Our Team

Laura Riley,

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, Caseworker

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."


Kathryn, Administrator

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.


Board of Trustees

Rhian, Treasurer for the Board of Trustees

Rhian became a Trustee in November 2019 after meeting Laura Riley at a networking event run by the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce. From just one encounter she was inspired and decided to find out more about MIN and how she could support the charity.

With over 16 years of HR experience and also being on the Board of Directors for a recruitment firm for 10 of those, Rhian has utilised her skills to enhance and develop strong procedures throughout the charity as well as work with the rest of the team to ensure continual improvement in every area.

"I am delighted to be working with such an amazing group of people, being able to use my experience to support such a good cause and also develop my skills by learning more from those around me."


Graham, Trustee

Graham joined Mums In Need as a fundraising volunteer at the beginning of 2020, helping with corporate fundraising and bid writing, and recently took the step of joining the board to offer more strategic support.

With a background in Corporate Fundraising, Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Volunteering across the Private, Voluntary and Public sectors, Graham is able to offer an insight into what corporate partners are looking for and how to pitch the charity to potential funders and partners.

"It's great to be able to support a small local charity, where I feel I can make a real difference whilst developing my own strategic and leadership skills"


Antony, Trustee

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.”


Leanne, Trustee

Leanne joined as a trustee in March 2021 after reading an article about Mums In Need being a charity of the year for a business in Sheffield.

A senior HR professional with a bias towards Talent Management, Learning and Development and Coaching & Mentoring. She has worked for a number of blue chip companies in the UK and internationally and brings corporate experience to help us on our path to growth.

"I am delighted to be working with such an amazing group of people, being able to use my experience to support such a good cause and also develop my skills by learning more from those around me."


Ben, Trustee

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.

With over a decade of business development and public relations experience, Ben will be utilising his skills to enhance and develop strong relationships with potential corporate supporters to the charity as well as work with the rest of the team to ensure continual improvement in every area is achieved.

"I really am excited and driven to support such a fantastic local charity that is supporting women who have experienced coercive relationships. This is definitely a cause that is close to my heart and I believe that my skills and expertise can only help the charity grow and support more Mins."



Heidi, Counsellor

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, Counsellor

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."



Media & Marketing Team

Darcy, Media & Marketing Team

Darcy started volunteering with Mums In Need in June 2020 whilst studying History at the University of Sheffield.

As a member of the Media & Marketing Team, Darcy works on operations, creating content for both the website and social media posts.

“I really wanted to find a way to give back to the Sheffield community, and I have found a way to do that with MIN whilst making a positive change in many people's lives"


Bryony, Media & Marketing Team

Bryony joined the Media and Marketing team at Mums In Need in November 2020, just as she started her master’s in International Public and Political Communication at the University of Sheffield. She previously worked as a social media content specialist at a corporate business consultancy for a year since graduating from her undergraduate degree in Multimedia Journalism.

Bryony works on operations – keeping social media pages and our website up to date with the latest information.

“Marketing is a key part of any organisation, I want to use my skills and experience to help people who need the support to be able to find it. I really enjoy social media marketing, you can see results right in front of you.”


Other Volunteers

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 I T 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."


Penny, Volunteer

Penny has volunteered for MIN for several years now, starting with a live cabaret event she produced to raise funds for the charity.

A professional actor for over 30 years, Penny has a keen interest in combining her love of theatre with the subject of mental Health, especially pertaining to the effects of domestic abuse on the victim, informed by her own personal experience of this.

Penny currently assists MIN front of house with the well being sessions.


Janet, Admin Volunteer

Janet started volunteering with Mums In Need in January 2021. Janet met Laura a number of years ago and knew about her amazing work with mums in Sheffield. It was a remarkable coincidence that she once again met Laura when she had recently taken early retirement and was looking for a voluntary placement.

Janet has a background in administration, information and IT within Social Services, Housing and the voluntary sector. Deciding that it was time to try something different, Janet had a change of career and worked as a garden designer which was fulfilling for its creativity. A change of location led to a move to Sheffield and a return to an administration post with a charity that was not only rewarding but also provided a good insight into the running of a charity and what is required on a day to day basis.

'It was always my wish to be able to volunteer when I retired and I am fortunate to be able to do so for Mums In Need. I have enjoyed all of my administrative roles and have seen the importance of the organisation and structure that kept things running smoothly. I feel it is essential to help women find their voice and Mums In Need offers support when it is needed most'


Mark, Finance Admin Volunteer

Mark has been volunteering with Mums In Need since May 2021. He works as a hospital porter at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

Mark is helping with the Bookkeeping for Mums in Need and is currently updating the income and purchasing documents on a monthly basis. He is also recording the money donated through the Mums in Need charity tins at various shops and businesses in Sheffield.

“I have known Laura for many years and when she asked if I would consider volunteering with Mums in Need, I was happy to help out. I believe the work her charity is doing is invaluable for the women and children affected.


Corinne, Caseworker Volunteer

Corinne met Laura at a business networking event during UK Covid pandemic in 2020, which due to lockdown restrictions was held virtually. They had a discussion about the work Corinne did and providing support to Mums In Need.

Corinne set up her own Virtual Assistant business (WiseNotes) in 2019, working with a variety of small businesses taking on various admin/business support tasks to help give them extra time to grow and develop their organisation.

Corinne's role at MIN involves directly supporting the caseworkers with email management, such as inputting of emails and correspondence into the MIN database and collating responses from surveys on google forms. Further work involves minute taking at meetings with external parties virtually.

"I’m grateful for the opportunity MIN has provided. It’s very satisfying knowing, that by taking away some of the administrative pressure from the case workers they are able to support more women access the vital services MIN provides and for me it’s helped build my confidence both personally and in using a variety of new IT systems in our changing business landscape where more companies are outsourcing administration and business support to ensure that they receive just the service they need in a more productive cost effective manner."


Cristina, Caseworker volunteer

Cristina took on the role of caseworker in September 2020.

Cristina was drawn to working at Mums In Need by the amount of support we give to our service users who are going through extremely difficult and traumatic experiences. Cristina wanted to be able to offer the same amount of support to the women and help them to improve their confidence and move on with their lives.

'The positive differences I have seen during my time at Mums In Need have been incredibly rewarding and I feel honoured to provide support to these women. They are on a tough journey and it is great that they can turn to us for support during this time.'


Fundraising Team

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."


Millie, Fundraising Team - Depop & Vinted

Millie joined mums in need in June of 2021, she is a third year student currently studying Psychology at the University of Sheffield. She wanted to volunteer with the charity after learning about coercive control and domestic violence on her course.

She joined the fundraising team assisting in the running of their Depop and Vinted sites selling clothes to raise money.

“I wanted to find a fulfilling volunteer role, I love working with clothes and found this to be the perfect opportunity to do something I enjoy whilst simultaneously helping to fundraise for a charity that does such valuable work."



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 back in February when we moved offices, and continues to provide her support when she can.