Established in 2011, LimeCulture quickly evolved into the UK’s leading sexual violence training and development organisation. Through our breadth of professional knowledge and experience of working across the sexual violence sector, we are able to support our customers to deliver excellent services to victims of rape and sexual assault.
Much of our work is focused on training and developing ‘the specialists’, (such as Crisis Workers, counsellors, Independent Sexual Violence Advisers, Young People’s Advocates, Forensic Practitioners, Police Officers), and those who have a professional role to respond when a man, woman or child has been raped or sexually assaulted.
However, our unique insight into the full range of organisations with a responsibility for victim care also allows us to have an oversight of the individual role of each and how they should work in partnership with other agencies to respond appropriately to a victim of sexual violence. We are keen to support policy makers to better understand what victims need following a sexual assault and what the professionals need to help them do their jobs effectively. Therefore, LimeCulture frequently work with a range of government departments to support new initiatives around sexual violence and to help them shape policies in this important area. We have also worked with a range of statutory agencies responsible for commissioning, funding and monitoring services, such as the NHS, Police and Crime Commissioners and Local Authorities to assist them with their roles.
We also work with sports regulatory bodies and individual sporting clubs to support them to execute their responsibilities relating to their duty to ensure the safeguarding and wellbeing of all children, young people and vulnerable adults within their care. This could be in the capacity of employee, volunteer, visitor or service user.
We work internationally, and have showcased our work to professionals in this field from across the globe.
Our Independent Advisory Board
LimeCulture CIC has an Independent Advisory Board, chaired by Sir Keir Starmer QC MP.
The purpose of the Independent Advisory Board is to provide the strategic direction for the development of LimeCulture and maintain oversight of the delivery of LimeCulture services. The Independent Advisory Board does this through giving independent high-level guidance and advice, and acting as a thoughtful sounding board to the Directors of LimeCulture CIC.
The LimeCulture CIC Advisory Board members have each been selected for their personal expertise, knowledge and skills. The current members of the LimeCulture CIC Independent Advisory Board are:
- Sir Keir Starmer QC MP
- Professor Susan Lea
- Mr James Seward
- Mr Giles Smyth
- Ms Katy Woodger
Our Chief Executives
Kim Doyle and Stephanie Reardon established LimeCulture in 2011.
Kim and Stephanie had worked together since 2009 as part of the Department of Health’s National Support Team for Response to Sexual Violence (NST). The aim of this elite team was to provide bespoke support to local areas to help them to improve their response to victims of sexual violence, focussing on the development and improvement of the network of Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC) across England. A significant part of this work involved supporting local partnerships to work together more effectively. In two years, the team visited and supported all thirty-eight police force areas across England and worked with local police and CPS, NHS organisations, specialist sexual violence voluntary and community organisations and local authorities.
By the end of the NST’s programme of work, Kim and Stephanie felt they had been given a unique insight into the local responses provided to victims of sexual violence across the country. They were keen to bring together skills and expertise in order to continue to support frontline professionals and raise the standards of support services for victims. So in 2011, they established LimeCulture Community Interest Company as a means of providing support to professionals.
Our Senior Management Team
Kim Doyle – Joint Chief Executive
Kim qualified as a barrister and joined the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in the UK in April 1986. Throughout her 24-year career in the CPS she worked tirelessly to improve the standard of rape and child abuse investigations and prosecutions. Kim was responsible for the creation of specialist Rape Prosecution teams in CPS (RASSOs), was one of the authors of ‘Without Consent’; a thematic review of the investigation and prosecution of rape published in 2007 and was instrumental in the development of a specialist children service at St Mary’s SARC.
Kim has also specialised in safeguarding particularly in sport. She has worked in multi‐agency settings both nationally and internationally facilitating the development of joint working protocols and arrangements in child protection, with a specific focus on child sexual harm. In 2008 Kim was appointed as a ‘Children and Young Person’s Expert’ as part of a small team of experts commissioned by the Department of Health in the UK to advise upon the response to sexual violence by key agencies. During this time, Kim reviewed the paediatric and partnership response to children and young people affected by sexual violence.
In sport, Kim has been at the forefront of developing effective safeguarding case management across all sports. She is a member of the National Safeguarding Panel in sport and has been actively involved in enabling a number of sports and sports clubs to improve their response to safeguarding.
