“I believe that supporting survivors of rape and sexual abuse is a social imperative and from my own experience as a survivor I could see there was the need for greater provision of specialist counselling.” In order to pursue this ideal I became a Trustee of the Birchall Trust in 2009. During the following years I have been able to help the Birchall Trust to grow and provide support to more survivors and to extend our reach beyond south Cumbria into north Lancashire. I will continue to use my knowledge and experience to support the development of our service to the best of my ability. I have lived in Cumbria since 2005 and work in audio/visual arts. Prior to this I worked in senior managerial roles for a large multinational company. I have a wealth of experience managing organisations and working with people from all walks of life.