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First Step Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland
Supporting male survivors of sexual abuse and rape, and their loved ones

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Our Staff

Caroline

Caroline

Service Manager

Caroline joined First Step in 2022 to lead and manage the charity, coming with an extensive 25-year background in management and practitioner roles in the charity sector, particularly within the Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Sectors.

Caroline is passionate about ensuring that male survivors and their supporters are valued, listened to and that they take an active part in the organisation and their own healing. She is committed to building on and developing a trauma-informed organisation for all staff, volunteers and clients.

In her spare time, Caroline enjoys yoga and walking.

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Lisa Wan

Service Co-ordinator/Clinical Lead

Lisa is an experienced administrator and has a long background of working in the health and wellbeing sector. In addition to her role at First Step, Lisa is a qualified counsellor and holistic therapist working in private practice. Lisa has extensive experience of working with complex trauma, and is passionate about facilitating positive change within others.

Michelle

Emotional Support Worker

Our Trustees

Andrea

Andrea Cave

Andrea worked for the national charity Victim Support for over 12 years in various roles including Serious Crime Manager and Regional Victim Care Unit Manager. Andrea has a BA in Human Studies and experience in supporting people who have been affected by serious crimes such as sexual abuse. Andrea now works for North West Leicestershire District Council. She is also a Clerk to Governors.

Mark Evans

Mark Evans (Chair)

Mark has enjoyed a varied career over 25 years working in the UK and overseas in senior management roles for both large corporate and SME organisations, and across different industry sectors including IT services, healthcare and environmental engineering. An experienced board director, Mark has a successful record of building sustainable, profitable and supportive business environments, being a catalyst for change and delivering transformation.

Kirandip

Kirandip Gill

Kirandip brings a diverse range of experience from working with vulnerable victims to currently working in a CAMHS service as a Specialist leading clinical decision maker. In previous roles she has worked as a Crisis worker at the Sexual Assault Referral Centre and becoming an accredited Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA). Kiran works as a Community Volunteer for Leicestershire Police and worked for Domestic and Sexual violence charities in Leicester. Kirandip is skilled in using social media and has supported the development of multimedia videos for First Step and the development of the new website which has attracted more self-referrals. Kirandip has grown up in Leicester and has links and knowledge of the demographic of Leicester and provision available for service users.

Mick Studley

Mick Studley, Treasurer

Mick spent 28 years in Leicestershire Police, retiring as a sergeant, and 19 years in the voluntary sector working with and managing victim services as Divisional manager and Deputy Locality Director. He is passionate about victims of crime receiving the best support available and, in particular, those surviving the most challenging situations such as male victims of sexual abuse.