THE CEO of a charity which helps survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence in Bradford has been selected for Acumen Academy's inaugural Fellowship.

Staying Put UK CEO Yasmin Khan is one of 22 fellows who will learn with and from each other about leadership development in a series of residentials and virtual seminars connected by group practice.

She has over 20 years’ experience of leading on women’s rights/gender-based violence, services to young people aiming to raise aspiration, education training and working around mental health.

Staying Put works across the Yorkshire region and in partnership with Sheffield and Barnsley.

Speaking to the Telegraph & Argus, Yasmin said: "It's a great opportunity to give representation of Bradford and Yorkshire and to raise the profile of domestic violence across the whole network.

"The fellowship, it's been an eight month selection process. There was a three stage rigorous process to get to this stage. Prior to that there were hundreds of applications, they selected 50 finalists.

"I was really delighted because the 50 shortlisted finalists were incredible.

"Over the last 12 months we've doubled in our size and turn over. We've got around 70 staff now. That's massive, that's scaled up. We will now be able to work with 10,000. With now being in the programme, I'm hoping in terms of over the next 20 years we double that to 20-25,000.

"At Staying Put, we also have our subsidiary of legal services and I think that's a brilliant offshoot of Staying Put. We have two solicitors and we are about to enrol our legal secretary. We're hoping to scale that up and really increase our reach."