Introducing our new CEO, Mari Edwards

Jan 19, 2024

The Management Team are delighted to let you know that Mari Edwards has been appointed as the new CEO of Beyond the Streets. Mari Edwards has worked in the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) sector for 18 years specialising in multi-agency work and implementing innovative services for women and children. Mari comes to us from Refuge where she has been Senior Operations Manager, Head of Services and, most recently, Head of Sector Alliances and Partnerships and will be taking up the CEO post in late February 2024.

After a thorough recruitment process involving an impressive calibre of candidates, the Trustee Board are looking forward to working with Mari.

Carol Rider, Chair of Trustees, says “The Board of Trustees are thrilled to welcome Mari Edwards as the new CEO of Beyond the Streets. We are sure the strategic work of Beyond the Streets to support women will go from strength to strength under her leadership. Mari comes to us with a rich wealth of experience within and around the sector and so together with our staff team and stakeholders we look to further impact positive change in reducing sexual exploitation.”


Speaking about her appointment, Mari says: “Beyond the Streets is an incredible organisation driven by expertise, a dedicated workforce and an unwavering commitment to supporting women involved in the UK’s sex industry to live free from coercion, violence and abuse. I am thrilled to be joining Beyond the Streets as its CEO at a time of pivotal change both internally and externally, and working with all Beyond the Streets colleagues to shape the future of the organisation and increase our impact.” May we take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support during this season of change and for enabling us to continue providing valuable support to women experiencing sexual exploitation across the UK.

With warm wishes

Katie, Natasha, and Jeremy

Beyond the Streets Management Team