ACE Support Hub Appoints Joanne Hopkins as New Director to Lead on Plans for an ACE Aware Wales

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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.  

I am thrilled to be joining the Wales ACE Support Hub and to be part of such an important and exciting piece of work that I truly believe will effect real change for people in Wales. I hope that the experience I bring from 7 years as the Home Office lead in Wales can support the great work that the Hub has started in supporting organisations to understand how ACES can be prevented as well as providing effective pathways for support. A clear vision and strategy to take this forward, including how we work with the other ACEs programmes working for the same outcomes, such as the Early Action Together programme, is vital. I will bring and promote fresh ideas, collaborations and learning, and a leadership approach that delivers against an outcome based framework that will sustain an ACE Aware Nation that breaks the cycles of adverse childhood experience for this, and future generations in Wales.
— Jo Hopkins
We are really delighted that Jo is leading the ACE Hub as it looks to the future; deepening and strengthening relationships already in place and building links to work with new sectors.
— Tracey Cooper, Chief Executive, Public Health Wales and Steve Thomas, Chief Executive Welsh Local Government Association
Sarah Kersley