Our Trustees

Alongside our dedicated staff team, Broxtowe Women’s Project has a Board of Trustees made up of individuals from a variety of backgrounds.

  • Dr Sally Olewe-Richards (Chair)
  • Naomi Garnett
  • Vaughan Roberts
  • Rose Watkins Jones
  • Debra Gibson

 

Dr Sally Olewe-Richards

“My professional background, until July 2020, has been in research and evaluation. Having worked for a non-profit independent research organisation for several years, after gaining my PhD, this gave me the opportunity to evaluate a number of high-profile programmes, including being part of the national evaluation team for the Big Lottery-funded Fulfilling Lives: Multiple and Complex Needs. This and other evaluations brought me into close contact with charities and gave me insights into what works well in programme delivery. I have always had a keen interest in the third sector and have volunteered for Shelter and Citizen’s Advice Bureau in the past.

“As a survivor of domestic abuse myself, when I decided to re-train as a trauma-informed, women’s empowerment coach last year, I kept coming back to the idea of using these tools with other survivors. In October 2019, I founded Women of Wisdom and Courage and have a free Facebook group with nearly 2,700 women survivors from around the world getting support.

“In April 2020, I was interviewed for an audio documentary about the impact of lockdown on women living with domestic abuse and this led to me being invited to deliver the National Lottery Community Funded Project Sisterhood Support, overseen by women’s community group When Women Gather. This was an online support service for women in Nottingham affected by domestic violence.

“I feel incredibly privileged to have been given the opportunity to become a Trustee of Broxtowe Women’s Project and hope that my professional and personal experiences will help to take the charity from strength to strength.”

Email: sallyo@broxtowewp.org

Naomi Garnett

“I am the Director of the Quaker Tapestry Museum, managing the team and setting the strategic direction for the organisation. Prior to this I worked for the National Justice Museum in Nottingham. I have worked in the museum sector for over 15 years and have experience of working with schools, children and communities.

“I saw the great work that BWP were doing with the women they support through a project at the National Justice Museum. I wanted to get involved to help this work to continue. As a survivor of domestic abuse, I am very proud to be working with a great organisation to support women, children and communities affected by abuse.”

Vaughan Roberts

“From 2005 to 2019, I was a freelance training consultant delivering open and bespoke courses on clinical leadership, clinical audit, quality improvement, clinical governance, GMC appraisals, change management, project management, human factors and interpersonal skills to consultants, senior doctors, and general practitioners working in NHS hospitals, private hospitals, and the NHS primary care sector throughout the UK. I also worked with large organisations in the private and public sectors with clients including DS Smith plc, Ibstock plc, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, Interserve Group Ltd., Redrow plc, East Midlands Development Agency, and the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce.

“Before I became freelance in 2005, I previously held senior management and board director roles in the corporate and retail sectors. I have extensive experience in the operational, strategic, and inter-personal challenges of leadership in both national and international companies. I have successfully led organisations and teams through periods of significant change and have gained a deep understanding of the issues which leaders and staff typically face when working in complex, challenging and fast-paced environments.

“I retired in November 2019. I have an Honours degree in Business Studies and a post-graduate Diploma in Business Support. Prior to retirement, I was also an Adair Accredited ACL Trainer and a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management (FInstLM).

“I first became aware of Broxtowe Women’s Project when a close family member became a victim of Domestic Abuse. The wonderful support which was provided by BWP has enabled this family member to now become a survivor. This made me want to join BWP as a Trustee to use my work skills and experience to support the CEO and Board of Trustees wherever I can.

“As well as being a Trustee, I am an Ambassador for White Ribbon UK whose mission is to end male violence against women and girls. I am also a listening volunteer for Samaritans, and a Trustee and Deputy Director of Nottingham Samaritans.”

Rose Watkins Jones

After graduating with a first class degree in Marketing from Nottingham Trent University, I worked at the Boots HQ in a marketing role before moving to digital marketing agency, Impression, to pursue my passion for people and creating an inclusive, supportive and wellbeing-focused culture. At Impression, I work as a CIPD certified People Advisor, managing the employee lifecycle from beginning to end. I also lead our ‘Impact Team’, which supports CSR, wellbeing and D&I strategies within the business.

As a survivor of domestic abuse, it was incredibly important for me to give back to the community that helped me. Through Impression, I worked with BWP on a corporate partnership and felt an immediate connection to the team. I am honoured to be part of the Board of Trustees and hope to bring my broad knowledge on HR and wellbeing to the team.”

Debra Gibson

I am a law graduate with a post graduate diploma in human rights and criminal justice. I have previously volunteered in an immigration clinic and within the witness service and have a thorough understanding of the criminal justice process.

I have previously worked on a Domestic Abuse Safeguarding Unit and continue to work in risk assessment and safeguarding in other capacities.

As a survivor of domestic abuse, I am honored to now be given the opportunity to work with an organisation that provides vital support to women and children within my community and I hope that my experiences and skills will go some way to help BWP in its mission to ensure those affected by Domestic Abuse are empowered to be safe and in control of their own lives.”

If you are interested in becoming a Trustee for Broxtowe Women’s Project or would like to know more, please email enquiries@broxtowewp.org 

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