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.
Paula Walters (Chair) heads Programme Management at Public Health Wales. Paula has over 28 years of experience working in the public sector in roles at the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Welsh Local Government Association and between 2008 and 2018 she was Director at the NHS Centre for Equality and Human Rights. In the latter roles she sat on a number of Welsh Government policy groups and values working through partnership and project groups to influence key policy makers and service provider agencies.
Jessica Taylor (Vice Chair) is an organisational development consultant, safeguarding and charity governance expert, and works across the UK and internationally on a range of equality and social justice projects. Jess also has 16 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.
Rachael Eagles (Treasurer) has over 5 years working in the field of domestic abuse. Rachael is a trained and qualified IDVA and a regional representative for specialist services at regional partnerships in the Mid and West Wales region.
Julia Hobbs was previously Chief Executive of a local Women’s Aid service, 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.
Dr Ceryl Teleri Davies is a qualified Solicitor and Social Worker. Ceryl has extensive practice-based experience across social care, criminal justice and learning disability services, including work on a multi-agency basis to support children, young people and vulnerable adults at practitioner, middle and senior management level. Ceryl’s research interests are focused on exploring the nature of young people’s intimate relationships, domestic abuse, healthy relationships and also learning disabilities. Ceryl teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels on Education, Law, Criminology and Social Work degrees.
Kirsty Palmer is the Director of Student Services, Cardiff Metropolitan University and has been working in Higher Education for six years following a decade in the voluntary sector, mostly in small, community-focussed groups working with volunteers and community activists and was involved in recruiting and training London Ambassador volunteers for the 2012 Olympics. Kirsty has particular interests in the power of community activism and involvement to influence decision-makers, working from the ground up to change policy and society. She was previously the Chair of Trustees at North Kensington Law Centre, focussing on delivering accessible legal representation for marginalised communities.
Angelina Rodriques has over 18 years’ experience of working in the charity sector and is the current CEO of Welsh Women’s Aid member service, Atal Y Fro. In her previous role, Angelina was responsible for the development of refuges across Wales, specialising in BME support. She later went on to lead the development of the first female refuge in Wales for victims of Human Trafficking, followed by the development of a refuge for male victims. Angelina’s achievements were recognised in 2010 when she won the Leading Wales Award for leadership. Alongside work, Angelina has been a board member for a number of charities.
Helen Kell has over 20 years’ experience of the third sector, the last five in a senior management role within a Welsh Women’s Aid member service. Across her career, Helen has gained knowledge and experience of child poverty, digital inclusion, physical regeneration, and violence against women, domestic abuse, and sexual violence. A common theme across her roles has been organisational development, quality, service management, and fundraising.
Kim Griffiths is a business development consultant, with over 15years’ experience working within women centred services. Her primary expertise, as a specialist in the field of domestic abuse and sexual violence include work at both operational and strategic levels, including as the CEO of a large Women’s Aid group in South East Wales. Kim has also been very successful in fundraising, for a large amount of different and diverse organisations within Wales, but particularly within the Third Sector.
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.
The #DABill must ensure a safe family court system - the government's own review has recognised the current approach in the family courts can re-traumatise survivors of domestic abuse. There is a need for fundamental reform of the child contact arrangements & family justice.