Nicci Robinson—Chief Executive

A bit about your experience/skills: I’ve worked in the voluntary sector all my life: with children, young people, the elderly, and mentally and physically challenged adults. I’m a people-person, extremely optimistic and what other people might see as a problem, I see as a challenge and an opportunity for learning. I’m well organised, friendly, approachable, dedicated and loyal to the cause. I stand up for what I believe in (which has often caused me problems but never stops me doing it again!) I have a great fund-raising record and a creative, flexible approach to every task. I value my staff and demand their very best 100% of the time—I never ask someone to do something I wouldn’t do or haven’t already done and I lead by example. I’ve a Bachelors degree in Social Sciences, a Masters in Youth & Community Studies, and a Diploma in Youth Counselling.

Hobbies/Interests: I love to travel, and I hit the gym a lot. I see as many movies as I can and I adore country music; and I’m a published author. Oh, and even though I don’t smoke, I collect Zippos … and baseballs … and license plates.

How do you see your role within SHE? There’s a huge amount of vital work that goes on – my job is to help expand that work and support the people who do it. We have a fantastic staff team (paid and unpaid) literally bursting with ideas and innovations to develop SHE’s services and it’s my responsibility to help turn those into reality. Our aim is to make SHE a charity with national impact, supporting as many survivors and victims as we can in addition to educating & sensitising healthcare professionals and other organisations in their contact with survivors and victims.

Why did you get involved: I was looking for a new challenge and happened across this position. After a little bit of research, it became clear that SHE were quite unique in this area – most organisations for survivors of childhood sexual abuse focus on the therapy side of the healing process. That is hugely important, obviously, but SHE had a more holistic approach and were building a ‘chosen-family’ for members, with community support, personal development and education & training opportunities. SHE were enabling their members to embark on their own healing journey and looking to facilitate their members to see life beyond their abuse. I only apply for jobs where I think the work is extremely worthwhile and beneficial to its target audience and where I feel I can make a positive difference.

Rachael Cumberland1Rachael Cumberland—Operations Manager

A bit about your work experience and skills: I have had a number of jobs since leaving school: hairdressing, caring and waitressing.

Four years ago, my husband was injured in Afghanistan and after caring for him, and seeing others in his and my situation, it made me want to help people to be able to deal with traumas that have happened to them or to people they care about. I decided I wanted to be a counsellor, so I am currently studying for an advanced diploma in relational centred psycho-therapeutic counselling.

Hobbies/Interests: I have a little boy who I adore, and spending time having fun with him is my favourite thing (and spending time with my family and friends, too!). I also love doing all kinds of crafts, such as crochet, cross stitch, scrap booking, and have learned a lot of other crafts by being at S.H.E UK. I’m also a keen reader, and enjoy a good ‘who dunnit’!!

How do you see your role within SHE? TBC

Why did you get involved: I’ve been volunteering for SHE UK since October 2013 – I was lucky enough that when looking for a placement for my counselling course, a friend told me to contact SHE UK. I remember first walking in for my meeting with Janice, and feeling that I belonged there: this was where I wanted to be! I have been truly humbled by all the people I have met and love being able to give my full support!

Sarah Cadwallader – Evaluative Needs Therapy Manager

A bit about your work experience and skills: I’ve worked for a long time in the charity sector and have a number of years experience working in both sexual health and sexual violence services. Providing meaningful support that allows people to make the changes they wish to is a long standing passion of mine, and most of my work experience has been in services which try to fill the gap between what survivors and others need and often minimal statutory provision. I also have a background in campaigning for equality and working with women, LGBTQ, and BME communities.
My skills lie both in my abilities as a counsellor and as a service manager. I’m delighted to be able to combine both these aspects in the service of SHE and our clients.

Why did you get involved? I began my journey with SHE as a student counsellor in 2017. It’s through SHE that I’ve been able to develop my clinical practice and expertise in working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse and sexual violence. Once qualified and the post of therapy manager became available, it seemed the natural choice to apply. I’m very grateful to SHE for their investment in my clinical development, and I continue to be in awe of all our clients who work so hard to find the healing they deserve.

Hobbies and Interests:I’m a keen rugby fan and have been lucky enough to catch a few internationals in Cardiff and London. I used to play but recovery from a match just takes too long these days! I love the outdoors and spending time in nature; an evening with friends around a small fire is my idea of heaven. I’m also animal mad and share a home with a dog, a cat, and a collection of very free range chickens.

