Broxtowe Women’s Project has a Board of Trustees made up of individuals from a variety of backgrounds.
They are our rocks and give the BWP team a strong foundation to work from.
- Dr Sally Olewe-Richards, Chair, Acting Treasurer and Chair of the Funding & Finance Subcommittee
- Ellie Lewis, Secretary and Chair of the Inclusive Practice Subcommittee
- Louisa Gould
- Margaret Coward, Chair of the Risk Management Subcommittee
- Naomi Garnett
- Naomi Yeaman
- Tumaini Machary
- Vaughan Roberts, Chair of the Human Resources Subcommittee
For more information, including if you are interested in becoming a Trustee for Broxtowe Women’s Project, please contact Board Secretary Ellie Lewis.
Introducing our trustees
Dr Sally Olewe-Richards, Acting Chair, Treasurer and member of the Funding & Finance Subcommittee
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 is an online support service for women in Nottingham affected by DV currently, or needing support to recover from it, and will run until June 2021.
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.
Ellie Lewis, Secretary and Chair of the Inclusive Practice Subcommittee
I have been a trustee for almost two years and this year have taken on the role of Secretary, meaning I take the minutes from Board meetings, draft our agendas and generally try to keep the Board organised!
I have very recently also taken on the chair of the newly formed Inclusive Practice subcommittee. This is an area that I am very passionate about and which is a key thread of the Healthcare Leadership diploma I am undertaking while on the NHS Graduate Management Trainee Scheme. Through this scheme, I am currently working as a Programme Manager in a community and mental health NHS trust, developing the trust’s COVID-19 recovery strategy. I am passionate about working to improve health inequalities in our county.
Before I joined the NHS, I worked for more than four years in the environmental sector, working on research, communications, policy and campaigns. And before that, did a master’s degree in biology at the University of Bristol.
My passion has always been women’s right and social justice, being the president of my university’s Amnesty International Society and attending the national student conference. There is also a history of domestic abuse in my family, which while it hasn’t affected me directly, has given me a very strong sense of the impact an abuser can have on their family.
Naomi Yeaman, Trustee and member of the Human Relations Subcommittee
I have been a Trustee for over 12 months, having experienced the support and help offered by Broxtowe Women’s Project. I am passionate about giving back and helping others who find themselves in need of support. I have undertaken various training courses offered by Broxtowe Women’s Project such as ‘Freedom’, ‘Freedom Forever’ and ‘Confidence’ and I found them to be incredible in my own personal journey. I now want to be a voice for the service users and by becoming a Trustee I can continue to empower women to make the best choices for them and their children. In October 2021, I will undertake a Charity bike ride in Croatia to raise funds for Broxtowe Women’s Project, to raise awareness of this incredible Charity. Being a Trustee inspires me to continue my own journey and inspires me to help as many other women as possible. I am grateful to every member of the team for the work they do.
Margaret Coward, Trustee and member of the Risk Management Subcommittee
I am a new recruit to the Broxtowe Women’s Project Board of Trustees and am currently enjoying meeting everyone and getting up to speed. My background is housing and currently work in the regeneration field on social housing new build programmes. Before this, I have worked in supported housing with single homeless young people and young mothers in projects across the country. My other voluntary roles include a Trustee of a local almshouse charity providing accommodation for older people and a Board Member of an East Midlands housing organization focusing on their care and support services.
My interest in ensuring domestic abuse services are accessible to all stems from work and personal experiences which have demonstrated how domestic abuse can pervade any sort of environment. From vulnerable young people being exploited by family members, to seeing the impact witnessing domestic abuse has on children and helping young mothers recognize abusive situations, the list goes on and on. I hope my input into Broxtowe Women’s Project brings some added value to a highly respected and much-needed organization.
If you are interested in becoming a Trustee for Broxtowe Women’s Project or would like to know more, please contact Board Secretary Ellie Lewis.