Board of Trustees
Our Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall control and strategic direction of the organisation. They meet regularly to discuss, decide and review our strategies and policies and receive reports and updates from our senior management team. They ensure that we comply with all of the required legal and regulatory requirements. Our trustees work for us voluntarily to make sure we’re doing all we can to end domestic abuse and all forms of violence against women and children.
- Charlie Arthur is the Acting Chair of Welsh Women’s Aid, and Chief Executive of Women’s Aid RCT. She was appointed to merge 3 autonomous organisations – Pontypridd, Cwm Cynon and Rhondda Women’s Aid – to form a new countywide service providing crisis accommodation, community based support to women, children and young people and a women’s skill centre.
- Danielle Dolby brings to the board of Trustees a wealth of financial experience. She joined Dyfed Powys Police in 2008 as a trainee accountant, passing her final exams with CIPFA in 2012. She has continued to work with Dyfed Powys Police within the financial accounts section. Danielle is Treasurer at Welsh Women’s Aid.
- Joy Dyment has been involved with raising awareness and promoting domestic abuse services on an operational and strategic level throughout her career and has well developed networks across North Wales in statutory, criminal justice and voluntary organisations. Joy has worked in the criminal justice sector for many years with adults and children, initially with the North Wales Probation Service and more recently with Children’s Services. Joy now holds the Chief Executive role with Stepping Stones North Wales, supporting adults who have been sexually abused as children.
- Rachael Eagles has over 4 years working in the field of domestic abuse and is Chief Executive of Calan DVS. Rachael is a trained and qualified IDVA, chair of the Local Domestic Abuse Forum in Ceredigion, and a representative for Women’s Aid services at regional partnerships in the Mid and West Wales region.
- Morgan Fackrell has been a community activist and campaigner for over 30 years. Through her work within the women’s movement, advice and advocacy, and the lesbian and gay liberation movement she developed skills, knowledge and expertise which shaped her approach to her community work and public service. For nearly 25 years Morgan has worked at senior/strategic or chief executive level and is currently Chief Executive of Cardiff Women’s Aid, but she has never lost her connection with the day to day work being delivered.
- Julia Hobbs joined as Chief Executive of Glyndwr Women’s Aid in June 2013, following a career spanning the health, business and charity sectors. A place on an NHS leadership scheme allowed Julia to capitalise on her innovative approach to health promotion and management in the UK, US and Canada.
- Sian James was previously a fundraiser at Save the Children and Director of Welsh Women’s Aid, and rom 2005 represented Swansea East as the Member of Parliament, before standing down at the 2015 general election. Sian now works for Abellio Trains, alongside working in a voluntary capacity with a collection of organisations to promote the Corston approach for women in conflict with the law in Wales.
- Mutale Merrill‘s career and voluntary involvements are all characterised by governance and managerial responsibilities for organisations committed to enabling marginalised and vulnerable people to realise their potential despite the persistent barriers of inequality and exclusion that they face. This purpose runs through her work as founder and now CEO of Bawso, and as a founding Trustee of an International Development charity (Abesu).
- Jessica Taylor is an organisational development consultant in England and Wales who has 15 years’ experience of developing, delivering, managing and capacity building a range of services for people whose lives have been impacted by domestic violence, sexual violence, and offending behaviour at an operational and strategic level.
- Paula Walters is the Director of the NHS Centre for Equality and Human Rights. Paula sits on the Welsh Government’s Strategic Equality Plan Board, Budget Advisory Group for Equality, Disability Advisory Group and Human Rights Stakeholder Group as well as a number of other partnership and project groups to influence key policy makers and service provider agencies.
Our staff and volunteers
Welsh Women’s Aid employs around 50 dedicated staff across Wales, working on membership and engagement, communication, training, policy and public affairs, services development, survivor involvement, business support, and in direct services. We also have regular volunteers who work at our direct services.
Eleri Butler joined Welsh Women’s Aid in November 2014, having worked for 28 years in various capacities on domestic abuse, equalities, and violence against women prevention in England.
Originally from Aberystwyth in mid-Wales, Eleri has a background in sociology and housing, and holds a Masters degree in Film. Her career involves developing, delivering, managing and commissioning domestic abuse/violence against women services; policy and strategy development and delivery; partnership and multi-agency coordination; managing European equality projects; training, campaigns and consultancy. This includes working on a domestic abuse national helpline and in refuge services, leading on domestic abuse at the Westminster Supporting People National Implementation Team, contributing to the first UK Government Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy, working as the UK Violence Against Women lead at the Women’s National Commission, commissioning domestic and sexual abuse services, and delivering survivor involvement projects.
Eleri joined Welsh Women’s Aid having previously worked as the CEO of a London-based women’s centre and violence against women service. Eleri contributes to a range of national and regional advisory boards in Wales, including the Welsh Government National Violence Against Women Advisory Board. She is committed to ensuring that women and children who have experienced violence and abuse are central to developing and delivering improvements in services, policy and partnerships in Wales. In 2007, Eleri was awarded an MBE for services to women and children experiencing domestic violence.