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, criminal justice, finance, fundraising, law, marketing, and social work.
Our current Trustees are:

Helen Turner

Chair

Helen has 15 years’ experience in the charity and public sectors, and currently works for BP as Investigations Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa. She has previously worked for Cambridgeshire Police, Hertfordshire Police, and the National Crime Agency, where she investigated serious organised crime including drug importation, human trafficking and child online exploitation. Helen has a BA in Criminology and Sociology, an MPhil in Criminology, and is qualified as a Tier 3 Specialist Interviewer for victims and witnesses.

Simon White

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.

Susan Stainsby

Sue has spent her career working in HR where she has held a variety of roles, both generalist and specialist, across charities, legal services and publishing.
She holds a degree in Psychology and is a chartered member of the CIPD, most recently she has become a Mental Health First Aider for her current firm.
Sue lives locally and is married with two sons, who are pursuing their own career paths. When she’s not at work she likes to spend her time with her family and friends, visiting galleries and the theatre and walking the dog.