NO ONE GIVES A SHIT ABOUT VICTIMS OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, it has taken me a lifetime to build up the courage to write this, but here we go….. I was born in 1966, a brother to a loving family in London and my parents at the time were hard working and for all their work...

Poem by John Roedel

my brain and heart divorced a decade ago over who was to blame about how big of a mess have become eventually, they couldn't be in the same room with each other now my head and heart share custody of me stay with my brain during the week and my heart gets me on...

This is my life, written down on paper

My name is ‘Rosie’. This is my life written down on paper. My childhood was not a very good one. My parents were heroin addicts and as you can imagine they were not very good at being parents. Throughout my whole life I had no boundaries no one to tell me off. I was...

Natural Thinking by Ria Walton

the frondescence of flourishing leaves  coming to life the essence of new life for spring the re birth of trees the birds singing their melodies sweet songs of morning nature alive with fresh new growth buds blooming their energy forthwith to bring, the floral...

The Three Girls Workshop

Three Girls Workshop With lockdown having restricted the hosting of events ‘in person’ the Foundation recently ran on online meet-up centred around the BAFTA award winning BBC mini-series Three Girls.  The programme (for which Maggie worked as the Programme...


By Ryan Hooper, PA Chief Reporter  A new, specific law is required to give more rights to those affected by crime, the Victims' Commissioner for England and Wales has said. Dame Vera Baird QC said a change of culture'' was long overdue'' to look after'' victims of...

“I feel lost, and I don’t know if this pain will ever leave me…..”

I  was abused from age 7 to 20. No one in my life knows except doctors/counsellors/helplines or the occasional Samaritan. I carry on every day like I'm absolutely fine. No one would ever know.   It's almost like having two lives which makes me very sad. I was...
Our Trustees


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’


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.



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.


 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.


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.


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.

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