ACE Support Hub Appoints Joanne Hopkins as New Director to Lead on Plans for an ACE Aware Wales
Jo Hopkins, new Director of the ACE Support Hub.
The Wales ACE Support Hub is delighted to announce the appointment of Joanne Hopkins as its new Director. With a passion for helping all sectors and the general public better understand what we can do to support and protect the most vulnerable people in society, Jo brings a wealth of experience that will be integral to the ACE Support Hub creating an ACE aware Wales.
Alyson Francis, who has been Director of the ACE Support Hub to date, has completed her secondment from Welsh Government and has returned to a new role as Head of Communities.
Jo has spent the past seven years working as a Senior Civil Servant in Wales as Head of the Home Office team in Wales, building strong relationships with strategic partners in Welsh Government, policing, local government and many other key area. She brings experience of leading the development of policy and process, as well as operational delivery to achieve outcomes in some of the most challenging areas, with partnerships at the heart.
Jo has recently started work to develop a trauma informed approach to supporting asylum seekers and refugees; including what we can learn from people who are resilient in the face of the trauma of conflict, gender based violence, poverty and environment disaster. She is also doing a PhD part time at Aberystwyth University which focuses on the psychological threat of sexual violence as a weapon of war and the impact that has on Syrian Refugees.