From Discovery to Recovery 2020 Speaker Biographies

Jacqueline Beauchere

Jacqueline Beauchere is the Global Digital Safety Advocate at Microsoft Corporation. In this role, Ms. Beauchere is responsible for all aspects of Microsoft’s online safety strategy, including policy, influence over consumer safety features, and external engagement. She is as an international advisory board member to the U.K. government sponsored WePROTECT Global Alliance to End Child Sexual Exploitation Online, and is a member of INHOPE’s Advisory Board, as well as the European Commission’s new Better Internet for Kids Advisory. Before joining Microsoft, Ms. Beauchere was an attorney in private practice. A second-career lawyer, she spent 12 years as a financial news correspondent and editor, most recently with Reuters America, Inc.

Emma Bond

Professor Emma Bond is Director of Research, Head of the Graduate School and Professor of Socio-Technical Research at the University of Suffolk. She has extensive research experience focusing on online risk and vulnerable groups, especially in relation to domestic abuse, revenge pornography, sexual abuse and image-based abuse. Emma has nearly 20 years teaching experience on social science undergraduate and post-graduate courses and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her research on virtual environments, mobile technologies and risk has attracted much national and international acclaim and she is frequently asked for expert commentary on TV, Radio and print media.

Dr Sharon Cooper

Dr. Sharon Cooper is the CEO of Developmental & Forensic Pediatrics, P.A., a consulting firm which provides medical care to children with developmental disabilities, and provides medical care, research and training, and expert witness testimony in cases of child maltreatment. Dr. Cooper spent 21 years in the United States Army, retiring as a Colonel.

Dr. Cooper holds faculty positions at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill-School of Medicine and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. She serves on the boards of several national and international organizations focused on violence against children.

Dr. Cooper has lectured both nationally and internationally in well over 300 conferences, including many federal justice agencies, the National Judicial College, the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, INTERPOL, and academic conferences focused on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. She has provided extensive training to representatives of more than 45 countries whose hotlines are focused on the rescue and identification of child and adolescent victims of sexual exploitation

Dr. Cooper is the lead author of two comprehensive texts on child sexual exploitation and is co-author of a book focused on the complexity of investigation, discovery and recovery of missing children and adults. She served on the International Working Group which published the landmark Survivor Survey of victims of abusive images, sponsored by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. She has testified before the United States Congress, the European Commission, the Manitoba Legislature, the Italian Senate and the Russian Duma (Parliament).

Dr. Cooper has worked with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children providing victim- centered training for more than a decade and presently serves on the Board of Directors.

Dr. Cooper served on the National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence at the request of the Attorney General of the United States. She also served as a member of the bipartisan Homeland Security Advisory Council on Children and Families for Customs and Border Protection regarding migrating populations from the Northern Triangle.

Dr. Cooper is the Executive Producer of the documentary Not Just Pictures, which delves into the extraordinary victim impact of abusive images and other types of sexual exploitation.

Iain Drennan

Iain Drennan has been the Executive Director of WePROTECT Global Alliance since its launch as an independent international institution in April 2020. Previously, he led the UK Home Office's international response to child sexual abuse, including its support for WePROTECT Global Alliance. Prior to this, Iain worked in national security and counter terrorism roles in the UK civil service and diplomatic service, including a posting in Kabul where he managed the UK’s multi-million pound counter terrorism and anti-corruption justice programme.

Sarah French

Sarah French has 30 years’ experience working in and with the media. She is a qualified, award-winning journalist with a background in regional newspapers, followed by managing in-house public relations in international professional sport for a global supplier and for a FTSE 250 company covering corporate, retail and internal communications. For the past 18 years she has been an independent communications consultant working principally in the education, business and charities sectors. Her role with Marie Collins Foundation includes strategic communications, public relations, media and partner liaison, digital communications and brand. She is the charity’s communications lead on the campaign with the IWF to educate and empower young adults to stay safe online and to report, having worked on it from its inception and ensuring victims remain central to the campaign’s purpose.

Victoria Green is the Director of Services for the Marie Collins Foundation. Victoria is a registered social worker with over 30 years’ experience working in the field of child protection. Much of her social work career has been working within local authority children’s social care. She has a wide range of experience at both operational and strategic level and has been a frontline worker, manager, principal social worker and Safeguarding Children Board development and strategic manager.

