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Francesca West

Francesca West

Chief Executive,
Protect

Protect (formerly Public Concern at Work) aims to stop harm by encouraging safe whistleblowing. Protect are leading experts in whistleblowing. They have advised around 40,000 people on their free, confidential advice line, trained thousands of managers, senior managers and board members and currently support hundreds of organisations to strengthen their internal whistleblowing or ‘speak up’ arrangements. They were closely involved in setting the scope and detail of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 20 years ago and continue to campaign for further amendment and improvements to the whistleblowing framework in the UK and abroad. Francesca is the Chief Executive of Protect, Francesca joined Protect in May 2007 as an advisor and has extensive experience advising whistleblowers. Francesca has also supported, via Protect’s training and consultancy services, a wide range of organisations from small charities to multi-national companies. Francesca has also held posts as Legal Officer, Director of Policy and Deputy CEO. Francesca was called to the Bar in 2005 and cross-qualified as a solicitor in 2011. She has an LLM in Human Rights and Public Law and a BA in Law and Politics. Prior to joining Protect Francesca worked in a variety of compliance teams in the financial services sector, from boutique investment banks to large retail banks. Francesca also worked in Trinidad and Tobago for the Centre for Capital Punishment Studies carrying out capital case work on behalf of the London Panel of Solicitors and is a ratified experienced employment representative at the Free Representation Unit.

  • Considering cases, trends and statistics from our Charity Commission-supported advice line for whistleblowers
  • Overcoming difficult issues and barriers for staff who want to speak up
  • How good whistleblowing arrangements can help repair trust
  • An overview of best practice for effective speak up arrangements