Our team


Our dedicated and professional team work hard to ensure survivors get the support they need to rebuild their lives. We employ 18 staff, a range of self-employed professionals and approximately 65 volunteers, all of whom make a vital contribution to the services we offer.

Staff team

Chief Executive Officer

The delivery of all our services is overseen by our Chief Executive Officer, Lesley Devonport. Lesley is responsible for the day to day running of the charity. She ensures that RASASC continues to provide an excellent level of service to our clients, while also identifying new services that may support our clients in their recovery.

Counselling service

Our counselling service is led by Susan, who is supported by a Counselling Coordinator. As Head of Service, Susan oversees our counselling services and is the Clinical and Assessor lead for face-to-face counselling.

Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) service

Our team of Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs) is led by Sally, herself a practicing ISVA for the last eight years. Sally has a long background in working with victims of crime. Her team bring lots of experience to RASASC, including previous roles in domestic abuse, child sexual exploitation, counselling, the police, a paramedic and the crown court.

Our team of ISVAs cover a range of client needs including young people, complex mental health needs, LGBTQ+, physical and mental disabilities, male survivors, older people, and survivors from hard to reach and marginalised communities.

Helpline

Our helpline is overseen by our Helpline Coordinator, Nina. Nina has over 20 years’ experience in the field of counselling and helplines. She is supported by a team of two experienced and long-term supervisors who work with our volunteers, offering monthly supervision and ongoing support to aid their continued learning.

Office support

The RASASC team are supported by our Business Support Officer Liz, and Administrator Vicki. They support the day to day delivery of services across RASASC, assisting with delivery of key projects, initiatives and monitoring outcomes. They carry out health and safety checks to ensure a safe environment for all staff, volunteers, and visitors, respond to general enquires, support our recruitment, training and events, oversee DBS checks, ensure our records are accurately maintained and GDPR complaint and provide secretarial support to our Board of Trustees.

Fundraising

Our fundraising is managed by Caroline. Caroline has over 20 years’ experience in fundraising, and is accredited by the Institute of Fundraising, (MInstF (Dip)). She has worked for a number of welfare charities within her local community, receiving the Gill Astarita Fundraiser of the year award, from the Institute of Fundraising, in 2014.

Communications

Our communications are managed by Kate. Kate has 15 years’ experience in communications, both for a global NGO and the public sector, as well as experience working in domestic abuse. Kate is responsible for all RASASC communications, including the website, social media, journalist enquiries and internal communications. She also works to increase engagement, to help highlight RASASC’s vital work.

Finance

We employ a finance management consultancy to manage, oversee and ensure robust financial governance arrangements are in place.

Volunteers

Our work is supported by a team of dedicated volunteers, who are essential to the success of RASASC. They make an important contribution to our services, providing valuable support to our clients.

We have 29 fully qualified volunteer counsellors and 20 helpline volunteers. Other volunteer roles include group facilitation, support at events, fundraising support, and delivering awareness talks about our work.

For more information about volunteering for RASASC, please visit our volunteer page.