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.
Rebecca Jones, Treasurer
Rebecca Jones is a Vice President at Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) working in Capital Markets. Rebecca has worked in Financial Services for over 15 years, both in the City in London and on Wall Street in New York City. She has experience in Risk Management, Portfolio Management and Business Development. Rebecca also sits on the committee of RWomen, an employee-led group within RBC, to support the advancement of Women within RBC and Financial Services.
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 Haringey. She is responsible for working with all agencies, statutory and voluntary, across the borough to facilitate partnership working and develop tangible outcomes to develop Haringey’s 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.
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.
Rosario currently works for Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network as its Chief Executive Officer. Her professional experience includes community development/organising, training and consultancy, project management, monitoring and evaluation, partnership development and fundraising. She has a diploma in Community Organising, a certificate in Business Administration, a master’s degree in Voluntary Sector Organisation and Prince 2 Project Management, Foundation Level. Rosario has always worked for the non-profit sector in England and the Philippines where she is originally from.
Zareena is a solicitor at Tuckers solicitors. Her work involves claims against the police and prison service, with a particular focus on representing prisoners and those released on licence in private and public law challenges against the state. Prior to qualifying as a solicitor, Zareena worked in an anti-racist charity as a caseworker and community development and outreach officer delivering educational projects and campaigning around issues arising from the organisation’s casework.
Professor Lis Howell
Lis Howell is a Professor of Journalism at City, University of London. She is currently best known for her research into the number of women interviewed as experts or authority figures on UK radio and television news programmes. She was also a Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications which produced the report “Women in Television and radio News and Current Affairs” in 2015. Lis won a Royal Television Society award in 1989 for the coverage of the Lockerbie air disaster. She launched the channel UK Living, now the Living Channel, in1993. As a TV journalist she has covered everything from knitting to conflict as a field producer in the first Gulf War. She is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Programme.
Annette is the Policy and Public Affairs Manager at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, a membership body which works to improve women’s health care across the world. She has over ten years’ experience of working in policy, campaigning and public affairs, with a particular focus on women’s rights and equal access to healthcare. Annette has a strong academic background, including an MSc in psychology and a PhD on women’s involvement in politics in the late eighteenth century.
Mireille is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Human Rights in the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Regent’s University London. With a research background into refugee lives within an asylum and immigration policy context, she has an in-depth insight into the lived experiences of refugee women within the asylum system. She has also taught widely on gender politics, VAWG, human trafficking and feminism. In addition, Mireille has extensive knowledge of gender violence policies and processes, with a particular focus on women within the criminal justice system.