Our People

Our Staff

Savana has 12 employees supported by a large number of volunteers.

Meet our training team

Find out more about our training team.

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

A course list can be found on the Continuing Professional Development website: cpduk.co.uk

The Board

Savana’s board is currently made up of 9 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.

Alison Collier| Chair

Ali has recently stepped into the position as Chair of the Board of Directors. 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 service for litigants in Persons. 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. Ali joined the board in 2015.

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.

Having been a board member for several years, Sue took on the role of Treasurer in September 2016.

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 Tasker

After spending my teenage years in Sneyd Green, I returned to live in the Potteries four years ago. I am a currently practicing social worker, with experience with children and their families, as well experience in adult social care, in both qualified and unqualified positions over the last thirteen years. In addition to my work as a social worker, I am also two years into a professional doctorate at Keele University, where my research interests focus on examining interventions aimed to prevent and address sexual exploitation. I am a keen advocate for those who are marginalised and oppressed. I can be regularly found jogging around the City as part of the ladies running club “Potters Trotters”. I would be delighted to be voted onto the Board to support the charity over the coming year.

Dr Angela Marinari

Angela is a serving Police Inspector with Cheshire Constabulary. Angela completed her doctorate exploring the application of restorative justice to sexual violence in collaboration with Savana.

Dr Jenny Crisp| Secretary

Jenny was appointed as Chair of the Board of Directors in 2009 and has overseen a period of substantial change and growth at Savana. Jenny has recently stepped down after 10 years’ service as chair and is currently supporting the role of Secretary. She is a retired local NHS clinician, 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 archaeology.

Current positions held by Alison Collier and Dr Jenny Crisp will be ratified at Savana’s Annual General Meeting held on 2nd September 2019.

Jennifer Johnson M.A

Jennifer served for 23 years in the Probation Service before she became an Independent Safeguarding Consultant in 2003. She has subsequently worked for 8 Local Authorities as an Independent Child Protection Conference Chairperson and as the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) making decisions about adults who work with, but have abused children, and their suitability for future employment. She has extensive Chairing skills and an excellent track record for Report writing. Jennifer is passionate about safeguarding individuals from violence and sexual abuse and has worked with many Voluntary and Statutory Agencies to restore the quality of life for the victims of abuse. During Jennifer’s Probation Service career she became West Yorkshire Probation Specialist for Alcohol and Other Drugs before becoming a Senior Probation Officer in South Yorkshire where she managed the Community Service Team and the Courts’ Team. She has written and produced a manual entitled ‘Alcohol and Offending’ which was approved by the Courts as a ‘specified activity – an alternative to Custody ’. Jennifer is a registered Associate with Aidhour and has recently retired from the Staffordshire Branch of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee.

Jennifer originates from Stoke on Trent and lives locally. She is married with two adult children.

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.

Garry Tinsley

Garry has been involved in volunteering and supporting communities all over the world throughout his life. As well as being a trained nurse in the Royal Army Medical Corps, Garry has worked in nursing, care management, family/parenting support roles and independent retail. Alongside these, Garry has been a Non Executive Director for a medium sized housing association and trustee for charities providing specialist care/support and housing for people with Mental Health and/or Learning difficulties as well as a small community development charity in an area with significant social challenges. Garry joined the board in 2016.