Somerset and Avon Rape Crisis (SARSAS) have appointed a new CEO to succeed outgoing head Rowan Miller. Claire Bloor has taken the reins from Miller who has moved onto to a role at the Big Lottery as a Funding Manager.

Claire brings with her over 20 years’ experience working in the charity sector and valuable knowledge of working with trauma.  

Starting her career in Dublin as a caseworker working with homeless people, she has gone on to manage a broad range of support services in both the UK and Australia including youth justice, employment, training, education, and Aboriginal programs.  

Her most recent role was as Executive Manager at Marist180, a large charity in Sydney that supports at risk young people, their families and communities.

The SARSAS board members, the staff and volunteers are delighted to welcome Claire to this position and look forward to her leadership over the coming years for the benefit of the survivors that they support.

Claire said: “Throughout my career I have worked with women and men that have experienced sexual violence and have witnessed the devastating impacts of trauma experienced as a result.

“I am very passionate about this sector and value the opportunity to support survivors through the work of SARSAS. I look forward to building on the incredible progress Rowan has made in campaigning for vital funds, developing awareness and education programmes and tackling the causes of sexual violence.”

A fond farewell and a happy hello: Claire Bloor and Rowan Miller at the Phoenix Project launch