Our Team

Professional - Passionate - Pioneering

We exist to bring an end to modern slavery by preventing exploitation, rescuing victims, restoring lives and reforming society.



“We’ve brought together a multi-disciplinary team to combat a complex crime which has a profound impact upon its victims.

Our highly experienced staff  are bringing expert care and innovative strategies to their work with victims, partner organisations, law enforcement and government. I’m incredibly proud of the work they do each day.”

Ben Cooley
Chief Executive Officer

Our Global Executive Team

Experienced Leadership Committed to Ending Slavery

Elaine Jones International Operations Director

Neil Wain International Programme Director

Tim Nelson

Tim Nelson International Development Director

Maggie Crewes International Programme Operations Director

Steve Thomas Director of Finance & Administration

Our Country Leadership

Josh Bailey Cambodia Director

David Wald Ethiopia Director

Sondre Høysæter Norway Director

Florence Soyekwo Uganda Director

Richard Schoeberl US Investigations Team Leader

Ed LeMieux US Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships

Ivonn Ellis-Wiggan UK Programme Director

Board of Directors

Peter Elson (Chairman)

Allan Gibson    Natalie Grant

Talita Bentley    Martin Warner

Gareth Henderson    Wendy Taylor

Stephen Illingworth

“For me it did start by going across the world but now it’s turned into realizing that it’s just about going across the street. There is need all around us.”


Natalie Grant, Co-Founder, Hope for Justice (Intl.)
on ending human trafficking in our generation.

Our Heritage

A global partnership to end slavery

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Abolition International

Based in Nashville, Tennessee, US, Abolition International worked to bring an end to sex trafficking and exploitation through education, empowerment, and quality restorative care.

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Hope for Justice (UK)

Based in Manchester, UK, Hope for Justice (UK) worked to rescue and assist victims of modern-day slavery, supporting the prosecution of traffickers and campaigning to protect victims.

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Transitions Global

Based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Transitions Global worked to restore the lives of young girls rescued from sex trafficking in Cambodia, through the power of a dream.



Retrak worked primarily in Africa and other countries around the world to ensure that no child is forced to live on the street, through outreach, transitional support and reintegration into family-based care.