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.
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, a Level 5 qualification in Leadership and Management, 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 an honours degree in English and an MA in Writing for Performance and Publication, both from the University of Leeds.
Leah Taylforth, National Parent Liaison Team Manager
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.
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 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 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.
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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