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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

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.

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.

Kathryn – Outreach Manager

Suzanne – Core Services Manager

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

Our trustees

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.

Barbara Carter

Barbara was until recently Vice Principal at an all-girls academy in Wirral. Her career as a teacher and school leader was predominantly in all girls’ settings.  Barbara is a champion of education for girls being a way to open doors and to remove barriers for them. Barbara’s safeguarding experience in schools means she is aware of the impact of sexual violence and the very real need for speedy, ongoing support for survivors.

Barbara believes in the work that CSASS carries out and the services it provides to survivors.  She uses her experience and skills to support this charity, which is doing a fantastic job in Chester and beyond.

Barbara lives in Parkgate, Wirral, just further down the Dee from Chester, is married and has two adult daughters.

Ann Dytor-Walsh – Treasurer

My 1st job was as a Trainee Receptionist at The Blossoms Hotel in the centre of Chester in 1973. I loved living and working in the city. Chester is my favourite city and I love walking round the city walls on a summer evening.


I married my 2nd husband in 2000, and now have 1 son, 3 stepdaughters and 7 grandchildren. I love spending time with my grandchildren and love family get togethers especially summer BBQ’s.


Most of my working life has been spent working for and with Homeless Charities. I worked as Financial Controller at The YMCA in Crewe for 21 years.  I’ve served as a Trustee on various local charities, including 10 years at the Chester Women’s Hostel Association. I am looking forward to using my knowledge and experience to support CSASS and being part of the team of this much needed service.


My daughter-in-law, Rhiannon, is currently Office Manager at CSASS, so we take particular care to manage any conflicts of interest carefully.

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.

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.