Our People

Our Staff

Savana has 14 employees supported by a large number of volunteers.

Kay Glover| CEO

Kay joined Savana in 2005 as a volunteer counsellor whilst studying for her counselling qualification. In 2006 she was successful in obtaining one of 38 posts across the country as an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA), qualifying for the post in early 2007. During this time funding for sexual abuse all but ceased and Savana, like many similar organisations, had to restructure. It was at this time that Kay became Services Manager at Savana and the ISVA for North Staffordshire. She is a qualified ISVA manager and also a qualified clinical supervisor.

In recent years Kay became Chief Operations Office and then in 2015 became Chief Executive Officer of Savana.

Meet our training team

Find out more about our training team.

We offer a number of specialist training courses that are all CPD accredited.

Caroline Byrne – Officer Manager & ISVA

Caroline joined Savana in November 2009 as an Administration Officer. In 2009 she was successful in obtaining a Counselling Diploma.
She is also an ISVA at Savana this role includes working within a multi-agency setting providing a pro-active service to victims of sexual violence in and outside the criminal justice system: Operate the principles and procedures of equal opportunities and safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. Undertake risk assessment and support needs analysis with clients Develop individual service plans to address risks and support needs of client. Provide face to face support to clients and their supporters. Communicate with client/agencies using e-mail, letter and non-therapeutic telephone support where appropriate
In June 2016 she became Office Manager where her duties included line managing the office staff, completing funding bids, checking and monitoring the finance department and holding an ISVA caseload.

Emma Ward – Services Manager

Emma joined Savana in December 2011 as a Services and ISVA administrator; she gained her Certificate in counselling in 2008.
From this role she became Services Coordinator in 2013 where she progressed to her current role as Service Manager in June 2016, her main roles are to ensure the best possible support from all volunteers and continually looking at ways to involve them.
The participation in regular meetings to support good communication, ensure support is available for staff and volunteers, manage the waiting lists and record and monitor referrals when required alongside many more managerial roles.

Tammi Davis – Retail Manager & Counsellor

Tammi joined Savana in February 2016 as a volunteer counsellor; she received her certificate in Counselling Theory and Practice in 2016.
She also has achieved a Level 2 Award in Counselling Concepts and Level 3 in Counselling skills.
In April 2016 she became the Retail Manager at our Charity shop in Meir having previous retail managerial skills and she also still holds her own client caseload.

Jo Leech – ISVA

Jo joined Savana in 2007 as a volunteer administrator and started full time employment in 2008.
Jo’s main role since 2012 as an ISVA, is to work within a multi-agency setting providing a pro-active service to victims of sexual violence in and outside the criminal justice system: Operate the principles and procedures of equal opportunities and safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. Undertake risk assessment and support needs analysis with clients. Develop individual service plans to address risks and support needs of client.
Provide face to face support to clients and their supporters
Communicate with client/agencies using e-mail, letter and non-therapeutic telephone support where appropriate

Jo Jones – ISVA

Jo joined Savana in May 2015 as an ISVA.
Her role as an ISVA is to work within a multi-agency setting providing a pro-active service to victims of sexual violence in and outside the criminal justice system: Operate the principles and procedures of equal opportunities and safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. Undertake risk assessment and support needs analysis with clients Develop individual service plans to address risks and support needs of client. Provide face to face support to clients and their supporters
Communicate with client/agencies using e-mail, letter and non-therapeutic telephone support where appropriate

Donna Rowley – Services Co-ordinator

Donna joined Savana in February 2011 as a volunteer counsellor.
In January 2012 she took on the position of out of hour’s Crisis Worker alongside her current role within Savana.
In January 2013 she became Services Coordinator where her main roles are to works closely with other colleagues to ensure waiting list is managed and that all statistics are input correctly, ensuring the best from the volunteers and getting them involved in the service and the best practice for our clients.

Eunice Burke – Office Co-ordinator

Eunice joined Savana in January 2015 as Administrator and Crisis Worker.
In June 2016 took the Office Coordinator role. Main responsibilities are to ensure all out of hours crisis worker rotas are completed, sent to relevant people on a weekly basis. Attend regular crisis worker operational meetings. Ensure that personnel files are current. Work with the rest of the team to ensure efficient running of the office.

