We travel the country, listening to the stories and experiences of victims and witnesses. We’re determined to help to bring about changes people tell us they need.

Dame Vera Baird

Victims’ Commissioner

Read about the Victims’ Commissioner Dame Vera Baird.

Find out about the role of the Victims’ Commissioner.

Russell A’Court

Chief Executive

I was appointed Chief Executive in October 2016. I have varied experience across government – from the frontline in a benefit office for the homeless in central London, to presenting at immigration appeals and working in the House of Lords.

My keen interest in criminal justice has developed through my work in sentencing policy, as well as running a large public protection casework operation.

Dr Sarah Poppleton

Head of Reviews and Analysis

I lead our reviews of victims’ services, to ensure victims and witnesses receive compassionate treatment and their full entitlements under the Victims’ Code.

My background is in public sector social research. I have a Ph.D. in Psychology and carried out academic research on work and wellbeing before specialising in research into criminal justice matters since joining the Civil Service. My previous role was Principal Social Researcher at the Sentencing Council for England and Wales, carrying out research on sentencing behaviour and sentencing guidelines.