Marsh Award 2014
1) Christine Beddoe
Christine Beddoe track record started in the Far East when she worked in children’s homes and came face to face with by severe child abuses. She was appointed the director of End Child Prostitution and Trafficking UK in early 2000 and set about exposing the extent of child slavery and exploitation in UK. She managed to put ECPAT UK on the map as a major player in fighting child abuse. Christine is well known in British courts giving evidence in child trafficking cases. Having stepped down from her role as head of ECPAT UK in 2011, she has continued her crusade as to the plight of asylum children who arrive in the UK, as well as the growth of child sex tourism. She has been Special Advisor to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Modern Day Slavery Bill.
2) Peter Cox
Peter Cox has made an outstanding contribution to the fight against human trafficking in the last 10 years as Chair of the Croydon Community Against Trafficking (CCAT) on voluntary basis. Widely respected for his coordination of community led action against human trafficking, Peter’s knowledge of the issues alongside his positive and proactive approach to solving problems in a truly collaborative way is formidable. Peter make’s a great ambassador for the cause.
3) Charlotte Kirkwood
Charlotte Kirkwood is a highly motivated professional with excellent interpersonal skills, an eye for detail and a heart for victims. She began her work voluntarily assisting victims in Migrant Helpline. She became the organisation’s Head of Victims of Slavery Services UK during 5 years she oversaw the delivery of support to over 1300 victims and established services for men and women in UK. She now works on human trafficking issues for the Medaille Trust.
4) Sister Ann Teresa (Margaret Herrity), Founder of the Medaille Trust
In 2006 Sister Ann Teresa became a founder and driving force behind the Medaille Trust. She remains to this day the Chair of Trustees. This remarkable woman has contributed significantly to the fight against human trafficking. A Catholic nun from the Order of St Joseph of Annecy she began her vocation at the age of 18 and for many years taught Religious Education in various comprehensive schools. After early retirement she found herself directed towards work with women engaged in street prostitution in the City.