Meet the Staff


Lisa Lenton

Chief Executive

It’s my privilege to lead the great work that we do at S.H.E UK. I am responsible for ensuring that S.H.E UK delivers our mission and vision and ultimately that the organisation is in the best position to deliver our specialist services, is sustainable and impactful. Outside of work, I love spending time with my friends and family, listening to music (getting to the odd concert when I can) and exploring – I love to travel.


Rachael Cumberland

Operations Manager

I am the Lead Therapist at S.H.E UK and I am responsible for managing our team of therapists and managing our trainee placement programme. I am also a course facilitator and lead the running of our weekly peer group. In addition to this, I work closely with our CEO, Lisa, to develop our services and support funding applications to keep our charity going. Outside of work, my favourite thing is spending time with friends and family. I also love doing all kinds of crafts, such as crochet and scrap booking, and a reading a good book.


Paula Palmer

Operations Therapist

I am a qualified therapist and my role at S.H.E UK is varied – I lead our telephone support service, support people attending our peer group each week and volunteer to support S.H.E UK projects – for example, supporting non-abusing family members. Outside of work, I’m a “foodie” and love cooking; I enjoy travelling and particularly love all things Spanish. I also enjoy going to the cinema and theatre, and I’m a regular church goer and busy grandma!


Linda Burt

Support Worker

My role is to support our weekly SHE-roes peer group. I help by facilitating creative activities and I am a keyworker, supporting our clients with their short-term goals. Outside of work, my family are everything and I enjoy spending time with my friends.


Tina Sharpe

Outreach Therapist

I am a qualified therapist and I provide 1:1 therapy to our clients who live in the Bassetlaw area. I also work in our SHE-roes lounge group each week and focus on empowering our clients reaching the end of their time accessing our services, to link to local activities and community services. Outside of work, I love watching films and true crime documentaries. I am an avid heavy metal fan and love live shows and gigs when I can get to them. Time with friends and family is always a bonus too so I do that as often as I can. 


Jill Alexander

Counsellor and Therapeutic Facilitator

My role in S.H.E UK is as a volunteer qualified therapist (and Trustee), working with clients in one-to-one therapy sessions as well as creating and running lifelong learning courses as a part of our weekly peer group. My interests are my family and friends, music and films, and I enjoy spending time in the countryside. I’m all for lots of fun and laughter.


Jane Bellamy

Office Administrator

I am responsible for ensuring all our paperwork is organised and I support the team with any queries - essentially my role is to ensure that the office side of things run smoothly. Outside of work, I love sport, almost all sport, watching and participating. I enjoy the cinema and like to read. But my favourite thing is to travel and see new places.

Meet the Trustees


Maria Peggs


I joined the Board in June 2022 and was delighted to move into the role of Chair in December 2022. Over the last 10 years, I have been a Business Coach, non-exec board advisor and Mentor to business leaders in areas such as strategic planning, sales and marketing and people development. I love applying my skills and experience to support S.H.E UK. In my spare time, I enjoy attending live music events, ceroc dancing, Pilates and occasionally I get my golf clubs out and quickly put them away again!


Kate Drake


I am qualified chartered accountant and wanted to support the incredible work that S.H.E UK does so I joined the Board in 2015 to utilise my financial expertise in the role of Treasurer. In my spare time, I love to travel and have been lucky enough to visit a lot of interesting countries and places. I also love cooking, reading, and tea.


Jacqui Lewis

Founder Member

I am a Trustee and the Founder of S.H.E. I see myself as a catalyst bringing different people together to create change. I will always be the Founder and aim to stick around to offer whatever help and support I can. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, writing, arts and crafts and spending time with my grandchildren.


Jenny Lewis


I am a Trustee and joined S.H.E to give whatever I could to help the charity develop and progress. It is so important to give survivors the time to heal from the devastating affects of abuse, so they can get the life they deserve and keep reaching and blossoming – and I want to do all I can at a governance level to support S.H.E UK’s vision. In my spare time, I enjoy singing, writing short stories, catching the latest films, yoga & chocolate testing.


Jill Alexander


I am a Trustee and I also volunteer my time to support front line services. This link to the work S.H.E UK does gives me the opportunity to advocate for the people who use our services and bring a different view to the Board. My interests are my family and friends, music and films, and I enjoy spending time in the countryside.


Debbie Porter


I joined the Board in February 2023. I have spent over 25 years in the internet industry, so wanted to support the charity with all things communications by drawing upon my experience in my corporate life, but also as a small business owner for the last 16 years. When not at work, I spend almost all of my spare time in the garden, looking after a large allotment. I also enjoy cooking the food I produce, as well as reading, films and spending time with my family.

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