How do you see your role within SHE? I see my role within SHE as facilitating the counselling service. I’m here to support counsellors in their work and ensure the therapeutic needs of our client group are met. I hope to build capacity by increasing our trainee team so we can better meet the needs of our community and enable SHE to continue in its provision of high quality support to those who have survived childhood sexual abuse and sexual violence.

Paula Palmer—Operations Therapist

A bit about your work experience and skills: I gained my counselling diploma at West Notts College in 2010. Previously, I was a volunteer counsellor, for many years, with CRUSE and ISAS, and completed a two year part time training course with Nottingham Counselling Centre in 2003. I worked full-time for thirty years with Nottingham Probation Service, the last ten years of my career, prior to my retirement in 2001, exclusively with high risk offenders, the majority of whom were perpetrators of sexual abuse.

Why did you get involved: It was taking time to listen to clients’ stories and discovering what had shaped their lives that led me to deepen my commitment to counselling, initially a simple interest, but has since grown into a passion. This led to my wanting to focus on survivors of sexual abuse. I am delighted to have joined such a dedicated team of people who work tirelessly to support and nurture so many survivors across the county.

Hobbies/Interests: I find time to pursue several hobbies: I’m a “foodie” and love cooking; I enjoy travelling and particularly love all things Spanish. I also enjoy going to the cinema and theatre, and I’m a regular church goer and busy grandma!

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Linda Burt—Support Worker

A bit about your work experience and skills: I joined our paid team in December 2015, after working as a volunteer in Mansfield, Nottingham, and Worksop.

Hobbies/Interests: I originally come from Scotland but have lived down south now for nearly sixteen years. I’m a cheery, bubbly person, and I love to spend my spare time with family and friends.

How do you see your role within SHE? I have the dedication, caring nature, and understanding that SHE UK needs in its staff team.

Why did you get involved: I wanted to become part of the SHE UK team as I’d seen all the hard work and dedication the staff have to give. That inspired me to offer my services as a volunteer, and now I’m part of the staff as well as continuing to volunteer. I believe SHE UK is a very important and much needed charity, with staff who are always there for their members when they need them. They have literally saved lives, and will continue to support all women who have suffered from childhood sexual abuse, and rape.

Jill Alexander
Jill Alexander—Counsellor and Therapeutic Facilitator (unpaid)

A bit about your work experience and skills:  I have been a volunteer at SHE for around ten years. My main working life was as a machinist in a shoe factory.

Hobbies/Interests: My interests are my family and friends, music and films, and I enjoy spending time in the countryside. I’m all for lots of fun and laughter.

How do you see your role within SHE? My role in SHE is a therapist working with members in one-to-one sessions, creating and running lifelong learning courses, and facilitating Creative Therapy groups.

Why did you get involved: I am a survivor myself and understand the turmoil survivors face. When I felt I had completed my own personal journey I felt drawn to supporting and helping other people along their paths to recovery.

Jane BellamyJane Bellamy—Office Administrator

A bit about your experience/skills: I went to college for two years and qualified as a trained Nursery Nurse which led to my first job as a private nanny for two pre-school children. I did this for five years. I then worked at a residential care home for people with mental health issues for the next twenty-five years covering a variety of roles including administrator, Deputy Manager and Acting Manager. I was made redundant in 2009. I became a Duty Manager at a leisure centre/community centre which was run by a charity the same year, which I stayed at until I had the opportunity to come and work for SHE UK in 2014.

All of my employment has been working with people and doing office based tasks.

Hobbies/interests:I love sport, almost all sport, watching and participating. I played ladies football for twenty-two years before packing up with a slightly dodgy knee at the age of forty. However, that hasn’t stopped me skiing, hiking, and cycling as well as going to the gym (far more than I would choose!). I enjoy the cinema and like to read. But my favourite thing is to travel and see new places.

How do you see your role within SHE? I am at SHE in an administration capacity, to hopefully make sure all of our paperwork is organised and the office side of things run smoothly as we grow. I’m there to assist the team with administration queries. I’m the person who keeps the lines of communication open with everyone connected with the good ship SHE UK.

Why did you get involved: I like what SHE UK has achieved, what it stands for and its methods in helping people to help themselves. I wanted to support them going forward and hopefully make a difference by assisting the team in their amazing work.

Janice Frisby

Janice Frisby—Qualified Therapist 

A bit about your work experience and skills: I gained my Social Work degree and counselling qualifications, and later qualified as a counselling supervisor. I’ve worked in the voluntary sector as a counsellor for fifteen years. I gained my BACP Accreditation in 2008. I supervise qualified and trainee counsellors in my private counselling practice.

