MEET THE TEAM

 
 
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Mel Wiggins MBE
//Project Coordinator

Mel has been the Project Coordinator of Freedom Acts for the past 5 years. She is an activist, a writer, a leader, and a visionary. Mel is married and is a mum to two young kids. Mel has been involved in the charity sector for 15 years in both England and Northern Ireland working with organisations such as The Salvation Army, The Princes Trust, Stop The Traffik, and YMCA.

Mel leads the Freedom Acts team and inspires a creative, strategic approach to the disruption of human trafficking in a local context. In 2017 Mel received an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen for her work in tackling human trafficking. She is dedicated to keeping the work of Freedom Acts relevant, preventative and sustainable.

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Anita Firth
//Development Officer

Anita has worked with Freedom Acts since 2013 as Education Officer and more recently as Development Officer. Anita is married and is a mum of two young daughters.

With a background in youth and community work, Anita is relational and naturally connects with people. After graduating from the University of Ulster, Anita travelled to South America and Asia where she worked with vulnerable communities tackling various social justice issues.

Anita believes in the value of connection, and is motivated by the importance of people knowing and understanding their rights. She seeks to create the pathways needed for those who are vulnerable of becoming isolated and exploited.

 

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Ian Spiers
//Education Officer

Ian has been the Education Officer for Freedom Acts since 2015. He is a retired public sector trainer joining the Freedom Acts’ team because of his passion for the issue. Ian is married with two grown up kids and two little grandkids.

Ian is a strong facilitator and has been working in the education field for over 25 years, working for various public and private sector groups.  Ian delivers the message of Freedom Acts to varied groups and organisations in the ABC council area and beyond. He is committed to informing key stakeholders, community members and those most at-risk about the signs and indictors of exploitation and how to stay safe.