About Us

Established in 2011, LimeCulture quickly evolved into the UK’s leading sexual violence training and consultancy 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
  • Dr John Hague
  • Ms Vicky Kloss


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 – Chair

Kim is the Chair and co-founder of LimeCulture. She 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 sport, Kim has been at the forefront of driving forward change across Governing Bodies responding to safeguarding concerns and has been the catalyst for developing the ambitious Lead Safeguarding Officer Development Programme for sports professionals. She has conducted many reviews into the conduct of safeguarding in sport both for individual NGBs and for Sports England.  

Stephanie Reardon – Chief Executive

Stephanie is our CEO and founder of LimeCulture. She 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 – Director of Training

Bernie is our Director of Training and is responsible for overseeing all of LimeCulture’s training initiatives. Bernie worked as a consultant trainer with LimeCulture prior to taking up the post of Director of Training in 2016.

Bernie has extensive experience in the sexual violence sector having been the Directorate Manager at St Mary’s SARC in Manchester where she was responsible in conjunction with the clinical lead, for the development of a SARC provision for children and young people. She has held several positions within the Home Office and NHS England advising and supporting the response to sexual violence. In 2008-2011 Bernie was appointed as a SARC expert on the DH National Support Team to advise on the national response to sexual violence. She is a member of the National Chief Police Officers Council (NPCC)  Rape Action Group and has worked at national and international level on the development of sexual violence services and training of frontline professionals. 

Bernie was awarded an 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.

Sam Whyte – Director of Sexual Violence Consultancy Services

As Director, Sam is responsible for LimeCulture’s sexual violence consultancy work and also leads our independent accreditation programme for the ISVA Quality Standards and the Male Survivors Partnership Quality Standards. Sam and her team work closely with support services, commissioners, universities and wider organisations to improve their response to sexual violence.

Prior to joining LimeCulture in 2021, Sam worked in the charity and public sectors, including as head of policy and advocacy at Unicef UK, leading on children’s human rights, child trafficking and migration; and as programme director and head of policy at the Children’s Rights Alliance for England. She also played a critical role in establishing London’s regional youth work unit. Sam has worked extensively across the UK and internationally with the UN, UK and developed governments , parliamentarians , children, survivors, academics, practitioners and influencers to advocate for and bring about change. 

Sam joined the civil service in 2017, where she most recently led the Ministry of Justice’s policy and commissioning response to victims and survivors of sexual violence and child sexual abuse. There, she held responsibility for a multi-million pound grants portfolio for specialist sexual violence support services.

Sam remains a committed human rights and child rights advocate. 

Saira Bashir – Director of Safeguarding Consultancy Services

Saira is LimeCulture’s Director of Safeguarding Consultancy Services with career-defining experience of strategically leading consultancy services, building successful stakeholder partnerships and directing impactful work in the safeguarding and protection field with a diverse range of sectors nationally and internationally.

As a subject-matter expert with a social work background and over 30 years’ experience, Saira has worked both as a senior trainer and senior consultant for the NSPCC with an extensive portfolio on leading projects that aim to transform the safeguarding structure and culture of organisations often because of high profile, heavily publicised, serious protection incidents. 

Saira has worked closely with the Home Office and the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) affiliated with the National Crime Agency NCA, leading high-level programmes to support law enforcement agencies working on serious organised crime where protection issues were evident. Saira has transformed approaches used by the prison, security, care and justice services around how they manage inclusivity in the workplace through the development of a cultural competence tool. 

Saira has been a director of two training and consultancy limited companies and a Keynote speaker at organisation-and-sector-wide national conferences on high profile issues, delivering complex and difficult messages. Saira has improved professional practice, through contributing to the development and written publication of a range of resources and frameworks. 

Phil Doorgachurn – Director of Organisational Strategy

Phil is our Director of Organisational Strategy at LimeCulture and has a long history of developing organisations strategically. 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 and the YMCA of Australia.

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 Trustee of Safe Sport International. 

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 Bernie Ryan, 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.

Gemma Kirby – Training Manager

Gemma is a Training and Development Manager within LimeCulture’s Training Division.  Gemma has a well-established background working within the children’s safeguarding arena, directly supporting children, young people and their families. Gemma has a BSC in Psychology and Criminology and since completing her studies has been passionate about improving support provisions access for marginalised communities.

Gemma has worked within the sexual violence sector for ten years, originally as an Independent Sexual Advisor (ISVA) working with children and young people and has a wealth of relevant and practical experience as an operational frontline professional working to support victims and survivors of sexual violence.  Gemma was instrumental in establishing the Child Advocacy service within Norfolk Constabulary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) ensuring that all child victims of sexual violence have access to appropriate provision to help navigate their journey through the Criminal Justice System. 

Maria Putz – Training Manager

Maria joined LimeCulture in January 2019 as one of our Training Managers. Prior to joining the LimeCulture Team she was a specialist safeguarding nurse for the largest children’s hospital in the UK. She has also worked as an ISVA and a Crisis Worker. 

Maria’s main role at present is planning, preparing and developing a high-quality training regime across all of LimeCulture’s training programmes. More recently she has presented internationallywith a focus on safeguarding in sport. Maria is committed to improving services for those affected by Sexual Violence and improving knowledge and skills in frontline workers. 

Harriet Smailes – Training Manager

Harriet joined LimeCulture in January 2021 and is s Training Manager. Prior to joining LimeCulture, Harriet led on delivering the sexual violence strategy at a UK University. This involved developing and delivering training, writing policies and procedures, leading events and campaigns and supporting students on a one-to-one basis. Harriet was also a trained Sexual Violence Liaison Officer (SVLO), and managed a small team os SLVOs.  Prior to this role, Harriet worked as an Executive Wellbeing Officer in a Students’ Union.

