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Who’s Behind Solace Women’s Aid?

The organisation is run by the Chief Executive Officer, Mary Mason supported by a senior management team. We employ over 100 staff delivering refuge and community services across London and work regularly with over 50 volunteers who provide a vital contribution to the services we offer. We continue to value our community base and partnership work with a wide range of community, voluntary and statutory services to enable us to deliver effective support to women, men and children. Our Board of Trustees has 13 members who are all volunteers and generously donate their time, energy, guidance and expertise. We share their commitment to safety for women and children in the capital and their vision for excellent services for all survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Gwen Williams – Chair of the Board of Trustees

Gwen is a partner at Goodman Ray, a family law firm and specialises in representing children in proceedings taken by the Local Authority and in complex contact/residence disputes. Gwen is a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel and has been a Trustee at Solace Women’s Aid for 9 years, originally joining as a member of Camden Women’s Aid.

Louise Harris – Treasurer

Louise is currently Director of Finance at ACEVO, after training as a Chartered Accountant and spending time working in the music industry. Louise has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland for 3 years and also has a post graduate diploma in Charity Management and Governance. Louise is very passionate about working with charities and spends a lot of her free time working with different organisations as well as the time she dedicates to Solace Women’s Aid.

Claire Lilley – Secretary

Claire Lilley works as a policy officer at NSPCC and her specialist area is health and social care. Prior to working in the policy field Claire was a secondary school teacher in east London, so has plenty of experience working with young people. Claire has degrees from the universities of Edinburgh, Cambridge and London and as part of her Masters qualification in Public Policy and Management specialised in domestic violence policy.

Michelle Adeyinka – Deputy Chair

Michelle is a Project Manager working on local authority housing projects and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. She has 20 years experience in housing provision, managing public services and delivering successful projects. Michelle has been on the Board for 7 years and originally joined as a member of Islington Women’s Aid.

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