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 have a Diploma in Youth Counselling. I like to stay involved in service delivery to keep in touch with the people we’re working with and for: I do my best work when I’m inspired by personal stories and you can only get that through meaningful contact with your members.
Hobbies/Interests: I love to travel – mainly in the US: my ambition is to visit all of their National Parks before I’m too decrepit to fully appreciate them! I blade and ski – this was something I’d always wanted to do, but wasn’t able to until my late 20s. Now it’s something I do every year and will until my knees give out! I like to hike, climb and rock scramble; mountain bike and go to the gym (mainly so I can maintain my exceptionally high level of chocolate consumption!). I see as many movies as I can and have an eclectic taste in music; I write fiction and play guitar. Oh, and even though I don’t smoke, I collect Zippos … and baseballs … and license plates (from the USA only, of course!).
How do you see your role within S.H.E.: I’ve been secured by S.H.E. to take them to the next level as a charity. There’s a huge amount of vital work that already 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 S.H.E.’s services and it’s my responsibility to help turn those into reality. Our aim is to make S.H.E. 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 S.H.E. 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 S.H.E. had a more holistic approach and were building a ‘chosen-family’ for members, with community support, personal development and education & training opportunities. S.H.E. 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 – I immediately got that at S.H.E. and everyone’s been so open and welcoming, I can see myself here for the next 10 years, minimum.
A bit about your work experience and skills: I am one of the founder members of S.H.E. and have been involved almost since the group started. As part of my healing journey I started to volunteer with S.H.E. and started and completed my counselling training. I have volunteered for many years with a lot of organisations such as Childline, Women’s Aid and ISAS (Incest and Sexual Abuse Survivors). I moved into paid work and worked with homeless young people for about 7 years and with Women’s Aid. I then moved back to S.H.E. as a Co-ordinator to continue to grow and develop S.H.E.
I believe I am a gentle, caring person and have a good sense of humour. I have had a long and painful healing journey myself and have healed to a good level and I believe you can go with another as far as you have gone yourself. I am very much a people person within S.H.E. and this is probably by far my biggest skill. I have worked for many years as a counsellor/therapist and also have had years of experience and knowledge of working as a support person. These are both areas that S.H.E. have developed and can now offer.
I have recently been writing and delivering training for S.H.E. This is really important to me, to raise awareness for those of us that were abused yesterday and also for the sake of children, who are sadly still being abused today.
Hobbies/Interests: My grandchildren! I love spending quality time with my little ones: they really help bring balance to my life. I love a variety of music. It really does depend on my mood, as to which music I listen to – probably many years of creative therapy behind that! I enjoy feeding squirrels at my local park and walking – but I feel the cold easily so this is very much dependent on the weather. I love chocolate soooo much!
How do you see your role within S.H.E.: I am very often the first person our new members have contact with, either over the phone or when they first come to S.H.E. I oversee, facilitate and offer support in our drop-in services. I’m often the person dealing with members who are in crisis and delegate and train other staff members to do the same. I oversee, supervise and train our volunteers. And I write and deliver S.H.E. training.
Why did you get involved: I am a Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse. Helping to set up and develop the S.H.E. group from as far back as 1998 and being one of the founder members was very much part of my healing journey. The S.H.E. group seems to have grown and developed alongside my own healing journey. I have healed to a good level and am very passionate about ‘giving back’ and improving services for Survivors. Working with our members of S.H.E. is very much a privilege. I have seen so many Survivors heal and change themselves and their lives which is why I’m still here – it’s brilliant.
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 have worked in the voluntary sector as a counsellor for 15 years . I gained my BACP Accreditation in 2008. I supervise qualified and trainee counsellors. I also have a small 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 S.H.E.: As an experienced therapist I am able to offer therapeutic support to members, run therapeutic personal development groups and creative therapy groups.
Why did you get involved: I was around when S.H.E. started to grow right at the beginning and was inspired by the passion and commitment of everyone involved especially Hannah and 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 S.H.E. came along I was very pleased to step in and become a part of the organisation.
A bit about your work experience and skills: I have been a volunteer at S.H.E. for around 10 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 S.H.E.: My role in S.H.E. is a therapist working with members in one-to-one sessions and facilitating the Creative Therapy group.