Stephanie Reardon – Joint Chief Executive
Stephanie is responsible for overseeing the full range of work and services delivered by LimeCulture Community Interest Company.
Before establishing LimeCulture in 2011, Stephanie held various challenging posts in central government. Between 2009 and 2011, she was the Delivery Manager for the Department of Health’s National Support Team for Response to Sexual Violence, where she supported all 39 Police Force Areas and their partners as part of a national programme to increase the network of Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) across England and improve the provision of specialist services for victims of sexual violence.
Stephanie was also the National Delivery Manager for the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Programme at the Department of Health (2007-2009), where she co-ordinated the delivery of new psychological therapies services across the NHS as part of £173million national programme. Between 2004-2007, Stephanie was the National Programme Manager for the Department of Health and Home Office’s Violence and Abuse Prevention Programme ‐a complex policy and research programme focusing on the effects of domestic and sexual violence and abuse. Stephanie was seconded to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre between 2007-8.
Bernie Ryan – Training & Development Director
Bernie is our Training and Development Director leading on the development and delivery of all our training programmes to frontline professionals including Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVAs); Crisis Workers, Sexual Violence Liaison Officers (SVLOs) and a number of bespoke training course for SARCs, Universities, Counselling providers and other sexual violence organisations.
Prior to joining LimeCulture Bernie was the SARC Manager at the Manchester SARC and was the chair of the National SARC Steering Group, a member of the cross government Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) working group and National Chief Police Officers Council (NPCC) Rape Action Group. She has worked at national and international level on the development of sexual violence services and training of frontline professionals.
Bernie was awarded on OBE in the 2016 Queen’s New Year Honours for services to victims of sexual violence. She has an MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy and postgraduate qualification in Supervision.
Jo Seward – Operations Director
Jo is our Operations Director, and leads our work supporting universities to develop their strategic response to sexual misconduct and their policies and processes. She is also head of the Independent Accreditation Team who work to independently accredit services against both the Male Survivors Partnership quality standards, and the ISVA standards.
Before joining LimeCulture, Jo was a senior NHS manager, responsible for NHS specialised mental health services and she also gained experience delivering primary care. In addition to her work within the NHS Jo has also held a number of policy roles in central government, spending time working in the Department of Health, the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office.
Phil Doorgachurn – Director of Safeguarding in Sports
Phil is our Director of Safeguarding in Sport at LimeCulture and has a long history in safeguarding and sport. As an undergraduate, Phil published his research ‘Narratives of Abuse in Sport’, for this cutting-edge research, Phil was awarded the British Olympic Foundation Award. Phil has a statutory background within the police managing youth diversion schemes for children affected by gangs and also holds an education qualification where he taught disadvantaged young people for a number of years.
Phil worked within the training and consultancy unit at the NSPCC for several years supporting individuals and organisations to transform their safeguarding provision, processes and case management. More recently, Phil has been the strategic lead for safeguarding at Arsenal FC, British Tennis and Premier League Charitable Fund.
Phil also has extensive international experience delivering training and consultancy across the globe including delivering key note speeches at sports conferences. Phil supported the Australian Sports Commission and US Olympic Committee in developing their athlete welfare and child safeguarding processes and structures. Phil is also a member of the UK National Safeguarding Panel in Sport.
LimeCulture Core Team
The LimeCulture core team are key to the success of the organisation, and the delivery of excellent services to our customers. As a business, we take our obligations and commitment to our employees seriously and value each and every member of our team. The core team at LimeCulture is supported by a range of associates working as trainers or consultants who help us to deliver our organisational objectives.
Our training team
Led by Kim Doyle, all of our trainers are passionate about improving the response to sexual violence and working with front line professionals and those managing them to give them the tools and expertise they need to undertake very demanding roles. They work hard to ensure that all our courses are up-to-date and fit for purpose to meet the continuing needs of professionals working with victims of sexual violence.
LimeCulture also works with a number of excellent trainers as associates. They are all selected for their in depth knowledge and expertise in relation to sexual violence, victim care, and safeguarding.
Our Consultancy and Programmes team
Our Consultancy and Programmes team, led by Stephanie Reardon are selected for their skills across programme and projects and consultancy work. The team understand the needs of our customers, and consistently deliver excellent quality projects, reports, guidance and standards documents.
LimeCulture also works with a number of consultants, where the work we do requires specific skill sets.