NCDV Team

The NCDV team is made of up of day-to-day operational staff, non-operational staff, hundreds of trainee lawyers, McKenzie Friends and other volunteers, dedicated trustees and a core management team. Though not everyone is shown here, we hope you find us all to be helpful and friendly.

Dr Steve Connor OBE, Barrister

Dr Steve Connor OBE, Barrister

Founder & Chairman

Steve founded NCDV in 2002 (then the London Centre for Domestic Violence) and has since worked tirelessly to ensure its continued growth and development. He is a qualified barrister and experienced family law advocate. Steve recently accepted a Visiting Fellowship at City University London allowing him to obtain a doctorate. His other big passion is his dogs, Bingo and Bailey (see below). More

 

Mark Groves

Mark Groves

CEO

Mark joined NCDV in 2008. He has been instrumental in the growth of the organisation and is committed to making a contribution to a better society. His determination to provide the best service to victims, solicitors, police, the Legal Aid Agency and agency referrers has resulted in many awards including:
The Law Society – Excellence in Client Service

Mobile innovations- Best User Experience on a Mobile

Global Excellence Award – Outstanding Employer

Global Excellence Award – Outstanding App

TOAST – Mental Health and Well-being

Social Care Awards – Best Referral Platform

Mark has a passion to develop NCDV into an organisation that provides not only legal protection but also a wide range of free legal services. To help those vulnerable people in society get the complete legal service they deserve irrespective of their financial position.

Mark likes to relax by sailing or golfing and although he says he will never win an award for either sometimes he needs to be distracted by something beyond his control.

Jenny Beck

Jenny Beck

Principal Legal and Ethical Advisor

Jenny is an award-winning family lawyer, committed to accessible justice and the rights of the individual. She is an entrepreneurial business leader, successful in creating and running high performing teams.

Jenny has joined NCDV in a pro bono advisory capacity to help NCDV through the legal landscape and ensure decisions are made mindful of emerging policy.

She is the current Chair of:
Law Society’s Access to Justice Committee
The ABS and New Law Advisory Council
Co-chair of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group

Awards include:
Family Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year (LAPG), Family Lawyer of the Year finalist (Jordan’s Family Law). Highly Commended Best Woman Solicitor managing a legal aid practice. (The Association of Women Solicitors). Law Society Excellence award for Practice Management (The Law Society). Acknowledged in the annual Hot 100 list (The Lawyer).

Accreditations include:
The Law Society’s Advanced Family Law panel. Resolution Accredited Specialist in Domestic Abuse and Children.

Jenny also has her own law firm Beck Fitzgerald specialising in family law based near Chancery Lane, Central London. http://www.beckfitzgerald.co.uk/

 

Victoria Hedges

Victoria Hedges

Manager

Victoria joined NCDV in 2013 as Training Development Manager for the UK. In August, after maternity leave, she became more involved with HR management, and provides support to Mark Groves.

Victoria likes to keep active. She did the Pretty Muddy – Race for Life 2015 and enrolled in Buggy Fit classes. Lately, she has taken up sewing, which comes in handy to keep up with her daughter’s nursery last-minute demands for intricate costumes!

Jani Monteiro

Jani Monteiro

Operations Assistant

Jani joined NCDV in October 2015 to support the growing Operations and First Steps Team. She is responsible for assisting the Litigants in Person, and liaising with referrers, police, volunteers, solicitors and process servers.

Having arrived from across the pond to complete her postgraduate studies, Jani continues to extend her stay every year.

Sahar Pourdanay

Sahar Pourdanay

Team Leader

Sahar joined NCDV as a volunteer caseworker and McKenzie friend in 2013. Prior to this, she completed her BPTC in 2011 and worked as a family paralegal. She joined NCDV as Team Leader in January 2016.

Sahar likes to keep fit by swimming and cycling. She is currently undertaking her LPC on a part-time basis, which is due to finish in June 2016.

James McNeill

James McNeill

Team Leader

James joined NCDV as a casework intern in March 2014. He continued in a part-time basis during his final year at university. James has continued to progress very quickly within NCDV since graduating and was promoted to Team Leader in October 2015.

James likes traveling, keeping himself fit by playing a multitude of sports, and attending live music events.

Suzanne Collins

Suzanne Collins

Administrative Assistant

Suzanne joined NCDV in August 2014 as a call operator for the First Steps Team. Since December 2015, Suzanne manages the distribution of marketing materials, provides administrative support to the office, and deals with press and media requests. She is excited about taking on more responsibility!

Tammy Cotton

Tammy Cotton

Operations Assistant

Tammy joined NCDV in September 2013 as a caseworker intern. She returned after completing her studies in July 2015. As an Operations Assistant, she is responsible for allocating cases and maintaining contact with solicitors on the progress of our clients cases.

Tammy is starting her LPC in 2016, and is currently completing an HR qualification. She is a keen rock-climber, photographer, and concert-goer.

Sally Herzog

Sally Herzog

Training Programme Manager - South East

Employee of the Year 2015

Tina McCarthy

Tina McCarthy

Northern Territories Training Manager

Employee of the Year 2014

Stewart Henderson

Stewart Henderson

Family Paralegal

Stewart started at NCDV in early 2012 as a volunteer and has progressed rapidly through managing the Litigant in Person cases, call operating as part of the First Steps Team, eventually as a Team Leader. He now works alongside Stephensons as a Family Paralegal, assisting in all aspects of applications in domestic violence proceedings.

Stewart is a lover of dogs, 80’s hard rock, and male grooming.

 

Mandy Williams

Mandy Williams

First Steps Team

Mandy is part of the First Steps Team that deal with the initial call the Centre receives. Mandy handles many calls every day and manages to communicate effectively with the wide array of people calling. With previous experience in helping victims of Drug & Alcohol Problems, her knowledge is invaluable. In her free time, Mandy is referee to her two daughters Molly and Jasmine

Bingo Boxer

Bingo Boxer

Senior Staff Support Officer

Bingo is without doubt the favourite in the NCDV team, winning over just about everyone she comes into contact with. She does this effortlessly without rest or complaint. What Bingo has in looks she sadly lacks in brains however (as most Boxer owners will confirm), but none are better at raising team spirits after a long stressful day!

Bailey Boxer

Bailey Boxer

Junior Staff Support Officer

Bailey is the newest edition to the Support Team. Both Bingo and Bailey are excellent spirit lifters and help the team at NCDV to keep morale high.