Fresh Start – new beginnings welcomes new CEO

8th January 2018

David Hockley has been named as the new CEO of child sexual abuse charity Fresh Start – new beginnings (FSNB), taking over from the Charity’s  founder, Diana Porter who was recently awarded an MBE for her work with the charity.

David qualified as a social worker 17 years ago and has valuable experience of working within a variety of settings both within the statutory and voluntary sectors.  David joined FSNB as Operations Director a year ago and has been shadowing Diana Porter in preparation for this role. Previously David spent 5 years working as a senior manager for the UK’s largest children’s charity.

Fresh start – new beginnings is the only charity in Suffolk offering therapeutic work with children who have disclosed sexually abuse.  It is a   positive charity that works with children to help rebuild their futures after the devastation of sexual abuse.

David said; “It is an absolute privilege to take over as the CEO of  Fresh Start – new beginnings. I have big shoes to fill following in the footsteps of Diana Porter. She has built the charity to the point that we are on the verge of helping 1000 children recover from the impacts of sexual abuse.  I am in awe of the dedication, skills and commitment of  all the staff team working within what is a challenging field. I am committed to ensuring the amazing work continues.  My immediate focus is to ensure we raise the funds vital to reduce the time children have to wait for the therapy to commence…

Fresh start – new beginnings work with children within Suffolk and Norfolk who have been sexually abused.  We help to rebuild their futures by taking away the guilt, blame  and  shame many  abused children feel. We help them to start their recovery journey   and we do this by supporting the child and their families. We’re currently working with 200 children and 50 children are waiting for their therapy to begin –  we need the funds to take these children off the waiting list.

David is doing the Three Peaks challenge in June with a team of local business people, friends and colleagues to raise money for FSNB.  If you would like to join them, contact FSNB here.