Our Team

We have a growing team of experienced staff who are passionate about bringing
freedom to victims of trafficking.

Development Manager
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.


Project Manager
Kirsty Allan

Kirsty started off her career in Aberdeen after graduating from Robert Gordons University with an honours degree in Social Work.  Following spending time 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 is now Development Manager for City Hearts alongside working with SOHTIS, bringing her anti-trafficking expertise to Scotland.


Senior Philanthropy Officer
Elyse Kirkham

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.

ESOL Lead
Joy Vee

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.