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Meet the team

Chester Sexual Abuse Support Service is a voluntary organisation. We were founded by a group of exceptional women, and we remain a women-led organisation.

As a member organisation of Rape Crisis England and Wales, we recognise that sexual violence is a crime of violence and an abuse of power, and that it is the cause and consequence of gender inequality. We continually strive to make our services as inclusive and as accessible as possible, and remain committed to feminist principles.

Our staff

Suzanne – Core Services Manager

Suzanne is a qualified therapeutic counsellor with a background in psychology and education.

Kaety – Outreach Manager

Kaety is a qualified art psychotherapist. She delivers sexual violence awareness and support in the community. Her background is in the arts, and health and social care.

Alison Breadon – Centre Manager

Alison joined CSASS in 2016, and has a background in charity management and fundraising within mental health, disability and the arts.

Rhiannon – Office Manager

Rhiannon manages the office, keeps things ticking over day to day, and will often be the first person you speak to at CSASS.

Our trustees

Di Dunkerley – Chair

Di joined CSASS in 2011 as a Trustee, motivated by the need for greater gender equality and support for survivors. Di originally trained as a social worker and moved into a senior manager position. She worked for the council for 30 years, alongside the voluntary sector.

Di is now retired and combines caring for her grandchildren with gardening and seeing her friends.

Audrey Williamson – Trustee

Audrey is an experienced social worker and senior manager in social care services. She has worked with vulnerable children and adults for thirty years.

Because of this experience, Audrey is very aware of the impact sexual abuse has on both children and adults. She has sat on children and adult safeguarding boards – these boards are tasked with ensuring all agencies work together to protect those at risk of abuse.

Audrey has lived in Chester for 30 years and counting!

Chris Mann – Secretary

Chris was principal of a 3-19 years state academy for girls until recently.  She has over 30 years of experience in education, as both a teacher and leader. She is aware of the impact sexual abuse has on the lives of survivors and those around them.

Chris is eager to use her knowledge and experience to raise awareness and challenge misconceptions of sexual violence, combat its impact on survivors, and offer them help and support.

Chris has lived in Chester for over 30 years, and is married with three grown up children.

Teresa Brady

With years of experience and training in counselling, Teresa uses her personal experience as a counsellor to support CSASS to deliver its mission –  Supporting anyone affected by sexual violence and providing awareness around it.  She works as a team member but is also available to staff and volunteers for advice. Teresa has  a BSc in Psychology from the University of Liverpool, and a Diploma in Counselling from the University of Chester.

Cathy Powell

I live in Little Sutton and I am married with two children.  One lives in Chester, and the other in Australia with my three grandchildren, who I need to visit regularly for cuddles.

I am retired from the NHS where I worked as a nurse, midwife and Directorate Manager in Women and Children’s services. I am passionate about the wellbeing of women and children.  My work with the Home Office doing research into domestic violence led to a post being created within the hospital specifically to help women and their families.

Currently, I work in primary schools on a part time basis teaching a programme to raise children’s self-esteem.

I am committed to the services provided by CSASS and hope to use my experience to help raise awareness of the issues facing survivors and their families.