Dr (h.c.) Gill Smallwood

Chief Executive
@ Fortalice

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  • Bio

Gill is the Chief Executive of Fortalice in Bolton. Fortalice provides frontline services including a Refuge with 22 flats and a diverse range of support for all victims of Domestic Abuse and Violence. Gill has developed a range of services during the 12 years she has worked at Fortalice. One of the main services has been a Childrens and Young Persons team to support the children who are suffering from the effects of domestic abuse. Trauma recovery and Safeguarding is a key part of the work Gill leads on within the organisation.
Gill has also worked with colleagues to form three new companies, 1Point (a gateway to talking therapies), Bolton Together (children and young people’s consortium) and the period poverty Charity, Fresh as a Daisy
Gill also continues to work in a range of voluntary roles including being a Governor in primary school and a local college, she is a member of the Police Independent Advisory Panel. As a BACP regulated Counsellor and clinical supervisor, Gill continues her private practice and works with clients when time allows, to give something back to people who might be struggling with issues in their personal life.
Gill worked as a Lecturer for 28 years in Further Education, before changing her career to help give something back to the community by working in the voluntary sector. She is passionate about the work she does.

  • My Previous Events

  • Safeguarding Children: Delivering a More Effective and Robust System

    • 28-09-2023
    • 08:30 - 16:30
    • Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre