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The Role of Trustees

Trustees are involved in the governing of the organisation. They work on strategy, vision and policy at their monthly meetings. They don't play any part in the day to day work of the staff or volunteers. This is really important for people to know; you might know one of our trustees and wonder if they will know any details about you. The answer is no; we never discuss individuals in this way. There is a big separation between the operational side of the organisation and the governance – and this is how we keep your information confidential.

Linda Regan MBE - Chair of Trustees

I was a Senior Research Officer/Senior Lecturer and MA course convenor at the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit (CWASU), London Metropolitan University, where I was involved in research and evaluation on all aspects of sexual violence against women and children. I retired a few years ago.

I was concerned, before moving to Devon, that there was a lack of specialist provision for women victims of sexual violence in the county and worked with Fawcett Devon and Rape Crisis England and Wales to fill this gap.

I am delighted that Devon Rape Crisis & Sexual Abuse Services (DRCSAS) is now up and running and providing a much needed service.


Kate Pattar - Trustee
I have worked with DRCSAS for several years and in different roles, I’m currently Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees.
I learned early on that women have a very specific set of challenges in society and encountering sexual and gender-based violence in all socio-economic backgrounds is one of them. We don’t have to sit alone with these experiences.
My favourite things about DRCSAS is its integrity and ethos, women-only space, specialised knowledge and flexibility to create a bespoke service that will come alongside a women and help her explore her options and what she would like for herself, and help her get there.
The level of referrals into the service shows that inappropriate and unacceptable actions by others is very common, and if something has happened that makes you feel “unhappy/uncomfortable/it feels wrong”, it’s definitely worth taking about it with someone in an environment that is knowledgeable and trustworthy.  



Rachel Sloan - Trustee

I have been a volunteer with Girlguiding for 10 years and through this I have provided informal learning and a safe environment for girls and women on a weekly basis. I have also represented girls and women nationally and internationally as part of Girlguiding panels (including campaigning to make sure women and girls feature on national and international political agendas). Academically, I have studied issues facing women and girls in both of my degrees.

With sexual violence statistics being as they are, it is likely that the girls and women I have volunteered with may need the support of DRCSAS at some point in their lives, and as such, I am proud to be a part of an organisation making a real difference in Devon.



Kay Haydon - Trustee

I work with the Intensive Family Intervention Team for Mid Devon and Honiton. My career history has been working with people who have committed sexual offences and have mental health issues, within the prison service and the NHS.

I believe all women should feel confident and safe to be the person they want to be. I am proud to be a Trustee for Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services and use my experience to support our amazing volunteers in reaching our goal of supporting women to take control of their lives and reach their aspirations.



Nikki Leaper - Trustee

I joined Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services because I wanted to support this charity and the invaluable service it provides to victims or rape and sexual abuse. I firmly believe in the mission and vision and share the commitment of safety for women providing excellent services for all survivors of rape and sexual abuse.

I have worked previously with victims of rape and sexual violence and have conducted research and training in associated fields of work. Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services provides confidential, non-judgemental listening and support, providing information for women whose lives have been affected by sexual violence. I am proud to be a trustee with this organisation.

Shara Amoui

Shara Amoui - Trustee

In the past, I have worked in the Black Asian Minority Ethnic Refugee community in Devon. This included being a community interpreter for the Afghan and Iranian community, working as a race hate advocate in Plymouth, involved in the organisation of a refugee women’s group, delivering specialised training on domestic violence in the BAMER community and research. At present, I work with children and families in Torbay. 

I believe all organisations should strive to offer services to the hard to reach communities. I am proud to be involved with DRCSAS and share the core values of empowerment of women no matter what culture, race, religion, or sexuality.  I hope to offer my experience to support the organisation and volunteers. 


Veronica Palmer - Trustee

I became a Volunteer Trustee for DRCSAS in March 2016. There are a range of motivations why I joined Devon Rape Crisis & Sexual Abuse Services and am proud to continue to be a part of this important organisation.

I became a Volunteer Support Worker in November 2011, having achieved the accredited Open College Network training and subsequent assessment, as part of the initial volunteer group recruitment when Devon Rape Crisis Service was first set up five years ago. In my career I have worked across the health service in the UK & Middle East and for the last five years my role has been within specialist women’s services.

There is the realisation, that although so many of us have our own individual experiences, we also have the resources and strengths which collectively can become a tremendously supportive network. I believe it is important to realise the positive impact that DRCSAS as an organisation has for women in Devon.

Being a Trustee is a serious commitment and responsibility. There are regular monthly meetings, training and strategic days to focus ideas and knowledge to ensure good governance of the organisation. I have always been inspired and proud to be a part of this remarkable, committed and skilled team of wonderful staff and volunteers. One of the best things about being a Volunteer and Trustee for Devon Rape Crisis & Sexual Abuse Services is to see the organisation strengthen and develop its resilience and sustainability, to extend the range of services.

Holly Sugg – Trustee

As a social scientist and researcher in the mental health field, I have long been aware of the pervasive nature of violence against women and the impact this has on both individuals and society. I have previously worked as a volunteer for DRCSAS and became a trustee in early 2016.

I am proud to continue being part of a service which is so invaluable in supporting women who have experienced and been affected by sexual violence. I am passionately committed to the organisation’s ethos of empowering women and bringing much needed attention to violence against women as a societal issue.

Lynn McClelland - Trustee

I joined DRCSAS in March 2016 as a Trustee as I very much wanted to contribute to this amazing group of of people working together to respond to the problem of abuse and violence in the lives of women and girls in my own community.

I have been working as a Psychologist in the NHS and in local universities for the last 15 years with women and children who have experienced abuse, and doing research and training in the field of trauma, social inequalities, diversity, and organizational dynamics.

It is a privilege to be a Trustee and support the work of DRCSAS in its mission to provide the very best service to all women in Devon and add to the groundswell of energy, resilience and determination to address issues of abuse and inequality.

"WE will be the change" (Grace Lee Boggs, Social activist 99 yrs).

Clare Baker - Trustee

I became a trustee with DRCSAS because I wanted to offer my time and experiences to an organisation which offers a vital specialist service in a unique and supportive manner, the impact of which is important to the whole of society.

Being a trustee of this organisation has allowed me to see the hard work and commitment from the staff and volunteers to implement the highest standards throughout their working practice, enabling DRCSAS to continue to be a leader in this field.

We continually strive to challenge the inequality and discrimination faced by women in society, so the mandate to move forward and strengthen is paramount to ensure the longevity of the service for the women of Devon.


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