Board Of Trustees
Gifty Enright is an author and international speaker on women and workplace wellbeing. She has spoken at Wells Fargo Bank, Oxford University, Citi Bank, IBM, BP, ACCA, Tedx Women to name a few. Gifty’s latest book, Octopus on a Treadmill: Women, Success, Health, Happiness, has been widely praised, including by Joanna Lumley OBE.
Gifty is highly regarded blogger and her work is regularly published by international outlets such as Thrive Global and has been featured in Accountancy & Business magazine. Gifty trained originally as an accountant and worked in a variety of blue-chip companies before crossing over into IT consultancy. She has implemented business and IT transformation programmes globally in Europe, US and Asia.
Impact & Development Consultant, Equalities and Youth Activist
Renée is the founder and executive impact & development consultant at Alora Creative Enterprises (ACE), a consultancy service that increases the impact of organisations in the third sector. Simultaneously, pursuing a full-time postgraduate degree in social entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths, University of London.
She also, founded WePoch, a charitable project aimed at tackling elderly isolation and providing online volunteering opportunities for youth. This was created to address these needs whilst they were at an all-time high during the Covid pandemic.
Renée has had the pleasure of working with a plethora of organisations, spanning three continents. Notable organisations include the Charities Commission, the Young Trusties Movement, National Citizen Service, and the Houses of Parliament.
She received her first black belt in Taekwondo at just twelve years old and was fortunate enough to represent her country on the British team. From active campaigning to travelling Renée is determined to grab life by the horns and make the most out of every opportunity.
As a South African, Kate is acutely aware of the many challenges facing the country today.
She wholeheartedly believes in education and empowerment as a means of addressing these issues, and the work being undertaken by ’Action Breaks Silence’ in this area makes her extremely proud to be associated with the charity.
Kate is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience within blue-chip companies, and has previously been involved in the Thuthuka Program, a series of transformation initiatives related to increasing the number of chartered accountants from disadvantaged backgrounds in South Africa.
She is also heavily involved in two enterprises; an online health and wellness business which she runs, and her family’s accounting practice.
She is a mother to three kids (Courtney 5, Luke 10, Aidan 12), two dogs and one long suffering husband.
LGBTQ+ Specialist, Poet and VAWG Activist
Andreena Leeanne is a Self-Employed Inspirational Speaker, Poet & Author of CHARRED: A survivor speaks her truth to inspire, a collection of poems published by Team Angelica (October 2020).
Andreena writes and performs poetry to come to terms with and speak out about her personal experiences with homelessness, identity, relationships, mental health, childhood sexual abuse and the many other challenges she has faced in her life. By speaking her truth, she hopes to inspire and empower others to speak their truth.
Andreena delivers writing workshops, performs her poetry at various events and facilitates two virtual open mic events specifically for the LGBT community (@PoetryLGBT) and for adult survivors of abuse (@AdultSurvivorsOpenMic).
In 2020 Andreena was shortlisted for a National Diversity Award for Positive LGBT Role Model.
Gender & Policy
Penny graduated from university in 1998, and in 2020 achieved a Masters degree in Child and Women Abuse. She left mainstream teaching and has worked with young people in the care system to ensure that their educational needs are met in order for them to have the best opportunities in their life.
Penny has volunteered for youth drop-in centres and was the police lead for a charity working directly with women who are suspected of being trafficked for sexual exploitation in Surrey and Sussex.
Penny brings with her an extensive experience of working with women who have been sexually exploited, young people who have experienced abuse and pedagogy to Action Breaks Silence.
PR & Social Media
Lana is a former journalist who made the leap into PR 19 years ago. After an initial stint at a luxury consumer agency, Lana was appointed London press manager for a large multinational property firm.
She set up her own eponymous PR agency in 2006 where she worked with many of the world’s most reputable luxury resorts, estate agents, lettings agencies, search agents, property developers and interior designers.
She continues to work in property focused PR while simultaneously pursuing a full-time PhD in media and communications at Goldsmiths, University of London.