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.
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.
Kim’s Professional Background
Kim qualified as a barrister and joined the Crown Prosecution Service in the UK in April 1986. Since 1995 Kim has worked closely with the police, health, lawyers and other third sector agencies at the St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre to improve the standard of rape and child abuse investigations and prosecutions across the Greater Manchester Area and beyond. She was instrumental in the development of the children’s service at St Mary’s following research work in the USA.
Kim became involved in training and development in 1996 and regularly provides training to lawyers, forensic physicians, medics, social workers, police officers and forensic services in child and adult protection both nationally and internationally. Kim also works in Multi‐Agency settings facilitating the development of joint working protocols and arrangements in child protection, with a specific focus on child sexual harm.
Kim was one of the authors of ‘Without Consent’; a thematic review of the investigation and prosecution of rape published in 2007. 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, both acutely and historically. This included a review of commissioning structures, joint working arrangements, risk management procedures, forensic and after-care pathways.
In May 2011, Kim was invited to Australia and New Zealand to undertake work with the Police and Education Authorities to review and develop their child protection response, information sharing protocols and partnership arrangements. She was invited back in December 2011 to work with the police in Perth and Melbourne and academics to review the criminal justice response to child and adult victims of sexual violence.
Kim also works across the Sporting Sector and is a member of the national safeguarding panel in sport.
Kim is one of the lead trainers for LimeCulture training and development initiatives. She frequently provides in-house and bespoke training to frontline professionals and their organisations, as well as teaching on our professional courses. Through her professional knowledge and expertise, Kim is able to support commissioners and service providers alike in ensuring delivery of high-quality services to meet the needs of victims of sexual violence.
Stephanie’s Professional Background
Through Stephanie’s background in the civil service and the various posts she held in central government, Stephanie has specialist knowledge around sexual violence policy development, and service delivery and implementation. Stephanie is currently a member of the Home Office’s Independent Advisory Group on Ending Gang and Youth Violence and was selected as a Peer Reviewer to ensure that the response to gang related sexual violence is incorporated into local area gang and youth violence strategies. She currently sits on the Home Office’s National Young Women and Gangs Working Group and a range of other government Steering Groups in this area.
Until March 2011, Stephanie was the Delivery Manager for the Department of Health’s National Support Team for Response to Sexual Violence where she supported all Police Force Areas and their partner Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) across England as part of the NST work stream to improve the provision of Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) services. This gives Stephanie a unique perspective to her work and makes her ideally qualified to support the commissioning of sexual assault services. As part of that role, Stephanie commissioned, edited and published the Revised National Service Guide: A resource for developing Sexual Assault Referral Centres on behalf of the Department of Health and Home Office (2009) and Response to Sexual Violence Needs Assessment Toolkit (2011) on behalf of the Department of Health (DH) and Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).
Earlier roles include a number of challenging posts in the DH; as National Delivery Manager for the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Programme (2007-2009), where she co-ordinated the delivery of new psychological therapies services across the NHS as part of £173million national programme. From 2005-2007, Stephanie was the National Programme Manager for the DH Violence and Abuse Prevention Programme ‐ a complex policy and research programme focusing on the effects of domestic and sexual violence and abuse. As part of this role, she was responsible for drafting and contributing to a range of government policy documents and guidance (including, National Service Guide for Developing Sexual Assault Referral Centres (2005), The Health and Mental Health Effects of Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse (2006), Cross Government Action Plan on Sexual Violence and Abuse (2006), UK Action Plan on Tackling Human Trafficking (2007). Stephanie was also seconded to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre during 2007/8. Stephanie has a legal background and is also a qualified project manager holding the Prince 2 Practitioner-level qualification.
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 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.
Work for Us
We are currently not recruiting. Any future vacancies we may have within the LimeCulture team will be advertised here.