Barbara Natasegara MBE – Co-Chief Executive Officer
Barbara is passionate about human rights and social justice, and has worked as CEO for Safer Wales for the last 19 years. Her passion and commitment to creating a vision of a safe society, and protecting vulnerable people and victims of crime in Wales has helped to grow the charity tenfold.
Barbara won the 2006 Business in the Community Award, and was a finalist in the Leading Wales Awards in 2007. In 2008 she fulfilled a lifelong ambition by undertaking an eight-week placement in Cameroon under the Wales for Africa programme. Together with the other senior team members at Safer Wales, she has successfully brought the charity to a position as a sector leader in the field of community justice in Wales. She was a finalist at the IOD Wales Director of the Year Award in 2015.
Bernie Bowen-Thomson – Co-Chief Executive
Bernie has a Masters degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice (MSc) and over 13 years experience working within the community safety and criminal justice field. Her goal is to deliver gender-informed services to improve the lives of women who are stigmatised by, or invisible to the rest of society.
This group includes sex workers, prostitutes, substance users, street homeless, victims of domestic or sexual violence, victims of sexual exploitation or trafficking, women involved with the criminal justice system and those who fall into more than one of these categories i.e. serious and multiple need, and who also may have mental health needs. She believes that these women can access support better in community settings, not in the prison environment.
Simon Borja – Project Development Manager
Simon works across Safer Wales projects to support and develop various aspects of the organisation’s outreach work. This includes identifying opportunities for fundraising and finding new ways to meet the needs of service users. He has worked at Safer Wales for 17 years and has played an integral part in developing some of the charity’s key project areas.
Simon also coordinates the Dyn Project, which supports male victims of domestic abuse.