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 Elaine Wedlock

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 used to run a research consultancy, working with government and third sector organisations such as Public Health England, The College of Policing and The London Youth. I was also a Senior Research Officer in the Home Office and the Department of Communities and Local Government, carrying out impact and process evaluations of government policy.


Rachel Hersey

Head of Policy and Stakeholder Engagement

I develop the Commissioner’s position on areas of policy that affect victims and witnesses. I meet with organisations across the support and third sector. I also talk to people affected by crime so their views are represented. My focus is to make sure victims and witnesses are treated with dignity and respect.

I started out as a BBC radio journalist before working for the Department for Transport, Department of Health, and the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government.