Our Team

Laura Riley, CEO & Founder

Laura is deeply passionate about helping others who have been in a situation that she is only too familiar with, and 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 that the charity runs efficiently every day.

To find out more about Laura, see 'Our Founder's Story' under the About Us tab.


Board of Trustees

Richard Pinder, Chair of the Board of Trustees

Richard became a Trustee in November 2019.

"Laura, who lives on the same Sheffield street as me, told me about MIN's work to confront coercive control and its need for trustees. As I've long believed men should be engaged in this struggle, and as I have experience as a charity trustee, I was delighted to be invited to join the board. Of which - somewhat to my surprise - I'm now chair. As such, I take a lead on planning our development and seeking resources for us to grow.

As someone who recently retired from university work, I could not have made a better decision than to join the MIN board. The value of MIN's work goes without saying. I am simply thrilled by the company I am keeping: everyone is a delight to work with! And these are exciting times for MIN, as we seek to secure our future."


Rhian Scott, Treasurer for the Board of Trustees

Rhian became a Trustee in November 2019 after meeting Sarah Tatton and Laura Riley at a networking event run by the 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."


Andrea Moen, Secretary to the Board of Trustees

Andrea joined Mums In Need in 2018 as an admin volunteer while studying Law at the University of Sheffield. She found that being able to use some of her knowledge and skills to help with the administration of the charity was a very rewarding experience, and therefore joined the Board of Trustees in 2019.

Andrea is currently reading for a Master of Laws and is assisting MIN with the governance of the charity and put in place systems to make sure that the staff and volunteers at Mums In Need are able to carry out their all so important work.

"To know that I am part of Mums In Need's journey and that I am potentially making a difference along the way with the other amazing people at Mums In Need, is the most rewarding part of it all."


Sarah Tatton, MIN Support Worker + Trustee

Sarah joined the MIN team in 2019 after tapping into the service to support her children through court. She quickly became involved in the running of the service and feels strongly about supporting other women who have experienced similar circumstances.

Sarah is currently studying for her PhD at Sheffield Hallam University, and has just completed her Masters in Psychology studying ideas of self-concept in victims of emotional and physical abuse.

"I am really glad of the opportunity to have a positive impact on lives that have been destroyed by coercive control. "



Nia Jones, Social Media + Fundraising Team

Nia started volunteering with Mums In Need in 2019 whilst in her final year at the University of Sheffield studying English and Theatre.

Nia believes in the power that small charities can have within their community, and how important it is that these be supported.

Nia schedules social media posts and helps to run fundraising campaigns.


Lucy Moors, Social Media + Fundraising Team

Lucy started volunteering with Mums In Need in 2019 whilst studying Medicine at the University of Sheffield.

Lucy believes in the importance of social media in connecting with people from a whole lot of different backgrounds and communities, and in making connections with local businesses.

Lucy schedules social media posts and organises schemes to include businesses into fundraising.


Clarisse Gilhooley, Social Media + Fundraising Team

Clarisse started volunteering with Mums In Need in 2019 after finishing her degree in French and Politics at the University of Nottingham.

Clarisse believes that a strong fundraising team is essential in small charities, not only to raise much needed funds but to also involve the community.

Clarisse schedules social media posts and helps to run fundraising campaigns.


Sophie Ellingham, Social Media Team Leader + Marketing Volunteer

Sophie joined Mums In Need in January 2020. Already, she has been essential in both leading the social media team as well as connecting MIN with business and commercial contacts. She is also providing essential marketing knowledge.

Being the the team leder, Sophie has 1:1 sessions with the social media volunteers and makes sure that the operation of the team runs smoothly.

Sophie is a Marketing Assistant at Investors in Community, a company who have supported our charity's collaboration with various South Yorkshire organisations.


Rachel Ferla, IT Consultant

Rachel joined MIN in August of 2019 and has been invaluable to our team. Rachel has twenty years of IT Project Management experience working in the technology sector.

After meeting CEO Laura Riley and Board Secretary Andrea Moen at a Google event, Rachel wanted to support MIN to implement modern software systems.

Rachel has built MIN an intranet and has been essential in modernising our systems.


Vanda Wilson, Admin Volunteer

Vanda joined the team in February 2020 and assists our CEO with administrative matters.

"I enjoy volunteering with them because I love Admin and feel that with my many years of Admin and HR experience I have a lot to offer. This makes me feel valued so I suppose volunteering for me is a very selfish act.

The other volunteers are friendly and helpful and Laura is extremely driven, positive and supportive which makes it a lovely environment to volunteer in."


Carys Eaton, Policy Analyst

Carys began volunteering with Mums In Need in 2019 whilst in her final year at The University of Sheffield studying Philosophy.

Carys believes in the importance of local charities of providing accessible support for vulnerable people in the community.

Carys is a policy analyst at Mums In Need, and hence works to formulate new policy and revise current existing policies at the charity.


Ella Ellis, Policy Analyst

Ella joined Mums In Need in in September 2019, whilst studying her Sociology and Politics degree at the University of Sheffield.

Ella joined MIN, after learning about Domestic Abuse in her Gender, Sex and Violence course at the University of Sheffield It compelled her to take action, to help those throughout Sheffield that suffer from all types of intimate violence.

Ellas assists in regulating all MIN policies, to ensure the best outcomes for volunteers and beneficiaries.



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 MIN 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.