Founder & CEO
Laura set up Mums In Need in 2014 and continues to confront coercive control today. She is deeply passionate about helping others who are in a situation that she is only too familiar with. She wants to support women who otherwise may have nowhere else to go.
Along with the daily running of the charity Laura has a hand in all that the charity does, from recruiting new members to attending networking events. Laura ensures the efficient running of the day-to-day operations of the charity. Her goal is to help as many women as possible across the country. She wants to help them feel empowered in confronting coercive control rather than being victims.
To find out more about Laura, see Our Founder's Story.
Zara joined Mums In Need in August 2021 as a Caseworker.
Her career began by attending University studying Law & Psychology. Her aim was to become a Criminal Lawyer, but after 2 years, it became apparent that a legal career would sometimes require representing those in the wrong. This was something that Zara realised she didn't want to do, and she made a difficult decision to leave her course to start something new.
Zara has since enjoyed 10 years with her previous employer managing administrative and recruitment functions for the delivery of Apprenticeships nationally. In 2019, she left to start her own business, and it's success has allowed her the spare time to give back in a new role.
"After hearing about Mums In Need through a friend, it sounded like the perfect opportunity to actively make a difference in the lives of women who are going through extremely difficult and traumatic experiences. This role has highlighted the need for women, and children, to be better supported during post separation abuse in order to successfully manage their lives. And it is now something I am passionate about supporting."
Following almost two decades working in marketing, advertising and business administration, Kathryn joined Mums In Need as an Administrator in September 2020. After seeing the role advertised on a jobs app while casually browsing through the vacancies, Kathryn viewed the Mums In Need website and was so inspired by the charity’s purpose, mission and values that she immediately sent in an application.
As an Administrator, Kathryn’s role is varied and encompasses many aspects of keeping Mums In Need running efficiently and effectively behind the scenes. Having previously experienced a similar situation to the women that Mums In Need supports, she firmly believes that a woman’s past does not determine her future, and that all women have the right to access help and guidance to improve their situation and help them achieve their potential.
Kathryn is a keen runner, stationery addict and proud single mum, who is passionate about encouraging and supporting women to achieve full, rewarding, and confident lives.
“Administration is often hugely underrated but is the backbone of any office. I’m passionate about women’s rights, independence and wellbeing, so it’s a privilege to work for a charity that provides so much essential support to women at a time in their lives when they need it most.
Nicola joined the Mums In Need team as a caseworker in November 2021. Nicola has lived experience with domestic abuse and coercive control and is passionate about supporting others. She trained as a community connector for Rise - a grassroots domestic abuse charity based in Brighton.
"Working for Mums In Need is an honour. My mission is to help those who have suffered coercive control to feel understood and enable women to thrive after leaving abusive relationships. Another area of interest for me is to be able to support children and young people to know what healthy relationships look like and give children a voice too."
Mark, Finance Lead
Sara, Media & Marketing Lead
Sara joined Mums In Need at the start of 2022 as a Media and Marketing Volunteer. She has always had the drive to help others and has previously worked in the Social Care setting, as well as running her own small business. Since having her two young children she has decided to volunteer some of her time to Mums In Need, ultimately supporting fellow mums who need support. In March 2022 a job opportunity came up with MIN as a Media and Marketing Lead, which Sara applied for and Succeeded. Sara will now leading Media and Marketing, and any other tasks that are relevant.
"I am proud to be able to be able to work for Mums In Need. I am going to be in charge of all aspects of Media and Marketing to aid more fundraising for MIN! This will ultimately allow more women receive the help that they need, which makes a very rewarding job role "
Board of Trustees
Sue, Chair for the Board of Trustees
Olivia, Treasurer for the Board of Trustees
Olivia became the Treasurer of the board in January 2022. Olivia saw our vacancy for a Trustee advertised on Linkdin and wanted to work with MIN because of her own lived experiences of coercive control. Olivia’s working background is in Finance, and she has the skills and knowledge to support MIN as our Treasurer.
Graham, Vice Chair of Trustees
Carolyn, Secretary for the Board of Trustees
Carolyn was previously involved with MIN as part of the Lived Experience Leadership Programme. She was keen to be more involved with the charity as it pursues its aims to help women who are facing post-separation abuse.
