New chief executive aims to ensure victims have a voice

Victims First Northumbria has appointed new CEO, Ruth Parker, to continue to develop and strengthen victim services throughout the region.

Wednesday, 20th July 2016, 15:06 pm
Updated Wednesday, 20th July 2016, 16:07 pm
Ruth Parker, left, with Vera Baird.

The charity was launched in 2015 to provide practical and emotional support to help victims of crime to cope and recover from their experience.

The organisation is committed to ensuring victims are central to the entire criminal justice process and that they have access to the best possible support and advice when they need it.

Ruth joins the team with more than 20 years of extensive and varied experience working in the court service where she has gained extensive knowledge of the civil, family and criminal justice system.

In her new role, her main priority will be working with other criminal justice partners to ensure victims of crime have a voice and are emotionally and practically supported. She will also be responsible for growing the service and shaping it for the future.

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Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, who set up Victims First, said: “It’s great to be welcoming Ruth to the team. She brings with her a range of experience and an impressive track record.

“I am confident her skills, along with her determination, will lead Victims First into the next phase of its journey - ensuring that whoever the victim, and whatever the crime, they will always be given the best service possible.”

Ruth said: “I am delighted to have been chosen for this opportunity to lead Victims First Northumbria as it further develops its already excellent work helping victims of crime. I look forward to making good use of my knowledge and experience to enhance the service and I am excited about the challenges that lie ahead.”