Meet the Team

Patsy

Managing Director

Patsy has extensive experience working within the third sector, having worked for national, regional, and local charities.

She has been influential in raising millions for charities, establishing major fundraising events including the Ladies’ Midnight Walk for a local hospice with 2,300 walkers who raised over £250,000 and the annual Christmas Day Dip.

Patsy was part of the Capital Appeals Team for East Anglian Children’s Hospices raising £3.3 million in 11 months to build the Treehouse Hospice. She joined FSnb five years ago as a fundraiser, before promotions to income and operations director and managing director in January 2021.

Brian

Finance Manager

Brian manages the day-to-day finances of the charity and has carried out this role on a part-time basis since the charity was formed in 2012.

Prior to this, Brian worked for Barclays Bank for 24 years. For most of this time, he was a business manager, helping a varied portfolio of customers to establish, grow and fulfil their potential. After leaving Barclays he spent six years in a similar role as a counsellor and mentor for a local enterprise agency.

When he is not at the charity, Brian also works for Suffolk Constabulary as a supervisor within Protective Services Command. He is a keen runner and has completed several half and full marathons over the years. He enjoys gardening, travelling, and reading and is slowly getting to grips with learning Spanish.

 

Katie

Suffolk Team Manager

Katie has recently joined the charity. She started off as a children’s entertainer abroad, at theme parks and at a children’s fitness centre. Although she loved singing and dancing, she wanted to give back to those who needed support.

Katie worked for a Children’s charity with children with disabilities and worked on the sexual and criminal exploitation service helping to educate those young people about sexual abuse, exploitation, county lines, and other forms of criminal exploitation. She has also worked within a housing association for the homeless ranging from ages 16+.

Katie is really passionate about supporting people through trauma and difficult experiences and she is extremely excited to be working within such a fantastic charity.

Katie lives in Saxmundham and enjoys walks along the beach with her family in her spare time.

Tina

Norfolk Team Manager

Tina has been with the charity since 2019 when she joined as a Specialist Child Sexual Abuse Worker based in Norfolk.  Tina has extensive experience working with children who have been sexually abused and has undertaken specialist training to assist children with disabilities to communicate their abuse stories.

Tina is passionate about children and young people being able to obtain support to talk about their abuse experiences.  Having witnessed first-hand the devastating effects of unprocessed sexual abuse on young adults’ lives while serving as a police detective she hopes for a time when support is available to all victims.

Tina lives in Norfolk and loves to travel in her spare time.

Ayesha

Specialist CSA Worker

Before joining the charity in 2020, Ayesha worked as a family intervention officer in the Troubled Family Scheme for East Suffolk Council. She also held a similar role for Suffolk County Council.

Ayesha holds a master’s degree in children’s learning and development, which she achieved in 2014.

Outside of work she lives with her two children and husband and enjoys nature, especially wild swimming.

Caroline

Specialist CSA Worker

Caroline has 14 years of experience working in behavioural units and pupil referral units, working closely with children who have emotional and behavioural issues.

Caroline has also been involved in bespoke work with autistic children who need help and support to manoeuvre their way through the education system.

Caroline says: “It is very rewarding to know I have helped children of all backgrounds to value themselves and to want a positive future.”

Carrie

Events and Community Fundraiser

Carrie joined the charity after working at a local independent school where she worked with the wider community and local businesses to secure support through events, mentoring, volunteering, and financial contributions. For 10 years before this, she ran her own business.

Carrie is married to Mark and has 3 wonderful children, ‘Breeze’ the dog, and ‘Jerry’ the cat who complete the Baker family.

Carrie says: “It is incredible to be a member of the FSnb team and I look forward to raising support and awareness for the charity across many communities.”

Emily

Specialist CSA Worker

Emily has recently joined the charity having previously worked with families and children in a range of different roles. Initially working in childcare, Emily became qualified to work in more specialist settings.

These include working for the mental health trust as a specialist nursery nurse, delivering specialist play for children receiving palliative care, and offering therapeutic support to bereaved children.

Emily has a particular interest in therapeutics art and play and uses this to help engage young people and children in sessions.

Emily lives in Norwich where she enjoys walking her dog, cooking, and reading.

Gemma

Specialist CSA Worker

Gemma comes from an educational background, having spent 15 years working in a number of roles in a secondary school; including teaching students with special education needs, as pastoral head, as a specialist assessor, and as a relationship and sex education co-ordinator. All of her roles have had a focus on removing barriers for young people so that everyone can access the same opportunities.

Gemma has a wealth of experience in working with young people and their families who are dealing with difficulties, offering extensive and long-term support.

Gemma lives in North Norfolk where she enjoys making the most of the beautiful coastline.

Hannah

Fundraising Officer

Hannah has been fundraising within children’s charities for over six years. Prior to specialising in income generation, she worked for eight years in children and young people’s services.

Jade

Specialist CSA Worker

Before Jade joined the charity in 2020, she was a social worker in a ‘child in need ’/child protection team.

Jade qualified with a master’s degree in social work in 2019, and an undergraduate degree in psychology in 2014.

Outside of work, Jade lives with her partner, Matt, and enjoys walks with her puppy, Oscar.

Jason

Specialist CSA Worker

Jason has been working in the health sector for the last 21 years, both in the NHS and private settings.

Before joining FSnb, Jason worked in secure hospitals with patients with learning and mental health difficulties. He assisted in running groups managed by the Psychology Department. He co-facilitated the Adapted Sex Offender Treatment Program (ASOTP) and individual relapse prevention groups/sessions, alongside educational and well-being groups, with a focus on mindfulness.

Kayleigh

Business Support Officer

Kayleigh joined the team in 2016 after volunteering for various charitable organisations for many years.

She loves cats and has a tabby. In her free time, she is learning to crochet.

 

Lucy

Specialist CSA Worker

Lucy has worked with the charity since 2016, having previously worked in education and for Children and Adolescents Mental Health Services.

Lucy studied psychology at Durham University and later completed a postgraduate diploma in psychoanalytic developmental psychology at UCL/The Anna Freud Centre.

Lucy enjoys working with children and families and tries to create a safe and welcoming environment for everyone. She has experience working with younger children and those with additional needs. She enjoys using a range of play and creative-based techniques to help children explore their feelings and express themselves.

Rachel

Specialist CSA Worker

Rachel originally qualified as a teacher at a local high school. During her time there she found she was able to build relationships and could encourage them to talk about their difficulties. This encouraged her to leave teaching for a role at the sexual assault referral centre as a crisis worker, alongside working for the Terrence Higgins Trust, where she found a passion for working alongside and supporting those affected by sexual abuse.

Rachel joined the charity in 2015, with a break in the middle to have her little girl before re-joining in early 2020.

Outside of work she enjoys being outdoors and going on regular adventures with her little girl.

Rachel says: “It has been a privilege to be able to re-join the charity.”

 

Sandra

Corporate and Community Fundraiser

Sandra worked in PR and Marketing with Ipswich Town Football Club before working in local radio where she fundraised for their charity. This led to many years of work in radio advertising sales and marketing, working with local and national brands in the area.

When Sandra joined FSnb, she brought a wealth of local knowledge of the marketplace and an address book that is second to none!

Sandra says: “I’m excited to be working for this fantastic charity.”

Sofia

Outreach Worker

Sofia studied criminology at the University of Kent and graduated in 2020. She spent most of her degree studying feminist criminology, looking at gender and race disparities within sexual assault and harassment. She then chose to carry out her own research based on disparities within consent and sexual assault for her dissertation.

Once Sofia graduated, she worked as a support worker for unaccompanied asylum seeker children, helping young people gain independence for a future in England.