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Today we have the following Refuge vacancies:

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Lucy has spent ten years working in the third sector and is Charity Director of Communications at the Royal National College for the Blind.Lucy Proctor

Her experience includes fundraising and general income generation, marketing, PR, communications, lobbying, partnership working, business development, change management and organisational restructures.

Lucy is a committed feminist and is proud to have joined the Board of WMWA in January 2013. 


Joanna LiddleJoanna has been active in the women’s movement since the 1970s.  She campaigned for a women’s refuge in Hereford and helped to run it as a volunteer.  She has campaigned against sexual violence and sexual harassment, and for civil liberties and women’s rights in the workplace.  Her working life was spent teaching and researching women in employment and in politics.  Joanna taught at Warwick University in the Business School and the Sociology Department, was a founder member of the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender and was an active member of her trade union.  The principles underlying her activism, voluntary and paid work are to develop an understanding of gender relations in society and how to change them.  Her aim in West Mercia Women’s Aid is to improve governance and democratic accountability while maintaining the values of the organisation.



Nikki has spent Nikki Griffiths27 years working for the public sector, the latter 10 years working as the Corporate Support Manager for Herefordshire Housing, the largest social housing provider in Herefordshire. Nikki manages a team who provide support to the senior management team and the board in addition to carrying out governance, compliance, company secretary duties and complaint handling.

Nikki is dedicated to working with an organisation assisting people who can at times in their lives find themselves in difficult circumstances.  She has a particular dedication to women and children affected by domestic violence. Nikki joined the WMWA board in January 2013.


sue gorbingSue was involved in campaigning for the first Women’s Aid refuge in Birmingham many years ago, was a founder member of the Women’s Self Defence Group that emerged from that campaign and worked for 6 years as a Women’s Officer for Birmingham City Council.

Since then she has been mainly self-employed as a trainer, researcher, evaluator and consultant, always aiming to work in ways that are empowering, whether with organisations, groups or individuals. A particular strand of work that she is proud to be involved with is a ‘leadership’ programme that has been developed over the past 15 years, aimed at working with women to empower themselves and each other to makes choices and influence the decisions that impact on their lives.

As a passionate feminist Sue joined the board in January 2013 and is keen to make sure that issues around violence against women and girls remains high on the agenda, at both national and local level.


Carol Dover

Carol Dover joined the Board of Trustees in November 2015.  She is a commercially focused finance professional with 20 years experience across both private and not for profit sectors and within retail and manufacturing industries. 

Carol is a qualified accountant and her current role is Head of Finance for the Herefordshire Housing Group. She has spent the majority of her career working in Herefordshire and is keen to use her knowledge and experience to support to West Mercia Women’s Aid.


Stephanie CopeStephanie Cope

Stephanie has spent over 10 years working in Sales and Marketing and for the past 4 years has been working with her father on their own business which specialises in software for magazine publishers.  She has run several half marathon's and in 2015 ran the London Marathon.

Stephanie is eager to use her skills and experience to support West Mercia Women's Aid and help them succeed their vision.      


Rachael Jones

Rachael founded and was CEO of a UK charity supporting individuals and families who suffer perinatal mental health illness.  She has also worked as a specialist committee member with NICE on the Quality Standards Committee for Antenatal and Postnatal Mental Health, she is now a visiting lecturer in mental health with the University of Hertfordshire. 

Having a personal experience of an abusive relationship, Rachael wishes to put her charity, media, communications and management experience to supporting other women who are victims of abuse to ensuring they are survivors.  She is honoured to have joined the board in Feburary 2017.