Victoria has been with the Marie Collins Foundation (MCF) since 2015 where her portfolio includes the development, delivery, and enhancement of Click: Path to Protection, MCF’s unique training programme to enable frontline workers to better protect children harmed online. She has worked with partner agencies to deliver training both nationally and internationally.

As well as direct work with children and their families, Victoria continues to work with a range of professionals including police and social workers around the identification, investigation, and response when children have been the victim of abuse, especially when this abuse has been facilitated by online technology.

Fred Langford is Deputy CEO of the Internet Watch Foundation. Fred joined the IWF in December 2004 and is the Deputy CEO and Chief Technology Officer. Fred has over 25 years’ experience in across a variety of sectors primarily focusing on the internet, its technology, security, safety and regulation.

Fred is President of the International Hotline Association (INHOPE), Board Member of the UK Home Office Child Abuse Image Database Strategic Group, Member of the National Crime Agency (NCA) Prevent Strategic Board, a founding Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre and is an expert advisor to UK and other Governments, Parliamentarians, The Commonwealth, Police and NGOs.

Fred is a Chartered Director (ChDir) and Fellow of the Institute of Directors (FIoD) and a Certified Information Security Professional (CISSP).

Fred is a Visiting Professor for University of Suffolk and a Visiting Professional Fellow for Aston University of Law.

In 2019 Fred was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Suffolk for outstanding achievement, in addition to being a finalist for Digital Leader of the year, and runner-up for New Chartered Director of the Year in 2017.

Daniel Laskey-Heard is the International Programme Manager for The Marie Collins Foundation. Daniel has over 15 years’ experience in the children’s workforce including within education, safeguarding, law enforcement and the charity sector. Upon graduating with a BSc in Criminology, he specialised in provision of intensive support to vulnerable young Londoners who were permanently excluded from mainstream education and subject to child protection plans.

Having subsequently obtained a post-graduate teaching qualification, he used his specialist safeguarding experience to develop the education programme at the National Crime Agency’s (NCA) Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.

Later, he brought his experience to the international sphere, developing and delivering the NCA’s strategic capacity and capability building programme targeting the law enforcement response to online CSAE. He worked alongside governmental and non-governmental partner agencies across multiple priority countries in Africa, Asia and Europe.

Elizabeth J. Letourneau Ph.D. is Professor in the Department of Mental Health, and Director of the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. For more than 30 years, she has developed, evaluated, and implemented policies and practices that aim to prevent the onset of sexual offending. Dr. Letourneau has led dozens of research projects resulting in more than 80 scientific publications.

Dr. Letourneau is a member of national and international prevention groups including the National Academy of Sciences Forum on Global Violence Prevention, the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation, and the ITU UNESCO Broadband Commission Working Group on Child Safety Online. She previously served on the World Health Organization Guidelines Develop Group to Establish Clinical Guidelines for Responding to Sexual Abuse or Sexual Assault of Children and Adolescents and served as an expert witness to the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Her work has been widely reported, including in Psychology Today, Rolling Stones, Sports Illustrated, This American Life, and TEDMED.

Simon Mason is the Director, International Development of The Marie Collins Foundation. Simon is a devoted family man, committed and determined to impact positively on the lives of children worldwide.

Simon has 30 years law enforcement experience at operational and strategic management levels, including comprehensive experience as the senior officer for the UK National Crime Agency’s Child Online Exploitation Protection (NCA CEOP) where he led their international team.

Recently retired from law enforcement, Simon now undertakes private consultancy work and is delighted to have joined the Marie Collins Foundation in April 2020 as consultant Director of International Development.

Tink Palmer is the CEO of The Marie Collins Foundation. Tink has worked with children and their families for the past forty-seven years and has specialised in child sexual abuse the past 35 years. She is an experienced clinical and forensic practitioner, manager, trainer, policy maker and strategist.

Tink first began working with children abused via the new technology in 1999 and has since developed a professional interest and expertise in this area. Tink has written widely on the issue of harm to children online. In 2004, she jointly authored a report entitled Just one click! which outlined the ways in which the new technology can act as a conduit for the abuse of children, the differential impacts on the young victims and new approaches to intervention programmes. In 2008, she co-authored the thematic report for the World Congress III against Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents entitled “Child pornography and sexual exploitation of children online". Her most recent publication entitled Digital Dangers was published in 2015.

