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Appointment of Lyn Gooding


First Light has today announced the appointment of Lyn Gooding to the position of CEO effective 16th September 2019, succeeding Tom Dingwall.

First Light, a charity supporting people in Cornwall, Devon and Wiltshire who have been affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence are delighted to announce the arrival of their new CEO Lyn Gooding. Lyn joins us from the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Devon & Cornwall where she led on criminal justice, commissioning and partnership working, having previously served as a Police Officer for 30 years.

Lyn brings with her a wealth of experience within the domestic abuse and sexual violence arena including the investigation of crime, the commissioning of specialist services, contract management and partnership working.

Lyn comments I am honoured and delighted to be given the opportunity to lead First Light, an organisation that provides first class services to victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence, no matter their age or gender as well as providing education and training to help prevent further abuse. This is a truly exciting opportunity and I look forward to bringing my previous experience to build on the successes already achieved in order to help tackle the root causes of domestic abuse and sexual violence within our communities as well as support those already affected.”

Paul Mullin, Chair of Trustees, said It is wonderful that Lyn is joining us. We are very fortunate to have someone of Lyn’s calibre and experience to lead First Light. Lyn is a strong communicator who is victim focused with deep leadership capabilities. Furthermore, as previously working for the Office of the Police Crime Commissioner in Devon and Cornwall, Lyn has a solid understanding of our services and the environment in which we operate.

The Board are confident that Lyn will be an outstanding leader and will build on the progress we have made under Tom in recent years.”

Lyn brings passion and energy to take over the reins, having previously served as a Police Officer with Devon & Cornwall Police, during which time experience was gained in a range of areas including child abuse investigations, critical incident management and partnership working, she was also successful in  helping to secure funding to establish Cornwall’s first Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) in Truro.

Following her retirement, she then joined the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for Devon & Cornwall, latterly serving as the Criminal Justice, Commissioning & Partnership Manager. Working to the Police & Crime Plan Lyn established effective working relationships with several partners including NHS England, Ministry of Justice, Home Office, Local Authorities and a range of organisations who provide victim care services building on the relationships she previously forged whilst serving as a Police Officer.

Looking forward Lyn’s aim is to consolidate First Light’s position across the South West region, championing the rights of domestic abuse and sexual violence victims ensuring they receive justice as well as the right support at the right time to help people cope and recover, but also expand its education and training programmes to prevent abuse across our community.
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