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Our Team

Our Team

Chief Executive Officer

Dionne Reid – Chief Executive Officer [Email]

Honorary Award from the Chartered Institute of Housing Professionals, Counselling Skills, Adult Education Practice Certificate, Diploma in Business Studies, HNC Housing Studies, PGDip (with distinction) in Addictive Behaviour, NVQ Level 5 in Management, ILM level 5 in Leadership, qualified facilitator in the ‘Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities parenting programme (teenagers), Common Purpose Graduate, Top Manager Graduate.

Management Team

Michelle Martin – Finance Manager 

Worked in finance for twenty years, mainly in manufacturing, up to an annual turnover of £25 million. Experience covers producing monthly accounts and forecasts, preparing budgets, standard costing, job costing, asset and stock management up to £3 million and payroll. Qualified to the management level of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

Diane Whitehead - Development Manager 

Diane has worked as a civil servant for over 25 years, managing projects in the public, private and voluntary sectors.  She has extensive experience in partnership working, cultivation of relationships and monitoring of performance.

Caroline Baker – Project Manager 

Qualifications include a NVQ Level 3 in Health & Social Care, ECDL Levels 1 and 2, Introduction to Counselling, Counselling Skills for non counsellors, and a certificate in Transactional Analysis. NVQ Level 3 in Volunteer Management.

Marvet Simpson  - Counselling Co-ordinator

An Integrative Psychotherapist and Counselling Supervisor, with over 30 years' experience in management and co-ordinating in the voluntary as well as statutory sector.  Marvet has over 20 years teaching experience, and works part time, with Derby Adult Learning Service, teachning Counselling skills from basic up to CPCAB L3 currently.  Marvet also has her own Private Practice in Counselling Psychotherapy.

Debbie Jinks – Office Manager

Debbie has over 30 years’ experience working for social care organisations in Administration and/or Management roles.  She has experience of working for older people’s services in both public and private sector and children and young people’s services within the public sector.  Debbie holds the Level 5 Institute of Leadership & Management and NVQ Level 4 in Management qualifications.

Delivery Team

Lyndsey Rook – Senior Project Worker 

Counselling skills, NVQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care, NVQ Level 2 in Health and Safety, vocational qualification in Business Development, Registered First Aider. Qualified facilitator of the ‘Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities’ parenting programme and ‘The Freedom Programme’.

Sian Goodeve - Senior Project Worker

Sian has previously worked at Nottingham Women's Centre helping vulnerable women get back into education, employement and training.  Prior to this, she was a volunteer at Women's Work from 2015-2017.  Sian achieved a 2:1 in Disaster Management from Coventry University in which her dissertation investigated how disasters affected women in comparison to men.

Simona Gambirasi - Project Worker (Children and Family Services)

Simona has previous experiences in adult health care and in childcare. Following her passion for children wellbeing she first worked for a nursery and then joined Women’s Work in March 2018. Here Simona offers support to children and their mums during difficult periods of their life. Simona achieved a 1:1 in Educational and Child Psychology and is now a qualified facilitator of the Care for the Family ‘Positive parenting programme’. Simona is also our paediatric registered first aider.

Karen Powell - Criminal Justice Support Worker 

Having over 15 years' experience of working with children and families, including eigth years working in a refuge for women fleeing domestic abuse.  Karen has gained a 2:1 BA (Hons) in Social Work, is a trained faciliator for the freedom programme and has recently completed Level 3 Award in Education and Training.

Dionne Birkinshaw - Senior Personal Navigator 

Dionne has over 17 years’ experience working for Women’s Aid in the voluntary sector supporting women and children in refuges, who were experiencing domestic abuse. She gained a BA (Hons) degree in Social Work at the University in Derby before joining the Women’s Work team in August 2017.

Brianna Tabor-Broadbent - Personal Navigator 

Over 10 year’s experience working with a wide variety of people including young children, children with disabilities, male offenders and female offenders. Qualified at NVQ level 2 & 3 in Supporting Teaching and Learning.

Sally Morton – Project Administrator 

Bringing a wealth of experience from working abroard with specialities in nummerical, quality control and a vast experience with members of the public and all staff levels within large organisations.

Tessa Myerscough – Project Worker 

Tessa has worked with people with complex issues for over 20 years in the Derby Area.  This includes working in Local Authority Children’s Homes, Youth Offending Service and the Anti-Social Behaviour Team.  Tessa holds an Advanced Level 3 BTEC in Case Working in Nuisance Neighbourhoods and Anti-Social Behaviour.

Rachel Sandford – Volunteer & Workshop Co-ordinator 

NVQ Level 2 and 3 in Administration. ECDL computer course parts 1 and 2, a City and Guilds in IT. NVQ Level 2 in Health and Safety in the workplace, Human Resources Business Practice Certificate.

Christine Earle - Domestic Assistant

Holds certificates in Fire Training and Instruction, Control of Infection and Food Hygiene.

Board of Directors / Trustees:

Milly Holder - Chair [Email]

Lee Outhwaite - Treasurer

Ros Kershaw – Vice Chair

Marianne Conally - Trustee

Ingrid Sanfey - Trustee

Rahat Ahmed-Man - Trustee

Heather Ingram - Trustee

                                                                                              

   

                                                              

Pauline Latham OBE MP - Women’s Work Patron

Pauline Latham was elected as MP for Mid Derbyshire in 2010. She had been a Councillor since 1987. She was honoured to hold the position of Mayor of Derby during 2007/08. Pauline is married to local architect Derek and they have three grown up children and three grandchildren, Poppy, Harry and Oscar. She was born in Lincolnshire, brought up in Nottinghamshire and has lived in Derbyshire since 1970. She has a special interest in education issues, was a school governor for 12 years and was a parliamentary candidate for Broxtowe in 2001 and stood as a European candidate in 1999 and 2005 for the East Midlands.

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