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 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.
Senior Support Worker - Tori
Tori has been a full time member of staff since December 2014 and is Lincolnshire Rape Crisis's Senior 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.
Lead Support Worker - Dannielle
Dannielle has been a member of Lincolnshire Rape Crisis since 2017. Firstly she started as a volunteer support worker, supporting clients on the helpline and face to face. In May 2018 she joined the staff team and is our full time lead support worker. Dannielle has a great interest in feminism and women's rights and has a Masters degree in Gender Studies. She has also raised money for Lincolnshire Rape Crisis by taking part in a Sky Dive.
Dannielle is a proud and active feminist and has an incredible passion for supporting and empowering women.
Support Worker - Jessy
Jessy is a qualified Advocate and a trainee Level 4 Counsellor and has worked face to face with a wide range of different people for a decade. She is passionate about supporting people to understand sexual and relationship equality.
Jessy started with Lincolnshire Rape Crisis in August 2018 and delivers one-to-one face to face and telephone support from our women's centre and men's room in Lincoln.
Support Worker - Krystyna
Krystyna joined Lincolnshire Rape Crisis in January 2020 as an Eastern European Community Outreach Support Worker. She delivers our support services in four languages - English, Polish, Russian, and Lithuanian. Krystyna is very passionate about creating opportunities for non-English speaking clients to access services and receive specialist help and support.
Krystyna has a masters degree in Social Psychology, is a qualified Advocate and is also a member of British Psychological Society. Krystyna has experience of working in the domestic abuse sector and working with families and children in children's centres.
Support Worker - Vicky
Vicky joined the team in January 2020 as a part time support worker. After studying Criminology and Social Policy at University Vicky went on to working with young people excluded from mainstream education to encourage and inspire them. With her passion to support people, Vicky became a support worker for a supported housing project for young people aged 16-25 years, where she progressed to management level and over saw the running of varying support services to those in need.
Support Worker - Michelle
Michelle joined Lincolnshire Rape Crisis as a part-time support worker in January 2020. After qualifying as a level 5 therapeutic counsellor she was keen to put her skills and knowledge to good use in a strong, feminist organisation. She is a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and is passionate about enabling change and growth in service users.
Referrals and Assessments - Kristina
Kristina joined our volunteering team in March 2019 and has been supporting people on our helpline, over email, on live chat and processing new referrals. In April 2020 she joined our staff team as a Navigator. The first person you are likely to speak to is Kristina, and she will guide you through the support we can offer. She is a proud and active feminist.
Business Support - 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 -
Beth, Bex, Jane, Janna, Kerry, Ksenia, Sarah, Sue, Vicky
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.