Project Description

BOB BALFOUR

Operations Director

Bob has 40 years experience in roles ranging from deputy section commander in a specialist infantry unit, to operations director of a UK/Canadian digital services telecommunications company during the late 1980s. He served for 10 years as a special constable, receiving a divisional commander’s commendation. He has spent the last 21 years working in cross-sector contexts with psychologically distressed groups, including those affected by acquired brain injury, ‘schizophrenia’, personality ‘disorders’ and sexual violence. His professional experience has given him a diverse range of knowledge and skills, which he is currently applying to the creation of a new service concept using a digital strategy to support male survivors of sexual violence.

Over the last 16 years, Bob has commissioned and co-authored academic papers, articles and reports looking at the service needs of sexual violence victim-survivors. He ran the largest UK gathering of male survivors (48 men), for a weekend retreat in 2004, in partnership with Mike Lew. Mike is regarded as one of the world’s leading thinkers on male survivor theraputic interventions. He has designed full day conferences in partnership with Rape Crisis services to explore areas of joint interest – including, in 2012, emerging awareness of ACE research from the USA.

Bob is a survivor of sexual violence, experienced between the ages of 6 and 14, and also of the ‘looked after’ care system of North Wales in the early to late 1970s. Bob acted as an expert advisor to the Department of Health’s (2006) exploration of sexual violence service best practice, including its routine disclosure pilot. He is an honorary teacher-supervisor at the University of Liverpool’s Department of Clinical Psychology and has recently co-authored a paper for the British Journal of Social Work (in press July 2017) that explores co-production with survivors of sexual violence.