Board of Trustees
Our Board of Trustees are an extraordinary group of volunteers who provide strategic leadership and governance. They meet regularly to discuss, decide and review our strategies and policies and receive reports and updates from our senior management team. They ensure that we comply with all of the required legal and regulatory requirements. Our trustees have a vast range of expertise to bring to the table from housing, to mental health, to academia. They also work to ensure that we’re doing all we can to end violence against women and girls, domestic abuse and sexual violence.
Good governance is about delivering the charity’s purpose as effectively as possible, and understanding the need the charity is meeting. It’s about demonstrating leadership, integrity, accountability and sound judgement. Our Trustee’s work is underpinned by the Nolan Principles of Public Life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
Our board of trustees
- Hold the organisation firmly to its guiding values and principles
- Drive forward the impact of CWA with an entrepreneurial spirit
- Are sensitive to the pressures of short term issues and yet take account of long term trends
- Are knowledgeable about local and national issues, and also are aware of potential or wider influences
- Are focused on the different and various needs of the service users whilst acting responsibility towards employees, partners and the community
Rachel Minto is a feminist academic with a particular interest in gender equality governance at the EU, state and devolved levels. She holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Bristol. She is currently researching and teaching at Cardiff University in the area of Brexit and UK devolved politics, with a focus on exploring the impact of Brexit on women’s rights and gender equality across the four nations of the UK, and the future relationship between the UK and the EU.
Rachel has always been keen to apply her academic expertise and research skills beyond academia. To this end, she has developed experience of policy-focused and strategy-focused research, and is actively involved in extensive knowledge exchange activity, including with the Welsh Government, civil society stakeholders and the general public. She has contributed to a range of diverse policy-related discussions, including through contributions to the work of various Committees in the Houses of Parliament, the Senedd and the Scottish Parliament.
She is a member of the Gender Network (part of the Third Sector Partnership Council), co-coordinates the Women in Europe (Wales) network as part of the Senedd’s Cross-Party Group on Women and sits on the Steering Group to establish the first Welsh Women’s Budget Group (WWBG), hosted by Chwarae Teg. She is also a member of one of the Welsh Government’s expert groups on Regional Investment in Wales after Brexit (the Research, Monitoring and Evaluation sub-group).
Paul has worked in the housing, care and support sector for over 30 years. He is a Project Co-ordinator at Shelter Cymru, working with Swansea and Torfaen Councils to seek ways of improving the prevention of homelessness in these areas and across Wales. He previously worked for Pobl, a third sector organisation in south Wales and south west England. His role involved securing and developing services to support older people, people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, ‘challenging behaviour’ and services to prevent homelessness. For 10 years he was a senior manager of Reach (a member of Pobl), which provides care and support services for people with learning disabilities, mental health issues and older people.
He has worked for homelessness organisations in Newport and London in roles covering support work, resettlement, management, training, service development and research. This included working as the Welsh Government’s Rough Sleeping Advisor. He is a Trustee of a charitable community café in east Cardiff and a volunteer on a ‘breakfast run’ providing food to people sleeping rough in Cardiff.
Treasurer & Chair of Finance Sub-Group
Peggy Jackson is an Anglican priest, working as Archdeacon of Llandaff, for the Church in Wales. She is a member of the senior staff of the Diocese of Llandaff, with oversight responsibility for clergy and parishes in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, as well as being a trustee of Llandaff Cathedral and parish priest of St Fagans.
She was among the first women to be ordained as priests, over twenty years ago. Since then, she has been involved with groups and individual survivors of abuse, and has campaigned constantly in the churches to raise awareness of violence against women, and to combat gender discrimination. She is a trustee of MAECymru, a new organisation, working to help women realise their full potential at every level of church life, and to make churches into better places of healing and safety for all people.
In an earlier life, she worked as a chartered accountant in London and Edinburgh, before changing direction to train for ministry.
