Adam Crossley: Chair
Adam Crossley has spent almost a decade volunteering in the anti-trafficking sector, initially with Stop The Traffik and the William Wilberforce Trust then as co-founder and Chair of Trustees at the Sophie Hayes Foundation. Adam is passionate about mobilising society, businesses and the third sector against trafficking and slavery, which he views as the most insidious and unjust of crimes humans can commit against other humans. He is proud and optimistic about the positive impact the Sophie Hayes Foundation can have on survivors of this crime, and is continually humbled by the commitment of the Sophie Hayes team.
Formerly an Army Officer, Adam has worked at multi-national construction and development company Skanska for the last eleven years in a variety of operational support and business transformation roles. He is currently the Director of Environment and Strategic Development, responsible for Skanska’s approach to environmental management, low carbon strategy, ethical leadership, public affairs and general business planning. Adam is a proud husband and father, an amateur psychologist, and a very average guitarist.
John is a Chartered Accountant. Having trained in a firm specialising in the audit of charities and non profits, he has gone on to provide audit and advisory services to organisations in the public sector, including the European Commission and the United Nations, investment and wealth management firms and companies within the leisure industries.
He is currently an audit and accounts manager responsible for a portfolio of clients ranging from sole traders to nationally recognised charities and large listed group companies. In his spare time, John enjoys all sports, socialising with friends and spending time with his family.
Leanne is passionate about ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to succeed and feels empowered and inspired to achieve their goals, no matter what their start in life was, or their experiences are to date. Leanne joined Sophie Hayes as a trustee in order to be part of an organisation which brings hope and independence to those who once may have felt helpless.
Having faced social and personal challenges during her own journey, Leanne qualified as a solicitor and now practices in a large law firm in London, specialising in corporate transactional work including private equity deals and investments, mergers and acquisitions of private and public companies, business sales and purchases, IPOs and joint ventures. She also regularly advises clients on matters of general corporate governance.
Leanne sits as a member of the Law Society of England and Wales’ Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and is a former Chair of the Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society, whose work involves supporting, and campaigning and lobbying on behalf of junior and aspiring lawyers, with a particular focus on access to the profession, barriers to social mobility and wellbeing.
Lucinda is a Vice President at Barclays within HR Technology and Change. Her work covers target operating model design, HR location strategy, HR service delivery and HR transformation. Prior to joining Barclays, Lucinda has worked as an HR transformation management consultant at Deloitte, EY and Accenture working with businesses across both public and private sectors. Her projects have taken her around the world including working in America, Canada, England, Munich, Dubai, China, Australia and New Zealand.
When not working, Lucinda is passionate about building a sense of community and breaking down barriers to success on a local level. Her volunteering experience has had this common thread of creating a positive space for others to succeed in and this is why she is passionate about the work of the Sophie Hayes Foundation. Lucinda is also passionate about improving mental health through sport and recently completed the Reykjavik marathon.
Sara Hyde has spent a decade working in the criminal justice system, primarily with women, following a first career in theatre. She worked in prison and post-release as a counsellor, mentor and group facilitator, then managed holistic support services for women post-release and female care-leavers. She currently leads work on Deaths in Custody for the NHS London Clinical Network for Health in Justice, and speaks and writes on criminal justice issues. Sara is a panel lay member, interviewing magistrates in Central and South London.
A grassroots community and feminist campaigner, Sara has been involved in the community on Caledonian Road for the last 15 years, where she was elected as a local councillor in May 2018. Sara was a London Assembly candidate in the 2016 election and a parliamentary candidate in in the 2017 General Election. Sara is the Vice Chair of Fabian Women’s Network, co-facilitates a political mentoring scheme for Christians on the Left and was part of the inaugural Jo Cox Women in Leadership cohort. She loves enabling others to fulfil their potential, Kate Bush and red wine.