Safe Contacts Sexual Violence

(Bullying, Harassment and Sexual Violence)

We are LSE Safe Contacts. We are members of LSE staff who have received training and can offer a confidential 'signposting' service for staff and students who have previously or are currently experiencing some form of bullying, harassment or sexual violence.

Safe Contacts can support you no matter your gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability and more. We care, and we are here for you. If you have experienced any bullying or harassment that are homophobic, transphobic, biphobic, racist, sexist, or discriminatory of any nature, please reach out to any Safe Contact below and we will help you navigate the support available and what comes next.  

We are all volunteers, who are supported by the EDI office and are committed to supporting LSE’s inclusive working, studying and social environment. We have recieved sexual violence training. There are two ways you can speak with a Safe Contact:

1. You can contact Equity, Diversity and Inclusion via email ( or by phone (+447971552755)

2. You can reach out to us directly via our contact details below.


Photo of Safe Contact Elisabet Vives

Elisabet Vives
Project Officer and Researcher
LSE Consulting, Research and Innovation Division  
Preferred gender pronoun - She/Her

I’ve worked as a Project Officer and Researcher at LSE Consulting for a year and a half. Previously, I did an MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy at the LSE. Being both an alumna and an employee, I feel very much part of LSE’s international, vibrant community, and that made me want to be helpful to those around me.

The safe contact scheme strengthens the links between each other and enhances our sense of a community by offering support to those who seek it. I have received training for sexual violence and harassment support and have been a Safe Contact since 2019. I am also General Committee Member of Spectrum, the LGBT+ Staff Network.

In my free time, I love to read, spend time with my family and friends, and do sports, preferably outdoor.

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Lily Simmons
Project Manager
Data and Technology Services (DTS)
Preferred gender pronoun - She/Her

My name is Lily and I joined LSE 8 months ago. I applied to become a safe contact because I have years of volunteering and mentoring experience at other universities and arts organisations and would like to continue to help people wherever I can. Another reason is that other people have helped me in the past and I would like to return the favour. 

I have previously volunteered for a local arts partnership where I helped teach and support disadvantaged children with learning difficulties. I have also participated in a 6 month 'beyond barriers' mentor scheme at Kingston University where I mentored a third year student who needed general support and career advice.

I have received training for sexual violence and harassment support.
In my spare time, I love to do anything creative: Dancing, acting, painting, cooking. All these activities put a massive smile on my face.

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Esti Sidley
Network Analyst
Data and Technology Services (DTS)
0207 106 1326

I have been at LSE since 2008 and have worked in several departments in varied roles throughout that time. In February 2018, I co-found the Parent and Carers Network, and in that time I have met colleagues who have confided in me when they have faced maternity discrimination or bullying from co-workers based on their maternity status. These meetings have made me determined to put an end to this, and I want to help colleagues facing these situations to overcome them.

In my spare time, I go running as I find it’s great for clearing my head, and it has a great side effect of giving me extra energy! I also enjoy spending my spare time with my family, as being a full-time working mother makes spending weekends with them more meaningful.

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Jennie Stayner
Department Manager
Department of Economic History 
Preferred gender pronoun - She/Her

I’ve worked in Higher Education Administration since 2003 in 3 different institutions and have been at LSE since 2016. I have worked in academic departments for my entire career and my favourite part of my job is meeting and working with students. In my spare time I love watching films, being creative by knitting and sewing, spending time with my family and friends, and doing yoga.

I have received training for sexual violence and harassment support and have been a Safe Contact since 2018.

I am a committed and passionate ally for LGBTQ+, BAME and Disabled Colleagues and am trained as a Mental Health First-Aider

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Jessica Rowan 
PA and Research Projects Coordinator
LSE Housing and Communities

Hi, I’m Jess. I became a Safe Contact because it was important to me that colleagues and students could access support services as simply as possible when dealing with difficult and stressful situations. In a crisis, knowing where to turn and how to get the help you need can feel overwhelming. Having an acknowledged, safe, clear route to finding guidance and help is absolutely essential, and Safe Contacts provides that.

In my spare time, I like to run, especially on the paths and trails of Wimbledon Common, and putting a good playlist on and boogying in my kitchen (or a dancefloor).

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Nico Rosetti
Undergraduate Tutor
Department of Economics
Extension 5624

My role includes a strong pastoral and welfare aspect, so I see it as a natural extension of my everyday activities. Everyone should feel they can come to me in a safe, non-judgemental environment where they are believed and listened to. 

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and how would you use it?
Freezing time. I would probably use it to take naps during the day. Maybe use it to perform magic tricks, but mostly the naps thing. 

