Meet the team
Caroline Burrell, Centre Director
Katy, Services Manager
Amrita, Senior Support Worker and Counsellor
Faye, Support and Advocacy Worker
Gillian, Counselling Support Worker
Hazel, Counselling Support Worker, East Lothian Sexual Abuse Service
Lauren, Senior Counselling Support Worker, STAR Project
Mairi, Young Survivors Support Worker, STAR Project
Mandy, Finance Officer
Polly, Support and Advocacy Worker
Meet the board
After studying French and History at university I trained as a volunteer at a women’s organisation in North Edinburgh, where I later worked for four years, and learned a huge amount. I also worked as a sexual health group facilitator in schools around Edinburgh. After study for a masters in Community Education I worked for four years as a group worker at ERCC. I now work as a prevention coordinator at Rape Crisis Scotland with a focus on developing and coordinating a programme of education for young people across many areas of Scotland. Alongside, working with a range of agencies to bring about a better understanding of sexual violence and how we can help to prevent it. In my spare time I love being in the garden with my cats.
After a career in administration and advertisement sales, I decided to move to Edinburgh in 2013 to pursue my dream of learning to speak English and study Human Resources. Here I have worked in hospitality and retail and as a volunteer receptionist for Health All Around. Since 2017 I have been a member of the board of trustees at ERCC and the People’s Health and Well-being subcommittee. In 2020 I obtained an HND on HR Management from Edinburgh College and I am currently completing my degree on HR and Business Management at Edinburgh Napier University.
I am committed to human rights and my mission is to bring positive changes in beliefs about equity for groups that experience oppression such as women, LGBTQ, immigrants, people of colour, and people with disabilities. Through the people’s health and wellbeing subcommittee, I aim to provide efficient and effective advice to help ERCC and other individuals apply equitable policies, programs, and practices in their professional and personal interactions so that strategic decision-making is always aligned with the improvement of employees’ physical and mental health, workplace culture, and that as a result ERCC provides excellent service to its users. In my free time I like to dance, read and walk in the countryside.
I graduated in 2017 from Stirling University with a degree in Politics and Philosophy and was lucky enough to be offered a three month voluntary placement in Malawi. My time there was incredible, eye-opening and highlighted huge gender inequalities, which further ignited my passion for the issue. I went on to do a Masters’ in Equality & Human Rights at the University of Glasgow. This opportunity solidified my passion and drive to create a fairer, more equal world. I did my dissertation on period poverty and its effects on homeless women in Glasgow.
I currently work in community development, with a background in third-sector funding. I feel honoured to sit on ERCC’s board and can’t wait to put my skills, experience and passion to good use. In my free time, I enjoy good food and music with my friends.
I am currently studying Sociology at the University of Edinburgh, specialising in gender, intersectionality and (in)equalities, and work part time in student representation and democracy. Outside my studies I volunteer as a Young Spokesperson at Girlguiding Scotland, and sit on the First Minister’s National Advisory Council on Women and Girls. I am hugely passionate about ending gender inequality and sexual violence, and have been campaigning on these and related issues since I was fifteen. I’m excited to bring my knowledge of engaging with young women, intersectionality, gender policy, and strategy development to ERCC and build on the organisation’s excellent work in the city.
I currently work in global health research at the Institute for Global Health and Development at Queen Margaret University. Prior to this, I studied BSc Biomedical Sciences at Newcastle University, followed by several months teaching English in northern Spain. Through my exposure to health issues affecting populations across the world, I have developed a particular interest in women’s health and human rights, building upon my principles as an intersectional feminist. In my free time, I enjoy relaxed activities such as watching films, reading, podcasts and spending time with friends.
I am a recent International Relations and Law graduate from the University of Edinburgh. I was elected Vice President Welfare at the Edinburgh University Students’ Association in March 2020, representing 44,000 students. This involves ensuring the welfare of students, by representing and supporting them, and by promoting their interests, health and welfare within the community. I have a personal and professional focus on youth empowerment and tackling sexual violence, having established my own social enterprise, The Noisy Movement. I am excited to put my board experience to practise, and assisting in tackling sexual violence in a strategic way.
As an outspoken feminist from a young age, my passion for gender equality and empowering other women led me to a career in social work where I currently practice in a service for women at risk of offending. This work involves a lot of front line work with trauma, often as the result of gendered and sexual violence, and has significantly emboldened my determination to seek the best possible justice and support for those affected by sexual violence. I am honoured to sit on the ERCC board to bring my front line experience to the governance lens. In my spare time, I love yoga, crafting, podcasts and getting outdoors.
After working in international Human Resources for over 20 years, becoming the founder of High Value Women (a co. dedicated to helping women ask for what they want in their careers) and working with women of all ages as a mentor, I found my passion for women’s causes moving in a different direction, that of being a Board Member at ERCC. As a fervent advocate for women’s rights at all levels, being able to help in any way at ERCC is a huge privilege and honour. When I’m not working or volunteering, I love reading and writing (I write both fiction and non-fiction), cooking (and then eating it!), being with my friends and family and travelling. My ambition is one day to have a lifestyle where I can share my life with a chocolate brown Labrador puppy.
I have worked in fundraising and philanthropy for the last five years, most recently in the major gifts department of the University of Edinburgh. I work with individual donors, trusts, foundations and businesses on gifts towards widening participation in higher education. In September 2018, I began a Masters degree in International Development at the University of Edinburgh, focusing my study on women’s access to education and healthcare worldwide. I also sit on the cross-party group on Women’s Health at Scottish Parliament.