Medaille Trust announces Dani Wardman as new CEO

The Medaille Trust is delighted to announced that Dani Wardman will be joining in June as their new CEO.

Dani joins Medaille from the Religious Life Safeguarding Service (RLSS) where she has served as their first CEO since 2021. She was previously CEO at Survive, a specialist sexual violence charity providing therapeutic counselling and support to victims. She brings extensive experience of supporting survivors.

“I am delighted to be appointed as the CEO for Medaille Trust,” said Dani.

“I am looking forward to working with the staff team, trustees and our partners to provide vital services for victims of modern slavery.”

Sr Jane Maltby RSCJ, the Medaille Trust chair, welcomed the appointment.

Dani comes to us from a strong background in working with victims of violence, abuse and degradation,” said Sr Jane.

“Her starting point is the welfare and development of the whole person, and she will take forward the excellent work of the past few years. It is an exciting moment for us and we look forward to Dani joining.”

Dani replaces Garry Smith, who is leaving Medaille after a highly successful six-year period for a new role as Director of Mission with Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd (SATCoL).

Medaille Trust was started by the late Sr. Ann Teresa SSJA in 2006 with the support of Catholic Religious Congregations across the country. Before its launch, Sr. Ann Teresa had spent seven years in Southampton helping women in street-based prostitution.

She helped many of them find work at nearby Bed and Breakfasts and even invited them to share meals at the convent.

Reflecting on that period, Sr Ann Teresa said: “These people had no one to help them, so twice a week we cooked them a big meal.

Sister Ann

“The convent became a second home for some. We celebrated Christmas and birthdays with them, took them to the theatre; anything that gave them a bit of happiness.”

In 2005, after listening to a talk on human trafficking that she gave at a church, a couple offered Sr. Ann Teresa a house to be used as a safe house for victims of human trafficking.

She then met representatives of Religious Congregations, and a working party was formed to launch the Medaille Trust in 2006 with the one house in Southampton.

“When we interviewed the staff for our first safe house, we gave them three-year contracts, but we only had enough money for one year,” said Sr Ann.

“At that time, the Medaille Trust wasn’t really functioning, and God was asking me to walk on water – to trust that the money would come at the right time. It did come, and not only the money but so much more because Religious Congregations shared so generously.”

Today Medaille Trust runs ten safe houses across the country, making it one of the UK’s largest providers of supported accommodation for victims of modern slavery.

Sr. Ann Teresa’s vision and that of the Catholic Religious congregations remain key to Medaille’s identity. Its work is guided by the principles of Catholic Social Teaching: human dignity, solidarity, preferential option for poor and vulnerable people, and the dignity of work. their national network of safe houses provides personalised support, empowering clients on their path to a life that is free from slavery and exploitation. In addition to providing clients with life-changing accommodation, Medaille Trust works with survivors in the community through its Moving On Project, helping them to rebuild their lives.

We want to see slavery in all its forms become a thing of the past, so we also work to promote justice for survivors and awareness of modern slavery. We work closely with law enforcement agencies and collaborate with like-minded charities in other countries to help prevent human trafficking and support those victims who return home.

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