Staff and trustees

Gill Gibbons, CEO

Gill Gibbons is the CEO with overall responsibility for management, income generation and strategic development at Pace. Gill has raised nearly £5 Million from statutory funding, private trust funds and the Lottery, and has 30 years’ experience of working in the third sector, both as a paid 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 BsC in Social Science from the London School of Economics and a post-graduate diploma in counselling. Gill is a board member of NWG Network.

Pauline Bainbridge, Head of National Parent Support Operations

Pauline Bainbridge oversees Pace’s helpline and befriending services for parents. She has a BA degree in Community Studies and the NOCN Level 3 Award in Managing Volunteers. She has worked across the voluntary sector in support roles with vulnerable and marginalised people (especially women) within both refuge settings and on an outreach basis. She has worked as a specialist drugs worker with women involved in prostitution and as a team leader for a housing project.

Mary Baillie, Volunteer Coordinator

Mary is responsible for recruitment, training and retention of volunteers nationally. Once trained, volunteers are matched as befrienders with parents who have children who are at risk of sexual exploitation or who are being exploited. Mary has over 20 years of experience working in the voluntary sector as a support worker, manager volunteer coordinator and as an advocate. She has worked for the past six years specifically to support women who have experienced sexual violence.

Lindsay Dalton, Head of Training and Partnerships

Maria Langham, Head of Research, Policy and Communications

Maria is the Head of Research, Policy and Communications at Pace. Maria is an ex journalist and front-page feature writer. She has worked in the charity sector since 2003, working in partnership and supporting a range of local, regional and national charities and partners to influence policy, shape services and create positive social change. She is passionate about ensuring the voice of those affected by the issues remains integral to this work. Maria also has a BA (Hons) in English and Media, a CIPR Professional Diploma in Public Relations and an Advanced Certificate in Website Design.

Cassandra White, Digital Marketing Manager

Cassandra oversees all of Pace’s digital communications. She has worked in the charity sector since 2010, following several years of working in museum education and teaching. She has managed community engagement, marketing, communications and fundraising for both national and international charities. She has a degree in English and an MA in Writing for Performance and Publication, both from the University of Leeds.

Leah Taylforth, Parent Liaison Team Manager

Pam Butcher, Office Manager

Pam Butcher is our Office Manager and has been with CROP/Pace since May 2007 providing administration support to the CEO, trustees and staff. She supports the whole team by administrating all the day to day tasks of keeping an office running smoothly, including IT, HR, accounting and lots more. She has many years of experience and holds a Business and Administration diploma. She is also currently a volunteer trustee for a mental health wellbeing charity in her home town, providing secretarial support to that small team.


Ann Lucas, Chair of Trustees

Ann has worked as a social worker since 1977. She became a Child Protection Co-ordinator in 1996 and was asked to write a child protection procedure to bring children abused through prostitution into the child protection system. She has since developed the multi-agency Sheffield SCB Sexual Exploitation Service, initially funded in 2001 through the Home Office under the Prostitution-What Works? intiative. Ann sits on the Management Group of the National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People. She has recently been seconded to the UK Human Trafficking Centre to work on the internal trafficking of British young people within the UK.

Mike Brown, Treasurer

Mike is a qualified social worker and experienced senior manager in children’s social care services. He has worked in a number of local authorities across the country and had particular responsibilities for services working with children in need, children at risk and children who are looked after in care.

Paul Burnside

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.

Rebecca Chaloner

Rebecca has a public sector career spanning three decades. She has held a number of senior national positions in the health sector, in a range of programmes including NHS Direct, the NHS Social Enterprise Unit and the establishment of NHS England. Rebecca was Director of Governance for the independent investigation into Jimmy Savile at Leeds hospitals and Director of Health at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. Rebecca’s current appointment is leading the independent inquiry team examining what can be learned from the case of jailed surgeon Ian Paterson.

Chantelle Forbes, Secretary

Chantelle is an experienced Legal PA and team leader within a national law firm, which has a specialist legal team dealing with child care and safeguarding.

Andrew Harley

Andrew originally trained as a Fleet Engineer. He has a background in operations and systems management in transport, logistics and automotive retail industries (Interlink plc, Pendragon plc, Harley-Davidson). He has over 30 years experience of managing large scale and complex operations to ISO Quality standards, as well as small high-performing teams delivering excellent customer service. He is highly experienced in providing innovative operational, marketing and system solutions congruent with strategic objectives. He applies advanced digital and event marketing strategies to voluntary community awareness projects.

Laura Remington

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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