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 13 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.
Helen Hughes – Chair
Helen has over 25 years Board level leadership experience in public services. She is a qualified accountant whose career has focused on managing NHS organisations, improving patient safety in the NHS and internationally while working for the World Health Organisation and more recently as CEO and COO at the Equality & Human Right Commission and Parliamentary and Health Ombudsman respectively. She’s currently undertaking an Interim leadership role at the Charity Commission. Helen brings a personal understanding to Solace’s work and is committed to supporting the organisation to deliver excellent services, doing that by being a strong and supportive employer.
Melinda Davidowski – Vice Chair
Mindy is the Vice-Chair of the board of Solace Women’s Aid. Mindy leads American Express’ International Rewards team for all its international issuing businesses. Her deep strategy experience (from her time spent with McKinsey) combined with her focus on digital capabilities (she’s also run American Express’ Online Commerce Marketing team) put her at the forefront of the financial services evolution. Mindy received her MBA from Stanford and her undergraduate degree in Sociology from University of Chicago.
Jennifer Bosiacki – Treasurer
Jennifer is the Treasurer and is currently working as a Charity Audit Manager. Having graduated from the University of Bristol with a First Class degree in Mathematics with Statistics in 2004 she has since specialised in the charity and not for profit sector. She trained with Buzzacott LLP and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2009.
Reema Mathur – Secretary
Reema has been a trustee of Solace since 2010. She’s also the Secretary. Reema is a solicitor specialising in charity law and brings a wealth of experience in good practice in the governance of charities. She is passionate about Solace’s work and firmly believes in its vision and mission.
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.
Judy Kawaguchi – Trustee
Judy is the Managing Director of Technology at Moody’s Corporation, responsible for Technology Transformation and Delivery for Moody’s International offices across Asia, EMEA, and Latin America. She has been working extensively with Corporate Social Responsibility departments within Moody’s as well as with the past organisations for which she has worked. Judy provides technology advisory for Solace and is a founder of Solace’s flagship fundraising event, ‘Rock Against Violence’, which takes place every November. She chairs the volunteer fundraising committee, ‘Sounds of Solace’, to raise unrestricted funding for Solace. Judy has been working with Solace since 2010. Judy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics with concentration in Corporate Finance and Information Management, from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
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.
Liz Rawlings – Trustee
Liz is a TV producer for the BBC’s political programmes based in Westminster. She has worked across the BBC – on Daily Politics, the Andrew Marr Show and Radio 4. Liz has a Masters in International and European Politics from the University of Edinburgh – where she completed in-depth research on women’s representation in UK parliaments. She is a former trustee of Edinburgh University where she was President of the Student Union. Liz joined the board in 2015 and sits on Solace’s Strategy and Operations sub committee.
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.
Kirsty Telford – Trustee
Kirsty is a fundraising manager at the homelessness charity, St Mungo’s, where she leads a team to raise income and build relationships with members of the public. She has previous experience of corporate, event and community fundraising. Before this, Kirsty worked in service delivery, including the management of a day centre, winter shelter and client involvement programme. She has been supporting homeless and vulnerable people for 16 years and has a background in social research. She joined the Board in 2016 and sits on the Finance Sub Committee.