Maggie Oliver is best known as the Detective-turned- whistleblower who resigned from Greater Manchester Police in late 2012 in order to expose the now infamous Rochdale Grooming Scandal. Her ability to connect with people and encourage them to speak out against injustice paired with her grit and determination to expose the truth. This eventually led to the multi award-winning dramatisation of the case entitled Three Girls (BBC One) which brought some of the issues to public attention for the first time. Maggie was also a key contributor for The Betrayed Girls documentary (BBC One)
Maggie’s relationship with the victims of child grooming continues to this day, still fighting for justice for the people of Rochdale.
This has now led to The Maggie Oliver Foundation being set up with the focus on helping survivors to ‘Transform Pain into Power’
“I went to school with Maggie more years ago than I care to remember. I’ve followed the Rochdale grooming scandal and tireless work Maggie’s done to hold the authorities to account and support the victims and am excited to offer my support to the Maggie Oliver Foundation.
After leaving school I started work with Barclays Bank before moving to HMRC where I’m now an Assistant Director.
I have three grown up children, two living locally and one living at home.
My main interests are holidays and walking. I love the sunshine abroad but also our own beautiful countryside and coastline where I can be found walking my rescue beagle.”
Deb Sahota is an IT professional, based in Cheshire. Born in a small town in Lancashire, she has lived in the North West all her live. Graduating from Manchester University with a degree in biology, she has over 30 years experience working in the computing industry for a range of organisations of different sizes. Her first few roles were very technical – starting as a computer programmer, but became less technical and more sales, marketing, and people centred over the years. She is currently working for a large, global IT company, in a business development role.
Deb has two teenage children and a grumpy cat.
Recently retired and known Maggie for over 15 years and have a background in safeguarding children and adults with over 30years experience.
Worked with other charities and fully support this charity and I am thrilled to be a part of it in my role as a trustee.
Kate Ellis is a human rights solicitor who represents victims of crime, and their families, in legal actions against public authorities and policy-makers. Since 2018 she has specialised in cases concerning the policing and prosecution of violence against women and girls, at the legal charity Centre for Women’s Justice. Her clients have included adult survivors of child sexual exploitation seeking justice or redress.
Previously, Kate qualified as a solicitor advocate at the well-known firm Imran Khan & Partners, where she worked on a number of high-profile cases alongside founding partner Imran Khan QC.
Mark Ormiston has over 20 years experience in IT management, previously serving on the board of AIM listed financial services companies. Mark has experience of managing both complex multi-million pound projects in both the public and private sector as well as working with small start-up organisations. Mark has the mantra that technology should be an enabler and to enhance and create opportunities for others to grow. He keenly follows all of the latest trends in IT and embodies permanent self-improvement both professionally and personally. Mark has previously served as trustee on the board of governors at schools in Manchester providing guidance and advice to the management teams. In his spare time Mark is a keen online gamer, but also enjoys travelling to the National Parks of USA and photography.
Simon Rodgers is a long-time advocate of global human rights, and a passionate campaigner for equality, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Having built a career in financial services across many senior commercial, change, and people leadership roles, Simon now runs his own consultancy specialising in helping organisations achieve greater inclusion not just internally and among their own people, but also in the communities they are part of and the communities which they serve. Simon brings a wealth of experience to the Foundation, gained in the private, public, and third sectors, while also having been involved in many community initiatives. In his spare time, Simon enjoys theatre, classical music, and reading.