Our leadership team
Lindsay Dalton, CEO
Lindsay created the UK’s first Advanced CSE course, has set up multi-agency partnerships across the country and supported families to achieve convictions in high profile CSE court cases. She brings decades of knowledge and frontline experience and is fluent in the most up-to-date issues, practice and legislation within child exploitation.
Gill Gibbons, Funding Manager
Gill has raised over £7 Million from statutory funding, private trust funds and the Lottery, and has 30 years’ experience of working in the third sector, both as a project worker, a manager, and a trustee board member for a number of local and national charities.
She has extensive experience of working with people living at the margins of society, including those with mental health issues and with refugees and asylum seekers. Gill has a B.Sc. in Social Science from the London School of Economics and a post-graduate diploma in counselling.
Leah Entwistle, Head of Parent Services and Partnerships
Leah manages our team of Parent Liaison Officers, who are situated across England in multi-agency hubs. In addition to line management and caseload support, Leah also feeds into the strategic direction of Pace’s partnership work and is involved in the development and delivery of our training. Prior to Pace, Leah worked in social care for 10 years. She started with Pace as a Parent Liaison Officer, supporting children and families affected by CSE to achieve prosecutions. She has a BA Hons in Positive Practice with Children and Young People.
Louisa McCallion, Head of Communications and Marketing
Louisa manages the Marketing and Communications for Pace. She has worked in the charity sector for 15 years, as a volunteer, manager and communications professional with experience in children’s mental health, child sexual exploitation and conservation. A passionate champion of Pace in her spare time, she has personally fundraised over £25,000. She has an MA (hons) degree in Sociology from the University of Edinburgh and is currently completing a Diploma in Public Relations.
Dr Jane Martin, Chair of Trustees
Jane is a retired NHS psychiatrist, who is also a former teacher and lecturer. She has been working with Pace since 2007, has been Chair of Trustees since 2021. During her professional career she specialised in delivering mental health care and treatment for women with complex needs, including those whose mental health conditions have brought them into contact with the criminal justice system. She learned that many women who have been subjected to criminal and sexual exploitation in childhood and adolescence are permanently traumatised by their experiences. Jane believes passionately in the value of listening to families whose children have been exploited, and in working alongside them to safeguard their children, to bring perpetrators to justice, and to change public and professionals’ attitudes towards children, young people and their families who have endured such devastating experiences.
Dr Aravinda Kosaraju
Aravinda is a socio-legal scholar and Lecturer in Child Protection for the University of Kent . Prior to joining the Centre, she worked as a postdoctoral research fellow on a project titled “Crimes of child sexual exploitation in England – A socio-legal project promoting effective approaches to investigation and prosecution”. Aravinda’s research focusses on violence against women and children; criminal justice responses to sexual offending; and safeguarding children policy and practice. Her research particularly focuses on safeguarding children from sexual exploitation and other sexual offences including grooming, trafficking and child pornography.
Mike Brown, Treasurer
Mike’s professional background is as a practitioner and manager in the Children’s Social Care sector with particular emphasis on frontline safeguarding services. Mike has experience drawn from working across ten local authorities and in partnership with the key agencies over four decades. Mike is committed to good relational practice which values listening to and learning from children, parents and carers. Mike has always worked to provide good support, supervision and training for staff to improve services and outcomes.
“It is a privilege to be involved as a Trustee for PACE working to tackle the exploitation of children.”
Paul has previously worked as a Detective Inspector with the Public Protection Units, Quality, Development and Compliance departments at Lancashire Police. He has also inspected on behalf of the HMIC around their Child Protection inspection programme. Prior to his retirement from Lancashire Police Paul held the thematic leads for Child Protection, Missing Persons, Child Sexual Exploitation, Vulnerable Adults, Domestic abuse, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Rape and FGM. Whilst in this role Paul developed strategies and put together action plans and standard operating procedures to tackle Child Sexual Exploitation and Domestic Abuse. Paul is currently the Practice Improvement Advisor (Policing) for the Centre of Expertise – CSA.
Sandra has a wealth of experience working with the most vulnerable and marginalised members of society, including children involved in the child protection process and victims of child tracking and county lines.
She has over 20 years of extensive experience working across London within the Social Housing Sector. Her roles included, rehousing care leavers, families (victims) of gun crimes, county lines, child sexual exploitation, and the development of specialist housing. Her years of involvement working with families in child protection and child sexual abuse developed a passion in her about Child Sexual Abuse which generated the desire to do something to support families affected by it.
After ten years working as a marketing manager in food and non-food industries, Laura returned to University to complete her post-graduate teaching qualification. She taught in primary schools for 20 years and served as headteacher for the last twelve years of her working life. Her involvement in child-protection and child sexual abuse cases developed her strong feelings about Child Sexual Abuse and the desire to do something to support families affected by it. Since 2015 she has been a volunteer Befriender for PACE.
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