Keynote Speakers

Key note Speakers:

Dr Melanie McCarry, University of Strathclyde University, School of Social Work and Social Policy.

Melanie McCarry is joint Principle Investigator, and Research Lead, in the Equally Safe in Further and Higher Education project ( which created a Toolkit to implement the Scottish Government Equally Safe strategy on gender-based violence in Further and Higher education. The Scottish Government have recommended that all HE and FE institutions implement the Toolkit. Melanie is also the Programme Director for the BA Social Policy and teaches across this programme and the Masters in Social Policy programmes. Melanie has published widely on men’s violence against women and children, including domestic abuse, sexual violence, forced marriage and abuse in same-sex relationships and on gender constructions specifically masculinity. For over two decades Melanie has worked collaboratively with colleagues in both academia and the feminist activist movement. Melanie is also currently developing the first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Forced Marriage to be launched spring 2019.

Zoe Lodrick, Sexualised Trauma Specialist

Zoe is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and an experienced Trainer and Consultant.  She has over 20 years experience of providing counselling and psychotherapy to women and men who have experienced rape, sexual assault and/or childhood sexual abuse and exploitation; and delivering training and consultation to professionals who work with victims/survivors of sexualised traumas (whether therapeutically or within the criminal justice system).

Zoe is generally recognised as having specialist knowledge/expertise with regard to human behaviour/response when faced with a perceived threat (especially interpersonal and sexual threat).

Since April 2009, Zoe has been a self-employed Trainer and Consultant and has delivered training to (amongst others): Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), Association of Chief Police Officers Scotland (ACPOS), The Judicial College, numerous Chambers of The Bar, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS), Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI), Public Prosecution Service Northern Ireland (PPSNI), National Police Improvement Agency (NPIA), Royal Society of Medicine (RSM), Social Services Improvement Agency (SSIA), Local Government Improvement and Development Group (LGID), each of the 43 Police Forces in England and Wales, MOD Police, Service Prosecuting Authority (SPA), St Marys SARC Manchester, Forensic Science Service (FSS), G4S Forensic and Medical Services and Law Undergraduates at Trinity College Cambridge University.

Zoe was honoured in October 2010 to be chosen to deliver the inaugural Moira Jones Memorial Lecture, at COPFS Annual Conference in Glasgow, and to be awarded the Moira Jones Memorial Bowl in recognition of her work to increase understanding of sexualised trauma within the criminal justice system.

Pat Branigan, NSPCC

Pat Branigan is the development and impact manager working on sexual abuse prevention at the NSPCC. He has had a diverse career – an anthropologist with a background in public health. When based at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine his specialism was research into sensitive health topics and he led the development of national HIV and sexual health campaigns and illicit drugs research including developing the ‘Talk to Frank’ drug campaign. Pat is now responsible for leading on key elements of the NSPCC’s response to child sexual abuse with a focus on prevention of harmful sexual behaviour displayed by children and young people. In 2016 he co-authored the NSPCC HSB framework and has recently launched training packages for primary and secondary schools as well as the health workforce in how to manage incidents of harmful sexual behaviour.