Break the Silence has a dedicated and passionate team of Staff and Volunteers. We are living wage employers and recognise that our Staff and Volunteers are key assets of our organisation and as such they are highly valued.

We follow strict recruitment procedures to ensure equality and diversity and to ensure staff have the appropriate credentials, qualifications and experience.

Learning and development opportunities are available to all staff in order to ensure their continued personal and professional development, enhancing their skills, knowledge and experience.

Clinical staff are professionally qualified Psychotherapists with either the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA), British Psychological Society (BPS), or British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP).

PVG/Disclosure verification is carried out for all Break The Silence Staff and Volunteers prior to commencement and all staff are subject to the organisation’s rules and procedures provided at induction, on our intranet and in hard copy within our offices.

The Leadership Team comprises of Chief Executive Officer – Clinical and Chief Executive Officer – Operations, who work together to lead the charity with vision, inspiration and integrity;

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 for 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 Co-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 in King’s Fund Cascading Leadership Programme and Inspiring Scotland Inspiring Leaders Programme. Sharon has also been offered a place on 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 Survivors of rape and childhood sexual abuse.

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 in King’s Fund Cascading Leadership Programme, Inspiring Scotland Inspiring Leaders Programme, mchPositive’s New Leaders Programme (2022).

Employee of the Year 2018, Association of Scottish Businesswomen