WHO WE ARE
The Family Survival Trust is a registered charity (No 1121388) whose mission is to prevent, and to provide information on coercive control, cultic behaviour and psychological manipulation. We support those affected by groups that use these techniques. We educate regarding the risks these groups pose to individuals and society and seek appropriate controls on these groups’ activities.
Tom Sackville Chairman of Trustees
Tom was born in London, has a degree from Oxford in History and Modern Languages. He began his career working in financial services in New York, Munich and London. In 1983 he was elected as the MP for Bolton West and served as a Government Whip and Minister in the Department of Health and the Home Office. On leaving Parliament in 1997, he served as Chairman of the charity The Family Survival Trust (formerly known as FAIR), and for 5 years as President of FECRIS, the French based European federation of cult victim family support groups.
Dr Alexandra Stein Trustee
Alexandra Stein, Ph.D. is a writer and educator specializing in the social psychology of ideological extremism and other dangerous social relationships. She is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at London South Bank University, and previously taught at Birkbeck, University of London. She teaches a course on Cults and Totalitarianism at the Mary Ward Centre. She is the author of two books: Inside Out: A memoir of entering and breaking out of a Minneapolis political cult (Grey Door, 2002) and Terror, Love and Brainwashing: Attachment in cults and totalitarian systems (Routledge, 2016).
Mary Russell Trustee
I have worked in this field for seven years since clarifying my own political cult experiences. With Dr Alex Stein I have written and taught in this area and presented at a recent ICSA Conference (International Cultic Studies Association). I have also worked with cult survivors as a therapist. I have been an FST trustee since 2017 and am one of two FST treasurers.
Previously I worked as a student services manager in education and have found this experience useful in my current work. My hobbies are walking, reading and visiting my grandchildren.
Charlie Kalra Steering Committee
I grew up in an authoritarian family; we joined a high-demand group when I was a child, fully committing in every aspect of our highly-controlled high-demand life. Throughout my time as a member I worked at the cult in a variety of roles on a multitude of tasks/projects, usually tirelessly & untrained, never paid, and always with integrity & sincerity.
Learning about cult dynamics played a vital part of my emancipation. I continue to learn, heal and grow. In recent years I’ve been offering my support to others who find themselves affected by coercive control dynamics - my involvement with FST is a part of this effort. I recently presented at the ICSA (International Cultic Studies Association) annual conference.
I’ve had careers in Retail Management, Software Development and consultancy in the area of business information systems. I’ve always been interested in people, psychology and philosophy. I love learning, beauty, perspective and freedom.