Our Board of Trustees
Our Board of Trustees come from a diverse range of backgrounds with considerable professional knowledge and expertise in our core areas of work including law, gender-based violence and human rights as well as the provision of specialist services to disadvantaged groups, strategic and financial management.
Annie Hedge, Chair
Annie is an Employment Tribunal Member as well as being the founder of EW group, a consultancy and training company established in 1992 which specialises in all aspects of equality and diversity, working across the public, private and voluntary sectors. The company has done a great deal of work in the NHS, in various parts of the criminal justice system, in local authorities and government departments as well as many national agencies. Annie has a PhD in organisational psychology and is a qualified executive coach.
Niamh Donnelly, Vice Chair and Secretary
Niamh is Operations Manager for KCA an organisation providing treatment care and support to people affected by drug, alcohol or mental health issues across London and Berkshire. Previously she worked as Marketing & Recruitment Manager at Hillcroft College in Surbiton whose mission is to empower women through access to learning opportunities and as Service Manager for the Kaleidoscope Project in Kingston which provides a community prescribing service to people with drug problems, enabling them to make positive changes in their lives.
Fiona is an Assistant Chief Officer in London Community Rehabilitation Company (previously London Probation Trust). Fiona began her career in 1988 in Sussex Probation where she worked until January 2010 when she moved to London Probation Trust. From 2005-08 Fiona was seconded to the Ministry of Justice as the Drug and Alcohol National lead for Probation, with responsibility for improving the performance of Drug Rehabilitation Requirements in probation areas throughout England and Wales.
Fiona is the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Strategy Manager for Tower Hamlets. She is responsible for working with all agencies, statutory and voluntary, across the borough to facilitate partnership working and develop tangible outcomes to develop Tower Hamlets’ multi-agency approach to tackling all forms of VAWG. For the past 15 years she has worked in Ireland, Peru, Mexico, Switzerland and the UK on human rights, gender-based violence and international development.
Shannon is Head of Research at Shelter, where her team evaluates the organisation’s impact and conducts research on the causes and effects of homelessness. She has a background in policy, research and training on violence against women, focused on the experiences of women with substance use and mental health problems, and young people who are sexually exploited and gang-affected.
Eilidh is Head of Campaigns for a UK based International Development NGO. She has over ten years experience of working across policy, campaigning and advocacy, and has worked in Beijing, East Africa and the UK. Eilidh’s areas of interest and expertise include digital campaigning, communications, and supporter mobilisation strategy.
Lucinda is currently the Executive Officer for Goldsmiths, University of London. Lucinda has over 12 years’ experience in senior roles managing resources. Lucinda has also developed the Goldsmiths institutional strategic plan with the Senior Management team and is responsible for translating the strategy into operational practice across the University.
Wendy is Vice President, Global Trading Client Management at Royal Bank of Canada. She has extensive experience in the City in various senior financial services roles including business development and relationship management. Wendy is a passionate advocate of the rights of children and women, serving several years as Chair of Hackney Quest, a youth and education charity.
Patsy is an Assistant Chief Officer for London Community Rehabilitation Company (formerly London Probation Trust) and has worked in the Probation Service since 1990. Patsy has a strong interest in research and in the gang agenda in local communities and the particularly detrimental impact on young women involved in or affected by gang activities.