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Lucia Pedrioli
Events Coordinator and MSc Programmes Assistant
Department of Gender Studies
0207 955 7602
Preferred gender pronoun - She/Her
I am part of the LGBTQ+ community

I’ve been at LSE for many years – first as a MSc student, and now as Event Coordinator and MSc Programmes Assistant at the Department of Gender Studies. I want students and staff to feel safe and valued. I want to support people who have experienced abuse, and help them feel empowered to make their own choices in an inclusive, non-judgemental environment.

I have received training on sexual violence, bullying and harassment, and I am a Mental Health First Aider. English is not my first language.

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Penny Montague
Research and Finance Manager
0207 955 7511
Preferred gender pronoun - She/Her

I chose to become a safe contact to support students and staff who experience bullying, harassment and sexual violence with the hope of helping to stamp out this behaviour at LSE. 

As a woman of colour, I particularly feel that it is important for those from BAME communities to be able to speak to someone of a similar background to help them to navigate the reporting process.

I'm a Mental Health First Aider, and have worked in a counselling centre in the past. I'm also a member of LSE EmbRace (LSE's BME staff network) and the LSE Disability and Wellbeing Network (DAWN).

I like to read in a variety of genres and I write short fiction and the occasional book review. I also go to the theatre quite often – Hamilton is a fave. Apart from that I like to watch American crime shows and thrillers.

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Louise Millar
MSc Programme Manager
Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science
0207 955 6061
Preferred gender pronoun - She/Her

I have an interest in the safety and wellbeing of staff and students at LSE. Alongside my role, I am also completing a Certificate in Counselling skills which has helped develop my listening and empathy skills which will help to put students and staff at ease when speaking to me confidentially. I am also a Mental Health First Aider. I like to go to the gym, in particular Spin and HIIT classes, socialise with friends and binge watch series on Netflix!

I am an external relations manager for LSE’s POWER steering group, which engages with staff of all gender groups within LSE to encourage and champion behaviour change and development of School policy towards gender equality.

Image of Safe Contact Bingchun Meng

Bingchun Meng
Advisor to Female Students
Department of Media and Communications

Dr Bingchun Meng is Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. In addition to this, she serves as Programme Director for the MSc Global Media and Communications (LSE & Fudan). Dr Meng has received training on sexual violence and harassment.

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Sarah Mak
Admissions and Access Specialist
UG Admissions
0207 955 6631 
Preferred gender pronoun - She/Her

I have worked in HE in the US and the UK for over ten years in different capacities, as an academic and now as a professional services staff. I’m passionate about ensuring the safety and wellbeing of students and staff members in the university and ensuring it is a safe, welcoming place for people of all races, genders, sexual orientations and classes. 

As a woman of colour and through my current role in admissions and my past role as an academic, I am very aware of how structural racism affects those from minority backgrounds in terms of accessing HE and their experiences at university when they get here. For these reasons, I’m particularly passionate about the work EDI does on behalf of students and staff at the LSE and the wider community

I have so many favourite books, but my favourite book in the past few years has been Normal People by Sally Rooney. I really liked the way she captures the minutiae of a relationship and its ups and downs over a pivotal point in young people’s lives. I also appreciated how she addresses social class and the complexity and growth of her characters.

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Daniel Linehan
Centre Manager
0207 106 1147

I’ve been at the School since 2001, first as Departmental Manager for what used to be the Department of Social Psychology (now the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science) and now as Centre Manager in LSE LIFE.

Over the years I have gain a good understanding of the issues faced by colleagues and I welcome the opportunity to work as a Safe Contact and to make a positive contribution to the School.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I have become addicted to Spotify and it has replaced Five USA as my favourite way to relax.

What is your favourite book and why?
Lord of the Flies by William Golding. This book made me look at the world in a different way in terms of good and evil.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and how would you use it?
The ability to instantly switch off ??.

stephanie lambert

Stephanie Lambert
Academic Mentor, BSc Management 
Department of Management
0207 107 5154
Preferred gender pronoun - She/Her

I chose to become a safe contact because I understand there are so many situations in life that where confiding in someone can make things easier to cope with.  Having somebody impartial, reliable and trustworthy to talk to makes such a difference; nobody should have to struggle with something alone.

I am part of three staff networks championing diversity and inclusion: Power, Spectrum and EmbRace.  I have completed my Active Bystander Training, Sexual Violence Training and my White Ally Training at the LSE. 

If I could have one superpower it would be the ability to teleport so that I could find the sunshine when I need it (without enduring the costly long haul flights), eat all of my favourite foods in the best places and visit family and friends more often.

Image of Safe Contact Kasia Krajniewska

Katarzyna Krajniewska (Kasia)
Undergraduate Tutor
0207 955 6889

In my daily job, I regularly and frequently interact with students. They come to me with lots of different issues and I always strive to ensure they get the attention and the right support needed, be it emotional, personal, academic or research related. I deeply believe all of us (staff, faculty and students) should feel safe, respected and cared about, and have a confidential and non-judgemental space to disclose details of incidents with negative impact and receive reliable advice on possible course of action. I hope to be able to extend the support I give my students also to other members of the community and this motivated me to become a safe contact.

