Break the Silence is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee, established in 2004 by Founder, Kate Short, who was impacted by sexual trauma.

The charity is governed by a Board of Trustees, responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of the charity. The Board comprises of a diverse range of skills and lived experience of sexual trauma is present on the Board.

Sharon Belshaw

Chief Executive Officer - Clinical

Sharon and Lesley support a dedicated and passionate Team of staff who in their individual roles contribute both to the development and growth of the charity and to provide support and opportunities to people affected by sexual trauma.

Initially recruited in the role of Clinical Lead, Sharon has responsibility for the Clinical Team and all Clinical Services in addition to her Chief Executive duties. Sharon has a range of varied and relevant clinical experience working within public sector, private sector, education and consultancy environments. Member of BACP and BPS.

Relevant Qualifications: MSc in Counselling, Pg Dip Person Centred Counselling, Pg Cert in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, BSc Hons. Psychology, Qualified Hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner. Trained in EMDR and Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors. Currently working towards Chartered Counselling Psychologist status with QCoP. Participant on King’s Fund Cascading Leadership Programme and Inspiring Scotland Inspiring Leaders Programme. Sharon has also been offered a place on the University of Chester’s Doctorate in Psychological Trauma.

Everyday Hero Award, North Ayrshire Health & Social Care Partnership

Lesley Craig

Chief Executive Officer - Operations

Lesley and Sharon support a dedicated and passionate Team of staff who in their individual roles contribute both to the development and growth of the charity and to provide support and opportunities to people affected by sexual trauma.

Initially recruited as Head of Income Generation in 2016, Lesley has previous experience both in the private and third sector. Previous experience includes charity management, trusts/foundation fundraising, project management, development and sustainability. Member of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising – MCIOF(Dip).

Relevant Qualifications: Institute of Fundraising Certificate/Diploma in Managing Fundraising, Institute of Fundraising Certificate in Fundraising Practice, Institute of Fundraising Future Leaders Programme Participant in 2019, European Framework of Quality Management Accredited Assessor, CPD Certificate in Best Practice Consultations, SVE/EVOC Training for Advisors of Small Charities. Participant on King’s Fund Cascading Leadership Programme, Inspiring Scotland Inspiring Leaders Programme and mchPositive New Leaders Programme (2022).

Employee of the Year 2018, Association of Scottish Businesswomen