the organisation and through positive relationships with external partners, funders and commissioners.

John is an advocate for the unique power of charities to build fairer communities, and believes how charities raise their money defines whether they achieve this or not.

He has 10 years’ experience in income generation roles in the charity sector covering business development and fundraising. This has included supporting all domestic services at the British Red Cross as well as securing contracted income in substance misuse and children’s services at several smaller charities.

Racheal Raji

Racheal Raji

Head of Corporate Services

Racheal has over 18 years’ experience of providing innovative, high quality financial management including managing a portfolio of big public sector contracts and small grants

Racheal joined Safer London in 2018 as Head of Finance where she was responsible for leading the organisation’s finance function including overseeing revenue streams, financial planning & analysis, payroll, reporting and auditing.

Since 2020 she has been in the position of Head of Corporate Services and is responsible for overseeing the Finance (including Payroll and Pension) and HR (including recruitment) functions within Safer London. Racheal provides Finance and HR leadership offering a flexible pragmatic approach. She is trusted to provide detailed analysis and decision-making support across the organisation.