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Lucy Hebberts

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Head of GINA

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feminist | activist | co-researcher | author | artist |  pianist | chocolate-enthusiast

 

hello! I head up all of GINA & manage the magic that happens at GINA HQ. I’m also in the role of Executive Assistant for our sister organisation, RSVP.

 

I’m a University of Birmingham Business Management graduate & a published academic author, with my research surrounding female sexualisation & objectification in marketing published internationally in SAGE’s Handbook of Marketing Ethics, in 2020.

I am also a Co-Researcher with The PROSPER Study at the University of Birmingham, which is a study of the role, funding and commissioning of specialist services provided by the voluntary sector in England.

I am passionate about my work at GINA because it embodies my message to individuals subjected to sexual violence & abuse...

“to all who are still silenced, shamed & disbelieved. I believe you. It’s a privilege to stand with you. your courage & strength never cease to amaze & inspire me. I am in awe of you. you have the right to thrive after being subjected to sexual violence & abuse. you have the right to object against your own mistreatment & that of others. the rest of the world may try & deny you this right & they will act offended and disgusted when you exercise it, but it is yours.

you have that right, don’t be afraid to live it.”

Training, certifications & qualifications:  BSc Business Management (University of Birmingham) 1st class hons | Training: trauma-informed approach, victim-blaming, data protection & GDPR, first aid, working with trauma in a time of trauma (Carolyn Spring), safeguarding for senior, designated & operational managers, understanding sexual violence & abuse (Umbrella). 

Areas of specialism: business & organisational management; female sexualisation & objectification; violence against women & girls

(particularly passionate about supporting women & girls subjected to sexism, oppression, misogyny, sexual harassment, violence & abuse).

Length of time in the sector: over 5 years

If I could travel anywhere in the world tomorrow, I would travel to: Scotland or Amsterdam

At the moment, I am reading: Women Don't Owe You Pretty by Florence Given & Fix The System, Not The Women by Laura Bates

On a Sunday afternoon, I am most likely to be found: driving around in my little classic car, walking in the countryside or binge-watching my favourite Netflix series!

meet our team

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Mónica Tolosa

GINA Support Lead

feminist | activist | yoga lover

 

Hola, I first joined GINA as an intern, continued my involvement as a Campaign Ambassador Volunteer and now I am pleased to support Lucy as Support Lead!

I hold a Master of Science in Crisis and Security Management from the University of Leiden, as well as an International Relations Bachelor from the University of Birmingham. During my studies, I mostly focused on the role of gender in politics and security, with a focus on sexual exploitation and trafficking.

I am proud to be a part of GINA, as I think it is a privilege to work with and for all the magical individuals involved at all stages!

Training, certifications & qualifications:  MSc Crisis and Security Management (University of Leiden) | Leadership Honours Programme (University of Leiden) | First Class BA Hons International Relations (University of Birmingham) | Training: Child Sexual Abuse and Child Sexual Exploitation, Sexual Violence and the Law, Becoming Trauma Responsive (RSVP).

If I could travel anywhere in the world tomorrow, I would travel to: Argentina or Madrid

At the moment, I am reading: A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf and The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk

On a Sunday afternoon, I am most likely to be found: ‘helping’ my dad make lunch for my family or upside down practicing new yoga poses!

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Victoria Gothard

GINA Support Lead

Hi! I am one of the Support Leads, working closely with Mónica to support Lucy in ensuring the growth and smooth running of everything at GINA HQ. Having previously worked as a volunteer and then as a Business Assistant at GINA I strongly believe that GINA has a unique offering to ensure that individuals subjected to sexual assault feel heard and less alone in this experience. 

I am also a final year student of Politics and Spanish at the University of Edinburgh. Prior to taking on this role I have worked in different capacities at various charities and think tanks that all had a focus on young people, women and education.

Training, Certificates and Qualifications: An Introduction to Trauma informed practice (2021), Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence and Abuse (2021)  

Length of time in the sector: 4 years 

If I could travel anywhere in the world where would it be: Brazil and the Philippines 

At the moment I am reading: Small Worlds by Caleb Azumah Nelson  

On a Sunday afternoon I am most likely to be found: Spending time with loved ones or curled up in bed with a good book 

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the counsellors

Emma

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hello, i am a masters trained Integrative Arts Psychotherapist working with both adults and children. i have worked with survivors of sexual violence and abuse (and their supporters) since 2011. i am trained in nine therapeutic art forms including sand play, clay storytelling, puppetry, paints, drama, music, use of imagination, dance and bodywork. whilst you may find it useful to use the Arts, you may instead decide not to! as will all of my approaches, this will be your choice and decision to make at your own pace. 

i offer a non-judgemental, safe space for self-discovery and self-acceptance. i offer a place for empathetic exploration of feelings or past events that may be too scary or confusing to face alone. as well as talking therapy, i encourage the use of the Arts in sessions, which can be useful when words are too much or not enough.

i am an artist and dancer with three children. i also have an ongoing passion for neuroscience and i sometimes share elements of this to support a client’s journey; for example, how the brain reacts to trauma or evidence of how it can start to heal itself when using the Arts therapeutically.

Training (including training sessions attended), certifications & qualifications: MA Integrative Arts Psychotherapy | Diploma in Application of the Arts in Therapy | BA Art and Photography | Counselling certificate. Level 3 | Certificate CATT (children’s accelerated trauma treatment) | Parent and Infant Art Psychotherapy | Trauma informed practice 

Length of time offering counselling/therapeutic services: Qualified 2016, offering therapeutic services since 2011 | University Counsellor | Community Arts | Experience in NHS and Private Psychiatric Hospital| 10 yrs RSVP (adult survivors and CYP counsellor and group facilitator Supporters groups) | 3 yrs Gina

If I could travel anywhere in the world tomorrow, I would travel to: Edinburgh

On a Sunday afternoon, I am most likely to be found: with family.

the volunteers

Emma

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hello! my name’s Non & I joined GINA as a volunteer because I love GINA’s positive outlook and empowering message to individuals.

 

I’ll be helping to develop products and services to hopefully help & support some incredible people as they continue to flourish in life!

 

I’m currently in my second year at the University of Birmingham and I enjoy spending time with friends and family, as well as listening to music. I absolutely love watching Formula One, especially when McLaren are doing well. Attending a race in Monaco one day is definitely the dream!

our directors:

Lisa Thompson | founder & director
 
Anjella Darcy | director

Lisa Sharratt  | director

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