What do you like to do in your spare time? 
Spending time with my family, especially with kids. My kids are still very young and it’s my priority to make sure they get the right amount of attention and value time with their parents. Besides, I really enjoy being around them, they make me truly and unconditionally happy. There is a lot one can learn from a child.

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Tom Jones
Graduate Programme Coordinator
Geography and Environment
0207 107 5689

I chose to become a safe contact as I had previously worked in HE in residential roles so thought my experience would be invaluable in this role. I also felt that there needed to be more male representation in the Safe Contact role.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I’m an avid rugby fan having grown up playing from the age of 4 and plan on getting back into playing when I move up to London. 

Rebekah Huggins
Communications and Events Manager
Student Services
0207 955 6309

My name is Rebekah and I have been at LSE since 2017. I have had a number of roles in Student Services and am currently the Communications and Events Manager in the SSC (Student Services Centre). 

In my spare time I like to do jigsaw puzzles.

I chose to become a safe contact as I have a keen interest in student and staff wellbeing. 

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Danny Hassell
Executive Assistant to the School Secretary
Secretary’s Division
0207 955 7554

I’ve worked at LSE since 2017 and was a student here, graduating back in 2011.  My current role involves supporting the School Secretary.  

I have previously worked in local government and as a primary school teacher.  Outside of work I am an elected cllr in Tower Hamlets. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with friends, eating lots of different cuisines and drinking coffee (with cake, of course!) 

I have received training for sexual violence and harassment support and have been a Safe Contact since 2018. I am also a male ally.

Tash Dalling

Tash Dalling
Organisational Learning Programme Coordinator (secondment)
Human Resources

I have worked in HE within Human Resources and Programmes as well as within Victim Support as a Support Worker. I have an interest in both staff and student wellbeing and safety, and feel that it is an incredibly important aspect of University life, hence have taken on the role of being a Safe Contact.

I enjoy Olympic Weightlifting and watching films/tv shows in my spare time.

I have received training for sexual violence and harassment support. 

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Clara Cook
MSc Programmes Manager
Department of Management
0207 955 7024
Preferred gender pronoun - She/Her

I chose to be a Safe Contact because I believe it is important that LSE is a safe environment for the entire community; staff, faculty and students. I wanted to help ensure that everyone feels safe on campus and free from bullying, harassment and violence.

In my spare time I am an oral history interviewer and podcaster. This means I spend a lot of my time listening and talking to different people from different backgrounds on different subjects. It is exciting and interesting work!

I am currently a member of LSE Power and the Disability and Wellbeing Network. I have had training as a Mental Health First Aider and disability awareness training. I have also received training on sexual harassment and sexual violence. 

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Martha Clarke
Undergraduate Programmes Coordinator
Department of Geography and Environment
0207 107 5406
Preferred gender pronoun - She/Her

Throughout my undergraduate degree at Cardiff University, I worked closely with the Disclosure Response Team to raise awareness about violence and abuse that affected staff and students across the university and the support services available. I am passionate about preventing and putting a stop to violence and abuse across university campuses and believe that universities should be providing excellent support for those affected.

I believe that the first point of disclosure is vital in empowering victim-survivors to get the support they need and to reclaim their experiences. I want to provide those affected by violence and abuse with the information and resources they need to get the right support when they need it and to support the LSE in leading the way in responding and preventing violence and abuse on university campuses. 

In my spare time, I organise fundraising and awareness events for Rape Crisis England and Wales. I have organised two charity balls, created a short-film to raise awareness of sexual violence and speak at a variety of sexual abuse awareness events.

I am a member of LSE Power and was a member of Full Circle International and Plan International Stand with Girls for three years where I learnt about gendered issues in the UK and around the globe.

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Abi Black
PhD and Departmental Research Administrator
Department of Social Policy
0207 955 7375
Preferred gender pronoun - She/Her

Over the past few years I have volunteered for Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) charities (Sexpression whilst at university and currently Sexplain UK) and have a real interest in expanding the discussion surrounding sexual health and education, including talking about sexual violence and providing support to survivors. I believe that access to safe spaces is incredibly important and the safe contact initiative provides that – I wanted to get involved to provide help and support to my colleagues and students, to engage in difficult but necessary conversations.

In my spare time I love going to gigs, reading (I aim for 1 book a week!) and going to the pub with friends.

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Jacob Bailey
Undergraduate Programme Coordinator
Department of Management
0207 955 6269

My name is Jacob Bailey and I have worked at LSE within the Department of Management since May 2019. I decided to be a Safe Contact as I am passionate about wellbeing and would like to contribute to the staff and student community at LSE.

In my spare time, I enjoy travelling, reading and spending time with my friends. 
I have received training on harassment and sexual violence, alongside Mental Health First Aid training.