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.
A bit about your work experience and skills: I am a professional Artist who has had a number of pieces exhibited locally as well as being published to help support Positive Mental Health. I have been a Witness Warning Officer for Nottinghamshire Police, and various other jobs from a McDonald’s employee, working on a market stall and an apprentice hairdresser. I have also worked alongside mental health/day centre support workers in a volunteer capacity to facilitate art groups. I have organised outings, meals and coffee mornings, and have enjoyed each moment of this.
I am currently studying Counsellor Level 2 course and I am awaiting dates to start training to train trainers.
Hobbies/Interests: I love spending time with daughter and her friends. I love Nordic walking and going to the cinema to see the latest film. I also enjoy gardening and meditating. Of course my art is there too, so painting/crafts of any kind are my thing. I also really enjoy chanting and dancing. I adore 5 Rhythms dance group, this is fabulous. Music is a part of me, as is tree hugging!
How do you see your role within S.H.E.: I see my role within S.H.E. as ‘ever changing’ to meet the ever changing needs of its members. I adore this as not one day is ever the same.
I befriend, support, help oversee drop-ins and help out where ever I am needed.
Why did you get involved?:
How can someone resist getting involved in such a worthwhile, inspiring and moving charity? The charity has a heartbeat, a soul and I feel it. It’s with you in that alone place, and laughs with you in the bright happy times. I believe in S.H.E. UK and MENding UK – when something is as unique as this charity, it’s a privileged to be involved.
I’d volunteered for two years before beginning my Uni trainee counsellor placement, and when I came on board as a paid employee in the summer of 2015, it was beyond words. Those years of volunteering taught me so much about dedication, grit and togetherness. This new period for me now signifies strength in knowledge, strength in compassion and strength in stepping forward.
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 25 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 22 years before packing up with a slightly dodgy knee at the age of 40, that hasn’t however 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 S.H.E. UK: I am at S.H.E. 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 am PA to the chief exec, but I’m there to assist anyone of the team with administration queries. I am the person who keeps the lines of communication open with everyone connected with the good ship S.H.E. UK.
Why did you get involved: I like what S.H.E. UK has achieved, what it stands for and it’s 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.
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 S.H.E.: I’m a trainee counsellor, hoping to support anyone who needs it, without a time limit.
Why did you get involved: I’ve been volunteering for S.H.E. UK since October 2013 – I was lucky enough that when looking for a placement for my counselling course, a friend told me to contact S.H.E. 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!
Elaine Bond— Psychotherapeutic counsellor (UKCP registered)
A bit about your work experience and skills: I have been with S.H.E. 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 S.H.E., I am an avid reader and collector of book (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 S.H.E.: I currently volunteer as a counsellor for S.H.E. 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.
Linda Burt—Trainee 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 S.H.E.: I hope, in the near future, to complete the training needed to become a qualified support worker. I’m sure I have the dedication, caring nature, and understanding that S.H.E. UK needs in its staff team.
Why did you get involved: I wanted to become part of the S.H.E. 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 S.H.E. 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.
Subiksha Raman—Trainee Drama Therapist
A bit about your work experience and skills. My name is Subiksha—my friends call me Subi. A couple of years ago, I completed a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology while simultaneously being involved with an amateur theatre company, and was inspired to combine my two passions of drama and psychology. This decision led me on a journey of nearly 5,000 miles from the city of Chennai, India, to the University of Derby, where I was introduced to the absolutely fascinating world of dramatherapy.
Why did you get involved: My training has not only helped me in the pursuit of combining these two passions, but also in understanding that my true passion lies in helping people who’ve been through a variety of circumstances. It’s with this thought in mind that I wanted to work with SHE, as I feel that the entire organisation is an extremely cohesive unit aimed at being present for those who need it, and helping them in the way that is most suited to each individual.
Hobbies/Interests: I’ve also trained as an Indian classical dancer for over fifteen years and enjoy exercising my vocal chords…though usually just in the privacy of my own bathroom! I’m also extremely obsessed with television shows, and last but not least, I love a good laugh.
Paula Palmer—Therapeutic Counsellor
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!
Adie Cant—Trainee 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.
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 S.H.E.: 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 S.H.E.: 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.