Alongside this experience in Higher Education, Harriet has worked and volunteered for a Rape Crisis Centre for a number of years – managing  a case load of clients and supporting in other areas towards the general running of the centre. Harriet is particularly committed to supporting Higher Education staff to better support students, and feel more confident and competent in administering relevant support and reporting procedures. 

Jan Fantom – Training Administrator 

Jan joined LimeCulture in August 2018 and is our Training co-ordinator. She is responsible for the coordination of all our training programmes and making sure that they all run smoothly! Jan was previously a legal secretary/PA for many years before joining LimeCulture. 

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 teams

Our Safeguarding Consultancy team, (led by Saira Bashir) and our Sexual Violence Consultancy Team (led by Sam Whyte) 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.

Annabel Timmins – Safeguarding in Sport Manager

Annabel joined LimeCulture in January 2020 and is the Safeguarding in Sport Manager. Annabel is responsible for supporting the development and delivery of our work within the sport sector, which includes the delivery of the Lead Safeguarding Officer Development Programme, case management projects with Sport England and the delivery of bespoke consultancy and training with a variety of organisations in the sport sector. 

Annabel has a background as a Consultant Social Worker, working in Child Protection, specialising in working with high risk pre-birth cases. Annabel then moved into safeguarding, working as a Local Authority Designated Officer, where she developed her interest in safeguarding in sport, working with local sport leads and the county sports partnership to support a shift in culture and practice towards safer sporting environments. 

Becky York – Senior Operations and Project Lead

Becky joined LimeCulture in August 2016 and is our Senior Operations and Project Lead.  Becky is responsible for the management and delivery of a range of projects and programmes across LimeCulture. Becky has worked extensively across local, regional and national health and social care improvement programmes for more that 15 years. With a passion for quantitative analysis, since joining LimeCulture she has developed a special interest in victim/survivor engagement. 

Rebecca Lunn – Project and Accreditation Manager

Rebecca joined LimeCulture in December 2019 and splits her time between project work and the Independent Accreditation Team, Prior to joining LimeCulture, Rebecca worked in the Violence Against Women and Girls Sector for 12 years progressing from a frontline worker to a senior manager with responsibility for overseeing large multifaceted support services. 

Charlotte Bond – Accreditation Manager

Charlotte joined LimeCulture in January 2019 as an Accreditation Manager. Charlotte is jointly responsible for managing services through the Accreditation Programme for both the Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims/Survivors and the Quality Standards for Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) services. In addition, Charlotte also supports the safeguarding in sport team with project work. Charlotte has a degree in Midwifery and prior to joining LimeCulture, spent 3 years working in Norfolk as an NHS midwife and 9 years as an ISVA. 

Holli Waterson – National ISVA co-ordinator

Hollo joined LimeCulture in April 2021 as the National ISVA co-ordinator; the Operation Hydrant funded project aims to engage and support sexual violence survivors from hard-to-reach groups. 

Prior to joining LimeCulture, Holli managed a large team of ISVAs within Cheshire and Merseyside for 6 years and has over 12 years experience championing victims’ rights within the criminal justice sphere on a local and national level. Holli is committed to improving practice and policy responses for survivors of sexual violence. 

LimeCulture also works with a number of consultants, where the work we do requires specific skill sets.

Our Organisational Support Team

Emma Cox – Business Manager

Emma joined LimeCulture in January 2017 and is our Business Manager.  Emma is responsible for the day to day financial running of LimeCulture as well as having responsibility for our HR.  Emma has has a background in clinical negligence and finance. 


Catherine Fox – Operations Administrator

Catherine joined LimeCulture in June 2021 as our Operations Administrator. Catherine is responsible for supporting the operational delivery of the company. Drawing on over 10 years experience in Operational Risk and Internal Control within the retail banking sector, combined with extensive experience in both School Governance and Local Council administration and compliance,  Catherine provides administrative support to the Board of Directors. She is also responsible for the external communication and management systems through maintenance of the website and contributing to LimeCultures social media presence.


Working for Us

We have an exciting opportunity to recruit an exceptional and dynamic professional to join our passionate, talented and committed team as our new Director of Consultancy Services.

Our Consultancy Services Division has a vibrant and varied portfolio of work and the Director of Consultancy Services is responsible for:

  • Overseeing the Consultancy Services Division as a whole
  • Developing a programme of consultancy work in line with LimeCulture’s Strategy
  • Seeking business development opportunities and increasing the income generated by the Consultancy Services Division
  • Overseeing, promoting and growing the Independent Accreditation Programme
  • Recruiting/line managing staff and consultants to deliver the Consultancy Services Division’s programme of work to the highest standard

About this role

To find out more about what this exciting role as a LimeCulture Director entails, please see the attached Director of Consultancy Services Job Description & Person Spec

This Director role is a full time (40 hours per week) post. You will be based at home with frequent national travel (subject to covid restrictions). The successful candidate will initially be given a 12 month fixed-term contract, which will then be made permanent on renewal.

The salary for this role is circa £60,000 per annual and you will be entitled to 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (which may be taken at any time).

If you would like to discuss this role with us, then please email info@limeculture.co.uk and we’ll arrange for you to have an informal discussion with us at a suitable time.

How to apply

If you believe you have the skills and competencies required to be our next Director of Consultancy Services, then we’d love to hear from you!

To apply for this role, please submit your CV and a covering letter that explains to us why you would be right for this role and how you meet the person specification.

CV and covering letters should be emailed to info@limeculture.co.uk with the subject heading ‘Application for Director of Consultancy Services’ by 6pm Friday 26th March 2021. First stage interviews will take place during the week commencing 12th April 2021.