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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.

Kathryn – Outreach Manager

Alison Breadon – Centre Manager

Alison joined CSASS in 2016, and has a background in charity management and fundraising.  Alison has worked 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

Chris Mann – Chair

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.

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.

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.

Liz Temple-Murray

I trained and qualified as an accountant in the NHS.  For most of my working life, I worked as an external auditor, improving organisations governance, performance and financial stability.  Currently a director of a field management company, I have also held volunteer roles for local organisations including a charity for women asylum seekers.

I’ve brought up three children, mainly as a single mum, and lived in Chester for the last 17 years.  When I’m not volunteering or travelling, I’m usually out walking or cycling, relaxing with family and friends, or reading.

My life has not been without challenges.  I have developed skills, strength and resilience that I want to use to help others thrive. I am so pleased to have joined CSASS and enjoy working with the team to carry on the incredible work that we do to raise awareness, challenge attitudes and support survivors of sexual abuse.

Rachel Forster

Rachel has volunteered at CSASS for three years.  She is currently studying to be a Hypno-Psychotherapist while working as a special needs teaching assistant.  Rachel is passionate about challenging rape culture and wants to help CSASS thrive as an organisation, while learning all there is to know about the workings of a small charity. Rachel also has an understanding of the operational aspects of CSASS having completed her work based learning placement with CSASS.  She moved to Chester 4 years ago for University and fell in love with the city.  Rachel now lives happily with her dog and partner in Handbridge.

Jenny Rasmussen – Treasurer

Jenny moved to Chester 12 years ago, after spending 30 years in Norway, where she still has 3 children and 2 grandchildren.

She is lucky that her jobs take her often to Scandinavia which means she can pop in and see the grandchildren for cuddles.

She has over 35 years experience in Finance and would like to use her knowledge and experience in helping CSASS grow and develop.

Natasha Deaffern

Natasha joined CSASS in early 2019 and has a background in Corporate Management, Digital Communications and Marketing. Natasha has worked within senior teams in the Telecoms, Software and Finance industries delivering projects for both the private and the public sector.