Cas joined First Step in 2010 and has helped shape the service into the client-led service that it is today. Cas has developed skills including bid writing, co-ordinating volunteers and organising a programme of CPD for the volunteer team of counsellors.
Cas has forged strong partnerships with the Police and the local SARC and other partner agencies. Believing strongly that males should have a service she has also developed her own listening skills, so, as often the face of First Step, she can address many of the fears and barriers males face when accessing the service and also raise the awareness of male sexual abuse across other networks locally and nationally.
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.
Emotional Support Worker
Fred is First Step’s Emotional Support Worker. She is a qualified Person-Centred Counsellor. She started as a volunteer on placement with First Step four years ago. She has worked for the children’s charity Childline for 10 years. Fred has worked with vulnerable children, young people and families for 20 years. In her private practice, Fred offers ‘walk and talk’ outdoor counselling. She is a Director of a not for profit yoga studio in Leicester.
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 (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 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.
Daniel has a background in community fundraising at a mid-sized national charity that works at a local level, he brings insight on fundraising trends and what is working in the sector currently. Having also spent time in primary care commissioning he also brings knowledge of the local health system and local authority.
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.