Chair of HR & Governance Sub-Group
Margherita works in Cancer Research at Cardiff University. She has volunteered in a number of charity organisations across Italy, Finland, and UK for local, national, and international projects. She has been a Trustee member and Honorary Secretary of the Broxtowe Women’s Project in Nottingham, which is a charity company member of the Women’s Aid Federation of England supporting services for women experiencing or having experienced domestic abuse. Her previous academic interests, which she continues pursuing alongside her professional career, lie in women's studies including the topics of gender, feminism, and sexuality.
Sam is a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. Over the past few years, she has been providing Psychotherapy in different agency settings and in Private Practice in south Wales dealing with a wide range of emotional and psychological issues including specialist psychotherapy in trauma and sexual abuse. Sam worked as a volunteer psychotherapist at the NHS Traumatic Stress Service, which specializes in the Treatment of Chronic PTSD.
She also had a career working in South Wales Police (SWP) and spent the majority of her 24-year career specialising in child abuse and family liaison. In 1998 she was seconded to the United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina with the International Police Task Force involved in Human Rights Investigations. For the last seven years with SWP she was an Investigative trainer. She has also been involved in training other agencies including on the Local Safeguarding Children Board. She was a member of the National Working Party for Specialist Child Abuse Investigators Development Programme until 2012.
Dr Jennie Donald joined Cardiff University as Head of Strategic Partnerships in October 2017.
Prior to that Jennie was Deputy Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations for four years, leading an ambitious agenda to create the best possible policy and funding environment for the sector.
Other previous roles include three years as Head of Policy and Public Affairs for the Chartered Institute of Housing in
Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and several years in the Northern Ireland Assembly and Civil Service, including as Private Secretary to the Minister for Communities.
Jennie has held a number of non-executive director positions, with Helm Housing, Groundwork NI and Depaul Ireland and also led the introduction of a new regulatory framework for housing bodies in the Republic of Ireland as Chair of the interim Regulatory Committee. She recently joined the Board of Choice Housing Group.
Ron is a retired housing professional and chartered town planner who worked in the social housing sector in London and the South West for over 35 years. His main tasks included managing homelessness and advice services, running council housing, doing policy work, supervising housing development and negotiating affordable housing. During this time he was instrumental in getting funding for women’s refuges and other hostels. Having been out-of-hours homeless officer, he also understands the importance of women and children accessing support and suitable accommodation during times of crisis.
Since retirement he was a charity trustee for an Exeter domestic violence charity for over five years and helped found a new charity in Devon to help young people with mental health issues access creative therapies. Inspired by the need for equality and to build a fairer society, throughout his career he’s worked with fellow professionals and carers to alleviate poor housing conditions, improve people’s welfare and raise their self-esteem using his Coaching skills. Having moved to South Wales, he says it’s a pleasure to have the opportunity to use his skills, knowledge and experience to help people through CWA.
Deborah is an award-winning documentary film maker with a passion for social justice. She has investigated paedophilia in the Catholic Church, racism in the British Army, made angry films about abusive parenting, violent offenders, and human rights abuses, and also made upbeat films, including a two hour biopic of music legend Quincy Jones, Egyptian archaeology's founding father, the British Museum's Chinese Terracotta Warriors exhibition, and Mexico's Day of the Dead Festival. In a long BBC career in London and Cardiff, she enjoyed strategy and policy roles, including as BBC Wales Head of Development, where she doubled Welsh radio and television output UK-wide. She left the BBC to found her own company and made a cinema documentary, "Bastards", following the dramatic legal battle of a Moroccan woman fighting for the rights of her illegitimate daughter. She is now stepping gingerly into a new career as a playwright, and has accepted a 2021 place on the Masters in Scriptwriting course at the University of East Anglia.
Alongside her professional life, Deborah has always made time for public service, in school, university and charity governance, and has been an activist in the women’s movement since her student days. She sat on the Boards of the Fawcett Society, University of South Wales, Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, and chaired the Boards of a London primary schools, a Cardiff childcare service, and the Moroccan Children's Trust. She is currently a Trustee of Health Care South Sudan, a UK charity which works with indigenous NGOs to provide sanitation and health care.