We have a growing team of experienced staff who are passionate about bringing
freedom to victims of trafficking.
Joy M Gillespie
Joy has 20 years third sector strategic development experience across a wide range of vulnerable people groups. She has delivered large scale ESCR projects and worked in collaboration with Governments in the UK, Africa and Asia, academics and global and local NGO’s. She has been a board member of Voluntary Health Scotland, the third sector’s health facing interface with the Scottish Government and been instrumental in the establishment and growth of a variety of third sector organisations and
social enterprises. She sits on the Action Area 1 Implementation Group of the Scottish Governments Human Trafficking & Exploitation Strategy and the Cross Party Group for Human Trafficking.
Kirsty began her career in Aberdeen graduating from Robert Gordons University with an honours degree in Social Work. Following time spent in the Philippines and seeing the reality of human trafficking she relocated to South Yorkshire working for City Hearts, where she managed government funded safe houses, aftercare, outreach, rehabilitation and family support programmes. She now combines Development Director of Searchlight Scotland with project management at SOHTIS.
Senior Philanthropy Officer
Elyse, began her career in the third sector in 2002. She is an experienced fundraiser, educated to post-graduate level, with a proven track record of successful fundraising for a number of local, national and international charities.
A qualified DipTESOL teacher Joy has 20 years experience working overseas and delivering community based provision in the UK. British born, she is a fluent Russian speaker and currently works predominately with refugees. She has a special interest and has researched human trafficking and ESOL and is working with SOHTIS to produce useful and empowering ESOL resources and CPD’s.
Project Lead, Project Soar
Chris has been working in the 3rd sector for 15 years, most recently with CAP in Wester Hailes, Edinburgh. He has a passion for social justice and supporting vulnerable individuals. When not working with SOHTIS, he loves spending time with his family, being in the mountains or working as an Humanitarian Photographer.
Project Lead, Project Shine
Aileen has over 30-years of project development, management and pastoral care experience in the third sector. In recent years, she was involved in setting up support services for women exiting sexual exploitation and trafficking and also delivering the Freedom Programme for women who had experienced domestic, sexual and childhood abuse. She now combines delivering coaching and training for Positive Mental Health Scotland with developing SOHTIS Project Shine.