She is an experienced court witness both within the criminal justice and care systems in connection with both adults and young people who have contravened the relevant sexual offences acts and children and young people requiring legal interventions to ensure their safety and well-being.

In 2009 she set up the Marie Collins Foundation and in 2017 received an MBE in the New Year's Honours list in recognition of services to sexually abused children and founding the MCF.

Tink has an interest in all issues regarding the sexual abuse of children and, to this end, has written on numerous matters pertaining to child sexual abuse. She is experienced in working with the media and takes every opportunity to highlight the issues facing children abused via the internet and their families. Tink is a member of numerous government steering groups, committees and boards that aim to raise public awareness, to improve service provision and to ensure that best practice ensues on a national and international basis.

Andy Phippen

Professor Andy Phippen is a Professor of Digital Rights at the Bournemouth University and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Suffolk. He has specialised in the use of ICTs in social contexts and the intersection with legislation for over 15 years, carrying out a large amount of grass roots research on issues such as attitudes toward privacy and data protection, internet safety and contemporary issues such as sexting, peer abuse and the impact of digital technology on well-being. He has presented written and oral evidence to parliamentary inquiries related to the use of ICTs in society, is widely published in the area and is a frequent media commentator on these issues.

Ethel Quayle

Ethel Quayle is Professor of Forensic Clinical Psychology in the School of Health in Social Science at the University of Edinburgh, and Director of COPINE. A clinical psychologist who has worked with both sex offenders and their victims, for 20 years Ethel has researched technology-mediated crimes against children, collaborating internationally with government and non-government agencies in the context of research, policy and practice. Recent EU-funded research by Ethel examined the function of coercive and non-coercive self-produced sexual images by adolescents, as well as NSPCC-funded research on deterrence of possession of images. She plays an active role in several government and non-government organisations.

Marie Smith is the Head of Education (National Crime Agency CEOP Command) and Chair of the UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS) Education Working group.

Preventing children’s exposure and reducing their vulnerability to harm online is a key strategic aim of the National Crime Agency’s child protection command CEOP. Fundamental to achieving this objective is the NCA CEOP Thinkuknow Education programme, which endeavours to offer children and young people the skills and confidence to navigate the internet safely and seek help should they require it. The programme also provides parents, carers and professionals working with children and young people with the knowledge, understanding and confidence to safeguard children online. Marie manages the Thinkuknow programme and its production of a wide range of educational resources, alongside the Ambassador training delivered by the CEOP Education team.

Marie also Chairs the UKCIS Education Working Group and works alongside leading organisations in the field of online safety, to create resources to support schools and other child focused organisations deliver high quality education. An example being ‘Education for a Connected World’, a framework that gives professionals the insight into providing education based on the age and development of the child or young person.

Melissa Stroebel is the Head of Research & Insights at Thorn. In her current role, she serves as a subject matter expert and drives strategic research examining emerging threats and trends in online exploitation. Prior to joining Thorn in 2017, Melissa worked for nearly a decade with the National Center for Missing & Exploited as a victim identification analyst, product manager, and researcher. Melissa graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in history and George Washington University with a master’s degree in forensic science.

Julia Von Weiler

Julia Von Weiler is a Psychologist based in Germany. She studied psychology at New York University and the Free University, Berlin. During her studies in New York she interned at the Children’s Safety Project in New York City, where she provided support for abused children. From 1992-1994 she worked as a pedagogue in the Mädchenvilla, the first residential project of its kind in Germany for abused girls aged 4-14. She was a board member of its supporting association from 1993-2000.

From 1999-2002, Julia provided counselling for sexually abused girls and boys as well as their guardians in a counselling drop-in centre in Cologne. Up to 2007 she headed the psychology department at the Kind in Düsseldorf gGmbH, a diagnostic and therapeutic institution providing in-patient treatment for abused children aged 3-12.

Since 2003 she has been director of Innocence in Danger e.V., the German section of an international network which is particularly committed to fighting child sexual abuse by means of digital media, i.e. preventing the spread of child abusive images through the Internet ( Julia has been part of different international research groups and authored various papers, as well as the parents' guide Online Protect Children from Sexual Violence (2014, Herder Verlag).

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