Michael Tee – Finance Officer

Michael joined Savana in February 2016 as Finance Assistant and not long after he became Finance Officer.
His responsibilities include complete salary runs each month, Produce month end accounts and reports. Produce year end accounts and prepare for review. Assist with funding bids as required. Pay monies into the bank.

Laura Bennett – Administrator

Laura joined Savana in September 2014, her positions include Counsellor, Out of Hours Crisis Worker where she supports victims of sexual abuse of all ages ensuring confidentiality is maintained to protect both victims and professionals, also Services Administrator which includes making sure all the admin work is up to date and correctly logged for the service. She studied Bachelor of Science Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2012-2015 and is currently studying Doctor of Philosophy Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Gemma Pattison – Administrator

Gemma joined Savana in October 2015 as a volunteer counsellor whist studying at university, also in December 2015 she took on the role of an out of hours crisis worker where she supports victims of sexual abuse of all ages, ensuring confidentiality is maintained to protect both victims and professionals. In June 2016 she also took on the role of an Administrator, she qualified for her certificate in counselling in 2015 and currently studying Psychotherapeutic Counselling.

The Board

Savana's board is currently made up of 7 volunteer directors with diverse areas of interest and expertise. Board members can claim business expenses but are not otherwise remunerated.

We hold 4 formal board meetings, 4 discussion meetings and 4 wider voices meetings each year. Our AGM is in September.

Dr Jenny Crisp| Chair

Jenny was appointed as Chair of the Board of Directors in 2009 and has overseen a period of substantial change and growth at Savana. She is a local NHS clinician, who retired four years ago and was previously a consultant psychiatrist and psychotherapist based in North Staffordshire since 1987.

She now spends her time divided between Staffordshire, London and Orkney and has interests in safeguarding, cycling and archeology.

Vice Chair

We are looking for a Vice Chair to join our team.

Sue Corfield JP| Treasurer

Sue is a Staffordshire Magistrate chair and has run a small local business for 42 years. She is director and chair of two Special Educational Needs Academy schools.

Sue has been a Board Member of Savana for three and a half years and has now taken on the role of Treasurer in September 2016.

Angela Marinari| Secretary

Angela is a serving Police Inspector with Cheshire Constabulary and a professional doctoral student with the University of Portsmouth. She is exploring the application of restorative justice to sexual violence in collaboration with Savana.

Kathy Tallentire ACA MBA

Kathy is a qualified accountant who has worked in a number of industries including catering, education and FMCG. She is particularly interested in the non-profit sector and has spent time volunteering abroad. Kathy was Treasurer at Savana from 2013 - 2016 but has stepped back from that role following the birth of her daughter. She is currently on maternity leave.

Dr Jane Krishnadas

Jane is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Keele University teaching and researching on access to justice, family law and human rights. She is Co-founder and Convenor of CLOCK (Community Legal Outreach Collaboration, Keele) and West Midlands Trustee for the Clinical Legal Education Organisation.

Alka Searle

Alka joined Savana as a board member in 2005 and held office as Treasurer for a number of years. A former IT manager in the private sector, Alka also ran her own IT consultancy company before moving to Staffordshire to live a simpler life.

She follows her passion for healthy living through meditation and mindfulness and works at Changes Health and Wellbeing to improve mental health within Staffordshire. She also volunteers her time at the New Vic theatre in Newcastle-under-Lyme and the RSPCA centre at Stapeley Grange Nantwich.

Alison Collier

Ali is an experienced family lawyer, assisting Clients through many difficult processes including divorce, children and financial issues and injunctions. She is on the Steering Committee of CLOCK aiding the inception, training and running for the free service for Litigants in Person. In addition, she is part of the Litigants in Person working committee at the local Court, aiming to improve Court processes for people with no representation.

Ali is married with three children and has a passion for helping those going through difficult times. She is the newest member of our board, having joined Savana in December 2015.