Who works here
Lincolnshire Rape Crisis began when a group of like minded women had a vision for a service that was much needed and missing in Lincolnshire. Their vision grew from conversations around a coffee table into a formal steering group, and from this steering group Lincolnshire Rape Crisis was formed following a public meeting in October 2012. In 2013, the steering group went on to successfully secure Ministry of Justice (MOJ) funding.
Chief Executive - Laura
Laura has been employed by Lincolnshire Rape Crisis right from the start! Along with her team and the trustees of the organisation Laura set up Lincolnshire Rape Crisis.
Laura has a professional background in housing and community projects, youth work, equality and diversity, sexual health, fund raising and events management.
Laura’s professional experience includes, establishing and managing a training company, managing a homeless family’s project, managing a teenage parent’s project, managing a Foyer and homeless young person’s project.
Laura has been involved with campaigning and support groups for women and minority groups all over the U.K. Laura is passionate about fighting for equal rights and is a proud and active feminist.
Service Manager - Mel
Mel is a qualified social worker and practice educator, with professional experience working in domestic abuse, housing support, child and family work and sexual violence.
Mel attended the Lincolnshire Rape Crisis launch night whilst studying for her MSc in Social Work and felt a strong desire to work for the organisation. After finishing her MSc, Mel started volunteering for LRC as a helpline support worker, before applying for a part time paid position in May 2015. In August 2015 Mel secured the full time role of support worker and volunteer liaison. In December 2016 Mel was successful in attaining the position of Lincolnshire Rape Crisis Service Manager.
Mel supervises the support worker team and manages service delivery. You are likely to speak to Mel if you call the office line, and meet Mel in the Women's Centre when she is training new support workers and on occasion when she quality assures the service.
Mel is a proud and active feminist.
County Wide Support Worker - Tori
Tori has a range of experience in face to face roles. She ran her own business for three years during which time she completed a BTEC Level 3 in counselling skills. This led to Tori applying to volunteer at Lincolnshire Rape Crisis in June 2014. Soon after, Tori secured her first one to one support worker role as a part time community support worker.
Tori has been a full time member of staff since December 2014 and is Lincolnshire Rape Crisis's County Wide Support Worker. Tori works from bases across the county and will also be seen in the women’s centre delivering face to face support. Following our service values in all her work is incredibly important to Tori; ensuring equality, empowerment, respect and choice, to the people who take the brave step of accessing our service. Tori has helped to deliver our ‘Get&Give’ consent campaign to schools and colleges in Lincolnshire, communicating messages of empowerment and respect to young people across the county. Tori has marched proudly with her colleagues to raise awareness of women’s rights.
Administration, Finance and Training Coordinator - Megan
Megan Cox has been a member of the Lincolnshire Rape Crisis team since January 2014. She has a background in customer service, administration, advice and guidance, education and accounts. She holds qualifications which include AAT Accounting Technician, Level 4 Advice and Guidance, Award in Education and Training and Working with Women and Girls in the Sexual Violence Sector.
Although Megan’s role is primarily based behind the scenes in our offices, you are likely to speak to her when calling the office or helpline. She also works hard to promote rights for women and those disadvantaged in society. Megan has the same training as all of our support workers and she coordinates the extensive training which is undertaken by all of our team.
LRC Support Workers -
Aishah, Bronte, Dannielle, Jo, Louise, Sue, Vic, Wendy
Trauma Specialist and Counsellor - Sue
Sue has worked in the Counselling and Post Trauma arena since 1996.
Sue has extensive experience of working in the field of (PTSD) post traumatic stress disorder; with an added special interest of working with (RRPTSD) Rape Related post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Over two decades, Sue has gained and established Senior Accredited BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) status, as well as EMDR Accredited Practitioner status with EMDR Europe – this is the official professional association, which establishes, maintains and promotes the highest standards of excellence and integrity in EMDR practice, research and education throughout Europe.
Becky – Chair
Becky spent 10 years working in the housing sector within North and North East Lincolnshire and throughout this time came into contact with many women and girls who have been affected by sexual violence. In addition to supporting them in a professional capacity, Becky started exploring local support groups with a view to becoming more involved on a personal level, however moved out of the area before having a chance to explore this fully. Becky returned to Lincolnshire in late 2013 and was keen to re-visit her plans to become more involved with a feminist organisation providing support to women and girls and applied to become a member of Lincolnshire Rape Crisis in early 2015. Becky took up a role at Lincolnshire County Council and has worked in both Adults and Children's Services before commencing her current role within Business Support.
Shannon - Vice Chair
Having graduated from the University of Lincoln in 2008 with a first class honours degree in Psychology with Clinical Psychology Fiona began her career as a Research Assistant at NHS Lincolnshire. Her professional focus is on improving peoples' experiences of NHS services and consequently improving the quality of care that is provided by local health care services. In 2010 she returned to the University to begin working on a competitively funded research study (funded by The Health Foundation) that concentrated on improving the quality of care provided to patients accessing the emergency ambulance services with suspected Stroke or Heart Attack . During this period she also began studying for her Masters degree in Clinical Research on a part-time basis. Having completed her Masters degree in the March of 2013 she was awarded a PhD studentship and began working on the development of a Patient Reported Experience Measure (PREM) for use in NHS ambulance services. This is a patient-centred tool designed in collaboration with service users and healthcare professionals alike. In July 2016 Fiona began working for the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as a Senior Analyst. The role of this regulatory organisation is to ensure sure health and social care services are providing people with safe, effective, compassionate and high-quality care. Fiona became involved with Lincolnshire Rape Crisis in November 2012, fulfilling ambitions to become involved with a feminist organisation dedicated to empowering women and girls.