Kim Doyle and Stephanie Reardon established LimeCulture in 2011. Kim and Stephanie worked together between 2009-2011 as part of the Department of Health’s National Support Team for Response to Sexual Violence (NST). This aim of this elite team was to provide bespoke support to local areas to help them to improve their response to victims of sexual violence. The NST focused on the development and improvement of the network of Sexual Assault Referral Centres
(SARC) across England. However, a big part of this work involved supporting local partnerships to work together more effectively. In those two years, the team visited and supported all 38 police force areas across England and worked with local police and CPS, NHS organisations, specialist sexual violence voluntary and community organisations and local authorities.
By the end of the NST’s programme of work, Kim and Stephanie felt they had been given a unique insight into the local responses provided to victims of sexual violence across the country. They were keen to bring together skills and expertise in order to continue to support frontline professionals and raise the standards of support services for victims. So in 2011, they established LimeCulture as a means of providing support to professionals.
Kim’s Professional Background
Kim Doyle is responsible for Training and Development at LimeCulture Community Interest Company.
Kim qualified as a barrister and joined the Crown Prosecution Service in the UK in April 1986. Since 1995 Kim has worked closely with the police, health, lawyers and other third sector agencies at the St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre to improve the standard of rape and child abuse investigations and prosecutions across the Greater Manchester Area and beyond. She was instrumental in the development of the children’s service at St Mary’s following research work in the USA.
Kim became involved in training and development in 1996 and regularly provides training to lawyers, forensic physicians, medics, social workers, police officers and forensic services in child and adult protection both nationally and internationally. Kim also works in Multi‐Agency settings facilitating the development of joint working protocols and arrangements in child protection, with a specific focus on child sexual harm.
Kim was one of the authors of ‘Without Consent’; a thematic review of the investigation and prosecution of rape published in 2007. In 2008 Kim was appointed as a ‘Children and Young Person’s Expert as part of a small team of experts commissioned by the Department of Health in the UK to advise upon the response to sexual violence by key agencies. During this time, Kim reviewed the paediatric and partnership response to children and young people affected by sexual violence, both acutely and historically. This included a review of commissioning structures, joint working arrangements, risk management procedures, forensic and after-care pathways.
In May 2011, Kim was invited to Australia and New Zealand to undertake work with the Police and Education Authorities to review and develop their child protection response, information sharing protocols and partnership arrangements. She was invited back in December 2011 to work with the police in Perth and Melbourne and academics to review the criminal justice response to child and adult victims of sexual violence.
Kim also works across the Sporting Sector and is a member of the national safeguarding panel in sport.
Kim is one of the lead trainers for LimeCulture training and development initiatives. She frequently provides in-house and bespoke training to frontline professionals and their organisations, as well as teaching on our professional courses. Through her professional knowledge and expertise, Kim is able to support commissioners and service providers alike in ensuring delivery of high-quality services to meet the needs of victims of sexual violence.
Stephanie’s Professional Background
Stephanie Reardon is responsible for the operational management and delivery of services at LimeCulture Community Interest Company.
Through her background in the civil service and the various posts she held in central government, Stephanie has specialist knowledge around sexual violence policy development and service delivery and implementation. Stephanie is currently a member of the Home Office’s Independent Advisory Group on Ending Gang and Youth Violence and was selected as a Peer Reviewer to ensure that the response to gang related sexual violence is incorporated into local area gang and
youth violence strategies. She currently sits on the Home Office’s National Young Women and Gangs Working Group and a range of other government Steering Groups in this area.
Until March 2011, Stephanie was the Delivery Manager for the Department of Health’s National Support Team for Response to Sexual Violence where she supported all 39 Police Force Areas and their partner Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) across England as part of the NST work stream to improve the provision of Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) services. This gives Stephanie a unique perspective to her work and makes her ideally qualified to support the commissioning of sexual assault services. As part of that role, Stephanie commissioned, edited and published the Revised National Service Guide: A resource for developing Sexual Assault Referral Centres on behalf of the Department of Health and Home Office (2009) and Response to Sexual Violence Needs Assessment Toolkit (2011) on behalf of the Department of Health (DH) and Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).
Stephanie has held a number of challenging posts in the DH; as National Delivery Manager for the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Programme (2007-2009), where she co-ordinated the delivery of new psychological therapies services across the NHS as part of £173million national programme. From 2005-2007, Stephanie was the National Programme Manager for the DH Violence and Abuse Prevention Programme ‐ a complex policy and research programme focusing on the effects of domestic and sexual violence and abuse. As part of this role, she was responsible for drafting and contributing to a range of government policy documents and guidance (including, National Service Guide for Developing
Sexual Assault Referral Centres (2005), The Health and Mental Health Effects of Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse (2006), Cross Government Action Plan on Sexual Violence and Abuse (2006), UK Action Plan on Tackling Human Trafficking (2007). Stephanie was also seconded to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre during 2007/8. Stephanie has a legal background and is also a qualified project manager and holds the Prince 2 Practitioner-level qualification.