Our trustees

We are governed by a Board of Trustees, who share responsibility for directing how the charity is managed and run.

Responsibilities of the trustees

Our Trustees are all volunteers, who commit their skills and experience towards the growth of the organisation and to ensure governance to a high standard.

The Board of Trustees are responsible for:

  • Ensuring we carrying out our purposes for the public benefit
  • Complying with our governing document and the law
  • Acting in RASASC’s best interests
  • Ensuring we are accountable
  • Managing our resources responsibly
  • Acting with reasonable care and skill

Current trustees

Our Trustees come from a diverse range of backgrounds, with skills, knowledge and experience in areas such as counselling, finance, fundraising, law, marketing, and social work.
Our current Trustees are:

Simon White

Chair and Interim Treasurer

Simon is a Chartered Accountant with 35 years’ experience in the oil industry including assignments in Africa, India, Middle East, Europe and America. Simon became interested in RASASC following the suicide of a family friend during a trial of historic childhood sexual abuse allegations. Simon is also Chairman of a pension scheme and Chair of his local scout troop.

Gwen Folland

Gwen has over 30 years’ experience of working in the public, private and charity sectors. She is currently Petrofac’s principal external representative with UK Government Departments, supporting government relations globally. Previously she headed up Corporate Responsibility for the company. In her early career, Gwen joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and had several overseas postings. She has worked as a corporate fundraiser for the charity Surrey Care Trust, and then helped to set up a charity which delivered humanitarian aid projects in the developing world.

Billie Phillips

Billie has held a range of roles within the public sector, including the NHS. She has considerable experience of working with people with mental health issues, in both the private and public sector. She is currently training to be a mental health social worker. She has lived experience of sexual abuse, which is why she became interested in supporting the work of RASASC.

Grace Simmonds

Grace had a long career in nursing and worked as a practice nurse until three years ago. Grace has been a Trustee for RASASC for three years. Prior to this, she was involved with a national charity that offered support and counselling to women facing unintended pregnancy, abortion concerns, miscarriage and baby loss. Through her experience of this charity and nursing, Grace has met people traumatised by sexual assault so was keen to be involved with a local charity that offered help with such issues.

Richard Rhydderch

Richard Rhydderch is a Communications and Editorial professional who has worked for two international welfare charities and a number of well-known public organisations including the Metropolitan Police and the Home Office.  He is currently a strategic communications adviser to a large NHS trust in London.

Louise Blair

Louise has had a 30 year career in human resources, currently employed as Head of HR for a Financial Services Organisation in the City.  Whilst bringing up her family Louise became involved as a volunteer for Surrey Women’s Aid (Your Sanctuary), this led to a further involvement in the not for profit sector where she moved on to manage both Home-Start and Relate.  Through her experiences with counselling disclosures at Relate she developed an interest in the support of those affected by sexual assault.