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Rape Crisis England & Wales’ CEO, Jayne Butler, steps down

Rape Crisis England & Wales is letting you know that our brilliant CEO, Jayne Butler, will be stepping down in September 2023 after a transformational two-and-a-half years with the organisation.

During that time, Rape Crisis England & Wales (RCEW) has undergone a period of significant growth, which has seen us increase our profile in the media and policy spaces, as well as our engagement with, and support of, member Rape Crisis centres.

Last year, RCEW launched both a brand-new website – which now has an average monthly traffic of 150,000 users – and the national 24/7 Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Line, which enables survivors to access round-the-clock emotional support.

Jayne says:
"It’s been an honour to lead the RCEW staff team who have collectively achieved so much over the last few years. We have a new organisational strategy with a clear vision for our future and are gaining further insights into our impact and reach every day. We’ve truly rooted Rape Crisis England & Wales within feminist and anti-oppressive working practice.

It is the right time both personally and professionally for me, and also for RCEW, for a new leader to take my place. They’ll be joining a brilliant, talented and kind team, and be taking on a brief to consolidate and strengthen RCEW through its next chapter.”

RCEW Co-chair Nicky Harkin says:
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jayne, on behalf of the board of trustees, for her passion, her leadership, and her drive. Jayne joined RCEW at a point of significant change and has shown fantastic skill in leading us through it with great courage and empathy, truly modelling feminist values.

Under Jayne’s leadership, RCEW has evolved and grown, and she leaves us in a much stronger place. It has been a pleasure working with Jayne; we are sad to see her leave, but wish her every bit of success in her onward journey."

We’d like to thank Jayne for all of her hard work and commitment to RCEW. She has been a pivotal part of our development and will be greatly missed by the staff team, trustees and those across the Rape Crisis network. We wish her all the best for the future.

The board of trustees will start recruiting for a new CEO imminently.