Hobbies/Interests: My hobbies are Yoga, walking, reading and spending as much time as possible with family and friends.

How do you see your role within SHE?  As an experienced therapist I am able to offer therapeutic support to members.

Why did you get involved: I was around when SHE started to grow right at the beginning and was inspired by the passion and commitment of everyone involved especially Jacqui. At that point I was in full time employment and didn’t have the time to get involved. As the years progressed I felt drawn to the people and to the work. When the opportunity to work freelance for SHE came along I was very pleased to step in and become a part of the organisation. Now that I’ve left paid work, I’m please to continue to volunteer with the charity.

Elaine Bond

Elaine Bond— Psychotherapeutic counsellor

A bit about your work experience and skills: I have been with SHE since November 2014 and I am working with others to set up our new services in Nottingham. I am a qualified Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and UKCP registered. I have worked/volunteered as a counsellor for a local FE college and before that was a supervisor and counsellor for over ten years with Childline.

Hobbies/Interests: Outside of SHE, I am an avid reader and collector of books (old and new), a lover of clothes and makeup, a theatre goer, and when I can, a walker.

How do you see your role within SHE? I currently volunteer as a counsellor for SHE in the Nottingham area and am happy to see the growth in Nottingham with the drop in sessions at Garden Street and the counselling services at a variety of locations. I hope to play an even bigger part in this as our membership in Nottingham increases.

Why did you get involved: Between working at the local FE college and Childline, I have come into contact with a lot of trauma and abuse and have become passionate about helping women and men to recover from the devastation this can cause.

Kate Drake—Chair

A bit about your work experience and skills I’ve lived in, Nottingham for about ten years now. I’m originally from Ellesmere Port in the North West (not far from Chester), and after studying for my business degree at the University of Leeds, I moved to Nottingham to start my career.

Hobbies/Interests: . I love to travel and have been lucky enough to visit a lot of interesting countries and places: I’ve got trips to Stockholm, Copenhagen and Canada planned for this year. I also love cooking, reading, and tea.

How do you see your role within SHE? I’m a qualified chartered accountant and currently work in a commercial finance role, so I’m hoping to bring some expertise in financial planning, governance, and cash flow management. I also want to use my commercial skills to support the great work already going on at SHE and to support future growth ambitions.

Why did you get involved: I’ve always been involved in fundraising for charities wherever I’ve worked. When the opportunity to support a charity, not just with fundraising, but with the skills I’ve developed from my career in finance came up, I thought it would be a great contribution to make in a different way. My boss put me in touch with Nicci through the Boots Charitable Trust, and when I heard about the incredible work you all do at SHE UK, it was a really easy decision to serve as a Trustee and use my finance skills to become Treasurer, so I joined the board in July 2015.


Wendy May—Research and Communications Coordinator

A bit about your work experience and skills: I manage a specialised training program which involves eLearning and digitally enabled training. I’ve conducted research for the Australian Government on PTSD and other issues, and have spent several years working in private hospitals that offer psychiatric care. I have a BA Science: Psychology, I belong to the Australian Psychological Society, and the Australian Institute of Training and Development.

Hobbies/Interests: When I’m not working, I enjoy photography, technology in all its forms, and reading.

How do you see your role within SHE? I volunteer in a general support role. I work online, developing SHE-UK’s resources in the social media, education, and research areas.

Why did you get involved: I became aware of SHE UK through a friend, and I wanted to offer some of my time, skills, and resources to assist SHE UK to do their very important work.


Adie Cant—Counsellor

A bit about your work experience and skills:  I’m currently studying for a degree in counselling and psychotherapy in Nottingham. I’m also an Aromatherapist and a voluntary worker at a local community church, helping run a mother and baby group. My work, over the past twenty years, has involved supporting people with mental health issues both for MIND and the NHS. I have also worked for MENCAP supporting people with learning difficulties.

Why did you get involved: From a young age, I wanted to be a counsellor. When searching for a placement, a friend told me about SHE, and introduced me to some people who work within, and support, the charity. Everyone was so welcoming, warm, and friendly. I knew this was the place I wanted to be. As a trainee counsellor, I offer therapeutic support to members, and travel with them on their journey to discover and develop awareness, acceptance and healing.

Hobbies/Interests: I love, love, love walking in woodland. It gives me such a sense of peace and I’d like to incorporate this into my training. It’s called eco-therapy! I also have a passion for India. On my last visit there I travelled for a month, north to south with my husband and son. I enjoy spending time with friends and growing veggies too.