Who’s behind Solace Women’s Aid
The organisation is run by the Chief Executive Officer, Mary Mason supported by a senior management team. We employ over 140 staff delivering refuge and community services across London and work regularly with over 50 volunteers who provide a vital contribution to the services we offer. We continue to value our community base and partnership work with a wide range of community, voluntary and statutory services to enable us to deliver effective support to women, men and children. Our Board of Trustees has 12 members who are all volunteers and generously donate their time, energy, guidance and expertise. We share their commitment to safety for women and children in the capital and their vision for excellent services for all survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
Gwen Williams – Chair of the Board of Trustees
Gwen is a partner at Goodman Ray, a family law firm and specialises in representing children in proceedings taken by the Local Authority and in complex contact/residence disputes. Gwen is a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel and has been a Trustee at Solace Women’s Aid for 9 years, originally joining as a member of Camden Women’s Aid.
Natalia Schiffrin – Trustee
Natalia originally qualified as a lawyer and has been a member of the New York Bar since 1992. She has worked as a Senior Legal Officer at Interights, the International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights, and as an advisor on child protection, children in the care system and domestic violence at Family Rights Group. She is currently a consultant on human rights at the Children’s Rights Alliance for England.
Janet Coan – Trustee
Janet joined the board in 2015 and brings a wealth of experience from the private sector where she worked in strategic marketing management and leadership roles in a variety of organisations. She is also a qualified psychodynamic counsellor with experience working in primary care and as a bereavement counselling in hospice settings. Janet is a single mother of two daughters and they campaign together on issues affecting women.
Heather Mah – Trustee
Heather is a qualified social worker and works as a mental health inspector at the Care Quality Commission. Heather’s background is working in the homelessness sector, specifically with domestic violence, substance misuse and mental health. She also has experience in research and project management, report writing, database management, and delivering events and conferences.
Alice Ashworth – Trustee
Alice is a policy professional with experience of working in both the third sector and in central government. She is currently Senior Policy Officer at Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people, where she leads on policy development with a particular focus on the welfare system and welfare to work. Prior to this Alice worked in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality and human rights policy. She has a Masters degree in Gender Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Alice joined the Board in 2014 and sits on the Strategy and Operations sub-committee.
Teresa Hoey – Trustee
Teresa is Head of HR at The Young Foundation, an organisation whose mission is tackling structural inequality and works towards a more equal and just society. She has been providing HR and operations management in the voluntary sector for more than 15 years working with front line service providers promoting older people’s rights and care, and more recently a leading healthcare charity working on improving patient outcomes through clinical audit and looking at piloting audit in social care. She has a first degree in languages and politics, an MA in HR Development where she focussed on staff engagement and how gender impacts on motivation in the work place and is currently studying for the Advanced Certificate in Employment Law.