Her own background in the medical profession has lead to a determination to improve understanding within Health and Social Care of the difficulties faced when attempting to co-parent with an abuser. These difficulties can be worsened due to the family courts emphasis on shared care arrangements no matter what has occured in the past to the mother, or to the child.
Melise has been part of the digital technology sector for over 30 years delivering customer-facing solutions and services. Melise has built relationships with customers based upon trust and value, maximising long-term revenue opportunities by becoming a trusted advisor and strengthening loyalty.
For the past 3 years, Melise has been part of the management team at Sheffield-based tech company, The Curve Consulting where she leads on business operations and customer advocacy focus.
Antony joined Mums In Need as a trustee in 2016 after volunteering with the organisation in its formative period. Antony is therefore one of MIN's first trustees!
He feels passionately about Mums In Need’s mission and the need for an organisation for women in situations of emotional and psychological abuse.
Antony is a journalist by profession, has experience dealing with people at all levels of business and asking the kind of questions that aim to ensure organisations are run well, with governance a key area of his work.
“I am very happy to bring whatever skills I can to help Mums In Need minimise the effects of coercive control on women and its effects on future generations.”
Ben joined the board of trustees at MIN in November 2021 after meeting Laura Riley at a networking event run by a local marketing agency. From just one meeting he was inspired by MIN's mission, decided to find out more about MIN and how he could make use of his personal skills to help drive strategic growth to the charity.
Heidi is an experienced counsellor, having been qualified since 2012, she has a particular interest in the power dynamics of inter-relational abuse due to her own personal experiences. Heidi helps her clients deal more effectively with difficulties by assisting them to tap into their inner-resources and find their own direction.
Heidi works in compassionate and non-pathologising way, aiming to offer hope during difficult times, followed by healing.
"I have been connected to Mums In Need for a few years now and I offer telephone counselling to women who use Mums In Need's services."
Sally is an experienced and qualified counsellor who has worked with a wide range of difficulties faced by individuals.
Sally will provide counselling for mums who have left emotionally and mentally abusive relationships. She is extremely passionate about being there to help and listen to mums in these circumstances and help them to move forwards in a safe space.
"I feel excited and privileged to join the team at Mums In Need. Rebuilding a life in the aftermath of coercive control, particularly when the perpetrator is a parent to the mum's child/children, is often a complex process. The funding to increase this service will make a huge difference."
Admin & Support Volunteers
Shreya, Admin Volunteer
Corinne, Caseworker Volunteer
Alan, IT & Fundraising Volunteer
Alan has been with Mums In Need for over 4 years, and is one of our first volunteers.
Through his 39 years as a Systems Technician in the IT and computer hardware industry he has gained extensive and specialised IT skills which he now shares with MIN. His role has recently changed to not only providing technical support, but also fundraising opportunities in the IT industry.
"I was looking for some way to use my skills in a positive way. It was some years back when I got new neighbours I found out about MIN, as my new neighbours were Laura and her family. They needed computers, I had them and then began a long association with the charity. So here I am and very happy to be here."
Kathy, Fundraising Team
Kathy joined Mums In Need at the end of 2019. She has lots of experience of volunteering for local charities and is currently also a volunteer for St Luke’s hospice. She works part-time for Abbeyfield and is in the process of completing a foundation year in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Kathy hopes to support the promotion of Mums In Need through her experience of public speaking at local groups and networking events, alongside assisting the fundraising team.
"I am passionate about supporting mums that find themselves in distressing and challenging situations through no fault of their own."
Sara Pascoe, Comedian
Sara met our CEO at Stylist Magazine's Remarkable Women Awards 2019. Since finding out about what we do, Sara has been a huge supporter of Mums In Need. Sara hosted a wonderful evening in support of Mums In Need on the 21st December 2019 at the Bloomsbury Theatre, including a handful of other top female comics.
Susan Cookson, Actress
Susan started volunteering with Mums In Need in 2018, shortly before she was whisked off to Emmerdale village to play villainous Lee's mother, Wendy Posner! Susan played an essential part in getting our office back up and running a few years ago when we moved offices, and continues to provide her support when she can.